A Cheap Car Hire in Brisbane is the Best Way to See the City

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Useful information about Brisbane, Australia

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 in searching for cheap Brisbane car hire, we can also make sure that you are booking a rental car from the most convenient location. 

Being situated in the "Sunshine State", the sun is no stranger to this beautiful city. The weather 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, 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.

The best way to explore the city is with a car rental Brisbane because you will have the freedom to travel anytime, anywhere you want. But there are things you need to consider before you start your road trip. 

What you need to know when driving a rental car in Brisbane

Our VroomVroomVroom family is proud to call Brisbane our hometown. 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:

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 supplier has to process it.

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If you're looking to go on an extended road trip, you might also like to consider renting a campervan or motorhome. VroomVroomVroom can help you find the perfect Campervan Hire Brisbane deal.

Where exactly can you find a cheap car rental in Brisbane?

There are a number of locations spread throughout the city, where you can opt to collect your car hire. 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 depot to collect a rental car.


Brisbane Head Office Address

Our main office is located at Brisbane. Come and visit us at 22 Corrie St, Chermside, Brisbane Qld 4032, Australia

Postal Address: PO Box 803, Aspley Qld 4034, Australia

Phone: (07) 3256 3592 (Reservation Office only. No cars at this address)

See the beauty and charm of the city with a Brisbane car rental

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.

If you are not 100% sure what to do with your time in the city, we may be able to help with that as well. Just like other cities around the world, Brisbane has many iconic things to see and do. We at VroomVroomVroom have come up with a list of things that you can do and places where you can stay during your trip. Check it out below.

01_ThingsToDo.pngTHINGS TO DO

Yatala Drive-In

If you want a unique movie-watching experience, then make sure to head to Yatala Drive-In which is more than just a Cineplex. It is more of a community event rather than just a normal theatre because you can socialize with other people, camp out, enjoy the starry nights, cruise in your car and of course watch your favorite film! Don't be surprised if you see movie watchers wearing pajamas and carrying their pillows whilst watching film. There is a Candy Bar where you can buy some snacks and goodies. Watch the latest blockbusters at Yatala Drive-In, which airs new movie releases from Monday to Sunday. 

Brisbane By Bicycle

01_location.pngAddress: Southbank Parklands Cultural Forecourt (meeting place)

Whether you enjoy cycling or just want to find new ways to explore the city, you will surely have fun meeting new friends and riding bikes with Brisbane by Bicycle. They offer bike tours that are guided by a local who knows a lot about the history, culture, and local happenings. Instead of using your guidebook when exploring the city, why not let the expert take you to different places including hidden gems and off the beaten paths. Bikers meet up at the park and finishes at a trendy bar in the city. Enjoy a complimentary soft drink or beer after the tour.

Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights

The best way to see Brisbane and other neighboring cities is by riding a hot air balloon. The nearest hot air balloon company is Floating Images, which is just a 30 minute drive with a Brisbane car rental. It is advisable to make reservations in in advance since they only have one flight each day and can only accommodate up to 10 passengers. The flight usually takes an hour so make sure to bring your camera with you so you can take wonderful snapshots of the city and the countryside. However, the whole activity lasts for 3 to 4 hours because there is also breakfast included. 

River City Cruises

Witness the distinct river scene by riding a boat through River City Cruises. The family-run business has been offering cruises on Brisbane River for more than 10 years already. Hop on the MV Neptune and head on the decks to enjoy breathtaking views of the city's most iconic landmarks such as the Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point Cliffs. River City Cruises' experienced crew and friendly staff will surely make your trip memorable. The guided tour usually lasts for an hour and a half and you will learn about Brisbane through informative commentary. The boat departs at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Jetty A South Bank Parklands.

