Auto Europe has been helping clients find the perfect car hire in over 20,000 locations around the world for nearly 60 years. We strive to exceed your expectations throughout your car rental experience, and pride ourselves on providing superior customer service in addition to the best rates in the industry. With a car hire in Australia you are able to discover this amazing country, and see the sights you will not find anywhere else in the world. Pick up your car hire in Melbourne and tour three of the region's famous wineries, or visit Sydney and explore the Giant Stairway in the Blue Mountains. Call us today at 0800 358 1229!
Going for a car hire holiday in Australia gives you the freedom to go as you please in this vast, awe-inspiring country. The below section will bring you closer to the local driving regulations and make you feel familiar with road traffic during your travels in Australia.
Although there are eight states and territories in Australia, rules of the road are largely consistent.
Toll roads are found in the eastern states of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. Currently, all are within the metropolitan areas of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Many toll roads accept cash, but others require an E-Pass in order to access the motorway. In order to help travellers, the Roads and Maritime Services of New South Wales has developed partnerships with several car rental companies in order to provide a tolling solution giving travellers the ability to pay for their tolls automatically.
To rent a car in Australia you must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your UK driver's license for at least one year. Drivers under 25 may incur a young driver surcharge, and the maximum age restriction with certain suppliers is 75 years old. For more tips about driving a car hire in Australia, feel free to reference our driving information guide for Australia.
The Australian Dollar (AUD) is the currency used in Australia. Visitors are able to exchange their currency at any exchange counter, which can be found at the airports. Most ATMs will allow withdrawal with an international credit card as well. International credit cards are also typically accepted as a form of payment in most locations, but it is strongly advised you check the fees with your card provider before leaving the UK.
Australia is 11 hours ahead of the United Kingdom, which means when it is 6am in London, it is 5pm in Canberra, Australia. Time in Australia uses more than three time zones, including Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), and Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).
Main voltage in Australia is 230V 50Hz, and most appliances coming from the UK will work on the same voltage as Australia. Plugs in Australia have two flat metal pins shaped like a 'V' and some may contain a third flat pin in the center.
British citizens will need a visa to travel to Australia. There are two different types of electronic visitor visas:
Should you require assistance from the consulate during your travels, please see the below location for the British High Commission in Australia's capital, Canberra. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 5pm.
British High Commission Canberra
Commonweath Avenue, Yarraluma
Canberra ACT 2600
Telephone: +61 (0)2 6270 6666
A great way to see the vast and beautiful landscape of Australia is to book a campervan through Auto Europe! Explore the whole country from the long beaches and amazing wildlife to the Australia outback, including the famous Uluru rock formation. We have partnered up with numerous motorhome suppliers including Mighty, Britz and Apollo, to provide affordable campervan hires in all major destinations. Pick-up locations include Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane.