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Getting Around Perth in a Rental Car

Perth driving tips

Renting a car in Perth is a great option for visitors looking to explore all that the city—and greater Western Australia—has to offer. From Broome to Esperance, a trip to Australia is never quite complete without delving into the beauty of Perth and its surroundings.

Driving in Perth

  • Distances between towns in Western Australia can be significant, so if you’re thinking of doing a lap of the state, consider adding an additional driver to your rental car agreement.
  • The speed limit in most built-up areas of Perth is 50km/h unless signposted.
  • Make sure you have a full tank of fuel when leaving Perth for remote areas, as distances between petrol stations can be vast, and watch out for wild animals that may stray onto isolated roads.

Where to Drive Your Rental Car in Perth

  • Kings Park: Just a short drive from the city, the botanic gardens of Kings Park harbour thousands of species of flora and fauna.
  • Swan Valley: From famous wineries to excellent coffee roasters, distilleries, lavender farms, and restaurants, Swan Valley has it all.
  • Cottesloe Beach: Grab some fish and chips and enjoy a day at Cottesloe Beach, where the sand is pure white and the water is sparkling blue.

Toll Roads in Perth

There are no toll roads in Western Australia, including within the city of Perth.

Parking in Perth

Most curbside parking zones within the CBD are metered, meaning you’ll need to pay a fee at the ticket machine for the time you’re parked there. However, there are some streets in Perth that allow you to park for an hour free of charge. Always check the signs for clarity on time limits and metered hours. Also, check out our list of Perth Airport parking providers if you’re after airport parking.

Driving Distances


You will need to return your rental car with a full tank of fuel to avoid additional refuelling charges. Here are some centrally-located petrol stations in Perth:

  • Ampol - 157 Lord Street, East Perth
  • Coles Express - 480 William Street, Perth
  • BP - 9 Mends Street, South Perth

You can also compare fuel prices in Western Australia with the VroomVroomVroom Fuel App.

For an amazing Perth experience, we recommend checking out Kings Park, the Scitech Museum, and the Perth Zoo, which is located on the other side of the Narrows Bridge.

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