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The Best Way to Discover Sydney is with a Car Hire

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Sydney Opera House and Sydney central business district

There are few cities in the world as recognisable as Sydney. Explore the greater Sydney region with an affordable hire car. VroomVroomVroom has partnered with car rental providers in Sydney which include Europcar, Budget, Avis, Thrifty, Hertz, and Enterprise (formerly Redspot). VroomVroomVroom can help you book a car hire, whatever your preference may be. 

Start exploring the city and marvel at the view of Sydney Harbour. The harbour is always full of bustling water traffic. Visit the iconic Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay and the magnificent Harbour Bridge. Soak up the culture at Cockle Bay Wharf and the historic Kings Cross. For a taste of history visit the Rocks, or relax in the sunshine at Bondi Beach. 

Reasons to book a car hire in Sydney with VroomVroomVroom

We are the leading car hire comparison website in Australia. Booking a car hire is quick and easy using our website. Here are some more reasons why you should rent a car with us.

  • Locations - Our trusted car rental suppliers have depots throughout Sydney. There's even a car rental counter at the Sydney airport.
  • Convenience - Although the city has public transport, a car hire is a convenient way to get around. There is no need to schedule your day around timetables when you have a hire car.
  • Zero booking fees - Unlike other car rental comparison sites, we don't charge any booking fees.
  • Compare to save time and money - VroomVroomVroom allows you to compare current rates and availability through the major Australian car rental companies. We offer you the best Sydney car hire comparison service so you can find the lowest rates today. You can save time and money by comparing prices with us.
  • Fantastic customer care - Our booking system is easy to use, but should you have any questions, our highly-trained car rental experts can help you out. Get in touch by phone, email, live-chat, or any of our social media channels.  
  • Motorhome comparison - Do you think that your road trip may be better-suited for a motorhome? We also offer a comparison service for hiring a campervan in Sydney

Driving Tips in Sydney

Sydney is a big city with the traffic to match. Significant congestion in the CBD at peak times is not uncommon. It is a good idea not to travel during these periods if you can avoid it. Sydney's public transport network includes trains, buses, trams and ferries. Consider leaving your hire car at your hotel while exploring the CBD. Instead, take advantage of the public transport. If you would like to find parking for your rental vehicle in Sydney,  check out this website.

Sydney has some toll roads, including the Harbour Bridge and tunnel. These tolls use a cashless system and cars from VroomVroomVroom's suppliers have electronic tags that lets you pass through them. It is always a good idea to discuss payment options with your provider when you pick up your hire car. Also do check out this comprehensive list of tolls in Australia we've put together. 

When is the best time to go to Sydney?

Sydney boasts events, attractions, and cultural experiences all year around. Its temperate climate means that no season is too uncomfortable.

Every January, the Sydney Festival brings the streets alive. The festival has an exciting program of art, music, dance and a range of free activities. For all things fabulous, don't miss the Mardi Gras parade. The annual Sydney Mardi Gras in February celebrates Australia's LGBTQI culture. 

There is no need to get the winter blues in Sydney as Vivid lights up the harbour. The popular festival of light kicks off on May 26. It features an outdoor gallery of illuminated sculptures. There are also visual projections on the Opera House sails. Sydney hosts many events for the holiday season. This culminates in the annual NYE Fireworks display. At any time of year, the Sydney nightlife is exciting. Here are also a few more reasons to visit Sydney in December. 

Are you a first-time visitor to Sydney? You can find out more about travelling around Sydney in a rental car here.  In addition, do check out some of the Best Road Trip Routes from Sydney.

Explore the bays, beaches, and awesome sights of Sydney

Being a harbour city, you need to get on the water to get the best out of Sydney. There are many ways of doing this: it could be as simple as taking the ferry from Circular Quay to Darling Harbour, or as elaborate as a sunset cocktail cruise. Many of the most popular visitor destinations such as Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, and Manly Beach are easily accessible via the iconic green and gold Sydney ferries. And while we are talking water, there's the city's legendary surf beaches of Bondi and Manly to experience.

The Sydney Opera House began life as a controversial design, but is now a much-loved structure, and is world heritage listed. Explore beyond the sails with a tour; they are available not just in English, but in French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin. The very best way to experience the Sydney Opera House is to see a show, and there are up to 40 every week to choose from.  

The coast is stunning, but so are the shopping precincts, culture opportunities and nightlife in Sydney. To truly experience the popular Sydney attractions — we suggest you hire a car so you can experience Sydney in style.  For up-to-date information on events around Sydney, visit the official site for Sydney-Tourism.

