A cheap Brisbane car hire is the best way to see the city
What will you need to know when driving a rental car in Brisbane?Our VroomVroomVroom family is proud to call our hometown Brisbane. With our main office located on the North side of the city, we are sure to be able to help you out with any car rental queries that you may have. Here are some facts that we think are important when hiring a car in Brisbane.
1.There are Toll Roads! Make sure you know how you will be paying your tolls when you collect your hire car. Every supplier has different expectations, and most will charge a lot more if you do not meet these expectations, and travel through toll roads anyway. Of course, you can avoid the toll roads at all costs. However, this means driving around the countryside.
2. Parking - Be aware that there are parking restrictions throughout the city and surrounding suburbs during particular times. Also please note that if you have a hire car and a parking ticket is issued whilst you have it, there are admin fees charged if the ticket isn't paid and the car rental supplier has to process it.
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Why book with us?Compare car hire prices from Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Budget and Thrifty in Brisbane with our booking system and book directly through our site! Save yourself money and time. You may decide to hire a Campervan. We can also help you Compare Brisbane Campervan Rates.
Need to know more about Campervans?If you're looking to go on an extended road trip, you might also like to consider renting a campervan. There's many campervan options coming out of Brisbane for both fleet and road trip itineries. Check out our new Brisbane campervan rental page for more information.
Driving to Cairns from Brisbane?You will also find that a road trip from Brisbane to Cairns is popular for tourists and we have come up with ideas on where to eat while you drive the eastern coastline in your hire car.
Where exactly can you find a cheap rental car in Brisbane?There are a number of locations spread throughout Brisbane, where you can opt to collect your car rental. If you're not sure what is the best location for you, then give our customer service team a call. They will be more than happy to help work out the most convenient Brisbane depot to collect a car rental. Simply Contact Us or check out our Locations Page.
For ideas on where to stay while you're not in your car rental, you can find a hotel at Wotif.com or try a luxurious Brisbane Bed and Breakfast like the Swan Inn.
Useful information about Brisbane for you.
We are proud to present to you the City of Brisbane. We have first hand knowledge about the city and the surrounding area. Not only can we assist you with hiring a car in Brisbane, we can also make sure that you are booking car hire from the most convenient location.
If you are not 100% sure what to do with your time in Brisbane, we may be able to help with that as well. Just like other cities around the world including Los Angeles, and London, Brisbane has many iconic things to see and do. Check out the awesome information below about Brisbane and things to do. If you know of something spectacular to do in Brisbane, and it's not already covered in our information, let us know about it!
Being situated in the "Sunshine State", the sun is no stranger to this beautiful city. Brisbane can be humid and sub-tropical with reasonably warm temperatures for most of the year so no matter what time of the year you are visiting Brisbane, be sure to bring some swimmers with an average temperature of 16-26°C.
To check the latest weather and forecasts, visit the Bureau of Meteorology website.
Brisbane is the third biggest spot for tourists to flock to. It is also Australia's most popular city to rent a car and take a road trip. With parklands, botanical gardens and lush forests, there is plenty to do beyond the booming fireworks lighting the night skies and the growing music and arts scene.
Taste the local cuisine or relax on a boat, as it meanders through the city on the Brisbane River. Swimming and rock climbing are just a few more of the many amusements at your disposal, with local transit making everything easily accessible. Whatever your interests or your travelling companions, Brisbane is sure to entertain and delight everyone in your party.
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When it comes to Brisbane we can only offer you a biased opinion. It is VroomVroomVroom's favourite city to hire a car and take a road trip in Australia. It is also home to our global car hire head quarters! Call us if you are not sure where the closest depot is, for you to collect a car.
Hidden Secrets: Brisbane City
A local insight into Brisbane City and surrounds.
By Rachel Carpenter
So your travelling to Brisbane for the first time and not sure what to do? You have your Brisbane Car hire booked and some spare time on your hands…..Keep Reading.
Things to See
Head on up to Mount Cootha and enjoy the view over the city towards to sea. The lookout is spectacular day or night and particularly stunning for events such as River Fire.
Brisbane River at night
Cruise up the Brisbane River at night on a River Cat ferry. The city twinkles like galaxy of stars as you see the city from a brand new perspective. Not one for the water then try a stroll by the river along the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.
Storey Bridge Climb
With the choice of climbing Morning, Afternoon or Twilight you can get a birds eye view of this beautiful city while climbing one of its icons.
Places to go
All that Jazz
Located in the bohemian heart of Brisbane the Judith Wright Centre is home of the Glass Bar. If your heart beats to a syncopated beat then this lounge is for you. Great food, good wine and funky jazz.
