Car hire Airlie Beach deals

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Airlie Beach is not only the gateway to the Whitsundays but a destination in itself.

If you’re considering a self-driving tour, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve found unbeatable deals on car hire, listed important road rules and unmissable driving routes, and answered some frequently asked questions about car hire in Airlie Beach.

Here’s to a stress-free tropical getaway.


Top Airlie Beach car hire deals

East Coast Car Rentals East Coast Car Rentals

Up to 15% off Australia rentals

Available on all rentals from February - March 2021 across Australia, including Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and more. T&Cs apply.

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DriveNow DriveNow

Campervan hire from $5/day

Available on select routes, dates and locations in Australia, including Darwin, Alice Springs, Cairns and Brisbane, and New Zealand.

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Europcar Europcar

$1/day one-way car hire in Australia

Valid on select dates for select car hire in Australia. Destinations updated regularly.

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Hertz Hertz
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Get up to 20% off 3+ day rentals

Available on rentals from 1 February - 15 December 2021 across Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Cairns, Adelaide, Darwin, Hobart and more. T&Cs apply.

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Looking4Parking Looking4Parking

Up to 15% off with code

Available on select rental dates across Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra and more. T&Cs apply.

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Motorhome Republic Motorhome Republic

Up to 25% off Awesome Campers rentals

Available on select rental dates across Australia, including Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide and more. T&Cs apply.

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Motorhome Republic Motorhome Republic

2 days free on Let's Go campervan rentals

Available on select travel dates across Australia. Minimum rental nights may apply. T&Cs apply.

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Motorhome Republic Motorhome Republic

Up to 20% off Apollo campervan hires

Available on select rental dates across Australia. T&Cs apply.

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Priceline.com Priceline.com

Up to 30% off Budget car hires

Available on select rental dates across Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and more. T&Cs apply.

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Avis Avis

Free upgrade on car hires

Sign up your email and receive the best car rental offers across Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar Europcar

Up to 15% off prestige car rentals

Available on rentals until 11 December 2021 across Australia and New Zealand including Sydney, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Auckland and more. Minimum of 5 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar Europcar

Up to 20% off 2+ days rentals

Available on select rental dates until 11 December 2021 across Australia and New Zealand. Must book 21 days in advance. T&Cs apply.

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Hertz Hertz

10% off 3+ day car hires in Australia

Available for travel on select dates until 28 February 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne and more. Minimum rental period of 3 consecutive days applies. T&Cs apply.

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Hertz Hertz

15% off prestige hires in Australia

Available for travel on select dates until 28 February 2021 on participating locations excluding Tasmania. Minimum rental period of one consecutive days applies. T&Cs apply.

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Hertz Hertz

15% off 3+ day weekend car hires in Australia

Available for travel on select dates until 28 February 2021 on participating locations excluding Tasmania. Minimum rental period of 3 consecutive days applies. T&Cs apply.

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Hertz Hertz

Up to 15% off 7-day rentals

Available on rentals until 28 February 2021 in Australia. T&Cs apply.

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Hertz Hertz

Get 1 day free on 5-day car hires in Australia

Available for travel on select dates until 28 February 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne and more. Must include a Saturday night keep. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar Europcar

Up to 15% off weekday van and truck rentals

Available on select rental dates until 31 January 2021 across Australia. Minimum of 3 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar Europcar

Up to 20% off Australia van and truck rentals

Available on rental pick ups between Sunday - Thursday until 31 January 2021. T&Cs apply.

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National Car Rental National Car Rental

Free car rental for members

Join the Emerald Club and earn 1 rental credit for every qualified car rental. Inclusive of free rental days and other benefits. Destinations include Australia, Canada, United States and more. T&Cs apply.

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DriveMyCar DriveMyCar

Car hire from $24 per day

Hire cars across Australia from as little as $24 per day. T&Cs apply.

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Rentalcars.com Rentalcars.com

Compare over 800 car hire companies worldwide

Rentalcars.com can help you compare major car hire company rates for the best price. Companies it compares include Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Thrifty, Alamo, Dollar and Budget. Destinations include Australia, New Zealand, Canada and more.

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Discover Cars Discover Cars

Australia car hires from $14.99/day

Available on select dates in Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne and more.

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Europcar Europcar

Earn 1,000 bonus Velocity points

Available on pick ups until 31 January 2021 across Australia and New Zealand. Minimum 4 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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Budget Car Rental Budget Car Rental

Earn 4 Qantas points for every $1 spent

Rent a car across Australia and earn 4 Qantas points for every $1 spent. T&Cs apply.

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Outdoorsy Outdoorsy

Australia rentals from $58/day

Available on select rental dates. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Newcastle and more. Sample rate is for a Flexi Delish in Baldivis, WA. T&Cs apply.

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Who offers cheap car hire from Proserpine Airport?

The closest airport to Airlie Beach is Prosperine. From there you can book car rentals with the following companies:

There's also a Europcar, Hertz and Avis in Airlie Beach town.


Road rules: What to know about driving in Airlie Beach

  • Drive on the left-hand side of the road. This applies everywhere in Australia.
  • The default speed limit in built-up areas is 50km/h. In rural areas it is 100km/h, unless otherwise indicated, and on highways it is 110km/h.
  • Beware of wildlife. Many kinds of wildlife, some endangered, are frequently found on or near roads. Drive with caution, especially at dusk and late at night. If you see an injured animal, safely pull over, wrap it in a towel and call the RSPCA on 1300 264 625.
  • Give way to horses. If someone in control of a horse raises their hand and gestures to the horse, you should pull over onto the side of the road, turn your engine off and leave it off until the horse is far enough away not to be startled by the car’s engine or movement.

Frequently asked questions about car hire in Airlie Beach

I'm on my provisional licence. Can I drive in Airlie Beach?

Yes. However, you must obey Queensland’s rules and restrictions for drivers with a provisional licence.

How does car insurance work?

You will probably be offered rental car insurance by your car rental company. However, you can also purchase insurance through another provider.

And if you have travel insurance, you may already have hire car insurance included as part of your policy. However you insure your hire car, it’s important to select an excess amount that suits your budget, even eliminating the excess altogether if you so choose.

To learn more about hire car insurance and compare policies, click here.


Popular Airlie Beach driving routes

  • Cedar Creek Falls. Just 35 minutes from Airlie Beach you'll find a seasonal waterfall tumbling down a cliff to a year-round swimming hole. Jump back in the car and drive on to Conway Beach and Wilson Beach, where you can go fishing, crabbing, swimming or kite surfing. There's no rush to get back, either – spend the night at a campsite for a real taste of nature.
  • Bowen. Drive an hour north from Airlie Beach and you'll reach the historic town of Bowen. Attractions include the Big Mango visitor information centre, Flagstaff Hill lookout, humpback and minke whale watching in the winter months, Cape Edgecumbe Walking Trail, Queens Beach and the golf course alongside, and the beautiful Horseshoe Bay.

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