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  • Where to pick up your car

    There are over 75 car hire locations in Australia, and the most popular city is Melbourne.

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    The most popular car rental brands in Australia are East Coast Rentals, Hertz, Europcar, Ace and Thrifty.

  • Best time to hire a car

    The cheapest months to pick up your car hire in Australia are May and July.

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Hire a car in Australia

The world’s smallest continent but largest island, Australia is an oasis of natural wonders.

The country down under has everything, from bright beaches and crystal waters to barren landscapes and lush rainforests. Its big cities lead the way in how-to-be hip and are a lively showcase of what happens when modern spirit meets an unbeatable admiration for the great outdoors.

Although driving distances between places can be long and exhausting, it means the road trips here are some of the best. Search for your perfect car hire with easyCar and let your imagination run wild as you start off on your Australian adventure.

Get to know Australia

Driving tips

Type of road Speed limit
Urban 50km/h
Rural 100km/h
Motorways 110km/h

Type of car Minimum cost per day of car hire in Australia
Compact £18.80
Economy £19.20
Intermediate £23.40

Road conditions
If you’re interested in some remote Aussie outback driving, be aware most roads will be unpaved and sandy. You should reduce your tyre pressure when driving on sandy roads and inflate them on harder surfaces.

Type of car
Unless you plan on driving in the wildest parts of the outback, it won’t be necessary to drive around a hefty 4WD. Plot your route before to see what types of roads you’ll be encountering and decide on the type of car you’ll need from there.

Outside of major cities and even within smaller rural towns, it is necessary to watch out for animals. This particularly applies from dusk till dawn, when animals such as kangaroos are more likely to be out and active.

Outback driving tips
Always carry water with you; take frequent breaks in order to keep your energy up; plan when you’ll need to refill the tank; check weather conditions; and always carry a spare tyre.

Local knowledge

Few other cities hold such a rivalry as Sydney and Melbourne. Though neither is the true capital of Australia, they are constantly battling it out for the country’s top spot. But with a nine hour drive between the two, most visitors only have the time to visit one of Australia’s two biggest cities. So which is the best choice for you?


Cheapest month / most expensive month Average cost per day of car hire in Sydney
May £14.40
December £19.00

State: New South Wales

Climate: Matching the city’s beautiful beaches is its plentiful amount of sunny, Vitamin D rich weather. So if you’re seeking flawless summer days, Sydney’s the place.

Iconic landmark: Sydney Opera House

What’s it known for: Sydney is known firstly for its standout landmarks, which really have become the icons for the whole of Australia. The city also boasts top urban beaches and an unforgettable waterfront.

Best nearby road trip: Grand Pacific Drive


Cheapest month / most expensive month Average cost per day of car hire in Melbourne
September £14.90
December £26.50

State: Victoria

Climate: Melbourne has its fair share of blissful days but on average, the city is known to experiences four seasons in one day. Pack for all weather conditions and watch out for the wind!

Iconic landmark: Queen Victoria Market

What’s it known for: Melbourne has managed to overthrow Sydney as Australia’s cultural capital, making it the place to visit for museums and galleries. The city’s reputation for having an unbeatable coffee scene is also undisputed.

Best nearby road trip: The Great Ocean Road

The smallest state


Australia’s isolated island state, Tasmania is the country’s small but enchanting jewel. Despite its size compared to mainland states, Tasmania manages to pack in an abundance of wild and diverse landscapes. Its natural beauty ranges from mountains to untamed coastline, while its food scene is among the country’s best, proving the island to be more than just a side attraction. Fly into Hobart, the island’s capital, pick-up your car rental and explore Tasmania.

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Around Australia

Australia’s six states and two territories have each developed their own personalities and defining characteristics. But the country’s more isolated provinces have really refined their identities, finding ways to stand out against the country’s busier, more internationally known provinces.

The classic state


When dreaming up quintessential images of Australia – surfing, beaches, sun, nightlife and wildlife – the Queensland coast is exactly what you’re picturing. The country’s second largest state, Queensland is home to some of the best surf spots and the Great Barrier Reef.

The state’s capital, Brisbane, is a spectacular starting point for some of Australia's best coastal road trips. From the city, you can easily drive down the Gold Coast to Byron Bay or up the famed Sunshine Coast to Surfers Paradise. Whichever direction you choose, you can’t go wrong.

Alternatively, you can make your way to the tropical city of Cairns, which is considered the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and superb rainforests.