Fancy a fancy brew then head to Queenies traditional Teahouse in Nundah. Queenies re introduces Brisbane to the art of tea. Here you will find traditional teas like “Earl Grey” & “Darjeeling” mixed in with newer and exciting teas like “Double Happiness” or “Australian Breakfast Tea”. Grab the girls and head to Queenies for a yummy high tea.
Head to one of the many Sunday Morning markets that are on around the city. The Riverside Markets and Valley Markets are in the city while the Cleveland Markets are on around the bay. These markets have a range of items from Furniture to Plants to Jewellery and much more. Keep an eye out for one of the many suburban markets that are on once a month. Mitchelton Markets are on the last Sunday of the Month and offers some brilliant fresh produce.
Brisbane is surrounded by the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, but there's so much more on offer than just a beachside escape.
Just north of Brisbane in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Montville is an escape that will revive the body and mind and is perfect for a romantic weekend away. Try out one of the many B&B's in the area and enjoy the stunning view.
O'Reilly's Guest House
Directly west of the Gold Coast in the hinterland is a haven that has been owned and operated by the O'Reilly family for close to 100 years. Take a walk through the tree tops on the Rainforest Board Walk or relax in the serenity of the Lost world spa that will transform not only your body but your spirit.
My Favorite Eats
With so much brilliant produce on offer in South East Queensland you are spoilt for choice when it comes to Restaurants and Cafes
Conrad Treasury Casino
Visually stunning, this restaurant defines fine dining in Brisbane. For those who are passionate about the grape you will shed a tear of joy at the wine wall and the impressive selection of local and imported wines that are available
This busy little restaurant serves excellent Vietnamese dishes in a vibrant and exciting setting. It's a BYO restaurant with a bottle shop only 100 meters away. Do not be discouraged if it is full as the tables do turn over quickly.
Queen St Mall
Traditional Japanese cuisine served in the heart of the city. The food is divine, served by staff in traditional kimonos who with the typical grace of a geisha ensure that your party want for nothing. Be prepared to remove your shoes but you will not have to sit on the floor.
So take time out and discover Brisbane, you will be pleased you did.
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Interact with the fauna in over 1700 parks that the city boasts. Some of them even let you camp overnight.
The culture is also pumping in Brisbane. For a reasonable price, you can see dance, drama, touring bands and even opera performances.
Brisbane Airport is 13 kilometres from the city centre.
Check out the red rooves and great food of Brisbane's Chinatown Mall in Duncan Street, Fortitude Valley.
The Valley is also a great shopping area for the trendy, fabulous and experimental. Unique restaurants, shops, markets and venues also pepper this zone of Brisbane. Brisbane has an amazing night life in the valley and downtown brisbane. If you know the best clubs and bars to visit you will have an incredibly enjoyable night. For some excellent inforamtion on brisbane check out this brisbane nightlife guide.
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Cruise from the centre of Brisbane on a high- speed catamaran. This service is used by both locals and tourists to travel the river. It's a fun, scenic cruise and it's pretty cheap- so it's also a good transport option for the CBD.
Take a paddle along the Pine River (25 minutes north west from downtown Brisbane). Or head whale watching at Moreton Bay (a 35 minute drive north from downtown Brisbane).
Mt Cootha (left) is Brisbane's premier and most romantic viewpoint of the whole city. On a clear night you can see the Gold Coast! You can find Mount Cootha near the Botanical Gardens in the Toowong/ Stuartholme area.
If food makes a city for you, there's one event you cannot miss while in Brisbane. Brisbane Powerhouse hosts the most amazing Farmers Markets – with over 100 stalls showcasing all the best available fruit, veg, gourmet treats and more in Queensland. The Southbank markets are also worth a look on a Saturday morning...
You'll also find some of the city's best and most exclusive restaurants at the Riverside area, near the CityCat docks, along with more and more high end dining experiences on Brunswick Street in the Valley.
The coolest events in Queensland are in Brisbane.
October is Brisbane's most awaited month as they turn Bavarian for Australia's largest Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest Brisbane is Queensland's major German Festival and it celebrates all things German over the 2nd and 3rd October weekend annually. It is a fabulously exciting and fun tourist magnet for anyone whose set to visit the Sunshine State.
As a leader in the car rental industry, VroomVroomVroom didn't miss this chance of being part of this grand celebration. We were all ready to embrace the inner German in us.
For years, the Oktoberfest is a much awaited social event that allows almost everyone to drop their worries and enjoy life at its best! It is a very traditional 'family affair' having started by two Australian-German families, Reimer Moeller and Boris Zoulek together with their partners, family and friends.
What started out as a small festival they built, designed, and organised grew into a huge event that caters more than 35,000 guests annually.
Brisbane Oktoberfest brought much honour not just to Australia but to the city of Brisbane as well, as it was named one of the Top 10 Oktoberfests outside Germany. This type of success can be summarized in one word: authenticity.
