These days you can get to most places if you are happy to combine a few frustrating bus journeys, maybe a taxi or a long train ride. However, if you plan on visiting any of these lesser-known attractions in Australia, it will make your life easier if you have your own set of wheels. VroomVroomVroom can help you find a rental car at an affordable rate so you can explore these destinations and more. We compare prices from Australia's top hire car companies and can offer you the lowest prices on vehicles. Here are a few great spots in Australia, located off the main highways and hidden away in incredible landscapes.
The beautiful Bay of Fires stretches more than 50km on the east coast of Tasmania. Public transport is limited in the region so it is perfect for exploring with a rental car.
With many miles of beaches to explore, visitors will not be short of things to do. The area is known for the fiery red colour of the rocks on the beach and the clear waters. The beaches are ideal for snorkelling, and there is a wealth of wildlife to discover.
Start your Tasmanian adventure in Launceston, where you can pick up a car and head to the Bay of Fires. There are many small towns to explore along the way with accommodation to help you break up your journey.
Directions: If you are coming from Launceston, the travel time to Bay of Fires is around two and a half hours. From Launceston, take National Highway 1 and Esk Hwy/A4 route.
Recommended car: Book an intermediate car like a Hyundai Accent or Kia Cerato for more room and comfort.
Nestled among acres of bushland, the crystal-clear waters of Bitter Springs is like something out of a fairytale. There are walking trails throughout the area to help you better enjoy the views of the surrounding plants and wildlife. Those who visit the springs can relax in thermal waters that maintain a constant temperature of more than 30 degrees.
The site also offers a nearby caravan park and cabins if you plan to stay overnight to see more of surrounding Elsey National Park. Bitter Springs is located just outside of Mataranka.
Recommended Car: Rent a standard wagon such as the Mitsubishi ASX for extra storage space.
A trip to Silverton is like going back in time. The town makes for an interesting stop on an Australian road trip, having served as a backdrop for many international films such as Mad Max. Much of the old architecture is still intact, and many of the buildings now function as museums.
Follow the walking trail through the town and learn about the history of the area. Visit the Silverton Gaol and Historic Museum to see artifacts and get a window into life in Silverton. Don't miss the nearby Mundi Mundi Lookout for amazing views across the vast outback.
VroomVroomVroom can help you with car rental in both these locations. There is a range of accommodation options offered in Broken Hill to give you time to explore more of the area's attractions.
Recommended car: Rent a full-size SUV like a Toyota Landcruiser Prado and have a comfortable road trip for your next family holiday.
Secluded in Gulf Savannah Country, the Undara Lava Tubes offer visitors a memorable experience in Queensland's outback. Visitors can follow the path of lava flow from ancient volcanoes, and witness the effect it has had on the land.
Choose from a number of informative tours and explore different sections of the area, learning about the history, flora, and fauna. Keep an eye out for interesting events held at Undara, and stay in the unique accommodation offered on-site.
Directions: Undara is located 260km from Cairns, with the route crossing the scenic Atherton Tablelands. It is the perfect destination for a drive in Far North Queensland. Pick up your rental car in Cairns and start exploring this unique part of the world.
Recommended car: Enjoy the convenience of hiring an intermediate passenger such as a Hyundai Imax for your next trip.
To experience a landscape like you've never seen before, visit the Pinnacles Desert and explore the fascinating region. See the limestone rocks scattered throughout the desert, millions of years old.
There is a discover centre nearby providing information on the history of the area and formation of the limestone structures. Scenic trails allow you to walk through the sand and experience the Pinnacles up close.
Although coaches are offered to the area, picking up a hire car from Perth will give you greater flexibility to enjoy the Pinnacles at your own pace, as well as visit some of the surrounding attractions like the town of Cervantes or Lake Thetis.
Useful tips: Make sure to double-check with your rental car company if you can take your rental car to and in the Pinnacles. Since the roads at the heart of Pinnacles are unsealed, you may not be permitted to drive your hire car.
Directions: If you are coming from Perth, the travel time to the Pinnacles is more 2 hours. Follow Mitchell Fwy / State Route 2 and State Route 60 to Pinnacles Dr in Nambung .
This Australian National Heritage-listed site contains a huge amount of natural attractions such as mountains, waterfalls, and unique Australian wildlife. The site is also known for its cultural significance, with many opportunities to see Indigenous artwork throughout the national park.
There is an abundance of walking trails for hikers of all abilities, including trails that ascend into the mountains offering splendid views over the countryside.
Directions: The Grampians National Park is easily reached with a rental car, with Melbourne located just over a three-hour drive away.
Recommended car: Hire a standard car such as Mitsubishi Lancer or Toyota Corolla and enjoy the journey from Melbourne to the Grampians.
For an incredible view in some of the most remote country, don't miss the Bunda Cliffs in South Australia. Stretching for more than 100km, the cliffs make for a dramatic view of the sparse Australian outback meeting the Great Australian Bight. The region is very remote, and there are many opportunities to view the cliffs while travelling across the Nullabor Plain.
Directions: The township of Adelaide and drive over a thousand kilometres across Australia's vast outback. Bunda Cliffs extend around 100 km along the Great Australian Bight from Border Village to the east of Head of Bight. offers car rental, or alternatively, you can pick up a vehicle from
Recommended car: Rent an economy car such as a Suzuki Swift or Kia Rio and make the most of your South Australia adventure.
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