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Car hire Airlie Beach deals

We’ve got the top car hire deals to get you on the road in Airlie Beach.

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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

Europcar Europcar

Up to 20% off Australia and New Zealand rentals

Available on select dates until 15 December 2020. Rental must be for 2 days or more and booked 21 days in advance. T&Cs apply.

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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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Europcar Europcar

Up to 20% off base rate

Available on rentals until 15 December 2020 in Australia and New Zealand. Pick up on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday required to avail offer. T&Cs apply

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Hertz Hertz

Get 1 day free on Australia car hires

Available on rentals until 31 December 2020 when you book a minimum of 5 consecutive days. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.

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Hertz Hertz

Free upgrade on Australia rentals

Available on rentals until 31 December 2020 when you use the code. T&Cs apply.

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Avis Avis

4th day free + free upgrade on Australia car hires

Available on rentals until 18 December 2020 in Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Perth, Adelaide and more. Minimum 4 days rental required. 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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Hertz Hertz

Up to 20% off Australia car hires

Available on rentals until 31 December 2020 when you book a minimum of 7 consecutive days. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.

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Hertz Hertz

Up to 33% off + Free upgrade on weekend rentals

Available on rentals until 31 December 2020 across Australia. Minimum of 3 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar Europcar

SUV rentals from $59/day

Available on 3+ day rentals until 31 October 2020 across Australia. T&Cs apply.

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Avis Avis

Up to 15% off Australia rentals

Available until 20 December 2020 on prepay bookings. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Adelaide and more. T&Cs apply.

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Budget Car Rental Budget Car Rental

Get 3rd day free on Australia rentals

Available on rentals until 18 December 2020 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and more. Minimum of 3 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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Budget Car Rental Budget Car Rental

Up to 20% off Western Australia car hire

Available on select 2020 and 2021 dates in Fremantle, Midland and Malaga. Minimum of 7 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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Budget Car Rental Budget Car Rental

Western Australia car hire from $20

Available on rentals until 16 January 2021 across Fremantle, Midland and Malaga. Minimum 7 days rental. 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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Avis Avis

Third day free on Australia rentals

Available on rental until 18 December 2020 when you use the code. Destinations include Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and more. Minimum of 3 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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Avis Avis

$1 Australia one way car hires

Available on select rental dates from 14 October -30 November 2020. Minimum of 4-5 rental days required. T&Cs apply.

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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

Up to 15% off base rate on 5+ day car rentals

Available for pick ups from May - December 2020 at select locations across Australia and New Zealand. T&Cs and black out dates apply.

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Looking4Parking Looking4Parking

Up to 60% off advance bookings

Available for travel on select dates across Australia. Save up to 60% if you book in advance today. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin, Gold Coast and more. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar Europcar

Up to 10% off base rate on 3+ day car rentals

Available for pick ups until 15 December 2020 at select locations across Australia and New Zealand. T&Cs and black out dates apply.

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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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Avis Avis

Free upgrade on car hires

Sign up your email and receive the best car rental offers in Australia. T&Cs apply.

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Lastminute.com.au Lastminute.com.au

Australia car hires from $43/day

Available on select dates in 2020 in Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, Broome and more. Sample rate is for a compact car in Coffs Harbour. 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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