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Hiring a car in Sydney

From the Harbour Bridge to the Opera House, Sydney, like no other city in Australia, has the very best in landmarks and beautiful cityscape alongside a beach location that will leave you dreaming of the sun, sea and sand that almost seems more akin to other locations around the country.

Sydney is as fantastic a place to visit for its rugged coastline along the Pacific and the countryside this brings with it, as it is for its brilliant cityscapes and landmarks, and you can rest assured when you are coming to holiday in Sydney that there will always be something fantastic for you to see and do, whether you fancy taking to the city to see its landmark views, or head somewhere quieter to feel more at one with nature.

What you need to know

The make up of Australia as a nation means that whether you are holidaying in Sydney or elsewhere, you will find no better way to get around than by car. When leaving cities, there are miles and miles of roads meandering through unspoiled countryside that just beg to be explored by car, and even though you can drive for some time seemingly without ever seeing another living being, it's truly breathtaking to see the scale of the country, and there's no better way to experience this than by car.

When you are planning your holiday in Sydney, the best way to ensure you get the best deal for your car hire is to book in advance with Holiday Autos. Doing this means that you will have the ability to use our simple online booking tool, which allows you to compare prices from more than 1,500 providers. And when you've found the best deal, you can rest assured when you book, with our free cancellations and amendments giving you that little extra peace of mind.

Where to pick up your car

Picking up your hired car from Sydney Airport (SYD) could not be easier with Holiday Autos, because no matter what company you choose to book with, you will be able to find your hire car in the main airport buildings. In both terminals of the airport, all you have to do when you arrive is to pick up your luggage and head to the arrivals level, with the car hire desks for both located in the main arrivals lounge, allowing you to pick up your keys and get on the road to Sydney, a mere 8km away.

While there are also car hire locations around Sydney, the best way to book is in advance so that you can take advantage of the best prices that are available to you and make sure that you get a wonderful deal before you head off on holiday, taking that extra weight off your mind.

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  • “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.”
    Diane T

Where to go

Once you've got your car keys and you're on the road, all that's left to do is decide where you want to go to in Sydney and New South Wales. Regardless of taste, you're sure to find something delightful in this wonderful Australian state.

Nearby Sydney

Because of the size of Australia, most things would be considered some distance away by those of us not used to the scale of countryside it offers, but thankfully there are still some places you can head to near Sydney that offer great opportunities to see something spectacular without driving too far. One example of this would be Kangaroo Valley. Around a two hour drive from Sydney, this beautiful location is home to some of the best natural scenery around, and a real serenity to boot. Along the way, you'll encounter perfect coastal views, and even get a close up view of a few of Australia's famous wool and dairy farms.

Even closer to home is Central Coast, just an hour from the city. It plays host to so many beautiful little coastal towns and excellent beaches. So, from Gosford to Woy Woy, you know you're sure to find something to wow you here, and all without having to travel too far from the city.

Longer drives

The uninhabited nature of much of Australia's outback makes it a challenging prospect for many people, but it also gives it that aura of being something vast and open that just begs to be driven. Thankfully with Holiday Autos you will have the chance to do just this, with so many possibilities for where you can get in the car and drive to, opening up all of New South Wales and its delights to you. One great example of a fantastic coastal drive in New South Wales is Sydney to Wollongong. A winding 140km drive can take you past beaches and lovely coastal towns along the way, with constant views over the perfect blue waters. Every inch of the way is postcard perfect, and it's not to be missed.

Another option is to take the drive on the Kosciuszko Alpine Way, which promises the most dramatic scenery you'll ever see in Australia. It's 175km long, but when it brings you the occasional snowy mountain top, beautiful waterfalls and even hidden little mountain villages, it's well worth all the trouble of driving that far. Set a day aside and get yourself out in the car to discover the true NSW.

Top attractions to visit in Sydney

When heading to Sydney, there is so much to see and do, you'll almost be spoiled for choice. Making the decision about what you want to see will mean making the most of the freedom hiring a car will give you.

Bondi Beach

Sure, it might seem like something of a cliche to come to Australia and end up chilling out on Bondi Beach, but is there really any other way to do it? When coming to Australia, you'll want to soak up the sun and really get a feel for what makes this such a beautiful and desirable country, so get your swimming gear on, pack your sun cream and hit the sand for a day you'll never forget.


While Australia as a whole might well be best known for its wildlife and thrill-seeking aura, there's something about Sydney that really makes it stand out from the country as a whole; its landmarks. The city has two major sites that it would be a real shame to leave Australia without seeing. Thankfully, as two of the most picturesque sites in the whole world, you'll have plenty of places to stop and snap pictures of both Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, both of which really bring the skyline of the city to life and give it that wonderful iconic edge.

Blue Mountains

And finally, the best way to round everything off when you're talking about a vacation in Australia is to add to the beach and city trips with a wonderful outback visit. The Blue Mountains World Heritage Site is a fantastic place to start with this, giving you excellent views that will take the breath away along Megalong Valley from Echo Point. Here, you can also visit some caves, and even have the chance to see some koalas and kangaroos living wild, so it really does bring together that essential Australian element to really round off your holiday in style.