Car Hire in Perth
You might not be able to cover all of Western Australia with car hire in Perth, but you can make a pretty good stab at it. Perth is one of the most remote cities on Earth, but that doesn't mean there's not plenty to see within a couple of hours drive. Hire a car and discover some of the top 10 things to do in Perth without waiting for public transport.
Where to Hire a Car in Perth
Australia is better by car, which is why you'll find plenty of car hire agencies in and around Perth. If you've booked flights to Perth, look for car hire from Perth Airport. This is the most convenient option as you can hop in your motor as soon as you land. Redspot and Budget are among the car hire companies based near Perth Airport. If you'd rather relax (and sleep off your jet-lag) for a few days before tackling the Aussie roads, you'll find plenty of car hire agencies in Perth CBD too. Hertz, Budget and Europcar all have car rental offices near Elizabeth Quay.
Tips for Driving in Perth
Downtown Perth has quite a few one-way streets that can be difficult to navigate, however the city is committed to changing these to two-way carriageways. It's best to hire a car with a sat-nav system so you don't get lost, and to keep your eyes peeled in case the road has changed since the last map update. If you bring your car into town and decide to have a drink, it's best to check out hotels in Perth for the night. Alcohol laws in Australia are quite strict, so either appoint a designated driver or don't take the risk. Make yourself familiar with Western Australia's road rules before hopping behind the wheel of your Perth rental car, and you'll be able to enjoy Australia's top driving routes safe in the knowledge you're not breaking any laws.
3 Easy Day Trips from Perth
Best for adrenaline addicts: The Pinnacles Desert Ever fancied sand-boarding down desert sand dunes? You can try your hand in the Pinnacles Desert. This arid landscape is a two hour and twenty minute (193km) drive from downtown Perth. Another top attraction in the area is the limestone formations which give the desert its name.
Best for wine lovers: Margaret River It takes just under three hours to drive the 270km to Margaret River, a wine region known for its gutsy oaked chardonnays and Bordeaux-style cabernet sauvignons. Wine lovers will enjoy hopping between the region's boutique vineyards. If you're planning on doing a few tastings, we recommend staying for the weekend (or letting someone else drive).
Best for families: Adventure World This theme park is just 20 minutes south of Perth's CBD, and is home to some seriously exciting rollercoasters and water rides including The Kraken – the world's longest, tallest and steepest funnel waterslide. The theme park announces a new ride every two years, so keep an eye on their website to find out what's new.