Reserve a Cheap Car Rental by Comparing deals for Australia on VIPCars
South Australia or the country's Northern Territory, if a road trip is what you want, plan it with a car rental from VIPCars and make your vacation a memorable experience. 3-weeks, a month, 2 months or 6 months, no matter how long you are planning to stay in Australia, with us you can search daily, monthly as well as long-term car rental as per your requirements. Renting a car is a great way to cover the country, not just for road-trippers, but also for those who want to explore just a specific region. And since Australia has so much to offer - sunny beaches, country music, wide natural spaces, outback national parks and picturesque harbors, and other endless numbers of things to do and see - a thorough trip definitely calls for a rental car!!
Car Fleet and Deal types Available for Renting in Australia
Vehicles: With us, you can choose your car rental from a fine fleet which covers the following categories which makes sure that the car rental space and budget needs of a variety of travelers can be met:
Types of Deals you can find on VIPCars for Australia:
Depending on the fact whether you are a local or an international renter, here are a few car-rental-deal-types that you can expect to book on VIPCars:
One day car rental deals:
Usually the best choice for the travelers who are in Australia just for a multi-hour layover, one-day car rental is a great way for a quick visit to the places you want to cover in a limited time frame.
Weekend car rental deals:
They come with low prices for a set time frame; pickup is on Fridays and drop-offs on Monday mornings. They usually come with limited mileage; a bit of delay and you lose the weekend price the deal offered.
Long Term car rental deals:
In a long-term car rental deal you can rent a deal for a week, a month or months on an end. An extended stay can be an affordable way to keep your independence.
Ways to rent a car in Australia with VIPCars
Besides our online booking process which consists of three simple steps – search, compare and book – here are a few other ways that you can use to rent a car from VIPCars and its partner companies:
- Free Android & iPhone app for booking on the go
- Booking by Phone and live chat
Car Rental Companies We Work With in Australia
VIPCars works with some of the finest car rental brands in Australia; it not only makes sure that the diverse rental needs of the variety of travelers are met spot-on it also allows us to offer a big network of car rental locations. Hence, with us, you can find the car that you need whether you are looking for a 4x4, a sedan, a people mover or a convertible! The following are the international companies that we work with in Australia:
- Alamo Rent a Car
- ACE Rent a Car
- Sixt Rent a Car
- Apollo Car Hire
- East Coast Car Rentals
VIP Cars Australia – Cross Border and one-way rental options
With VIPCars and its suppliers, you can rent a car at a wide network of rental locations which include both city and airports locations. Also you have the option to pick your car in one part of the country and drop it in another; one-way fee applies in this case.
Cross Border travel is not permitted in the rental car; you need to have a word with the supplier or our booking support for any further queries regarding the cross border or one way rental option in Australia.
Add-ons That You Can Request With Your Australia Car Rental
Here is a tentative list of car rental add-ons that you can expect to see with your deal for Australia at the time of booking. These add-ons are offered as optional, i.e. their prices are initially not included in the quote, and are added only when you choose to rent them.
- Additional drivers
- Baby and child seats
- Wifi device
- Ski racks
- Snow Chains
Though you can add them to your deal at the time of booking, you need to confirm the availability of these add-ons at the time of pickup. This is so because sometimes the add-on might not be available due to a variety of reasons like 'the car which was supposed to be made available to you has not been returned yet’ or 'has met with an accident’ etc.
Things You need to rent a Car in Australia
- Age Requirements: The driver needs to be at least 21 years to qualify to rent a car in Australia, however read the T&Cs for the specific deal because the minimum age requirements can change depending on the supplier, the location within the country and the car category you are booking. Also note that most of the suppliers incur young driver surcharge from the drivers who fall in the age bracket 21-25 years.
- Driver License (DL) Requirements: The visitors, who are going to stay in Australia for long, should have a valid driver's license with a year of driving experience to qualify to rent a car in Australia.
