Certain rules and regulations apply if you are planning on driving your rental car to alpine areas in Australia. Each supplier has different rules, but generally restrictions to apply on alpine travel.
VroomVroomVroom has put together a guide to help you work out which areas you are restricted from taking your rental car. It is important that you also check the terms and conditions of your rental.
Some suppliers may not permit you to take the car into certain alpine areas without their permission. If you have been approved to take the vehicle into the snow, it is important that you fit the car with snow chains.
When you take your car into alpine areas, it might not be covered by the standard excess reduction products offered at the counter. Some suppliers require you to purchase additional insurance products. Not all vehicle groups can be taken into the snow.
Unless authorized by the car rental company, generally you are not permitted to take your rental car past the snow line in Jindabyne (New South Wales) or Bright (Victoria).
During winter in the Southern hemisphere, it's a great time to ski in the Australian states of Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory. In the high country, skiing has been popular since 1861, first reported in the town of Kiandra, NSW, during the gold rush years. Here are some of the popular alpine areas in Australia:
Renting a car to go to the snow can be a little bit confusing. Suppliers such as Hertz, Thrifty and Europcar have different terms and conditions and rates when it comes to taking a rental car to an area deemed as a 'Snow Zone'. Have a look below.
Read more about driving a rental car in Australia.