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Real Sydney Tours

A great way to beat the central city parking and driving hassles is to give the hire car a break, and book a tour. Real Sydney Tours are a boutique tour company, who can offer tours in many languages, with caring guides. Their 6-hour 'Real Sydney' tour is the most popular, with a mix of the city, and most beautiful suburbs. 

I'm Free Tours

Address: 483 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

The company offers free walking tours of Sydney's sights. A popular choice is The Rocks walking tour. It leaves every evening from in front of Cadman's Cottage at 6pm. The Rocks was the site of the first European settlement of Sydney, and is full of secret laneways, pubs and historical buildings. There's  plenty of tales of murder and mystery on this tour.  

While hiring a car is the ultimate convenience, a tour can be ideal when you want to have a break from driving, or get an expert opinion on an area. Want to find out more awesome tours and activities in Sydney? Check out these comprehensive offerings from Tourstogo.com!


Seasons Harbour Plaza Sydney

Address: 252 Sussex St, Sydney NSW 2000

Seasons Harbour Plaza hotel room in Sydney

Seasons Harbour Plaza is conveniently located at the footsteps of George Street, Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay, QVB and Town Hall, Darling Park business towers, the conference and exhibition precinct and Westfield Sydney. The beautifully appointed apartment style hotel boasts an impressive range of one, two, and three bedroom fully furnished apartments and penthouse suites, in various sizes and configurations. All apartments feature kitchenettes with refrigerators, microwaves, dishwashers, washers/dryers, LCD TVs with cable channels and complimentary Wi-Fi. Seasons Harbour Plaza is surrounded by an array of culinary dining choices and entertainment venues, which are sure to spoil the most discerning of diners. Whether escaping to Sydney for a weekend, or setting in for a longer stay, Seasons Harbour Plaza offers unparalleled comfort, hospitality and value for money.

Seasons Darling Harbour Sydney 

Address: 38 Harbour St, Sydney NSW 2000

Seasons Darling Harbour hotel room in Sydney

Your search for the darling of Darling Harbour apartment style hotel ends here. Seasons Darling Harbour is conveniently positioned on Harbour Street at the southern end of Darling Harbour and directly opposite the Chinese Gardens with the Entertainment Centre and Convention Centre right at the doorstep. Seasons Darling Harbour is surrounded with an assortment of restaurants and bars plus a diversity of tourist attractions to keep you entertained. The property focuses on providing personal customer service to all guests to ensure your stay is a memorable one. All apartments feature kitchenettes with refrigerators, microwaves, dishwashers, LCD TVs with cable channels and complimentary Wi-Fi. Featuring all the desired hotel amenities, with warm and inviting staff that have a great knowledge of the local area, Seasons Darling Harbour is perfectly suited as a base to explore Sydney.

Park Regis City Centre

 Address: 27 Park Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Park Regis City Centre hotel room in Sydney

The Park Regis City Centre is the ideal accommodation for those who want to stay close to all the action in Sydney. The hotel is just a few steps away from Pitt Street Mall, Hyde Park, Darling Harbour, Queen Victoria Building, and Town Hall. The Rock Markets and Taronga Zoo are also within easy reach. There are 122 stylish rooms to choose from at the Park Regis City Centre – and all are equipped with modern amenities to bring in comfort to their guests. They also boast of their rooftop outdoor swimming pool which offers breathtaking views of the Central Business District and Sydney Harbour. 

Park Regis Concierge Apartments

Address: 287 Military Road, Cremone NSW 2090

For a quick escape from the city centre, stay at Park Regis Concierge Apartments which is located near the Mosman upmarket. It is also near the financial district which makes it the perfect choice for business travellers. Feel at home during your stay as each room and apartment feature top-class facilities such as LCD television, complimentary Wi-Fi, and en-suite bathroom. If you're planning to extend your trip to Sydney, you can opt to stay in Park Regis' long stay self-contained apartment to enjoy their special rates. 

Restaurants and Bars


If you are looking for a place to have a drink and enjoy good food with friends, then drive over to Longrain. This south-east Asian influenced restaurant balances the four elements of hot, sour, salty and sweet in its dishes. It has a convivial atmosphere as diners sit at long communal tables, perfect for meeting new people and sharing tastes. The restaurant offers a comprehensive list of cocktails and wine to complement the food. 

Blackbird Cafe

Address: 201 Sussex street, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour, NSW 2000

Blackbird Cafe is an iconic eatery right on Darling Harbour. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant proudly serves Australian produce. Try out their chargrilled kangaroo served rare with truffle masked potatoes, or true-blue fish and chips, with beer-battered flathead fillets. 

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