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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Rockhampton Airport Car Rental
Full-size Elite
Isuzu MU-X or similar
Isuzu MU-X
  • 7
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$62.36 per day
Rockhampton Airport Car Rental
Economy
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$71.19 per day
Rockhampton Airport Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$71.89 per day
Rockhampton Airport Car Rental
Standard
MG HS or similar
MG HS
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$72.74 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Rockhampton Airport Car Rental
Standard
Mitsubishi Outlander Aut. or similar
Mitsubishi Outlander Aut.
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$62.36 / per day
Rockhampton Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Hyundai i30 or similar
Hyundai i30
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$123.72 / per day
Rockhampton Airport Car Rental
Full-size
Toyota Camry or similar
Toyota Camry
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Hertz
$134.83 / per day
Rockhampton Airport Car Rental
Premium
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado or similar
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
  • 7
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$205.12 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 09:43 on 2023-01-26. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
AUD
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Country code
61
Average car rental price
$100.53 / per day
Average car rental length
5 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Speed limit out of town
80 - 100 km/h
50 - 62 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Why rent a car in Rockhampton?

Located in the central part of Queensland, Rockhampton doesn’t get as many visitors as Brisbane or Cairns but is, nonetheless, a lovely place to visit. Settled by Europeans in the 1850s and inhabited by the Indigenous people for millennia before that, the city is home to heritage-listed buildings, museums, and cultural spaces. With a rental car, you can also easily reach the multitude of beaches and nature areas that surround Rockhampton. 

Top ways to enter Rockhampton

Rockhampton Airport: With more than 500,000 travelers served every year, Rockhampton Airport offers flights to and from other Queensland cities like Brisbane, Cairns, Mackay, and Townsville. Many visitors from the rest of Australia and abroad change flights in Brisbane to get to Rockhampton. The airport is located just some 4 km (2.5 miles) from the city center and takes less than ten minutes to reach. The drive from the nearest international airport, in the Sunshine Coast, takes about six hours while Brisbane can be reached in about seven.

Top destinations and activities

  • Dreamtime Cultural Centre. Rockhampton is the ancestral home of the Darumbal people some of whose descendants still live in the city today. Named after the Indigenous Australian concept of the mythical prehistory, the Dreamtime Centre is a place where visitors can learn about Darumbal culture and traditions, hear a didgeridoo being played, or even throw a traditional boomerang. 
  • Rockhampton Heritage Village. Dedicated to the early British and other European settlers who arrived in the area in the 19th and 20th centuries, the heritage village offers a glimpse of the beginnings of Rockhampton as a city. The village is made up of about 20 buildings that include model recreations of Rockhampton’s first churches, hospitals, and other places important to the local community.
  • Mount Archer National Park. Located just east of Rockhampton, Mount Archer National Park is named after its main peak which offers amazing views of the city below. The area is home to long bush and forest trails, as well as local fauna like the glossy black cockatoo and the amazingly (and aptly) named powerful owl. Other nature areas near Rockhampton include the Gelobera State Forest, Koorana Crocodile Farm, and Mount Etna Caves National Park.

Traffic and parking

  • One of the largest road hazards in Australia is the wildlife, especially outside urban areas. Take extra caution when driving in bad weather or after dark as this is when most of the collisions with wildlife take place.
  • Mobile coverage is very rarely available outside of major highways and population centers, so take extra caution when traveling in rural areas.
  • Another great risk when traveling outside of main highways is the heat. The temperatures can reach extremes very easily, especially during the summer months and in inland areas. Always stay properly hydrated and plan your route in advance to be able to supplement your water supplies.
  • Laws concerning driving under the influence differ from territory to territory in Australia. In Queensland, the legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.00% for novice drivers and drivers with provisional licenses. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines and a driver license ban.
  • Proof of insurance and the car’s documentation need to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • When driving, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The primary, nationwide emergency number in Australia is 000. 

Toll roads

There are a number of toll roads in Australia, mainly in the states of New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland. In New South Wales, there are nine currently active toll roads, which is more than in the rest of the country combined.

Most toll roads in Australia use an open toll system with mainline barrier toll points. All toll roads in Australia use a cashless payment system. You can purchase a prepaid pass for most toll roads. Some rental cars in Australia are equipped with electronic transponders, the price of which may or may not be included in the rental price. Ask your car rental provider about it in advance. 

Different toll roads are operated by different companies, so there is no nation-wide fee system in place. 

For more information about the toll roads in the state of Queensland, visit the state’s toll road website.

