Car Rental in Brisbane
This information is correct as of June 2015.
Where to rent a car in Brisbane
Many major and minor car hire companies have set up camp within central Brisbane, and its surrounds, so travellers will surely not have a hard time looking for what they need. Most, if not all, of these companies have their offices, along the M3, the A7, and the M1, while still others have service desks within the airport. Travellers may decide to pick the car up and drop it off near the airport or within the airport, or through the offices of the car hire company of their preference. Price range run from as low as AUD 21 per day, peaking to almost AUD 90-100, depending on the car type. If travellers would want cheaper finds and rates, they may as well book in advance for their convenience.
Some of the car hire companies offering their services within Brisbane include Carhire.com.au, VroomVroomVroom, Abel Rent-a-car, Ace Rental Car, Alpha Car Hire, Suncoast Car Rentals, Thrifty, Fortitude Valley Car Rental, Avis, Vista Hire, Rentnewcars and Campervans Pty Ltd., and others. These companies offer cars ranging from sedans, SUVs, to bigger types such as vans, camper trucks, and even luxury cars and limousines. More often than not, the bigger the car is, the expensive it becomes.
What to expect when renting a car from Brisbane
Central Brisbane is like a huge area of criss-crossing roads and major highways, with plenty of establishments embedded around. Usually, the busiest times of roads here are during weekday mornings, especially during Mondays and Fridays, while clear roads can be seen on weekday afternoons before 4 pm, and weekend mornings until about lunch time. The said busiest roads are located within central Brisbane, through major roads and connections around the Fortitude Valley, Woolloongabba, and outer areas. Parking areas are plenty within the city, so travellers will also not have a hard time looking for a space. However, it can be noted that during peak hours, these parking spaces may be full to the brim.
Getting to your destination
One of the most beautiful coastal destinations in Australia, Gold Coast invites travellers to an urban yet refreshing escape; a city near the beautiful beaches with towering skyscrapers and swanky high-end resorts. Wake to a view of beautiful waters in the morning, enjoy great marine activities towards the afternoon, and get dancing in the evening.
Reach Gold Coast by taking George Street to the Pacific Motorway and following the Pacific Motorway to Southport-Nerang Road/State Route 20 in Molendinar. Take exit 69 at the said road, and then continue on to State Route 24 to Monaco Street in Broadbeach Waters and towards Gold Coast.
Looking for some island escape just some three hours away from central Brisbane? Head to Moreton Island! Moreton Island is a beautiful island escape off the coast of Moreton Bay, which can be visited and accessed easily from the city. An hour and a half of road trip towards the ferry port, and another hour and 30 on the sea, and you can enjoy this one of a kind area and its heritage sites, beach, and trails.
Head to Moreton Island by taking M3 and State Route 25 towards the M1, M4, and Port Dr. to Kite Street in Port of Brisbane. After which, take Howard Smith Drive to Tangalooma Wreck, and park your vehicle there. Take the ferry from Tangalooma Wreck towards the coast, then alight and enjoy the trip! Travellers may camp here in the designated areas.
Another refreshing destination, Sunshine Coast will provide travellers with a laid-back lifestyle that is centred on pristine beaches, freshwater rivers and lakes, subtropical forests that serve as abode to many species, and the sunshine.
Reach Sunshine Coast from Brisbane by taking the M3 and eixting toward Sunshine Coast. Continue on the M3 and then take the Airport Link Tunnel/M7 to Gympie Road/A3 in Kendron. Exit from Airport Link Tunnel/M7, and then continue to Gympie Road/A3. After that, take the M1 to Sugar Road in Buderin, and then take exit Mooloolaba Road from Sunshine Motorway/State Route 70, and then continue towards Maroochydore to reach Sunshine Coast.