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Those of us who are flying into Sydney and are planning on renting a car will be wanting to pick it up from the airport. All of the most popular car rental companies have depots there.

But even the most intrepid travellers amongst us, who plan on scrimping with public transport just to get from points A to B should give the rental car idea a second look, especially if you are looking to book a cheap car hire in Sydney Airport through VroomVroomVroom.

There are two simple but crucial reasons for this. One is that car rental for a day can work out cheaper than getting you simply as far as the CBD one- way; and the second reason is that booking through us can increase your chances of finding that brilliant Sydney Airport car hire deal because it collates all the specials offered by all of Australia's most popular car hire companies in one place.

VroomVroomVroom not only gathers all the specials from Budget, Avis, Europcar, Redspot, Hertz and Thrifty to save you time surfing the net for that car rental in Sydney Airport deal, but we also guarantee the best web-based pricing from these companies.  Our Price Promise guarantees you of finding the cheapest rate in hire cars. 

For general information on departure and arrival, visit the official site of Sydney Airport.

Benefits of booking a car hire through VroomVroomVroom

Travelling is a big enough hassle in itself, but booking your car hire with us doesn't have to be! Browsing our site and booking ahead of time helps you to compare your rates and save on what could be quite an ordeal, if you choose to leave it 'til the last minute. You can lock in the car you want for the price you want and get your Sydney holiday up and going straight out of the airport. Here are reasons why many people hire a car through us:

1. Comparison - Our results page will show and compare rentals available from Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty. You don't have to visit five different sites today. In fact, you shouldn't! Because often you can find better deals here than on their company sites! Why? Supply and demand. Here they are in direct competition against each other.

2. No Cancellation Fee - We will never, ever charge you a cancellation fee. We are human beings too, and we know that a person's life can become messy and that plans are never set in concrete. So we have made it our personal duty to ensure that you will not be charged if you have to cancel your rental car booking! 

3. No Booking Fee - Our main goal is to help you find a rental car by comparing the top car hire deals and you wouldn't have to pay us anything for our service. After booking, you can pay directly to the supplier once you've picked up your vehicle. 

4. Credit Card Details - Booking now with VroomVroomVroom is simple, and you don't need to enter any credit card details 'till you pick up your hire car from Sydney Airport. It really is that easy. So what are you waiting for?

5. One Stop Rentals - WE do the looking, WE do the comparing, WE compile the list, meaning that YOU don't have to! There's no searching and scrolling through dozens of pages looking for the best deals on rental cars in Sydney because we do that for you. All you need to do is type in your details and we make a comparison list for you to go through and find the best rates for the cars you want. What more could you ask for?

6. Price Promise - If you find a better price on your rental we'll beat it! We pride ourselves on finding you the best and we will deliver on that promise. If you find that our price is not the lowest on car hire with the same model and booking details we will beat it. If you have enquiries, contact us and we will give you all the information you need.

Are you travelling with an infant or small child?

Bringing your own baby seat can save you some money since there are some airlines that allow babies to travel for free or for a discounted rate. Make sure to check with the airlines first to be sure. 

However, there are some people who prefer renting child seats upon arrival at the airport. Planning to secure a cheap car hire in Sydney Airport through VroomVroomVroom? Then it is advisable to have a car seat. 

We recommend  "Rock-A-Bye Baby Hire" which is Sydney's favourite nursery equipment hire company, established to fill the gap that many parents faced when trying to hire contemporary nursery equipment. 

Their underlying commitment to developing the most beautiful equipment for hire range has given them the opportunity to bridge the gap between innovative designers from around the world and the budget of the modern family.

If you are flying into Sydney Airport and plan on renting a car, take advantage of their  Concierge Service, enabling you to have your baby capsule, car seat, pram and portacot ready in readily available in your car when you arrive.

For more details on child car seats, check out VroomVroomVroom's baby seats guide.

Travel in style with your reliable rental car in Sydney

Conveniently situated only 8 kilometres south of the city centre and less than 10 kilometres from key tourist attractions, Sydney Airport (also known as Kingsford Smith Airport), which officially opened in 1920 as Mascot Aerodrome, is the only major airport serving Sydney.

