Car Travel Services

Car travel around Australia certainly allows you to explore the country in depth, however, you must take into account the large driving distances. There are various options open to you, whether you buy your own vehicle or hire a car or a van to travel around Australia.

Driving around can work out expensive, unless you are travelling in a group. You have to consider fuel costs, costs of parts and labour if something should go wrong, insurance fees and other general car running costs. However, you do save money on other transport ticket costs, as well as having the flexibility to travel when and where you want.

Car Rental and Hire in Australia

If you hire a rental vehicle it offers you flexibility and independence, with the security that if something goes wrong with the vehicle it will be replaced or repaired.

If you are planning on camping or travelling long distances it would be a good idea to hire a van rather than a car, as it gives you more storage space, and often cooking and sleeping facilities. This means you can stop and rest for the night at one of the camping grounds or designated camping spots, without having to find accommodation.

Australian Explorer recommendeds Avis Australia Car Rental, Budget Rent a Car Australia, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty.

Avis

Avis is the leading car rental company across Australia. With over 240 locations around the country including all major airports, Avis is conveniently located close to your favourite holiday destination.

The average age of the Avis fleet is less than a year and ranges from the economical Toyota Corolla through the popular Holden Commodore to the luxurious Holden Statesman, plus the exciting Astra convertible, Renault Laguna and the Rover 75 Connoisseur. Vehicles also include the 4WD Mitsubishi Pajero and the roomy 8 seater Toyota Tarago.

Travelling to an unfamiliar city? Add Avis’ portable GPS to your rental and never get lost again.

Avis is also a partner in a wide range of rewards programs including the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, the Air New Zealand Air Points program, British Airways Executive Club and United Airlines Mileage Plus program.

Budget

Budget is renowned for meticulously maintained vehicles and quality service. Budget offers a wide range of cars, 4WDs and minibuses as well as Australia's largest fleet of trucks and commercial vehicles. The fleet is constantly being updated to ensure you enjoy the best in comfort and safety.

Budget also offers the convenience of over 240 locations Australia wide, so you are never far from a pick up point or friendly advice. We offer not just great rates but a variety of additional services to provide you with added value each time you rent from Budget.

Buying a Car in Australia

If you buy your own vehicle then there are a few things you should consider beforehand. It is generally better to buy a Holden, Ford, or another known Australian car, as you have more chance of getting hold of parts if you do break down in the outback or a small country town. Although the Car Registration (Rego) includes basic insurance, this only covers you for injury and not vehicle or property damage. For this reason it is best to buy extra insurance, just so you are covered in the unfortunate case of an accident. Also check the vehicle over before you buy it, and if need be pay the RAA to do this for you.

Rules when Driving in Australia

Below are a few rules and guidelines for driving in Australia:

  • Drive on the left-hand side of the road
  • Give way to the right
  • Never drink and drive, as tere are large fines if you are found with a blood-alcohol level of more than 0.05%
  • Always stick to the speed limits as there are cameras around the cities, towns and along the highways. The general speed limits are 50km in built up areas, and 110km on highways
  • Always carry at least one spare tyre (two when driving in the outback) as blowouts are common
  • When driving in the outback and on long journeys make sure you carry plenty of water in case you break down
  • If travelling through the desert or remote areas, make sure that you carry a radio transmitter so that you can communicate in case of an emergency
  • Always carry a basic first aid kit which can act as a temporary measure against injury, until further help can be received
  • Try to avoid driving at night as this is when road trains and animals are out on the road
  • Always pull over to allow road trains to pass, as if they have to pull out to overtake, their carriages often start to sway and can knock you off the road
  • If you are going to hit an animal press the brakes and dim your lights, although try to avoid swerving unless it is safe to do so

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