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Best Car to Rent for an Australian Road Trip

Car recommendations

Are you planning an Australian road trip holiday? With such a diverse landscape and so many destinations to choose from, there is undoubtedly a lot of planning to do. If you are unsure of what would be the best car to hire to explore Australia, you need to first consider where you plan to drive. For example, you are most likely going to want a smaller car if you are planning on driving in the city, but you may prefer a larger campervan if you are covering longer distances. Here is a quick guide to help you plan your trip.

A small car for city driving

Planning on spending most of your time in the city? If you are going to be navigating the busy roads of Australia's metropolitan cities, you may prefer to hire a smaller vehicle. This will make it easier for you to find parking in tight spots, and to make your way through some of the smaller roads of the suburbs.

What small cars do our suppliers offer? Suzuki Swift, Mitsubishi Mirage, Kia Rio, Toyota Yaris, Nissan Micra and more.

Perfect for: Driving in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & the Gold Coast.

A fuel-efficient car for the outback

If you're intending to visit Australia's famous outback, there are a few practicalities to be aware of. Firstly, there is often large distances between petrol stations, so you are going to want a car that is efficient on fuel. You will also need to be aware of any mileage restrictions that may apply to your rental booking.

What fuel efficient cars to our suppliers offer? Audi A4, Hyundai Elantra, Holden Barina Spark and more.

Perfect for: Driving in the Northern Territory.

A larger car for challenging roads

Having a larger vehicle with a bit more clearance may give you extra comfort when travelling in areas of Australia where the roads are a bit more challenging. Keep in mind you will need to stay on sealed roads at all times, otherwise you risk having to pay the cost for any damage caused to the vehicle.

What large cars do our suppliers offer? Nissan X-Trail, Toyota RAV 4, Hyundai Tuscon and more.

Perfect for: Driving in Far North Queensland, the Kimberley and rural areas of the country.

A convertible for cruising along the coast

Looking to travel in style along Australia's scenic coastal highways? If you don't mind spending a little extra on your rental car, our suppliers offer premium convertible vehicles so you can feel the open air while you drive along some of the most beautiful highways in the world. It is important to note that for premium and luxury vehicles different excess amounts may apply.

What convertible vehicles do our suppliers offer? Mercedes Benz E250 Cabriolet, Porsche Boxster and more.

Perfect for: Driving along the Great Ocean Road or the Pacific Coast Highway south of Sydney.

Read more about what you need to know before you book a rental car in Australia.

You should check things like mileage limitations, fuel efficiency, storage space and transmission of the vehicle you are planning to hire. Particularly in areas of the Northern Territory, daily mileage limits will apply, and you may be charged extra for each kilometre you travel over the specified limit.