The aerodrome was obtained by the Australian Government and regular air services were maneuvered between Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney during mid-1920s. The civilian and military facilities at the airport were strengthened during World War II.

Regarded as the busiest airport in Australia, Sydney airport handles over 37 million passengers per year and connects to 43 international and 46 domestic destinations. Sydney Airport is also a major employer in New South Wales (NSW) and currently produces a valuable contribution equivalent to 6.4% of the NSW economy and converts into more than 52,890 direct jobs and 258,300 jobs in freight and tourism for the people of Sydney to local and national economies, thus making $30.8 billion in economic activity a year, according to Sydney Airport website.

Live it up and get ready to have an awesome time in your Sydney Airport car hire, from the world-class art and museums to famous beaches – you've got yourself a trip.

If you are still organizing your travel plans, VroomVroomVroom has come up with a few wonderful things that you can do and places where you can eat or visit during your adventure in Sydney. Check it out below!

Attractions | AccommodationRestaurants & Bars


Ayurve Beauty & Day Spa

Address: 1/436 George Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia

Ayurve Beauty & Day Spa

If you are looking for serene day spa in Sydney CBD, Ayurvé is an oasis that will truly envelop you away from the bustling city outside. Recognised as more than just a beauty salon or a natural therapy centre, Ayurvé Beauty and Wellness Day Spa is a sanctuary for your mind, body and soul, with a combination of western beauty treatments and the ancient healing practices of Ayurvedic therapies.

Established in 2001, Ayurve in Sydney has seven treatment rooms, one couple spa room, relaxing lounges, a skin bar, a spray tan facility, a shower and changing facility. So even if you are there for a 10 minute spray tan treatment or a therapeutic Ayurvedic experience, you will definitely leave feeling rejuvenated and stress free.


Station Sydney Harbour National Park Manly

Address: 1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly NSW 2095, Australia

Station Sydney Harbour National Park ManlyQ Station is one of Australia's significant heritage and environmental landmark's preserved within 30 stunning hectares of Sydney Harbour National Park. The spectacular site encompasses the history, life and the cultural significance of Sydney Harbour and its environs.

Q Station is a unique destination, with beautifully refurbished heritage accommodation spread over several different precincts allowing guests to explore and experience the expansive location.

The grounds of Q Station are an experience with wildlife, nature and magnificent views of Sydney harbour and the Sydney CBD skyline. Q Station Manly offers a variety of guided tours from daytime history tours, tours for school & vacation care groups to ghosts & paranormal tours.

How to get to Q Station:  35 minutes from Sydney CBD, Five (5) minutes from Manly Beach; Ferry access from Circular Quay on the Sydney EcoHopper (direct to Quarantine Wharf) or Manly Fast Ferry (to Manly Wharf) and then a taxi or public bus ride to Q Station. 

Restaurants & Bars

Nel. Restaurant

Address:  75 Wentworth Ave, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

nel restaurant business photo

Situated in the heart of Sydney's CBD in the underground basement of the Central Station Hotel, the modern yet modest Nel. Restaurant covers an open kitchen seen from every seat in the house, which features leather booths, exposed brickwork and sleek copper facades, producing an impeccable backdrop for an exciting and open environment.

Leading the kitchen is chef Nelly Robinson, praised for his new interpretations of sophisticated Australian dishes. Also, chef's strong understanding and appreciation of the perfect seasonal produce is demonstrated with a monthly changing seasonal degustation menu, which really shows his innovation; yet maintain the comfy and obtainable quality making his food so famous and well-favored by food enthusiasts.

Visitors and clients can look forward to best and hearty dishes, including venison carpaccio with a chocolate dust and pickled enoki mushrooms, charred sweet corn and fresh mango, blowtorched peach with elderflower sorbet and a buttermilk mousse, and slow-cooked Tasmanian lobster with paprika and garlic butter. Also supporting the menu are 10 matching wines with two served per dish, which let diners thrill to different sensation of taste.

Explore more of Sydney by visiting some of the attractions listed below:

A vibrant bustling city – Sydney has it all: great shopping, food, museums, and events available in great quantities and varieties.

Add to that national parks, water sports, world- class beaches, and amazing public garden, and you've got yourself a holiday!

