Rental companies may charge extra for drivers aged under 25, normally payable when you pick up your car. Age restrictions may apply in certain locations. Check the rental company's website before booking.

Car Hire in Brisbane

Car Hire in Brisbane

Tackled our top 10 things to do in Brisbane? Hire a car and get off the beaten path.

Whether you're visiting on an Aussie gap year or basing yourself in Brisvegas for a while, you'll get far more out of your stay with car hire in Brisbane. From driving along the Sunshine Coast to weekend trips on the Gold Coast beaches, Brisbane car rental makes it easier to get out and explore Queensland's spectactular scenery.

Where to Hire a Car in Brisbane

Road trips are a key part of the Aussie experience (our top ten Australian road trips will show you why). There are lots of places to hire a car in Brisbane. If you've booked flights to Brisbane, you'll find car hire from Brisbane Airport is the most convenient choice. No waiting in line for a taxi or bus – just pick up your keys and go. Agencies at the airport include Redspot and East Coast car rentals, with Alpha car hire and Hertz located a short distance off-site.

Car hire in Brisbane CBD is available from big names like Avis and Redspot, as well as specialist companies. Hire a hummer for the day and go off-road in the nearby rainforest, or rent a camper van for a long road trip along the Queensland coast.

Tips for Driving in Brisbane

Driving in the CBD (downtown) neighbourhood of Brisbane can be tricky, as it's a maze of one-way streets. If you're planning to drive in the city, hire a car with a sat-nav to make getting around easier. You need to pay for parking in the centre of Brisbane, and if you pre-book your space online it usually works out cheaper. Australians drive on the left-hand side of the road, just like in Ireland. Wearing your seatbelt is mandatory, and there's a very low tolerance for drink driving in Queensland. If you decide to have a glass of wine or beer, it's best to check into a nearby hotel in Brisbane rather than taking a chance. We recommend familiarising yourself with the local road safety laws before hopping in your Brisbane hire care.

3 Easy Day Trips from Brisbane

Best for beach lovers: Surfer's Paradise If you can't find cheap flights to Gold Coast for your trip dates, fly into Brisbane and drive. It only takes an hour to drive to Surfer's Paradise from Brisbane. As well as great waves, the seaside resort has buzzing weekend markets and fantastic nightlife.

Best for nature lovers: Mount Glorious This quirky hamlet is 50 minutes drive from Brisbane (40km). The drive itself is stunning, and once you arrive you'll find plenty of lush rainforest walking trails to explore. Once you're finished your trek, reward yourself with some tasty home baking in one of the village's sweet cafés.

Best for families: Australia Zoo One hour in the car is worth it to reach Steve Irwin's zoo, just over 74km from Brisbane. The 100 acre zoo is split into different zones, all with different animals: Tiger Temple, Elephantasia, The Crocoseum and Bindi's Island are a few of them.

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