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Car hire Australia

EasyTerra Car Hire Australia is an independent car hire comparison site. Our system compares prices from well-known car hire companies so as a customer you can always book your hire car through us at a competitive rate.

Car rental offers in Australia

Whether you're looking for a small rental car or a station wagon for the entire family, we will always have a suitable vehicle for the lowest price. Below are some examples from our selection in Australia.

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Car rental locations in Australia

EasyTerra Car Hire compares rental car prices at the following destinations

Adelaide Airlie Beach Albany Albany, WA Albury Albury, NSW Alexandria Alice Springs Armidale Artarmon Ascot Ayers Rock Bairnsdale Ballarat Ballina Balwyn Bassendean Bathurst Bendigo Blackburn Blacktown Boondall Brisbane Broken Hill Brookvale Broome Brunswick Heads Bunbury Bundaberg Burnie Busselton Byron Bay Caboolture Cairns Campbelltown Canberra Capalaba Carnarvon Castle Hill Cessnock Charleville Cheltenham Chinchilla Clayton Coburg Coffs Harbour Collie Coober Pedy Coolangatta Cooma Croydon Dandenong Darling Harbour Darwin Dee Why Derby Devonport Dubbo Emerald Esperance Essendon Exmouth Exmouth Gulf Footscray Frankston Fremantle Fyshwick Geelong Gepps Cross Geraldton Gladstone Gold Coast Gosford Grafton Griffith Gunnedah Hamilton Hastings Hendra Hervey Bay Hobart Hoppers Crossing Horsham Hurstville Ipswitch Kalgoorlie Karratha Katherine Kenmore Kingscote Kununurra Launceston Leeton Lismore Liverpool Logan City Longreach Mackay Maidstone Maitland Malvern Maroochydore Maryborough Mayfield Melbourne Merimbula Mildura Milperra Mitcham Moorabbin Moranbah Morayfield Moree Mount Barker Mount Gambier Mount Isa Mudgee Narrabri Newcastle Newman Noosa Heads Nowra Olympic Dam Orange Osborne Park Paraburdoo Parkes Parramatta Penneshaw Penrith Perth Plympton Port Augusta Port Douglas Port Hedland Port Lincoln Port Macquarie Portland Preston Prosperine Pyrmont Redcliffe Richmond Rockhampton Rocklea Roma Sale Shepparton Singleton South Melbourne South Yarra Springwood St Kilda Strathpine Surfers Paradise Sydney Tamworth Taree Taren Point Tingalpa Toowoomba Townsville Traralgon Tullamarine Tumut Ulladulla Victor Harbor Wagga Wagga Wangaratta Warragul Weipa Welshpool Werribee West Ryde Whyalla Wollongong Yulara
Car hire Australia

Location information for Australia

Australia is best explored by rental car. EasyTerra Car Hire has over 286 pick-up locations in Australia. This means there is always a pick-up location close to your destination.


Australia: a country as well as a continent. Australia is a fascinating country with a varied landscape. Breathtaking beaches, beautiful waterfalls, rainforests as well as miles of dry land. Australia is a true paradise for any nature lover. Adventurers can go rafting on wild rivers, surfing on high waves or diving among the magnificent coral reef. The Aborigines are the original inhabitants of the country. Nowadays, less than 2% of the population is Aborigine. Australia is a melting pot of cultures. Most of its inhabitants are of European descent. The first immigrants arrived in Australia more than two hundred years ago. Between 1779 and 1901, Australia was a colony of Great Britain. Its official name is the Commonwealth of Australia.


For over 40.000 years, Australia has been inhabited by Aborigines. They are in origin nomadic people from Southeast Asia. They divided into hundreds of tribes that lived throughout the country. Some tribes roamed about, while others settled.

In the Seventeenth Century, curious Europeans went looking for Australia. The Dutch captain Willem Jansz was the first European to set foot on Australian soil. In 1770, the British captain James Cook lay claim to the East of Australia, and 18 years later the country became a colony of Great Britain. Australia was initially used as a penal colony for British prisoners. More and more colonies were set up across the country.

In the mid-Nineteenth Century, gold was discovered in New South Wales and Victoria. From that moment on gold diggers came to Australia from all over the world in the hope of becoming rich. Although the economy boomed, the country was hit by a recession at the end of the century. That is why it was decided to incorporate the six colonies into a federation: the Commonwealth of Australia.

During the First and Second World War, Australia backed its mother country Great Britain. After the Second World War, nearly 2 million Europeans went to Australia. They proved very useful in the country's industry and agriculture.

These days, Australia is an independent and wealthy country with a strong competitive economy. The political situation is stable and the professional population well-educated.

Society and Culture

Australia has about 20 million inhabitants. No less than 70% of the population is of British descent. Australia is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. The population is distributed unevenly across the land. Most people live in the Eastern and South-Eastern coastal area, between Melbourne and Brisbane. Queensland is the state where most Aborigines live.

Immigration plays an important role in the culture of Australia. Since 1945, the number of inhabitants has doubled. Many people still emigrate to the wealthy continent. In addition to Great Britain, they often come from Hong Kong and New Zealand.