Sydney's foreshore area around the harbour is in large part devoted to National Parkland, the city offers a wide selection of walking trails.

Climb a Sydney icon, if you're game. Unfortunately, ascending the famous bridge doesn't come cheap – offpeak climbs start at $125 for adults and $100 for children under 12.

For instance, d'Albora Marinas Akuna Bay is a marina village based in the heart of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Terrey Hills and is just 40 minutes from the CBD. For stunning views of Sydney visit Bradley's Head near Taronga Zoo. Views of the city from Mrs Macquarie's Chair and Vaucluse heights are also amazing. Or tour through the leafy northern beach suburbs.

Then take a ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo, the Zoo with the amazing view of the Harbour. Apart from the native animals, Taronga zoo also has 2000 rare and endangered animals including Sumatran tigers and Kodiak bears.

The Heart of Manly Heritage Walk begins at Manly Wharf. But you can start the walk at any point. The Heart of Manly Heritage Walk is devised as in a clockwise direction, circumnavigating The Corso.

For tranquil greenery, the Royal Botanic Gardens on Mrs Macquaries Road, is unmissable. They're immaculately groomed, formal and distinctly European in appearance.

Sydney harbour also offers an array of water sports and adventures. Go for a quick cross- harbour ferry- boat ride. Or zoom around the harbour on a jet boat.

Sydney sea kayak tour operator Natural Wanders offers kayak tours that take you under the Harbour Bridge, past the Opera House and into the tranquil bays and beaches of Sydney's north shore.

Cruises depart from Circular Quay or from the eastern side of Darling Harbour. John Cadman Cruising Restaurant sails nightly at 5pm and again at 7pm from No. 6 Jetty, Circular Quay.

And, of course, you can't go passed the seaside township of Manly. Take a walk along The Corso and see the beach that has made Manly famous.

Bondi Beach Australia

For more beach fun, why not squish your toes around in the white sands of the world famous Bondi Beach (left). Apart from Bondi, you can find awesome Sydney surf at Tamarama, Narrabeen, and most of the beaches lining the 30km coastline from Manly to Palm Beach.

The calm waters off Balmoral and Chinaman's Beach are excellent for swimming. Some diving takes place off Manly and Palm Beach.

Sydney's popular nudist beaches include Lady Jane Beach at Watson's Bay and Obelisk Beach at Mosman, the latter being popular with the gay community.

Sydney Art and Museums

From the bohemian busker in Newtown to the world-class orchestra at the Opera House, art and culture pumps through the streets of this vibrant city. Museums, galleries, and cultural attractions abound in Sydney!

Take a guided tour of the Opera House. Tour through the historic Rocks area and check out the renowned Opera House and the Conservatory of Music. 

One of Australia's freshest and most iconic painters, Ken Duncan, has his amazing gallery just near the Sydney Visitor Centre at the Rocks. See the paintings that are being lapped up by the world!

Enjoy roaming through the Parliament House, Art Gallery and The Domain parklands. While at Darling Harbour, you should check out the IMAX Theatre. IMAX's crystal clear images, ten times larger than the traditional cinema format is something to see with your own eyes!

National Maritime Museum, Sydney

Also at Darling Harbour is the National Maritime Museum– this place has the biggest collection of ships, historical vessels and nautical memorabilia in the city.

Sydney Olympic Park is only a short walk across Olympic Boulevard to Stadium Australia for a guided tour of the biggest stadium ever used in Olympic history. If you want more facts and info, the friendly people at the Olympic Park Visitors Centre can help you out.

Hyde Park Barracks Museum (Queens Square Macquarie Street) has a lot of history. The convict architect Francis Greenway designed the Hyde Park Barracks and it housed 15,000 male convicts employed by the government.

The Australian Museum (6 College St) has an international reputation in the field of natural history and indigenous studies research, community programs.
After that, take a guided three-hour walk up the catwalks, ladders and arches that lead to the very top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

If you're up for a little market action on the weekend, head to the northern end of George Street you'll find The Rocks Markets. Paddy's Markets is now in the Haymarket, at the Chinatown- end of Darling harbour. These historical markets were originally held at The Rocks (right) in 1834.

