Car hire in Brisbane
Hiring a car in Brisbane
Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia and capital of the Queensland state.
It is a popular holiday destination, especially as it enjoys a great climate for the majority of the year - perfect for anyone seeking some winter sun.
There are plenty of popular and picturesque spots, including the fabulous Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, as well as lots of opportunities to discover more about the city’s history via the local buildings.
Brisbane has also got a quirky arts scene, as well as a great cafe culture, vibrant nightlife and excellent sporting facilities.
What you need to know
The capital of Queensland has developed significantly in recent years and this is evident in the great transport links offered across Brisbane.
Brisbane Airport (BRN) has top class faciltiies and provides flights to a number of international and domestic destinations.
Although, there is a comprehensive public transport network, it is advisable to book a hire car, especially if you plan to explore beyond the city of Brisbane.
It is recommended to sort out your hire car before jetting off to Brisbane. Be sure to use our booking engine to find the best price and pre-book your car hire before taking to the sky.
Where to pick up your car
If you have booked a car for collection at Brisbane airport, then you’ll find the car rental desks located on level 2 of the international terminal. Once you have picked up the keys, it is a short drive to Brisbane’s centre around 14km away.
Equally, there are plenty of other pick-up locations if you prefer to collect your hire car from somewhere else in the city, with many of the rental firms having offices downtown.
Holiday Autos offer 24/7 support if you have any problems, as well as a multilingual contact centre.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Brisbane is a good introduction to Australia and it offers a great way to discover why the country is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.
Of course, the weather is a major draw for visitors and Brisbane boasts almost all-year round sunshine. However, there is plenty more to discover than just the local beaches that Brisbane is famous for.
Fashionistas will love the high-end brands for sale on James Street, while local designers showcase their wares within Fortitude Valley and antique hunters should head to Woolloongabba.
In terms of local cuisine, Brisbane has varied choices, ranging from food trucks to five-star restaurants. Seafood features heavily on menus and there are plenty of places to pick up a traditional Aussie Pie.
If you have hired a car for your stay in Brisbane, then you may want to take a trip to the stunning Gold Coast - a popular city on the east coast of Australia. Visitors are also drawn in by the large number of attractions in the region, including Dreamworld, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild theme parks.
There are also plenty of opportunities to go for a hike within Lamington National Park, which is home to many rare birds and stunning landscapes.
It takes around 60 minutes to get to the Gold Coast. alternatively you could head north to the Sunshine Coast, which is around 75 minutes away from central Brisbane.
This coastline is home to the famous Rainbow Beach, which is named after its different coloured sand dunes.
For those wanting to explore further afield, then the region of Toowoomba could be ideal. Around a 125 km drive from the centre of Brisbane, the relaxed city offers a real contrast to the hustle and bustle of Brisbane.
It has various attractions that celebrate the local history, as well as the stunning natural landscape.
One of the highlights is the Cobb+Co Museum, which is part of the Queensland Museum, and is home to the National Carriage Collection. In total, there are some 50 horse-drawn vehicles and galleries that highlight the region’s history and culture.
Alternatively, if you really want to enjoy a road trip, then you could consider driving to one of the other major cities in Australia. For example, Sydney is around ten hours away from Brisbane.
Top attractions to visit in Brisbane
Brisbane is home to a wealth of attractions, ranging from the relaxing to educational to those more suited to adrenaline junkies. Here is details of some of the city’s most popular days out.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary and is home to more than 130 koalas.
Open seven days a week, visitors get the opportunity to hold a koala, hand feed kangaroos and find out more about a whole host of Australia animals, including sheepdogs and dingos.
The sanctuary, which covers an area of almost 45 acres, has been open since 1927 and has played a key role in ensuring the long-term future of much of the state’s wildlife.
Story Bridge Adventure Climb
If you prefer something energetic during your trip to Brisbane, then the Story Bridge Adventure Climb could be just the ticket.
The two-hour trip includes a climb up one of the city’s most famous bridges. Around 80 metres long, the journey to the top is worth it as it gives amazing views of Brisbane City, the river and Moreton Bay Islands.
One of the highlights is the commentary given by experienced climb leaders, who provide a unique insight into the bridge itself, as well as the other landmarks visible across Brisbane.
For the real thrillseekers, there is even the option to abseil down the bridge at night.
Brisbane River Trip
At the heart of Brisbane is the river, which is a great way to explore the sights.
There are regular cruises up Brisbane River that offer guided and sightseeing tours. They provide some great photo opportunities as they pass by some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, City Centre and the Story Bridge.
If you are experienced kayaker, then it is also possible to hire a kayak and enjoy a ride along the river - before rewarding yourself with a drink at one of the riverside bars.