Car Rental Prices in Rockhampton

  • Large cars - from $115 per day
  • Medium cars - from $94 per day
  • Small cars - from $79 per day
  • SUVs - from $113 per day
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What travel writers say

Just outside of town heading towards the Capricorn Caves you’ll pass the Dreamtime Cultural Centre on your left. This fantastic exhibition and gallery of local Aboriginal art and culture is one of the best places to visit in Rockhampton. While you can walk around the centre on your own, we highly recommend timing your visit to join one of the incredible free guided tours, led by Indigenous leaders Wayne and Frances.
ABAJS
Alesha Bradford and Jarryd Salem
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If you have a hire car and some extra time up your sleeve in the afternoon, consider a visit out to the Capricorn Caves where you can explore a world of limestone caves, stepping back millions of years in time, learning about the area’s fascinating history. If you’re more in the mood for a waterside escape, you might like to make the short drive out to beautiful Yeppoon with its sparkling blue waters and friendly, laid-back vibe.
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Phoebe Lee & Matt
Hi! I'm Phoebe Lee! I'm a presenter, CNN & CNBC writer and blogger. Matt is a videographer, creative and photographer.
Take a short drive up to Mount Archer for sunset and watech the city and Fitzroy River below turn to gold. Rockhampton sunsets are very special and it’s a rare night that’s not full of colour. The Nurim Circuit is a 500metre elevated boardwalk that hangs over the edge of the mountain. There are seats at lookout spots, a children’s play area and signs in the local Darumbal language.
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Top 20 Cities near Rockhampton

  1. Brisbane Car Rentals from $28.04 per day
    518.3 km / 322.1 miles away
  2. Cairns Car Rentals from $71.19 per day
    875.0 km / 543.7 miles away
  3. 595.9 km / 370.3 miles away
  4. Marcoola Car Rentals from $28.56 per day
    444.9 km / 276.4 miles away
  5. Townsville Car Rentals from $68.50 per day
    598.3 km / 371.7 miles away
  6. Surfers Paradise Car Rentals from $36.14 per day
    593.2 km / 368.6 miles away
  7. Ballina Car Rentals from $60.43 per day
    680.2 km / 422.6 miles away
  8. Proserpine Car Rentals from $81.77 per day
    377.8 km / 234.7 miles away
  9. Mackay Car Rentals from $69.11 per day
    279.4 km / 173.6 miles away
  10. Coffs Harbour Car Rentals from $40.06 per day
    814.9 km / 506.4 miles away
  11. Hervey Bay Car Rentals from $42.38 per day
    325.3 km / 202.1 miles away
  12. Port Macquarie Car Rentals from $38.68 per day
    926.2 km / 575.5 miles away
  13. Toowoomba Car Rentals from $54.92 per day
    485.0 km / 301.4 miles away
  14. Tamworth Car Rentals from $34.84 per day
    858.8 km / 533.7 miles away
  15. Bundaberg Car Rentals from $39.99 per day
    252.3 km / 156.8 miles away
  16. 663.9 km / 412.5 miles away
  17. Lismore Car Rentals from $95.92 per day
    666.7 km / 414.3 miles away
  18. Gladstone Car Rentals from $66.13 per day
    93.6 km / 58.1 miles away
  19. Emerald Car Rentals from $54.45 per day
    235.2 km / 146.1 miles away
  20. Armidale Car Rentals from $35.97 per day
    802.8 km / 498.9 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Rockhampton

  1. 93.6 km / 58.1 miles away
  2. Emerald Airport Car Rentals from $54.45 per day
    235.2 km / 146.1 miles away
  3. 252.3 km / 156.8 miles away
  4. Mackay Airport Car Rentals from $69.11 per day
    279.4 km / 173.6 miles away
  5. 325.3 km / 202.1 miles away
  6. 377.8 km / 234.7 miles away
  7. 444.9 km / 276.4 miles away
  8. 485.0 km / 301.4 miles away
  9. Brisbane Brendale Car Rentals from $109.76 per day
    505.0 km / 313.8 miles away
  10. Brisbane Airport Car Rentals from $28.04 per day
    518.3 km / 322.1 miles away
  11. 518.6 km / 322.2 miles away
  12. Brisbane Ascot Car Rentals from $99.91 per day
    520.3 km / 323.3 miles away
  13. 521.3 km / 323.9 miles away
  14. 525.9 km / 326.8 miles away
  15. Brisbane Rocklea Car Rentals from $40.53 per day
    529.2 km / 328.8 miles away
  16. 531.0 km / 329.9 miles away
  17. 598.3 km / 371.7 miles away
  18. 612.3 km / 380.5 miles away
  19. Lismore Airport Car Rentals from $95.92 per day
    666.7 km / 414.3 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Rockhampton?

