Australia has over 556,000 miles of highways that can take you all around the continent. Driving your car hire from Sydney on the east coast to Perth on the west, there are plenty of must-see destinations for you to work into your chosen route. It's a very different experience from driving in the UK - for instance, it's not uncommon to see a kangaroo as you drive in some of the remote areas of Australia!
When travelling in Australia with your cheap car hire, it's important to know that the country spans three time zones:
Eastern Standard Time (EST): in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland. So, when driving your cheap car hire in Melbourne, for instance, keep in mind that the Australia time difference is GMT+10 hours.
Central Standard Time (CST): in South Australia and Northern Territory. The time difference here is GMT+9.5 hours.
Western Standard Time (WST): in Western Australia. So with your cheap car hire in Perth, you'd experience a time difference of GMT+8 hours.
Australia Daylight Saving Time runs in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and South Australia from the end of October through to the end of March. In Tasmania it runs from the beginning of October through to the end of March.
When driving your cheap car hire in Australia, asking for directions will present no problems, since English is the official national language.
Electricity in Australia operates on 220-240 volts, 50 Hz electricity. The three-pin plug is standard. Many hotels have converter plugs.
Booking your car hire in Australia is a great starting point for your holidays, but there are other details you should look into. The currency in Australia is the Australian Dollar (AUD). You will have no problems finding an ATM machine from which to withdraw money. Australia does imposes a 10% Goods & Services tax (GST). Prices are generally marked inclusive of GST.
When planning your holiday with a car hire in Australia, be sure to have a look at the following websites to find out tourism office locations, places to visit and further information you may need before travelling to Australia. To know more, visit the official Australia Tourism website.
Before setting off to tour the country on your cheap car hire in Australia, you'll need a visa. For stays of up to three months, you can apply for the visa on-line at Visas for Australia. To do so, you must hold a passport from the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland. With a holiday visa, you can visit friends or relatives and travel in Australia with your cheap car hire. For a visit over three months, you must get a visa issued directly by the Department of Immigration.
The British High Commission is located in Canberra. To know more about UK Embassies in Australia and other information, visit the website provided.
Before you book your hire car, it's probably worth taking a look at the above essential Australia travel information, which includes everything you need to know when planning your holiday, as well as all arrangements you need to make before travelling.
*Rates shown are per day, based upon a 7-day car hire. Taxes and additional surcharges may apply.