Car Hire at Alice Springs Airport
This information is correct as of June 2015. All data are retrieved on June 2015.
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Where to hire a car at Alice Springs Airport
The Alice Springs Airport offers pre-bookings or booking on arrival for car rentals. Several car rental companies have their desks at the airport, which can be found near the taxi ranks across the airline check-in desks of the airport's sole terminal. Avis, Budget Rent-a-Car, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt are some of the companies that run services in the airport. These companies offer various types of cars – from vans, SUVs, minibuses, or even cabriolets and limousines, depending on the preference and the needs of the traveller. Travellers may book through the car rental companies' airport desks, or through their respective websites which can be found here. Whichever channel the traveller chooses, he or she will be asked to present identification documents, his or her driver's license, and proof of payment before being handed the keys to the car.
If returning the rental car through the Alice Springs Airport, just bring it around the front where the car rental desks are, and the company representatives will take it from there. Some, if not all, companies require the vehicles to be in full tank upon return, so make sure to pass by a petrol station before heading to the airport.
What to expect when hiring a car from Alice Springs Airport
The Alice Springs Airport is served by National Highway 87, which connects to the areas of Alice Springs (central business district), Ti Tree, Anmatjere, and others. Indirectly, it is also connected to Tanami Road, which then connects it to Burt Plain and the West MacDonnell National Park, and to Ross Highway, which then connects it to minor areas in Alice Springs. Traffic is relatively light and winding in this side of Australia, primarily because it is sparsely populated and there are only a few vehicles (sans the central business district). Most roads are two-way, so to speak, although upon entering the city centre, smaller roads only have one-way traffic. No toll fees and special permits are needed within the immediate vicinity, although if planning on visiting the local reserves (which are plenty here), some would probably require entrance fees and parking fees.
Driving around Alice Springs Airport
The nearest major city from the Alice Springs Airport is Alice Springs (central business district), which is located some 14 kilometres from the airport. Travellers may reach the said destination through the National Highway 87, which is the primary road in service to the area. Upon arrival to Alice Springs, travellers will be greeted with complete services, starting from restaurants up to small shopping arcades and several hotels. Parking spaces are sparse but also available from here, and although the area is quite remote (as compared to other areas within the Northern Territories), Alice Springs has it all. The presence of several reserves in the area has halted the expansion of urban developments, but then again it adds to the tourism value of the city.
Getting to your destination
A district known for its rich and beautiful reserves, Alice Springs is your first stop when travelling from the Alice Springs Airport.
Reach Alice Springs by travelling west on Santa Teresa Road towards Maryvale Road, and continuing onto the National Highway 87. At the roundabout, take the second exit to stay on the National Highway 87, then continue on to Stuart Terrace, Bath Street, and Gregory Terrace to reach the district of Alice Springs.
Renowned for its sandstone bluffs and cliffs that is well-worth the travel time, Rainbow Valley is a nature's wonder that should be on your itinerary when flying down through the Alice Springs Airport.
A two-hour drive from the Alice Springs Central Business District, travellers may reach Rainbow Valley and the Rainbow Valley Conservation reserve by heading west on Highway 87 towards Hugh. Pass the central Hugh district, and turn left towards the Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve.
An Aboriginal settlement famous as the home of Aboriginal landscape watercolour artist Albert Namatjira, Hermannsburg is historical, artistic, and relaxed – a place to unwind from the rough outback rides.
From Alice Springs, reach Hermannsburg by running south-east on Gregory Terrace towards Hartley Street, and exiting on Larapinta Drive/Red Centre Way/ and State Route 2 towards central Hermannsburg.