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Rent a car in Australia for an economically friendly and easy way to explore this vast nation. Given the country's extensive coastal roads and spectacular beaches, exploring with a car is the best, and in many cases, the only way to get around. Outside major cities, the roads are quiet and well-maintained. Driving lets you make the most of this fantastic destination.

It's your choice: Where to go in Australia

As Australia is a huge country, deciding where to begin your adventure can be daunting at first. Whichever region of this vast nation you choose to visit, you'll need to change planes at least once when travelling from Europe. Common stopover points include Middle Eastern cities such as Dubai or Doha, with Singapore and Bangkok being popular Asian layover points. Melbourne and Sydney, Australia's two largest cities, have extensive international airports. After marvelling at the Sydney Opera House or soaking up Melbourne's alternative street culture, take to the open road in a rental car and explore destinations such as Bondi Beach, the mesmerising Great Barrier Reef, or the seemingly endless Great Ocean Road, which is peppered with landmarks and breathtaking views.

What to do in Australia

Given the size of the country, when you visit Australia, you'll probably want to frame your trip around either the eastern or western coastlines. Perth, the major hub of West Australia, boasts numerous attractions, including Kings Park and Botanic Garden and Freemantle Prison. Beaches aren't in short supply around Perth, and Garden and Rottnest islands are accessible by taking a short boat trip from the city's harbour. Meanwhile, Sydney, Australia's largest city, is many first-time visitors' top choice. Sydney is one of the world's great cultural capitals, and with its proximity to the beaches of the Gold Coast, you can combine a city escape with a beach getaway. Melbourne, the capital of the south coast, has a more laid-back vibe but an equally vibrant and cosmopolitan culture.

Important info about Australia

As well as boasting some of the world's top cities, Australia also has abundant natural beauty. Discovering destinations away from the cities is much easier when you rent a car in Australia. The rainforest reserves and Great Barrier Reef, both located close to Cairnes, are must-sees for wildlife lovers, while the Blue Mountains of Katoomba are a walker's paradise. The reef is one of the world's most magnificent natural wonders, and the opportunity to dive into its stunning waters mustn't be missed. Other localities that should be on the itinerary of any intrepid traveller to Australia include magnificent Ayres Rock and the wild landscapes of Alice Springs. Exotic wildlife is part of the fabric of life in Australia, and opportunities to spot everything from koalas to kangaroos are plentiful. You'll find plenty of national parks, both on and offshore – a few of the best are Kakadu, Uluru Kata Tjuta and Karijini.

Weather in Sydney
Country Australia
Language English
Currency Australian dollar
Time-Zones Australian Western Time (UTC+08:00), Australian Central Time (GMT+9.30), Australian Eastern Time (UTC+10:00)
Country Code +61

Good to know

Australia has well-maintained roads with clear signposts, and driving in the country is generally safe. Australians, like the British, drive on the left side of the road. When you rent a car in Australia, you'll need a valid international driving licence and an international permit, which you get easily from your home country before you set off. All reputable car hire companies will request to see your documentation before leasing you a car. It's important to adhere to the speed limits, even when there's no visible signage, as the regulations are strictly enforced. As the blood-alcohol limit for drivers Australia is 0.05%, not driving after drinking is strongly advised. While there's likely no need for a 4x4 vehicle, keep in mind that some of the distances you'll cover could be extensive and a large car can be more comfortable for long journeys - especially for those travelling as a family.

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Our tour suggestion for Australia

By renting a car in Australia, you'll have the freedom to travel when and where you want – so why not plan a road trip? One of the most popular self-drive holidays spans the route between Cairns and Brisbane in Queensland. Encompassing some of the country's most-loved features, such as the remarkable Whitsunday Islands, the Great Barrier Reef, Cape Tribulation, and Mission Beach, this 1-2 week journey is the perfect introduction to this vast country. Pick up your rental car in Cairns, and spend some time in Port Douglas to see the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Go hiking in Wooroonoonan National Park before heading to Townsville, and then to Airlie, which is considered the jumping-off point to the Whitsunday Islands. After exploring this majestic archipelago, drive to Eungella National Park to try to spot its resident platypuses, and then head to the seaside community of Yeppoon. Stop in Bundaberg to learn about its historical sugar cane industry. Keep along the coastal road and rest at Rainbow Beach before arriving in Brisbane.

What to bring to your friends from Australia

Opals, mined in Australia, are popular gifts to take back home for friends. Buy the stone in its raw form or set in jewellery such as necklaces or pendants. Look out for UGG boots, which make an excellent practical gift – the original store is in the heart of Sydney, but you can pick up this iconic footwear across Australia. For those who enjoy a tipple, a bottle of wine from Penfolds Grange is a perennial favourite and can be found for a low cost at most high-street stores. For the kids, there are endless teddies and gifts featuring Australian kangaroos and koalas. And finally, don't forget to take home that all-important pot of Vegemite to sample this Aussie classic with your friends and family.