And if you ever find yourself short of activities in the mega city, just head down to the Sydney Visitor Centre at 106 George Street.

The 6 Best Camping Getaways From Sydney

Camping is one of the most unforgettable experiences for enjoying the holidays!

Take a relaxing getaway, surrounded by beautiful coastal beaches, lakes, national parks and amazing Australian wildlife in the best spots in the world.

Whether you decide to go camping on Christmas, New Year's Eve, other holidays or anytime during warm weather, we will now share our 6 camping getaways within a few hours' drive from Sydney.

Remember all of these spots are easily accessible in your car rental or campervan hire.

1. Seal Rocks

the beautiful Seal Rocks in NSW

This beautiful coastal location is famous for its surfing beaches and its fishing village. You can go for a swim, surf, sunbathe, walk to Sugarloaf Point lighthouse -- a perfect spot for whale watching -- or go for a bushwalk. Diving is also a great activity, and you may see the gray nurse shark population.

Holiday Parks: North Coast Holiday Parks Seal Rocks

Price: from $31 per night (unpowered) 

2. Port Stephens

Port Stephens Camping spots

Just 2 and a half hours' drive from North Sydney, Port Stephens has 26 golden beaches where you can snorkel, kayak, fish, paddle board or just go for a swim. The best beaches to surf are One Mile Beach, Box Beach and Fingal Spit. Sandboarding is also popular in the region since Port Stephens has the largest sand dunes of Australia, situated only 10 minutes from Nelson Bay. You can also go on a camel ride or an off-road adventure. Another way to relax is taking a dolphin-watching cruise or a kayaking tour from Nelson Bay. Whale watching is also popular in June and July, and September to November. If you fancy exploring a bit more of Port Stephens, visit Nelson Bay, main town, where you can dine on fresh seafood and fine al fresco dining restaurants right next to the ocean. Or if you prefer visiting a small town, drive to Tea Gardens and dine in at the boatshed cafe restaurant on the water!

Holiday Parks: BIG4 Koala Shores Port Stephens, One Mile Beach Holiday Park, Soldiers Point Holiday Park.
Price: from $45 per night 
Driving from Sydney: 2 ½ hours. Get directions

3. Durras Beach

Drive to Durras Beach if you truly want to experience an Australian camping adventure. Durras Beach National Park is located 20 minutes north of Batemans Bay. The holiday park is surrounded by the Murramarang National Park and Batemans Marine Park. It's a perfect spot for swimming, surfing, fishing, bush walking, bike riding, kayaking or just relaxing on the beach. You will also see kangaroos in the wild and Australian wildlife such as kookaburras, dolphins and many other beautiful species.

Holiday Parks: Durras Lake North Holiday Park
Price: Unpowered sites from $30 per night, powered sites from $35 per night.
Driving from Sydney: 4 hours. Get directions

4. Lake Macquarie

lovely spot of lake macquarie

Lake Macquarie is a beautiful spot to escape from the fast-paced environment of a bustling city. You have the beach, lake and mountains, all in one place. Lake Macquarie is surrounded by the Hunter Valley Wine District and Wattagan Mountains. Ideal for sailing, bushwalking, climbing rocks, and visiting the Hunter Valley to enjoy a glass of excellent Semillon wine. Stay at a cabin with many amenities provided, or choose the perfect campsite spot right on the edge of the creek.

Holiday Parks: Lake Macquarie Village
Price: from $30 per night (unpowered), from $35 per night (powered)
Driving from Sydney: 1 ½ hours to Morriset. Get directions

5. Cockatoo Island

the-romantic coclatoo island near sydney

If you are looking for a romantic getaway only a few minutes from Sydney, Cockatoo Island is the ideal escape. Cockatoo Island is situated in the middle of Sydney Harbour and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hop on a ferry at Darling Harbour or Circular Quay and explore this fabulous island. You can stay overnight at a campsite right at the water's edge to appreciate the harbour views and beautiful surroundings. The camping area offers small unpowered sites with tents already erected, ideal for couples or a maximum of four people. Don't forget to bring your torch! 

