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Find a Top Car Hire at Sunshine Coast Airport Today

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The Sunshine Coast Airport offers travellers the opportunity to arrive directly into Paradise, instead of flying into Brisbane and then driving their rental car to the Sunshine Coast. The major airlines offering flights from all over Australia include Qantas, Jetstar, and Virgin Australia. Recently, international flights have been added to the region. You can also enjoy the convenience of hiring a rental car direct from the terminal building so your holiday begins as soon as you land.

Get a rental car in Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY) which is located in Queensland, Australia. The Sunshine Coast Airport generates great revenue every year so it really is an important part of the town's economy. The Sunshine Coast Airport Corporation contributes to the community by sponsoring - festivals, workshops, and charitable events.

Location Overview

Sunshine Coast Airport also referred to as Maroochydore Airport is situated at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast and can be found on Friendship Avenue. Driving time will take you under 20 minutes from Maroochydore via Sunshine Motorway/State Route 70 and State Route 6. The airport is also a 1.5-hour drive from the capital of Queensland, Brisbane following the M1 route.

Sunshine Coast Airport serves as a gateway to favourite tourist destinations like Coolum, Noosa, Maleny, Caloundra and Mooloolaba. The airport is open everyday from 4:15 am on weekdays and 5:15 am on weekends until one hour after the last flight. Sunshine Coast Airport also has multiple direct daily flights to Sydney and Melbourne, as well as seasonal service to Auckland, New Zealand from July to October each year. Getting to Sydney and Melbourne is easy, thanks to a number of direct daily flights offered by Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia.

Major rental car counters like Avis, Budget, Hertz, Enterprise, Europcar and Thrifty are all situated in the arrivals hall of the terminal near the baggage collection belts. East Coast Car Rentals is an off-airport provider that offers free shuttle going to and from the airport. There are three car parking precincts to choose from at Sunshine Airport near the terminal. These include Short Stay, Long Stay and Long Stay Plus.

Car Rental Overview

Sunshine Coast Airport address: Friendship Ave, Marcoola QLD 4564, Australia

Number of on-site suppliers: 6. Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty.

Number of off-site suppliers: 1. East Coast Car Rentals.

Car rental opening hours: Car rental is available from 7:30 am to 10 pm at Maroochydore Airport, 7 days per week.

Avis Sunshine Coast Airport: Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 8 pm, Friday from 9 am to 10 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 8 pm, Sunday from 7:30 am to 8:30 pm

Budget Sunshine Coast Airport: Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 8 pm, Friday from 9 am to 10 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 8 pm, Sunday from 7:30 am to 8:30 pm

Enterprise Sunshine Coast Airport: Monday from 8 am to 7:30 pm, Tuesday to Thursday from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm, Friday from 6:30 am to 9:30 pm, Saturday from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm, Sunday from 6:30 am to 9 pm

Europcar Sunshine Coast Airport: Monday to Thursday from 7:30 am to 7 pm, Friday to Sunday from 8 am to 7 pm

Hertz Sunshine Coast Airport: Monday to Thursday from 8 am to 8 pm, Friday from 8 am to 10 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 8 pm, Sunday from 8 am to 8:30 pm

Thrifty Sunshine Coast Airport: Monday to Sunday from 8 am to 7:30 pm

East Coast Sunshine Coast Airport: 1/30 Runway Drive, Marcoola, QLD 4564 Australia (Open Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm, Sunday from 8 am to 1 pm)

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FAQs About Hiring a Car From Sunshine Coast Airport

Where do I collect my rental car at Sunshine Coast Airport?

Make your way to the car hire desk situated in the arrivals hall of the airport terminal near the collection belts. Parking for rental cars can be found within close proximity to the terminal, where Short Stay park is located directly opposite the terminal.

Where do I return my rental car at Sunshine Coast Airport?

To return your hire car, just follow the airport signs to the designated car park area as directed by the rental agent.

Where is the nearest petrol station to refuel the car at Sunshine Coast Airport?

There are plenty of petrol stations situated near Sunshine Coast Airport, including United Petrol on David Low Way in Coolum Beach. This petrol station is open 24 hours. Want to find the best fuel prices in Queensland? Use our Vroom Fuel Price Compare​ app.

Do I have to wash the car before I return?

You don’t have to wash your vehicle before you return it. Just make sure to keep it in the same condition as you rented it to avoid paying a cleaning fee.

Are there tolls when hiring a car from Sunshine Coast Airport?

There are no tolls in the vicinity of Sunshine Coast Airport. However, if you’re planning to explore Brisbane in your rental car, keep in mind that most of the declared toll roads in Queensland are located in the greater Brisbane area, including the Gateway and Logan Motorways and AirportlinkM7. More information on toll roads can be found here​.

Explore the Top Attractions Near Sunshine Coast Airport

Book a rental car and witness Music on Kings which is a music event held at King's Beach with the Sunshine Coast Airport as a partner of this festival. Music on Kings presents a family program. The parts of Opera on the scene of this event include the famous La Boheme, Madame Bovary, Rigoletto and Romeo, and Juliet.

Sunshine Coast Airport History Exhibition is a small collection of memorabilia related to the airport and its history since the opening on August 12, 1961. This is the best place to bring your car and find details about the Sunshine Coast Airport management, technology used and functioning or expansion plans.

Australia Zoo, located in Sunshine Coast, is at a few minutes rental car drive from the Sunshine Coast Airport. Australia Zoo is the home of the Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin. The property belongs now to his wife Terri, who has expansion plans. Drive to the zoo that has over 100 species of animals and birds and some great permanent exhibitions, where you can learn more about Steve Irwin and his plans to preserve the Australian fauna and flora.

If you have more time to spare to explore Sunshine Coast, check out our Travel Guide.

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