Points to keep in mind regarding DL
If your driver's license is in a language other than English, you must provide the International Driving Permit – which will be considered only as a translation, it has importance only if it is accompanied by the official driver license.
Drivers who have Learner's, Probationary or Provisional licenses will not be allowed to rent a car; same applies for licenses which have been canceled, suspended, or surrendered.
If you have a temporary license which has been issued as a replacement for a lost license, then you can rent a car but will have to supply the police report copy; same applies for the ones issued due to a change of address etc. The temporary license will be checked for its validity, and then only you will be allowed to go ahead.
- C. Credit Card Policy: Most of our suppliers ask for a credit card as a means of payment for the rental car; though credit cards with American Express, Visa, and Master Card logos would usually suffice yet read the credit card policy given on the rental agreement for the accurate information. The credit card should have the driver's name, should have a card number and should be issued by a bank or some authentic financial institution.
VIP Cars Australia – FAQs
Can anyone else drive the car rental booked in my name?
Yes, but the driver must be declared an 'Authorized Driver’ by the rental company. To be authorized to drive the car, the additional driver must be more than the minimum rental age, should have a valid driving license, a valid credit card, an ID, and must be present with the main driver at the time of pickup.
What to do in the case my rental car meets with an accident?
In such a scenario, you should immediately contact the police, followed by the supplier through the contact numbers given on the rental documents. The renter is advised not to leave the site of the accident and make sure that the incident form is completed by an officer so that they can be submitted to the car rental desk at the time of pickup for insurance purposes.
Do I have to pay a penalty for late return?
While companies like Jucy rentals give a grace period of 1 hour, suppliers like Alamo give a grace period of 30 minutes, after which hourly fee comes into play and if you are later than 2 hours, a fee equivalent to a full day is charged. Hence, the penalty totally depends on the supplier, so read the rental agreement for the accurate information.
Some suppliers ask for the flight numbers in case you are picking a car from an airport, that way they can track the flight and can rearrange the pickup in case of a delay. In this case you might not have to pay a late fee, but if the delay postpones your pickup to off-hours, you might have to pay fee for the service after working hours.
Planning a Road Trip around Australia
Whether you are planning a road trip in Australia for a month or more than that, here are some of the finest road trip experiences in Australia that you should definitely include in your itinerary:
- East Coast of Tasmania
- The Pacific Coast Road trip
- The Gibb River Road, WA
- The Coral Coast Drive
- The Great Ocean Road, Victoria
- Great Alpine Road, Victoria
- Journey from Cairns to Cape York
- The Savannah Way
- The Big Lap
- Coorong National Park SA
- Outback Central Arnhem Highway road trip
Rent a Car and Travel Australia in one go?!!
Though traveling Australia in one go is not actually possible on limited time, still if you want to accomplish that you will need more than 6 weeks at most – probably 3-4 months for a relatively thorough experience. And, a car rental is an indispensible requirement so that you can witness the out-of-the-tourist radar destinations!
If planned well, not only can you cover all the eight Australian states, but can also cover four road trips – the ultimate Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to Adelaide, Broome to Darwin, Alice Springs to Ayers Rock, and Sydney to Canberra & the Blue Mountains – while covering the ultimate travel loop around Australia. The following is the sample itinerary which covers states and their respective areas that we recommend that you should definitely cover for a meaningful trip:
- Queensland: Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands, Cairns, Port Douglas, Fraser Island, Kuranda, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Lamington National Park, Townville & Magnetic Islands, and Sunshine Coast.
- New South Wales: Jervis Bay, Hunter Valley, the Snowy Mountains, Byron Bay, Mudgee, Kangaroo Valley, Coffs Harbour, Armidale, Port Macquarie, Sydney, Kingscliff, Port Stephens, New Castle, and the Blue Mountains.
- Australian Capital Territory (ACT): Canberra (5-10 days - Surprisingly there is a lot to do)
- Victoria: Mornington Peninsula, Philip Island, Melbourne, the Grampians, Geelong, Ballarat, Daylesford and Spa County, Gippsland, and Great Ocean Road.
