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Central Uniting Church in Ballarat, Victoria

The Victorian city of Ballarat is a historical hotspot situated 105 kilometres from Melbourne. Compare car rental deals in Ballarat with VroomVroomVroom to get the best rates on Australia’s leading suppliers.

Quick Facts on Hiring a Car in Ballarat

Vehicle Classes​Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Standard, Fullsize, Premium, Wagon/Estate, Van, SUV
Number of Depots​​6
Suppliers​Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty​

Melbourne Airport Collection

Flying into Melbourne Airport (MEL) and planning a journey to Ballarat? Collect a hire car from Melbourne Airport​​ and we’ll have you on the road in no time.

Top Hire Car Tips in Ballarat

Famous for its history, culture, and well-preserved Victorian-era heritage, Ballarat is a popular regional stop. Here are some of our top tips for driving in Ballarat:

  1. Ballarat’s busiest months are typically February, June, and December. If you’re planning your visit for one of those months, be aware the traffic will be denser than normal.
  2. You may use your overseas drivers licence and must carry it with you at all times if you wish to drive in Victoria. If your licence isn’t in English, you will need to provide an International Driving Permit (IDP).
  3. Drivers are advised to stay within the speed limit and must choose an appropriate speed for the driving conditions. Be aware of high-risk locations along Ballarat Road, such as McIntyre Road and Glencairn Avenue, which has a speed limit of 70 km/h.
  4. Pay attention to the parking signs for any time limits or restrictions within Ballarat’s CBD to avoid fines. Your first hour of street parking in Ballarat is usually free, but parking from 9am through to 5pm can cost up to AU$22.50.
  5. Make sure to compare fuel prices. According to The Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), Ballarat is one of the cheapest places to buy petrol, with an average price of fuel amounting to AU$1.31 cents per litre for unleaded.

Frequently Asked Questions for Ballarat Car Hire

How much does it cost to hire a car in Ballarat?

In April 2019, our customers paid between AUD $29 and AUD $111​ per day for a hire car. Prices vary depending on vehicle type, time of year, and booking duration. For current rates in Ballarat, use our price comparison tool​.

What is the highest-rated rental car in Ballarat?

The highest-rated rental car in Ballarat is Kia Rio or similar based on recent ratings​ by our customers.

What is the highest-rated car hire supplier in Ballarat?

Enterprise​ is the highest-rated car hire supplier in Ballarat based on recent ratings by our customers.

Can I pick up a car hire in Ballarat and drop off in another location?

Of course. When booking your car, choose the destination you’d like to drop off at, though keep in mind your supplier may charge a one-way fee​.

Our Guide to Visiting Ballarat

More than 2.2 million people visit Ballarat every year to indulge in the beauty of the city and its many attractions, such as Lake Wendouree, the Botanical Gardens, and Her Majesty's Theatre. Here are some of our favourite spots in and around Ballarat:

Attractions | Accommodation


Attractions

Art Gallery of Ballarat

Address: 40 Lydiard Street N, Ballarat Central 3350​​​

Founded in 1884, the Art Gallery of Ballarat is the oldest provincial gallery in Australia. It houses a beautiful collection of early colonial paintings and modern art by famous Australian artists, including Howard Arkley, Sidney Nolan, Tom Roberts, Albert Tucker, and Fred William.

Sovereign Hill

Address: Bradshaw Street, Golden Point 3350​​​

Deemed one of the best outdoor museums in the world, Sovereign Hills draws more than a million visitors each year. The museum opened in 1970, but recreates an 1850s gold mining site, and is now one of Ballarat’s top tourist attractions

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Accommodation

The Provincial Ballarat

Address: 121 Lydiard Street N, Ballarat 3350​​​

This beautiful heritage-listed building is only a 5-minute walk from the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Guests enjoy rooms with cable TV, minibars, and free Wi-Fi. You’ll also have access to the on-site fitness centre and complimentary parking.

Oscars Hotel and Cafe Bar

Address: 18 Doveton Street S, Ballarat Central 3350​​​

Situated in the heart of Ballarat, Oscars Hotel is a unique boutique accommodation, boasting art décor themes, as well as a restaurant and garden. Guests can order from the extensive breakfast menu, plus a wide selection of beverages available at the bar.

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Customer Reviews for Ballarat Car Hire
Rating: 5 / 5 based on 39 reviews
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    Date: 13 Sep 2020
    Feedback: doesnt say if there's tow bar !!
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    Date: 16 Jan 2020
    Feedback: Best quotes by far. Will be recommending you to everyone
    Rating: 5/5 happy
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    Date: 21 May 2018
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    Reviewer: john F.
    Date: 17 Sep 2017
    Feedback: all good
    Rating: 5/5 happy
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    Reviewer: Anonymous
    Date: 12 Oct 2013
    Feedback: Better than speaking with an operator!
    Rating: 5/5 happy