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Canberra car hire: Compare and book cheap rentals

Wizz around the capital or explore beyond Canberra to scenic areas for as little as $46 a day by hiring a car.

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Expect to find national parks, glistening streams, wildlife, a foodie trail and a town from the 1800s when you venture past Canberra's city limits. Visit during the right few months and you can even reach a winter wonderland within a short time.

We share the top road trips to take from the capital along with helpful information that will help you budget a smooth road trip.


Compare prices for car hire in Canberra:

Compare hire cars and prices in Canberra

We've sussed out how much you can expect to pay for car hire. Our figures are based on a quote from our engine for a rental car from Canberra Airport for 2 days, booked a month in advance for a driver aged 30+.

Small, economy car

  • Car: Toyota Yaris
  • Seats: 4
  • Luggage: 1 large bag and 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Thrifty
  • Cost: $83.15 for 2 days or $41.58 per day

Medium car

  • Car: Toyota Corolla
  • Seats: 4
  • Luggage: 1 large bag and 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Hertz
  • Cost: $74.44 for 2 days or $37.22 per day

Large car

  • Car: Kia Cerato
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 1 large bag and 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Thrifty
  • Cost: $95.13 for 2 days or $47.57 per day

Holden Commodore Estate

Estate car

  • Car: Holden Commodore Estate
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 3 large bag and 3 small bag
  • Rental company: Budget
  • Cost: $186.96 for 2 days or $93.48 per day

Prices mentioned above were retrieved on 16 August 2019 and change constantly. Get the latest prices for your car hire today.


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Tips for driving in the Canberra

  • Be ready for roundabouts. Canberra has over 400 roundabouts, each of which has a "halfway round" rule which requires drivers to use the left lane if turning off before the halfway point. Drivers intending on exiting halfway must use the right lane.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for cyclists. Canberra is known as the cycling capital of Australia so be sure to be aware of cyclists on the road. Most intersections will have a clearly marked cycling lane that give cyclists the right of way.
  • Watch out for wildlife. Wildlife in the surrounding areas of Canberra is common. Keep your eyes on the road and brake instead of swerving when you see an animal. Kangaroos, wombats and possums are common, especially around dusk or dawn.
  • Drive on the left. As with the rest of Australia, Canberra is no exception when it comes to driving on the left-hand side of the road. Keep to the left when driving on a multi-lane road and only move to the right when passing another vehicle.
  • Provisional licence holders may not be able to rent and drive cars. Most of the best-known car hire companies won't rent a car to a driver on their provisional licence. Redspot is one exception.
  • All hire cars in Canberra come with a basic level of insurance. Check the excess on your policy, though. Figures can be high, but you can pay your hire company extra to reduce the excess. Alternatively, you can organise your own car hire rental excess insurance which may save you money.

Canberra to Kangaroo Valley

  • How long is the drive? 210km each way
  • How long do I need? 2–3 days (2.5 hours of driving)
  • Must-sees along the way: Hampden Bridge, Manning's Lookout, Upper Kangaroo River Road

A quick trip to Kangaroo Valley is a treat where you'll be rewarded with sparkling creeks, lush green rainforests and bushlands in "Australia's most beautiful valley". A craft beer festival and barbeque festival are held here but it's also the perfect romantic getaway.


Murrumbateman Foodie Trail (Canberra to Murrumbateman)

  • How long is the drive? 104km round trip
  • How long do I need? 1–2 days (30 minutes of driving)
  • Must-sees along the way: Murrumbateman Village Market, Robyn Rowe Chocolates, Four Winds Vineyard Cellar Door

On the way to Murrumbateman you'll surely be sidetracked by the amount of restaurants and pubs laying fresh food in front of you such as beets, cheese and smoked meat platters, among other things. But once in Murrumbateman you'll be able to take it easy at one or two of the vineyards for wine tasting.


Braidwood

  • How long is the drive? 87km
  • How long do I need? 1–2 days (1 hour of driving)
  • Must-sees along the way: Royal Mail Hotel, Monga National Park, The Big Hole walking track

Braidwood is like stepping back in time as it's a historic gold rush town where colonial architecture, pubs, antique shops and more date back over 100 years inviting visitors along the footsteps of the past.

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