Ayers Rock

Do I need a car in Uluru?

Should you rent a car in Ayers Rock Australia > Ayers Rock

Is it worth renting a car at Ayers Rock Airport? Do you need a car to visit the area around Uluru / Ayers Rock?

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Ayers Rock Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings

Why should you rent a car in Ayers Rock?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Ayers Rock?

Ayers Rock Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

40%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€260

 #246/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €X

300/300

 

Free parking score

Total 4 - of which 3 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

75%

#34/300

 

Why not? Visiting Ayers Rock without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Ayers Rock public transport quick facts

Train score

 

00%

Water travel score

40%

Overall public transport score

30%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

30%

  • Use local bus shuttles.
  • You can take a 3 hour self-guided tour by bike. Bike hire from Outback Cycling Uluru.

There are very tight controls on development around Uluru / Ayers Rock, with the main resort compound being situated very close to Ayres Rock airport (AYQ).

Do I need a car in Uluru? There’s no shortage of transfer services both from the airport to the resort and also to Uluru / Ayers Rock itself, which is situated around 6 miles / 10 km away.

Ratings

Car rental in - Ayers Rock Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Ayers Rock?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Ayers Rock?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Ayers Rock?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Ayers Rock if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Ayers Rock if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Ayers Rock if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

2

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Brisbane

Do you need a car in Brisbane?

Should you rent a car in Brisbane Australia > Brisbane

Our car hire advice for Brisbane starts with quite a few pointers to suggest that a rental car isn’t really necessary, and these include the fact that Brisbane has a well-developed public transport network. This isn’t just obvious and visible in terms of local rail services, which include a direct link to Brisbane airport, but Brisbane also has a well-developed bus system, including a wide range of mass transit bus ways, with two bus tunnels intersecting with each other through the city centre.

Brisbane Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings

Needless to say, if you are landing in Brisbane to carry onwards towards the Great Barrier Reef, there are also numerous coastal activities which would involve nothing other than parking up a hire car if you have one, so you’d get little usage out of it.

However, for anything longer than a few days or a weekend, then a hire car is almost certainly going to become very useful, because if you want to visit any of the scenic areas beyond Brisbane and the Gold Coast Metropolis, a hire car is almost certainly going to be best. This advice would apply even more strongly if you plan to head inland, rather than just sticking to the coast.

Why should you rent a car in Brisbane?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Brisbane?

Brisbane Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

30%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€115

 #134/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €95

24/300

 

Free parking score

Total 376 - of which 240 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

64%

#76/300

 
  • Generally, a hire car will provide more flexibility, unless you are just staying in the city of Brisbane.

Why not? Visiting Brisbane without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Brisbane public transport quick facts

Train score

 

00%

Water travel score

90%

Overall public transport score

30%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

50%

  • Public transport, including local rail and express bus service is relatively good, especially compared to other Australian cities of a similar size (Perth etc).

Ratings

Car rental in - Brisbane Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Brisbane?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Brisbane?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Brisbane?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Brisbane if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Brisbane if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Brisbane if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

8

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Do you need a car in Brisbane? Verdict – yes

 

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Hobart

Do you need a car in Hobart?
Should you rent a car in Hobart Australia > Hobart

Hobart Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings

The sheer range of coastal views, national parks and other places to visit around Hobart, combined with the lack of any sort of rail-based public transport, make this the sort of place where we would firmly recommend getting a hire car.

Why should you rent a car in Hobart?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Hobart?

Hobart Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

30%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€135

 #155/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €110

44/300

 

Free parking score

Total 176 - of which 136 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

77%

#28/300

 
  • To follow.

Why not? Visiting Hobart without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Hobart public transport quick facts

Train score

 

10%

Water travel score

80%

Overall public transport score

50%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

50%

  • To follow.

Do you need a car in Hobart?- Yes, absolutely!

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Melbourne

Do you need a car in Melbourne?

Should you rent a car in Melbourne Australia > Melbourne

For the first time visitor, Melbourne represents something of an irony. The city sprawls far and wide around the Geelong Bay, making it one of the largest city administrations on earth, despite a relatively low population (for a global city), and an extremely low population density. Yet perhaps only after San Francisco or Amsterdam, one of the most enduring icons of Melbourne is the trams.

Melbourne Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings

The city also has a reasonable network of urban bike paths and green corridors, but this is only “reasonable” by Australian or British standards, not by Continental European standards!

Why should you rent a car in Melbourne?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Melbourne?

Melbourne Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

20%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€120

 #139/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €90

21/300

 

Free parking score

Total 832 - of which 381 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

46%

#139/300

 

So our general advice has to be that Melbourne is the sort of city that is much easier to get around by car, and that the car is also going to be extremely useful for visiting one of the many natural parks and other scenic areas that are easy enough to access just beyond the city.

Why not? Visiting Melbourne without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Melbourne public transport quick facts

Train score

 

40%

Water travel score

30%

Overall public transport score

60%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

20%

However, the world-famous Puffing Billy steam railway is also situated just outside Melbourne. True rail cranks will probably want to take the train there from Flinders Street station, but it’s a slow suburban line, so if you’re going to get a rental car anyway, it’s easy enough just to park at the start of the line.