Car rental prices in Rockhampton vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Rockhampton
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
$44.68
September
$26.81
October
$21.79
November
$34.87
December
The best month to rent a car in Rockhampton is November (when prices for an Economy class start from $21.79). This is 32% cheaper than the yearly average and 51% cheaper than renting in September (when rental prices start at $44.68 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Rockhampton?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in December, travelers rent a car for an average of 8 days in October, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Rockhampton
January
5
February
March
April
5
May
7
June
7
July
7
August
6
September
4
October
6
November
8
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Rockhampton?

The most popular month for renting a car in Rockhampton is October, and the least popular is January.
Popularity of Car Rental in Rockhampton by Monthly Searches
January
79%
February
March
April
162%
May
67%
June
74%
July
80%
August
182%
September
204%
October
174%
November
178%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Europcar Hyundai i30 5 2 Large cars
SIXT Hyundai Kona 5 2 Medium cars
SIXT Toyota CH-R Hybrid 5 1 SUVs
SIXT Toyota Corolla 4 2 Medium cars
Alamo Toyota Yaris 4 2 Medium cars
SIXT Mitsubishi ASX 4 2 SUVs
SIXT Mitsubishi Outlander Aut. 5 3 SUVs
Hertz Toyota Corolla 4 2 Medium cars
Hertz Nissan X-Trail 5 3 SUVs
Hertz Toyota Corolla 4 2 Large cars

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Thrifty
9.16 / 10
Lowest rated company
Keddy
8.5 / 10
Total rental companies
10
Average daily price
$100.53
Lowest daily price
$31.55
Total cars available
67

Top 10 Suppliers in Rockhampton in 2023

Thrifty
Thrifty
Exceptional 9.2 / 9 reviews
+61136139
Rockhampton Airport, Hunter St, Rockhampton QLD 4700
$111 - $143
Working hours
Mon:07:00-17:00
Tue:07:00-17:00
Wed:07:00-17:00
Thu:07:00-17:00
Fri:07:00-17:00
Sat:09:00-13:00
Sun:09:00-16:30
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.9 / 3 reviews
+610748900790
Rockhampton Airport, Hunter St, Rockhampton QLD 4700
$124 - $177
Working hours
Mon:07:00-17:00
Tue:07:00-17:00
Wed:07:00-17:00
Thu:07:00-17:00
Fri:07:00-17:00
Sat:09:00-13:00
Sun:09:00-16:30
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.8 / 2 reviews
+61428969948
Terminal Building Canoona Road, Rockhampton Airport
$62 - $108
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.8 / 1 reviews
+61749276225 / +61748862407
Canoona Rd, West Rockhampton QLD 4700
$71 - $86
National
National
Excellent 8.8
+61749276225 / +610748862407
Hunter St, West Rockhampton QLD 4700
$112 - $135
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.7 / 1 reviews
+610749220044
Terminal Building Rockhampton Airport, Rockhampton QLD 4700
$73 - $171
Working hours
Mon:07:00-17:00
Tue:07:00-17:00
Wed:07:00-17:00
Thu:07:00-18:00
Fri:07:00-18:00
Sat:07:00-12:00
Sun:10:00-17:00
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6
+61749276225 / +610748862407
26 Hunter St, West Rockhampton QLD 4700
$71 - $86
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.6
0749228064
Terminal Building
$130 - $182
Working hours
Mon:07:00-19:45
Tue:07:00-18:30
Wed:07:00-18:30
Thu:07:00-18:30
Fri:07:00-18:30
Sat:09:45-12:15
Sun:09:30-12:15; 15:00-19:45
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.6
0749241689
Terminal Building
Working hours
Mon:07:00-21:00
Tue:07:00-21:00
Wed:07:00-21:00
Thu:07:00-21:00
Fri:07:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-14:30
Sun:09:30-21:00
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.5
+610749220044
Terminal Building Rockhampton Airport, Rockhampton QLD 4700
Working hours
Mon:07:00-17:00
Tue:07:00-17:00
Wed:07:00-17:00
Thu:07:00-18:00
Fri:07:00-18:00
Sat:07:00-12:00
Sun:10:00-17:00
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