What brings this authenticity in the atmosphere, then? For one, it's the transformation into the traditional Bavarian village. It comes with the bustling, welcoming, and warm celebration, of course. Just by standing in the middle of the little 'village', the sounds and smells, accompanied by the drinks in sight, can transport you 10,000 miles away. Laughter and camaraderie are everywhere.
Tourists and visitors from all around the world were treated to two exciting weekends at this iconic German festival. Crowd favourites Münchner Buam, Heidi & Adeline, Yodellers, graced Oktoberfest Brisbane 2013, along with the Alpenrosen Dance Group who made the cowbells ring and honed their leg-slapping skills. On the other hand, foodies were able to cook up a German storm!
The highlights of this year's Oktoberfest Brisbane 2013 include the 'Anzapfen' Opening Ceremony, Beardmeister, Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane, Bavarian Strongman, and Sunday Family Fun Days among others.
October 11 at 4:30pm marked the commencement of the festivities. Oktoberfest Brisbane recreates the authentic Munich Oktoberfest tradition as the Lord Mayor taps the first keg and announces “O'zapft is!” to finally kick off the two weekend schedule of events.
Guests from all over the world witnessed Brisbane's pool of finest young women as they showcase their agility, style, learning ability and knowledge in this white and blue Bavarian tradition in Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane 2013. Winners were crowned on the 12th of October.
Along with the celebration of the beauty and brains, the Bavarian Strongman event proved to be an action-packed thriller as it aims to prove who the toughest in nailing, keg rolling, jam doughnut eating are. This kind of event is definitely not for the cowardly. The Beardmeister occasion featured beards and moustaches going against each other for the South-East Queensland's first ever facial hair competition.
Sundays are truly Family Fun Days as Brisbane Oktoberfest prepared a number of activities for the young ones like baby animal farm, carnival rides, roving entertainment, face painting, yodeling, and bell ringing. Guests of all ages are all welcomed warmly.
Other notable merriments include savouring traditional German dishes, drinking beer made by the 340-year-old Bavarian brewery, Tucher Brewery, and the presentation of everything German. As the Brisbane Oktoberfest 2013 concludes, one thing is sure: all ze group, all ze family, all ze friends had a fun-filled and terrific outing in Brisbane's Bavaria!
Things To Do in Brisbane
#1 is Take Advantage of the Sun! People living in Sydney and Melbourne often think that Brisbane is just a slow and boring city with nothing much to do in a day. But they're wrong, of course! Allow us to prove it...
For Brisbane, a good day is most likely the perfect day. It rarely rains in Queensland, even in the wet season - and if it does, it won't be for long. This means that there would be more time for the outdoors.
Expect days bound to be full of good weather when you visit Brisbane. In this great amount of sunlight available what activities should you try and what places should you visit? We'll tell you!
One trick you can master when you're in Brisbane is to stick to what the tour guides are telling you to do or else, you'll be fast asleep as early as lunch time.Brisbane is overflowing with gems that locals know. They don't advertise these to keep tourist from flocking and to maintain its less commercial nature. This is the reason why the Brisbane locals are fiercely loyal about their city - they know things that you don't.
Start the Brisbane tour with some fun and exciting daytime activities like paintball or laser skirmish. Top Gun Paintball and Delta Force Paintball have great fields to play on. Laser Skirmish can be found on both sides of town if you don't want to go far to locate the fields.
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Finish up at one of Brisbane's outdoor movie cinemas (not the outdated drive- in you're thinking of). In summer, Brisbane makes use of the lovely evening temperatures with outdoor cinemas. It's both fun and romantic if you're up for something new. You can watch current movies under starry skies, on a picnic blanket with the summer breezes in your hair.
The Moonlight Cinema operates from the Powerhouse at New Farm and tickets are available either online or by phone. For special Australia Day celebrations, South Bank also screens movies at the Formal Gardens Green for free. Be mindful to keep an eye out for others popping up over the place, if you're not paying attention, you won't hear about them. Check out this listing of current screenings.
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More of the Top Things to do in Brisbane
Here are some more great ideas for you to consider to help the time fly by in Brisbane. Some of our suggestions will mean you get to leave the car hire parked up and enjoy some fresh Brisvegas air.
- Catch a CityCat
- Check out South Bank
- Shop at some local markets
- Mount Coot-tha Lookout
- XXXX Brewery Tour
- Experience Days
- Visit the Themeparks
If it's a nice sunny day, head down to the river and catch a CityCat up and down the river. You'll get to see Brisbane from a different vantage point, and it's a really nice way to spend an hour or two. There are plenty of interesting stops that you can make along the way. Get off at South Bank or Eagle Street, or explore New Farm Park and the University of Queensland.