Despite these various cultures, there does seem to be a coherent Australian culture. Australians are known as hospitable people. They enjoy life and love sports. When you are in Australia, you will surely hear talk of an 'Aussie Barbie'. This is not a doll, but a barbecue! Australians love to barbecue and they often invite tourists to come along and have a bite.

English is the official language of Australia. Australian English has a special accent and there are specific expressions and abbreviations.

About three quarters of the population is Christian. Most Christians belong to the Roman-Catholic and Anglican Church. The other Australians are Buddhist, Muslim, Greek Orthodox, Baptist, etc. Finally, 16% of the Australians are non-religious.

Political Situation

The Commonwealth of Australia, usually referred to as Australia, is a constitutional monarchy. The federal government is formed by a parliament that is elected by the people. The government is led by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of the Labor Party. Despite the fact that Australia nowadays is independent, the queen of Great Britain is also the queen of Australia; Queen Elizabeth II.

There are three main political parties: Labour Party, Liberal Party and National Party. In addition, there are various small parties. Since 1966 until 2007 the country had been governed by a coalition of the Liberal Party and the National Party.

The six states of Australia each have their own government with a prime minister and a constitution. At a regional level, these governments have a lot of influence.


Over the last decade, Australia transferred its market economy in an internationally competitive economy. In the 1990's Australia had one of the fastest growing economies in the world, thanks to economic reforms that were implemented in the 1980's.

Australia has developed from a predominantly agricultural country into a country with a rich industry in a very short time. It seems that the worldwide economic downturn in recent years does not effect Australia very much: unemployment levels kept falling and the export brought in important revenues. Australia trades with many different countries. Its main export partners are Japan, China, United States, South Korea and New-Zealand.

The currency of Australia is the Australian dollar. One Australian dollar is worth about € 0.61. If you decide to stay in Australia for a longer period, you may want to open an Australian bank account.

Geography and Climate

Australia has a total land surface of almost 8 million square kilometres. Most of the country (three quarters!) is desert. After Antarctica, Australia is the driest continent on earth. The Australians call the desert 'the outback'. In the centre of the country, in the middle of the outback, there are famous mountains and rocks like Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (Mount Olga). In the North-East of Australia there are magnificent rainforests that are home to many animal species. Australia's total coastline is 34218 kilometres long. Australia is in possession of the world's largest coral reef: the Great Barrier Reef.

The two largest cities of Australia are Sydney and Melbourne. They are home to 40% of all Australians. The other major cities are Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Darwin, Alice Springs and Broome. The capital of Australia is Canberra. Here you will find important government buildings and monuments.

Thanks to its enormous surface, Australia has many climate zones. The northern part has a tropical climate. The outback has a desert climate with hot days and cold nights. The south-east and south-west have a moderate climate. Don't forget to keep the Australian summer and winter in mind! For the Australian summer, you need to visit the country between December and February, while between June and August it is winter in Australia.

Traffic and Infrastructure

Large distances can be covered most quickly by plane. There are many internal flights and all major cities have airports. Most international flights land at Sydney Airport. Other airports include Melbourne Airport, Cairns Airport and Perth Airport.

There is also an extensive bus network. Traveling by bus is fairly cheap. Bus companies like Greyhound, McCafferty's and Premier will take you everywhere and to all the interesting places.

The rail network is less extensive than the bus network. However, traveling by train is comfortable and allows you to enjoy the wonderful landscapes. The main train routes are from Perth to Sydney and Melbourne (via Adelaide), and from Adelaide to Darwin.

The best way to travel is by car. First of all, the car offers more freedom. In addition, it allows you to visit more remote areas. Because of the large distances it is important to make sure you have enough fuel. You need an international driver's license to drive a car in Australia.

Food and drink

The colonial influence of Great Britain can be found in the Australian kitchen. That means it is common to be able to order an English breakfast. Also, Australia is famous for the "barbie". You will not only be able to order meat from the barbecue in restaurants, there are also public barbecues in parking lots and on campsites. Of course, meat lovers need to taste kangaroo and crocodile meat.

Restaurants in Australia are relatively cheap. This has to do with the fact that restaurants allow people to bring their own drinks: "Bring Your Own" or "BYO". This makes eating out more affordable. Giving tips is not common, although it is appreciated. A 10% tip is reasonable.

Australians love to drink, so you can enjoy a beer or wine everywhere. The minimum age for buying and drinking alcohol is 18.

Time zones

Australia has three different time zones: Eastern Standard Time (GMT +10), Central Australian Time (GMT+9,5) and Western Standard Time (GMT+8). Most states have daylight saving times, with the exception of some states, like Queensland.


Australia is geared towards tourism, and you will not have to look very far for a place to sleep. You can choose the luxury offered by hotels, but there are also many campsites. They are inexpensive and give you a chance to enjoy the beautiful environment. Many tourists stay in hostels. There is a great supply and there are various types of rooms. You can share a room with twelve other backpackers or have a room of your own. On the edge of the cities and smaller towns there are motels. Motels are a good choice if you travel by car.

Finally, you can spend the night on a genuine "Aussie farm", and experience the unique atmosphere of the Australian countryside. Often, you even help out on the farm, and learn to sheer sheep or herd cattle. This is an opportunity you do not want to miss!

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Practical information

  • Currency
    Australian dollar
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    100 - 130 km/h
  • Language
  • Popular car category

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is EasyTerra Car Hire the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).

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