01_Sleep.png PLACES TO STAY

Park Regis North Quay

Whether you're travelling for business or for pleasure, Park Regis North Quay is the place to be because of its superb location near the Central Business District and Roma Street Station. They also offer a wide range of stylish studios, spacious rooms, and self-contained apartments that are equipped with modern amenities. Park Regis also has long stays apartments for those who are planning to stay in Brisbane for a longer period. Take advantage of their world-class facilities including a gymnasium, outdoor pool, sun deck, hair salons and beauty parlours. Start your day right with a delectable breakfast at On Quay Restaurant & Bar which is overlooking the beautiful William Jolly Bridge and Brisbane River. You can also have your own BBQ party on the deck by simply dropping a coin to their BBQ facilities. 

Manly Marina Cove Motel

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Enjoy the comforts of modern surrounds and the beautiful vistas of Moreton Bay and the Manly boat harbour when staying at the Manly Marina Cove Motel.  Manly's modern premier, boutique motel is less than half an hour from Brisbane CBD and 15 minutes from Brisbane International and Domestic airports. Their award-winning 39 room 4-star motel boasts a plunge pool, daily servicing, breakfast dining room, guest laundry, FREE wifi and foxtel.  The Manly Marina Cove Motel is the perfect choice for both leisure and corporate guests. Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and other quality cafes and restaurants are all located in easy walking distance. Alternatively, enjoy the comforts of home in one of our 2 self-contained accommodation options situated on the esplanade in Manly village.

Sudima Suites

Are you looking for a luxury hotel near the city centre? Sudima Suites is the place to be because of its first-class amenities and superb location. The 4.5 star hotel is situated in South Brisbane where you can find historical buildings, excellent shopping centres, cosmopolitan cafés, and cozy wine bars. There are several accommodation options to choose from: studio apartments, one-bedroom apartments, and two-bedroom suites. The suites are equipped with a kitchenette, cable TV, high-speed internet, air-conditioning, iPod dock, and other modern amenities. Sudima Suites also has a lap pool, gymnasium, and sky deck.

Meriton Serviced Apartments

Whether you're traveling for leisure or for business, you can find comfort during your stay at Meriton Serviced Apartments. The company's newly-opened Soleil building and it is the second tallest residential building in the city. The building has 228 luxury apartments that feature various bedding options, sizes and styles to suit the preference of each guest. If you're traveling with an infant, make sure to reserve baby cots in advance due to its limited availability. 


The Boundary Hotel

01_location.pngAddress: 137 Boundary Street, West End, QLD 4101

The Boundary Hotel is one of the oldest pubs in Brisbane and they have been offering affordable food and drinks to the locals and even tourists since 1864. It is considered an iconic landmark in West End because they continue the tradition of serving old favourites. The Boundary has seen a lot of changes through the years with the opening of their new lounges, function areas, and bistro. This is the perfect venue for all your events and gatherings as they offer six cool rooms – from The Blue Room which features a pool table to the spacious Beer Garden which turns into a party venue complete with live music and DJs during the weekends. 

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Hidden Secrets: Brisbane City

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A local's insight of the city and its surrounding.

So you're traveling to the city for the first time and not sure what to do? You have your Brisbane car hire booked and some spare time on your hands. Here are some places you can check out:

Things to See

01_location.pngMt Coot-tha
Head on up to Mount Coot-tha lookout and enjoy the view over the city towards to sea. The views are spectacular day or night and particularly stunning for events such as River Fire.

01_location.pngBrisbane River at night
Cruise up the 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.

01_location.pngStorey 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

01_location.pngAll 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.

01_location.pngTea Party
Fancy a fancy brew then head to Queenies traditional Teahouse in Nundah. 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.

01_location.pngMorning Glory
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.

Short Trips

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.

01_location.pngO'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

01_location.pngMarco Polo
Conrad Treasury Casino
Visually stunning, this restaurant defines fine dining. 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

01_location.pngThe Vietnamese
Wickham St
Fortitude Valley
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.

01_location.pngSono Restaurant
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 that.

Visit Queensland's best bushwalking destinations

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Bushwalking or also known as hiking, hill walking, and trekking, is a popular activity in Australia. 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. Here are some of the best bushwalking destinations in Queensland:

One of the most popular areas is the Lamington National Park (about 100 kilometres south of the city) where twisted trees tangle limbs with equally gnarled neighbors 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 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.

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