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In the land of long drives and big adventures, if you want to really explore Australia, you need a hire car. Meander through Margaret River wine country, zip up the Queensland Coast, drive the Great Ocean Road – there's an amazing road trip waiting in every corner of this vast nation.

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What age do I need to be to hire a vehicle in Australia?

The minimum age to rent a vehicle in Australia varies by car hire company but usually you need to be 21 and have held a full driving licence for at least 12 months.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Australia?

You will need a full and valid driving licence, a photo ID – such as a passport – and a credit card. You will also need an International Driving Permit, which you can usually get at the Post Office.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Australia?

No. There is no legal requirement to purchase car hire excess insurance when renting a car, but this additional cover is recommended for peace of mind. Car hire excess insurance will minimise your financial exposure should you be involved in an accident while driving a hire car. It’s advisable to compare insurance policies, including those offered by standalone third parties, in advance of your trip.

Can I rent a car with a debit card in Australia?

The rules relating to debit cards vary from company to company. Some car hire providers will accept debit cards, but only in certain locations. When hiring a car in Australia, it’s normal to be asked to provide a credit card in your name for security purposes.

Which rental companies are available at Sydney Airport?

There are six car hire companies to choose from at Sydney Airport. They are Avis, Budget, Hertz, Enterprise, Europcar and Thrifty. The car hire desks are located in the T1 International arrivals hall.

Which rental companies are available at Melbourne Airport?

Six car hire companies operate at Melbourne Airport. They are Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty. You can find the booking desks directly opposite Terminal T2.

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off site in Australia?

A premium location fee typically applies to rentals at the airport – on that basis, off site hire is generally cheaper. Nevertheless, you can frequently get a good deal by comparing different car hire providers online and booking in advance.

Can you rent a car in one Australian city and drop it off in another?

Yes. Due to the country’s vast size, one-way rentals are very common in Australia. A one-way rental fee may apply. In some instances, providers may offer cheaper ‘one-way relocation rentals’ to help them move cars from one branch to another.

Can you rent a car the same day in Australia?

Yes, you can typically rent a car on the same day in Australia by contacting a car hire company or visiting a booking office, either at the airport or off-site. Note that at peak times, vehicle choice may be more limited.

Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in Australia?

Yes, you can hire a car at 21 years of age in Australia. However, you need to have held your driving licence for at least a year in advance of the booking. As you’re under 25, you may be limited in your choice of cars and a ‘young driver fee’ may apply. 

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