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Brisbane is Queensland's biggest city set on the Brisbane River Valley and one of the most desirable places in the world to live. It has excellent year-round weather, a busy and bustling city centre, good nightlife and is a great base for exploring both the coastal and inland areas nearby.

Why go?

The sub-tropical climate makes Brisbane a fantastic place to visit and start your Australia holiday using cheap car hire...

The city of Brisbane sits along the river of the same name, just east of Moreton Bay, Queensland. Many people opt for car hire in Brisbane to view the best tourist attractions in the area in all their splendour.

Car rental in Brisbane allows for you to take in length and breadth of this great city, from the South bank parklands in which offers a vast array of shops, cafes, and a man-made beach and the famous Wheel of Brisbane.

South Bank is a great area for hanging out by day, with museums, galleries and plenty of cafes and bars. As the night draws in, many head to the West End or to Fortitude Valley, both very lively and with plenty of entertainment on offer. The CBD or Central Business District houses the Gallery of Modern Art, Town Hall and shopping.

The best time to visit Brisbane is during August and September when the Royal Queensland show and the Brisbane River Festival are held respectively. Ekka (formerly the Royal Queensland show) is a celebration marking the end of winter and is the last public holiday before Christmas.

There are also several major theme parks in the Brisbane area such as Wet'n' Wild, Sea World, Movie World and Dreamworld. You can also visit the Australia Zoo made famous by Steve Irwin and packed with Australian native animals such as crocodiles, kangaroos and koalas.

The best way to get around and avoid the inner city of Brisbane is to use the Gateway motorway, a toll road which links the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. If flying directly to Brisbane airport then it's best to pick up your car on arrival at the international airport (BNE), although there are also many locations to collect your rental car in the downtown area.

Use our search tool on the left-hand side where we scour the car hire market for the best deals to ensure your visit to Brisbane doesn't break the bank.

Where to explore?

Within a short drive of the city you'll find a huge range of places to explore and hiring a vehicle is really the only practical way to see all that is on offer...

The two major coastal areas of the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast are within striking distance. The Sunshine Coast runs from Noosa to Caloundra and is known for its well-kept and pristine beaches, low key development, excellent watersports and famers' markets.

The Gold Coast is a full-on developed resort area, packed with resort hotels, places to eat and drink, shopping and events year round. All the big name hotels are on offer and your hire car will make it easy to navigate the area and explore all the attractions on offer.

Further north you'll find the start of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the most iconic natural symbols of Australia, along with Port Douglas, Cairns and the forests.

Other great areas to explore by car are the Blackall Range with its tourist drive of rolling countryside, Lamington National Park, Rockhampton and the Scenic Rim.