Car hire in Perth
Hiring a car in Perth
Perth in Australia has developed a great reputation as a relaxed and chilled out destination. It offers a real alternative to the busy Sydney and, of course, it has some of the most stunning beaches.
Perth is the capital and largest city in the state of Western Australia, as well as the fourth largest city in the country and home to more than two million people.
Its cosmopolitan atmosphere combined with its favourable weather means many people come on holiday to Perth and return to live full-time in the area.
What you need to know
Like so many areas of Australia it is fairly spread out and hiring a car makes it a lot easier to explore.
Perth is a large city so there are plenty of car hire suppliers to choose from, but remember to use our booking engine to find the most competitive quote during your stay in Australia.
As well as collecting your hire car from Perth airport or a city centre location, it is also possible to pick up or drop-off vehicles in other areas of Australia - perfect if you are planning a bit of a road trip for your vacation.
Where to pick up your car
Perth airport (PER) has four terminals offering international and domestic flights and car rental service desks can be found on the ground floor of all terminals.
One advantage is that the airport is less than 20km from the centre of Perth so you can be in the heart of the city not long after picking up your keys.
Also Holiday Autos provides 24/7 support, so if you do have any problems they will be resolved quickly.
“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
Many people visiting Australia like to take an extended holiday so they have plenty of time to enjoy the country. Australia is the sixth largest country in the world so isn’t somewhere that could be totally explored in just two weeks.
As well as Perth, Australia has many highlights including the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Great Barrier Reef, Bondi Beach and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Australians drive on the left and seat belts are compulsory for all passengers.
The default speed limit in built-up areas is 50km/h, there are also different limits in school areas, during daylight hours. Drivers are also warned to be aware of potential animal hazard on the roads, especially at night.
Speed limits away from heavily populated areas vary depending on which state you are travelling through, In Western Australia, the default speed is 100 km/h, compared to 130 km/h in the Northern Territory, so it is best to keep an eye out for speed limit signs.
If you do plan to venture away from Perth, then you will discover a number of smaller places that offer a whole host of things to do. Head to the small town of Guilderton if you fancy learning how to kayak or do some open water swimming.
Other options include visiting New Norcia - a Benedictine monastery town that has some impressive Spanish architecture, a museum and art gallery - perfect for a day out.
Driving between Australia’s major cities is quite the undertaking given the distances involved. However, if you have the time then embarking on an Australian road trip is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
One of the highlights is the Great Ocean Road (B100) which is one of the country’s most breathtaking drives. Anyone making the journey could be treated to some stunning sights including koalas, rainforest trees and great ocean views.
The road was built by soldiers in memorial of those killed in World War One. In total, the road stretches 243 kilometres (151 miles) along the south-eastern coast of Australia to connect the two towns Torquay and Allansford.
Top attractions near Perth
There are plenty of attractions to see in Perth and there is bound to be something that appeals.
Head to the beach
Perth’s beaches are a major draw for visitors and local residents, especially given the favourable weather.
One of the region’s most famous is Cottesloe Beach, which has amazing white sand and a number of cafes and bars. is Perth’s most iconic beach.
Another alternative is Cable Beach, which has more than 20km of sand and is often regarded as one of the most stunning beaches in the world.
Fremantle Prison is the only World Heritage Listed Building in Western Australia. The site served as a prison for nearly 140 years and is now a major tourist attraction. Visitors enjoy the tours that give an insight into what it was like to be imprisoned in the gaol. For the brave, there are even nighttime tours conducted by torch light, or you can be treated to a walk through the system of tunnels under the prison itself.
Perth Zoo can be found in the south of the region and is a great day for families with children. Opened in 1898, the zoo plays an important role in protecting Australia’s varied wildlife.
More than 1,000 animals, consisting of more than 170 species, live in the zoo, which is around 41 hectares in size.
The zoo is open every day of the year from 9am to 5pm.