Take a Brisbane road trip with these great car hire deals.
As Australia’s third-biggest city, Brisbane could never be accused of leaving visitors short of things to do. However, if you want a taste of local life, you’ll need to hit the road and explore the region beyond the city limits.
Head out of the Queensland capital towards any compass point and you’ll reach vineyards, national parks and old world villages in no time. Here are a few things you should know before starting the engine, though.
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Road rules: What to know about driving in Brisbane
Brisbane drives on the left side of the road. Driving in the city is pretty uncomplicated, but be sure to brush up on the following tips before you travel and your time behind the wheel will be even easier.
- Overtaking rules. On multi-lane roads and motorways it’s legal for cars to overtake you on the left-hand side as well as the right, so pay extra attention to your blind spots when changing lanes.
- Toll roads. A number of toll roads operate around Brisbane. These include Airportlink M7, Clem7, Gateway Motorway, Go Between Bridge, Legacy Way and Logan Motorway. Most major car hire companies have devices fitted to their cars which track your use of toll roads; they will issue you with a bill for this use at the end of your hire period. Make sure you ask about your hire company’s toll policy before you embark on your journey.
- Transit lanes. Brisbane has a number of transit lanes. They’re clearly signposted with the words "Transit Lane" and the logo of a T1 or T2 against a red background. These lanes are meant for public passenger services carrying multiple passengers. So if you see a taxi using the lane, don’t follow it.
Popular Brisbane driving routes
- Brisbane Valley Heritage Trail. Head east out of Brisbane, along the M5 and M2, and you’ll reach Brisbane Valley. You’ll follow in the footsteps of pioneers as you stop at historical towns like Lowood, with its old bank, theatre and cordial factory. Drive for just over an hour and you’ll get to Wivenhoe Dam, which is a great place for a picnic.
- Brisbane to Mount Mee. Drive 90 minutes north of Brisbane and you’ll arrive at Mount Mee. The region around the mountain is home to a tangle of walking trails, vineyards, forests, waterfalls and a stamp-sized country town known for its locally-grown coffee.
- Brisbane to Ipswich. One of Queensland's oldest cities is a 40-minute drive south-west of Brisbane. Ipswich features art galleries, museums, parks, brewery bars, a vineyard and a cluster of cafes and restaurants serving everything from Italian to barbecue food.
Frequently asked questions about car hire
- Who offers cheap car hire from Brisbane airport? Car rental service desks for Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Carhood, Redspot and Thrifty are all located at Brisbane airport.
- I'm on my provisional licence. Can I drive in Brisbane? Some car hire companies, like Redspot, hire vehicles out to drivers with provisional licences. However, in some cases a surcharge applies.
- How does car insurance work? Hire cars come with basic insurance. Excess on these policies is often high, but you can opt to take out additional cover that will reduce this in the event of an accident. You can compare your options here.