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Driving a Rental Car in Australia

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When you drive a rental car in Australia, there is some important information you need to be aware of. It is crucial that you read your rental agreement to make sure you understand what restrictions apply to your specific booking, as the terms and conditions can be different for each location. VroomVroomVroom has put together a guide to some of the important details you should be familiar with before you drive a rental car in Australia.

Do travel restrictions apply to certain areas of Australia?

When you rent a car in Australia, you may be restricted as to where you can take your vehicle. For example, many car rental companies prohibit travel to any of Australia's islands, on any unsealed roads (which includes parts of Cape York, Kakadu National Park, the Kimberley and Savannah Way), and on any beaches.

Travel restrictions also apply to alpine areas of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Some car rental companies may require you to purchase additional cover before taking your car above the snow line.

Read more about travel restrictions and alpine driving restrictions.

What happens if I exceed the kilometre limit?

In some areas of Australia, most commonly the Northern Territory and Western Australia, a daily kilometre limit may apply. This is often around 100km per day. If you exceed this amount, you will be required to pay a charge for each kilometre you have travelled over the limit. The amount you will be charged is different based on which car rental company you have hired your vehicle with.

Read more about kilometre limits.

What if I am in a car accident in my rental car?

If you have an accident in your rental car, there are a few important steps to take. Call emergency services if anyone has been injured. In Australia, this number is '000'. You'll need to contact the car rental company and let them know about the accident. They will generally require that you fill in an Accident Report Form.

Read more about car accidents here.

Can I extend my booking?

If you've already collected your rental car, you will need to contact the car rental company directly to extend your booking, as this will depend upon availability. Note that extending your booking can also affect the price, and you may be charged at a different rate.

Read more about extending your booking.

Can I add an additional driver after I've collected the car?

The policy for adding additional drivers is different for each car rental company. Generally, you are able to add an additional driver to your rental agreement after you've collected the car if they present their driver's licence at a depot.

Read more about adding additional drivers

Important

When driving a rental car in Australia . . .

Make sure you are familiar with the terms and conditions of your rental agreement. Travel restrictions often apply, even in popular areas like Far North Queensland and Kakadu National Park. You will need to know if travel is not permitted on any roads, or if a kilometre limit applies.
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