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    Where to pick up your car

    The most popular car hire location is Sydney Airport (YQY), just under 20 mins' drive from the centre (about 15km).

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    The most popular car rental brands in Sydney are Ace Rent a Car, Europcar, East Coast Rentals, Hertz and Jucy.

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    Warmest month: January (23°C)
    Coldest month: July (13°C)

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Hire a car in Sydney

A beach lined metropolis, Sydney is a vision of glamour and laid-back Aussie excellence.

The capital of New South Wales (though often viewed as the true capital Australia), Sydney mesmerizes visitors from all over. While its landmark tourist sites are brilliant, the city is much more than its famous Opera House and postcard images. And despite its urban buzz, Sydney remains one of the friendliest cities in the world.

Delve into the small pockets of the city before driving to the surrounding national parks and sunbaked beaches. Search with easyCar to find the best set of wheels for your trip down under.

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Travel tips

Money saving
Whether visiting or living, Sydney is one of the most expensive cities in the world. But there are ways to save some cash. Take advantage of the city’s free museums and walking tours, spend time at the beaches and indulge in the cheap, but delicious, Thai cuisine.

Cafe culture
Australians love their coffee, and we’re not talking standard old French pressed coffee. Here you'll find finely-crafted espressos, lattes and flat whites. In Sydney, independent cafes and coffee roasters prove coffee can be a form of art.

Sydney’s warm season runs November to April, with January being the hottest month. But if you're looking to avoid the crowds and holiday prices, visit from late September to early December or February to April.

Sydney doesn’t hold back when it comes to festivals, so it’s worth considering planning your trip around one. Vivid Sydney, the city’s colourful lights festival, begins in late May and runs till mid June. And, of course, there is the city’s spectacular New Year’s Eve firework display.

Driving tips

With Sydney’s notoriously slow and infrequent public transport system, renting a car is the way to go if you want to save yourself time on the road.

Frequently Asked QuestionAnswer
What is the most popular rental length in Sydney?Eleven to twelve days.
What is the most popular month to rent a car in Sydney?March, when a hire car costs on average £16.10 per day.

Cheapest month / most expensive month Average cost per day of car hire in Sydney

Toll roads
Most toll roads in Queensland are located in and around Sydney, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel, which you’ll likely end up passing through at some point. Tolls are usually electronic and require a pass or tag. Check whether your rental company will supply you with one.

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Nature escape

Greater Blue Mountains Drive

Less than a two-hour drive inland from Sydney rests one of the country’s finest areas of biodiversity. The rugged Blue Mountains is a huge area of protected bushland filled with stunning scenery, both above and below the ground.

Branching off the main Greater Blue Mountain Drive, you will find a sprawling 1,200km network of roads. Journey off the main path and onto any of the 18 Discovery Trails, the back roads which wind their way through the mountains, valleys and eucalyptus forests. The small 36km Blue Mountain Drive loop around the cliff tops is definitely one for the books.

Make a pitstop by the iconic rock trio – known as the Three Sisters – for epic vistas, or venture underground and crawl through the Jenolan Caves. No matter the route you take, this UNESCO listed site is sure to impress.

The ultimate Sydney road trip

  • Sydney Airport SYD

    Sydney Airport is the busiest passenger airport in Australia.

  • Car hire pick up point

    Car hire desks are located in the arrivals area of both the international and domestic terminals.

  • Hunter Valley

    Here, you can indulge in some of Australia’s greatest wines, fresh from the area’s 120 plus wineries.

  • Nelson Bay

    Explore the longest sand dune system in Australia or go dolphin watching to view the playful wildlife.

  • Port Macquarie

    With over 14 beautiful beaches and a koala breeding centre, finding bliss here is easy.

  • Byron Bay

    Australia’s most eastern point and symbol of fashionable coastal lifestyle, this town is a playground for all types of travellers.