Holiday Parks: Cockatoo Island Camping Sites 
Price: Monday - Thursday: $45 per night. Friday  - Sunday: $50 per night
Driving from Sydney: 25 minutes by ferry. Catch the ferry at Circular Quay or Darling Harbour (Route Parramatta or Balmain/Woolwich). Get directions

6. Patonga

Patonga NSW camping spot

Patonga is situated at the southern end of the Central Coast in NSW. It is a laid back village with calm waters, great for swimming and for families who wish to have a quiet getaway, play in open parklands or have a picnic by the wharf. Popular beaches to visit are Pearl Beach, Umina Beach, Ocean Beach and Ettalong Beach. You can also go on a guided bushwalk to appreciate the flora and fauna that Brisbane Water National Park has to offer, or go kayaking through the coastal forests and mangroves of Brisbane Water National Park. If you like fishing, it's sure that you will get a bite near the Ferry Wharf. Warrah lookout is another great spot to witness tranquil ocean views. If you are looking for entertainment, take a quick ferry ride to Palm Beach. 

Holiday Parks: Patonga Camping Ground 
Price: Unpowered sites from $40 per night, powered sites from $50 per night
Driving from Sydney: 1 ½ hour. Drive through Northern beaches to Palm Beach, and hop on the ferry from Palm Beach to Patonga (about 30 minutes). Get directions
For the best road trip routes from Sydney, you can check it out here.

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Start your road trip adventure with a Sydney Airport car rental

Sydney to Brisbane is one of many road trips people take while in Australia. It's a 12-hour drive when you're actually on the road, even though it looks very easy when looking at it on the map. 

If you're looking for a safer road to take, drive your way yo the Pacific Highway. There are plenty of nooks and crannies where you can make a quick stop and visit.

One of the first famous places for a stop is the Hawkesbury River, which flows into Broken Bay, and is fenced by three national parks. If you don't have much time to spend, make sure to visit Ku-Ring-Gai Chase which is the most popular – plenty of lovely walks and interesting Aboriginal paintings you can see at different sites. Or there's always a spot of fishing and sailing at Broken Bay itself.

Drive up a little further and you'll reach Terrigal. It follows the tradition same as Byron Bay. 

Newcastle will be your next stop. You can enjoy Newcastle's five beaches like Nobbys Beach. The city has a thriving music scene, huge student population and some beautiful architecture you can marvel with its colonial buildings - and when you want to dine in, go straight to Darby Street.

An hours drive away from Newcastle is Port Stephens. You can experience dolphin spotting here. A population of bottle-nosed dolphins play near the coast. There are charter vessels available so you can head out and enjoy the town even more.
Driving further, you'll enter plenty of little towns and laid-back cities. You'll be driving through Port Macquarie and Nambucca Heads.

The north- east corner of NSW is home of marvelous towns like Bangalow, Mullumbimby, and Byron Bay; the alternative vibes of Nimbin (left); and tiny villages like Mooball – where telephone poles and local servo are painted in the pattern of dairy cows. There's rolling hills, odd communes, pretty beaches, rainforest, spectacular bushwalks and enough chilled out vibe to make you seriously consider investing in a comby and a didgeridoo.

The local pub scene is really worth checking out. Byron Bay's Beach Hotel, the Nimbin Hotel (in Nimbin of course), and the Tumbulgum Tavern to name a few.

You will probably have a shock leaving the area and driving through Tweed Heads, Coolangatta and the Gold Coast. Don't worry too much about the first two town, all fibre glass and concrete. But the beaches can be lovely (try up market Kingscliff and beach bum Cabarita).

The Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, is where the well- off go to spend money in Jupiter's Casino, and the young dress in skimpy clothing so they can assemble in the loud, vibrating clubs that muscle up against each other in Orchid Ave. Spend some time here, and you'll eventually be making your sorry way up to Brisbane penniless or hung- over, or both.

Don't worry, sunny Brisbane can calm your travel wrinkles. You've got Southbank, South Brisbane and West End to relax, watch the river and the traffic and the people roll on by. East side Bulimba is a bit more chic, Western Milton is one for good food and nearby Rosalie is a delicious option for delicatessens and innovative cuisine. A must is the Fortitude Valley and New Farm area, where there's lots of boutiques, cafes and restaurants to satisfy any tastes.

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