Car rental in Brisbane from $33*
It’s no secret that car rental is an easy way to add independence to a holiday, allowing you to take trips when and where you want without having to stick to strict schedules or expensive tours. Renting a car in Brisbane helps you navigate the city more easily, as well as to explore the nearby region. Most hotels in Brisbane offer free parking, and street parking in the CBD is normally easy to find.
Where to hire a car in Brisbane
After landing in Queensland, you can rent a car at Brisbane Airport and get straight on the road. You have the choice of 6 car hire companies at the airport: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty. These companies each have a counter in both the international and the domestic terminal.
Away from the airport, you can find car rental options spread across Brisbane including in the CBD, Fortitude Valley and South Brisbane.
What to expect when driving in Brisbane
Like in New Zealand, cars drive on the left-hand side of the road in Australia.
Be aware that the quickest route from the airport to the CBD has toll fees.
While driving around the city is a similar experience to New Zealand, Outback driving is entirely different. Be sure to take every opportunity for fuel, take plenty of water and think about investing in a satellite phone if you’re going on a long trip.
Popular road trips from Brisbane
Brisbane to the Gold Coast
Brisbane is one of the peculiarities of Australia – a major capital without a proper beach. Luckily, just an hour away is the Gold Coast, a name that inspires confidence in its beaches. Surfers Paradise, along with adjacent Broadbeach, is the hub of beach activities, but there are also smaller and quieter options such as Burleigh Heads up and down the shore.
Brisbane to Lake Baroon
Two hours north of Brisbane, if you take the M1 (with tolls), is Lake Baroon and Baroon Pocket Dam. For many, this getaway feels like a shortcut to Europe, with the lake and its surrounding trees seemingly taken straight from the Northern Hemisphere. Enjoy the tranquil waters, laze in the shade and show your friends this hidden gem.
Brisbane to Springbrook National Park
A 90-minute drive south, past the Gold Coast and Tamborine Mountain, is Springbrook National Park. Known locally as the Hinterland, this sub-tropical rainforest showcases some of the best of nature: lush greenery, cascading waterfalls and natural rock formations that defy expectations.
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Please note: all information is correct as of December 2018.