See Perth from every angle with these top car hire deals.
Time gets easily eaten up in Perth thanks to its museums, boutiques, bijoux bars and one of the world’s largest inner-city parks. But no holiday here would be complete without a stint exploring beyond the city limits.
Hire a car and you’ve got beaches, natural wonders and some of Australia’s best wine country at your fingertips. But before you fasten your seatbelt, there are a few driving tips to swot up on.
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Road rules: What to know about driving in Perth
Just like the rest of Australia, Perth drives on the left side of the road. Before you get behind the wheel in this part of the country, there are a few other tips you might want to take on board.
Kept left: In common with the rest of Australia, Perth has a keep left road rule. This means you should keep as close to the left as is practical on single-file roads and only venture into the right lane on multi-lane roads if you are overtaking or turning.
Take care at railway crossings. Not all of Perth’s railway crossings have boom gates or flashing lights to alert drivers to oncoming trains. If you need to cross a railway line where there are no signals, take care. Remember that multiple trains can come along at the same time and always stay at least three metres from the track if you are waiting.
Left turns on red lights. At some traffic lights in Perth it is legal to turn left on a red light. Signposts will indicate where this is possible.
Popular Perth driving routes
Perth to the Pinnacles. Follow State Route 60 north from Perth and you’ll reach The Pinnacles Desert in 2–2.5 hours. There’s a Martian quality to this place; the shifting orange sands alone make it look like it could be a set for Star Wars. On top of that the desert is sprinkled with huge limestone rock formations that stick out of the landscape like thorns or rhino horns.
Perth to Margaret River. The journey from Perth to Margaret River takes around three hours if you follow the coast using State Routes 2 and 10. This part of Australia is wine country. The region is dotted with more than 120 vineyards, producing everything from sauvignon blanc to shiraz, and most of them offer tours and tasting sessions.
Perth to Swan Valley. If the three-hour drive to Margaret River feels a bit too much, make the half-hour journey east to Swan Valley where you can embark on the 32-kilometre food and wine trail. There are 40 boutique wineries on the loop, as well as a chocolate factory, lavender farm and maze.
Frequently asked questions about car hire
I'm on my provisional licence. Can I drive in Perth? Only a few car hire companies will rent cars to drivers on their provisional licence. Redspot is one of the biggest brands.
How does car insurance work? All hire cars come with a standard form of insurance. As in the rest of Australia, most policies come with high excess charges. You can pay extra to reduce the cost of your excess or purchase rental excess insurance elsewhere.