- Tasmania: Hobart, Richmond, Port Arthur, Brunny Island, Freycinet NP, Coles Bay, Binalong Bay, Bays of Fires, Penguin, Cradle Mountain and Evandale.
- South Australia: Adelaide, Port Augusta, Kangaroo Island, Barossa Valley, Heysen Trail, Coober Pedy, Gawler Ranges, Clare Valley, Kapunda, and Mount Gambier.
- Western Australia: Margaret River, Perth, Broome, the Kimberly, Nambung NP, Purnululu, Rottnest Island, the Pinnacles, Wave Rock, and Gibb River Road.
- Northern Territory: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Darwin, Kings Canyon, Finke Gorge National Park, Alice Springs, Kakadu National Park, Katherine, Simpsons Gap, Litchfield National Park, and Alice Springs.
Things to Keep in Mind While Planning a Road Trip in Australia
Tip for traveling in Australia by road
The best way to explore Australia is indeed a car, however, one need to note that the distances that you might have to cover can be lengthy, so plan well so as to keep you out of the trouble’s way. Dig deep into the distances that you need to travel and make arrangements for the best of the kind deals.
Best Time to Visit Australia
Note that Australia’s season cycle is opposite to that of N America or Europe. It experiences summers from December through February, autumn is from March to May, winter is from June to August, and spring is from September to November.
Also, Australia states in the northern and southern regions experience different seasons as the months go by; the northern states tend to remain warm throughout the year whereas the southern states experience relatively cooler winters. Which means that, no matter when you are planning to arrive in Australia you will not be short on the things-to-do!
Hence in case you don’t want to brave the heat when visiting in summers, stick to the southern states and the vice a versa if visiting in winters for Northern states remain warm almost all the year round.
General Driving Tips for Australia
Seatbelt Laws in Australia
All occupants of the car need to wear seat belts at all times while on the road. The main driver should make sure that all the passengers are buckled in, this is because if the passengers, 16 and over are found not wearing a seat belt, there will be fined on spot along with the driver if caught. Children below the age of 7 need to be restrained in proper booster seats.
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
In Australia, drunk driving is a big offense if your blood alcohol limit is more than 0.05%, and in case the driver falls in the learners and provisional license ("P" plates) categories, zero limits is observed.
Police are known to conduct random alcohol and drug tests and if a person is caught driving with alcohol or drugs in their bloodstream, the person is deemed an offender. In case the person is a first time offender, only a fine is collected but his driving rights are suspended for a period of time.
In the event of an accident, the driver should never leave the accident scene; they are legally required to stop and provide any possible assistance. And whether there is a casualty or not, the driver should call the emergency authorities and the car rental supplier; the numbers are usually provided on the car rental agreement.
In Australia, the travelers should park their cars on the left-hand side of the road in such a way that it is not blocking the traffic. Make sure that you are not parking on the on the side which faces the oncoming traffic, as in that case, you will be fined on the spot.
City Areas & Roads to avoid
All the major cities in Australia can be a bit congested, so research the roads which attract maximum traffic and keep clear of them at peak times and make sure that you are avoiding the Central Business Districts during the peak times too, both in the early mornings and late afternoons.
In Australia, speed limits are clearly signposted along the roads, however in case there are no speed signs, keep in mind that the default speed limit is 50km/h in urban areas which has street lights. It comes down to 40km/hr in areas which are school zones, however, they vary from state to state; for instance, in South Australia, the speed limit for school zones is 25km/h limit. So, research well about the speed limit in different zones for a fine-free travel.
If it is not an urban area where you are heading, speed limits vary as per the state, for instance in states like Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, and Queensland, the default speed limit is 100km/h. In Western Australia the default speed limit is 110km/h and in the Northern Territory it is usually 110km/hr but can go up to 130km/h on major highways.