Go for a swim at the inner-city beach (complete with sand!) and stroll around the parklands. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés to indulge at, then go for a stroll along the riverbank or see the latest movies on the giant IMAX screen.
There are lots of great markets around Brisbane featuring locally made arts and crafts, fresh produce direct from the farm and just about anything else you could imagine.
Experience a sunrise (or sunset, if you're not the early rising type) from the lookout atop Mount Coot-tha. It provides a great vantage point of the whole city and is a must-do for any new visitor to the city.
Ask any Queenslander which beer they drink, and there's only one answer. XXXX. Some say it's because they don't know how to spell "beer", but this long-established inner Brisbane brewery has been quenching the thirst of locals for many generations. Take a tour to see how they make the golden liquid, and enjoy a taste of the Sunshine State's finest.
If you like to try different things, but paintball sounds a bit violent, try one of these Brisbane experience days. You can search around to find various exciting, out of the norm things to do for a day. From hot stone therapy and wine tasting, to golf lessons, jet boating, dawn hot air ballooning, skydiving or race car driving.
For families with children or even for those young at heart, a few days out at the themeparks could be just what you need. With Brisbane so close to the Gold Coast, a short drive in your rental car will have you out and about at the parks in no time. Whether you prefer to get Wet'n'Wild or would like to flex your trivia knowledge and enjoy the rides at MovieWorld, there are deals and rides to ensure you have the best day ever.
Just west of the city is Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre which will prove to be a must see location if you are travelling with kids. With wildlife shows and trails to follow, this is an australian wildlife centre that can't be missed and at only 12 km from the Brisbane CBD a good little drive in your VroomVroomVroom rental car.
Mmm scenic Maleny, Montville & Mapleton - Queensland's best road trips and bush walks...
Brisbane is a gem for those who like nature and love walking around in it. Of course, the city itself isn't overly bushy (although there are many student houses in West End doing their best to get their backyards looking as natural as possible), but there are some very bushy bits just a few hours drive in all directions.
One of the most popular areas is the Lamington National Park (about 100 kilometres south of Brisbane) where twisted trees tangle limbs with equally gnarled neighbours and lean over your thin little walking track to strangle the fading afternoon light.
You can wander in and out of thick forest and open, cleared land. With Lamington you can start off at Binna Burra (on the northern edge), or plunge right into the thick of it at Green Mountain. Walks from either place vary from the easy, to the 'only if you are extremely fit and are able to leap tall buildings' affairs.
Trails from the Green Mountain are the most spectacular out of the two. The Cunungra Creek/ Blue Pool trek is about 15 kilometres – you can take a dip at Blue Pool and say hello to the odd eel or platypus. That will take up a whole day. Or if you like nature, but like it better without lots of effort, then a 20 minute walk from Green Mountain will have you taking the Treetop walk – where you'll be up in the canopy amongst some bird friends.
Lamington's neighbour is the Mount Barney National Park – it's a fairly remote location, and it attracts the dedicated and the lean. A lot of its walks are quite rugged/ difficult. Most of them are unmarked. There are divinely inspiring views to be had from Mount Barney's summit. If you're indestructible, you could think about getting there via Logan's Ridge. If you're a bit soft around the middle, then Peasants or South Ridge will be more your style. Just allow for around 8-10 hours of walking.
The Glasshouse Mountains, on the Sunshine Coast, are also a magnet to tourists and people who like walking for no good reason. It's about a 60 kilometre drive from Brisbane, and if you miss the mountains then you're definitely in the wrong area. They rear up over the landscape with sheer sides – relics of ancient volcanoes. There's a national park you can explore, and the main lookout is the place to be for a sunset. You can take the Bruce Highway from Brisbane and turn off on to the Glass House Mountains Road, or take the main road from Caboolture. Follow the sign posts to navigate your way around the area to take in the mountains which have walking tracks (Beerwah, Tibrogargan, and Ngungun).
And then there's Girraween. Okay, it's a fairly hefty three-hour drive, past Stanthorpe, but if you happen to be in Brisbane in Spring and you're fond of wildflowers, then Girraween will charm your little cotton socks off. There are wildflowers gratuitously strewed everywhere, just waiting for someone to turn up with a camera. The name itself means 'place of flowers' – which is convenient. And since it is such a drive, you should think about taking a tent (bring some firewood too) and setting up for the night at either Bald Rock or Castle Rock camp grounds. There's 17 kilometres of graded walking tracks, you can go for a bit of a dip in the waterholes, and there are some rare birds and beasts wandering about the area.
You're going to need a car to get to these locations, so if you don't have one of your own, You can find a car or people mover with our friends at Brisbane Alpha Car Hire or check out carhire.com.au (car hire brisbane) for a brilliant car rental Brisbane deal.