Melbourne car hire verdict

Melbourne has enough of an urban rail network to make it perfectly easy to visit without getting a hire car, but there’s a great deal to see just beyond the city, and with an easy day’s drive from Melbourne, and for this, would recommend getting one.

Verdict – yes

Ratings

Car rental in - Melbourne Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Melbourne?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Melbourne?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Melbourne?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Melbourne if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Melbourne if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Melbourne if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

6

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Perth

Should you rent a car in Perth?

Should you rent a car in Perth Australia > Perth

Perth Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings

Perth on the other hand, is very much a city which has more to offer outside than within. This is a city that has grown rich on mineral resources, and there’s nothing particularly spectacular that’s worth visiting in the centre of Perth itself. Perth is still a nice enough place to stay. It has plenty of attractive waterfront locations, and it also has a modest urban rail network. But in all honesty, the real point of coming here is to head into the national parks and other scenic areas which lie inland to the east.

Perth’s urban rail network is based on five lines, all converging on Perth Station. Although the lines from Joondalup in the north and from Mandurah in the south meet in what is known as “Perth Underground” station, this is just a couple of underground platforms within the main station. There is no underground rail system per se. A light rail network is currently at the planning stage.

For any of these places, it’s very obvious to say that a hire car really is a must.

Why should you rent a car in Perth?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Perth?

Perth Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

50%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€135

 #156/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €115

53/300

 

Free parking score

Total 297 - of which 196 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

66%

#68/300

 
  • To get around the city itself.
  • Hire a car to travel up Australia’s Western Coast.
  • To head inland or to any of the national and state level parks around Perth.

Why not? Visiting Perth without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Perth public transport quick facts

Train score

 

60%

Water travel score

40%

Overall public transport score

50%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

20%

  • We don’t advise visiting Perth without a car!
  • Limited local bus and light urban services are available within and immediately around Perth – but they are largely for commuters.
  • Take the train to the coastal town of Mandurah.
  • Perth has an excellent network of cycle paths,  or at least it does by Australian standards. These routes often parallel to major roads, but also sometimes run on separate green trails. Cycling rates are very high relative to other Australian cities, with a huge growth in recent years.

Should you rent a car in Perth? Yes!

Ratings

Car rental in - Perth Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Perth?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Perth?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Perth?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Perth if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Perth if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Perth if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

8

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Sydney

Should you rent a car in Sydney?

Should you rent a car in Sydney Australia > Sydney

On the face of it, Sydney has the most comprehensive public transport network of any Australian city, and this includes a substantial network of commuter rail services (Sydney Trains), train connections at Sydney International airport, and a growing light rail network. A futuristic monorail ran in a loop around the city centre, although this was dismantled in 2013 due to low ridership, and the inability to make the service compatible with the light rail.

Sydney Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings

Needless to say, Sydney’s most famous landmarks of the Opera house and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are easy enough to visit on foot, and the bridge itself might carry an 8 lane highway as well as a 4 track railway, but you can also walk across it or indeed over it (as a tourist attraction), and that has to be the best option!

Within the urban area of Sydney, you will find some famous beaches, most notably Bondi beach, which is easy enough to get to by bus, or by taking the train to Bondi junction and then walking the last half mile.

Why should you rent a car in Sydney?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Sydney?

Sydney Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

50%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€135

 #154/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €105

40/300

 

Free parking score

Total 592 - of which 185 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

31%

#201/300

 
  • One particular must see excursion is to the Blue Mountains National Park, but this is just one of several scenic areas which can all be visited within a day’s drive of Sydney. These can also be done by bus tour, but you are then confined to their schedules, not yours.
  • Depending on how long you’re planning on staying in Sydney and whether you are also looking travelling onward to other destinations, you might well find that it’s worth looking at Sydney car hire options that involve getting a vehicle for part of your stay, but not for the whole length of it. This might also depend on where you’re staying, because parking charges can be a problem if you’re staying in downtown Sydney.
  • Since Sydney is also the main international gateway to Australia, it’s the obvious place to look for a longer term rental for a road trip.
  • Despite a planned new metro line, Sydney is still very much a car city.

Why not? Visiting Sydney without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Sydney public transport quick facts

Train score

 

80%

Water travel score

70%

Overall public transport score

60%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

80%

  • Public transport is adequate – better than any other city in Australia, and improving rapidly.
  • No car needed within city of Sydney.
  • Sydney’s famous Harbour Bridge can be crossed by bus or train.
  • Better still, walk across Harbour Bridge or cross it by bike.
  • For the best views of all , climb Harbour Bridge – https://www.bridgeclimb.com.

Ratings

Car rental in - Sydney Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Sydney?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Sydney?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Sydney?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Sydney if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Sydney if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Sydney if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

4

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Should you rent a car in Sydney? Yes, it will probably be handy for at least some of the time.

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