Hiring a car may be an option for your next holiday, one that enables you to see a different side of the destinations that you visit as opposed to joining group tours or catching public transport. When travelling in a country like Australia, a country with wide-open spaces and often hundreds, if not thousands, of kilometres between destinations, it makes perfect sense to hire a car, especially when travelling as a group.

Should you decide to hire a car when travelling around the Great Southern Land with a group of friends or family members, here are four important car hire points that you don’t want to overlook.

You Need the Correct License

An international driving license is essential when driving in Australia. Depending on the licensing laws in your country, you may be able to get an international driving license the same day (as you can in Australia if you’re a resident). However, make sure you don’t leave this until the last minute as you don’t want to arrive in the country without one. It could lay waste to your travelling plans.

You Can Get a Good Deal at the Airport

Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to get a great deal on car hire at Sydney airport and other airports around the country. Don’t make the mistake of leaving things to the last minute as there are many rental providers and you want to leave yourself enough time to get a few quotes to compare.

Also, note that some car hire companies have business premises a short distance from the airport and that these companies may be more affordable. Take the time to explore your options here and look for deals and promotions as there are usually offers available that can help to reduce the costs.

Campervans are a Great Alternative to Rental Cars

It really depends on what you’re planning to do when Down Under, but if you’re thinking of a road trip for a few days or more, then hiring a campervan may prove to be a better option than hiring a car. Campervans aren’t as bulky as motorhomes (motorhomes are also great for road trips and camping holidays), which is handy for travellers who are spending some time in metropolises like Sydney and Melbourne and want a comfortable set of wheels to get about in while there.

The Road Rules May Be Different to Those in Your Country

It’s important to note that the road rules in Australia may be different to the road rules in your country and that they may be enforced in different ways. Don’t take any chances with Australian road rules as the fines can be hefty.

Australia has so much to offer travellers with its wide-open spaces, beautiful beaches, sun-drenched landscapes and bustling, multicultural metropolises. If you’re planning to travel to Australia anytime soon, please take note of the four points made here to make the right decisions about hiring a car or campervan Down Under.