Car Rentals and Tours in Australia

Renting a Car in Australia

It is not permitted to drive the vehicle outside Australia.

Valid driving license is required.

If the license is not in English, an International Driving License must be presented along with driving license from country of origin.

Minimum age for drivers is 21. Drivers between 21 and 25 will be subject to a young drivers surcharge.

Driving in Australia is more about being respectful than obeying any law in particular. As in Ireland, the right lane on a divided highway is for overtaking.

In most towns, the speed limit is 50 km/h and the maximum speed on most country roads and highways is 110 km/h.

You will be arrested for drunk driving if your blood alcohol is over .05 mg/ml.

In Western Australia, you may have a curfew on driving a car after dark.

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Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Tour of Melbourne Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Tour of Melbourne

Enjoying a meal on the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is guaranteed to be a highlight of your visit to Melbourne.

The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is one of Melbourne's star attractions, offering a sightseeing tour with a difference and two essential Melbourne experiences taking a tram ride and eating great food.

You'll glide through the city streets and on to South Melbourne, St Kilda, Prahran and Malvern aboard the Melbourne Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, your privacy assured with one-way windows.

Melbourne's tramcar restaurant-on-wheels is painted a distinctive glossy burgundy and is especially fitted out in velvet and brass like the luxurious Pullman-style European trains of the past.

You'll be welcomed aboard your 1948 Melbourne tram restaurant by a smiling maitre d' and be served by a friendly, professional team of silver-service waiters.

Choose from a four-course lunch aboard Melbourne's tramcar restaurant, an early three-course dinner or a more leisurely five-course dinner later in the evening. Delicious meals featuring fresh local produce are prepared onboard the tram, and a wide choice of alcoholic beverages is available from the fully stocked bar.

Melbourne's Colonial Tramcar Restaurant has all the modern conveniences you'd expect to find in a first-class restaurant. It is air-conditioned, heated and fitted with piped music to make your Colonial Tramcar Restaurant experience truly memorable.

Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns

Experience the rainforest beauty of Far North Queensland on a scenic day trip from Cairns. Ride the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and choose from a variety of options including the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park or the popular Rainforestation Nature Park.

Learn about Tropical North Queensland's pioneering history on a leisurely train journey to Kuranda 'the village in the rainforest'. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery as you wind your way through the rainforest. A short photo stop is made at Barron Gorge and as you cross Stoney Creek Bridge, before arriving in Kuranda.

There is free time in Kuranda to do a little shopping at the heritage markets, grab some lunch in one of the many restaurants/cafes (additional cost) or have a wildlife encounter at Birdworld, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary or Kuranda Koala Gardens (entrance fees not included).

Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise

Hit the rails, the rainforest, the sky and the reef in an action-packed day trip from Cairns.

You'll take the Kuranda Scenic Railway from Cairns, go shopping in the Kuranda Markets, ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, soar over the Great Barrier Reef on a scenic helicopter tour, take a lunchtime cruise on the reef, then spend the afternoon swimming, snorkeling or diving before cruising back to Cairns.

Have your camera ready aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway to take photographs as the train winds its way around Horseshoe Bend and past Stoney Creek Falls and Barron Falls.

At Kuranda Markets you'll have free time to shop for locally made arts and crafts before taking a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Make sure to have your camera ready as you glide over the rainforest canopy and glimpse tantalizing views of Cairns' beautiful coastline.

From lush tropical rainforest it's on to the blue expanse of the Great Barrier Reef and your spectacular thirty-minute helicopter flight to the Outer Reef. From the helicopter pontoon at Hastings Reef, you will be transferred to a high-speed vessel to enjoy a delicious tropical lunch.

After lunch you will have more than two hours to snorkel and swim. If you prefer not to get wet, you can take an informative semi-submersible tour to see and learn about the delicate coral reef ecosystem.

Divers are not forgotten either with scuba diving available for both beginners and experienced divers at an additional cost. Then it's time to relax and enjoy the live entertainment onboard this luxury vessel as you sail back to Cairns at the end of a packed, fulfilling day.

Blue Mountains Nature and Wildlife Day Tour from Sydney Blue Mountains Nature and Wildlife Day Tour from Sydney

Explore the beautiful bushland on Sydney's doorstep by taking a full-day nature and wildlife day trip to the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains.

Leaving the city behind, you'll visit quaint mountain villages and Featherdale Wildlife Park on your scenic drive from Sydney. Experience all the Blue Mountains has to offer including the Three Sisters, Aboriginal Dreamtime legends and a boardwalk stroll through the rainforest.

You will see stunning vistas such as the Three Sisters at Katoomba, and have the option to ride the scenic railway, skyrail or cableway at Scenic World.

You'll also have the opportunity to see Australia's unique wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and wombats.

Highlights of your Blue Mountains tour include:

Free time to visit Leura village, a delightful blend of groomed gardens and quaint shops
Stopping at Echo Point to see the famous Three Sisters rock formation
Discovering the Aboriginal Dreamtime legends of the mountains and Three Sisters
Following the scenic Cliff Drive and enjoying breathtaking views of the Megalong Valley
Traveling through Katoomba, the heart of the Blue Mountains' resort region
Enjoying an easy walk and stroll along the boardwalk through the rainforest
The option to lunch at Scenic World, with 360-degree panoramas and views of the Three Sisters from your table
The option to ride the Scenic Railway (the world's steepest incline railway) to the rainforest boardwalk, the Scenic Skyway for views of the Three Sisters, or the Scenic Cableway
Seeing koalas and other Australian animals at Featherdale Wildlife Park

3-Day Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) via Kings Canyon Tour 3-Day Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) via Kings Canyon Tour

Immerse yourself in the ancient landscapes of Uluru and Kata Tjuta on a three-day tour from Alice Springs.

You'll see the highlights of Uluru (Ayers Rock), including the unforgettable sights of an Uluru sunset and sunrise, and have the opportunity to walk the rim of the magnificent Kings Canyon.

Day 1: Alice Springs - Kata Tjuta (Olgas) - Uluru (Ayers Rock) Depart Alice Springs and travel through 'Outback' landscapes by the West MacDonnell Ranges. This ancient, twisted range is thought to be the oldest in Australia. Stop to visit the Camel Farm. You'll have the opportunity to try riding one (own expense). Stop to view the flat-topped Mt Conner before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. Join a tour to Kata Tjuta and walk into Olga Gorge and keep an eye out for ancient stone carvings. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and watch the golden rays of the setting sun strike Uluru.

Day 2: Uluru Sunrise - Mutitjulu Waterhole Guided Base Tour - Uluru Climb - Kings Canyon Rise early and enjoy as the day's first light strikes Uluru. Take a guided walk to Mutitjulu waterhole. See cave paintings and hear the legends of Python Dreaming. Tour the base of Uluru before joining your guide and learn about the geology and flora of the region on the Mala Walk. Explore Kantju Gorge before visiting the Cultural Centre and Maruku Arts and Craft Cooperative to see Aboriginal artists at work.

Day 3: Kings Canyon Guided Rim Walk - Alice Springs Enjoy a guided walk to the rim of Kings Canyon and through the 'Lost City' and 'Garden of Eden' (requires a good degree of fitness). See the towering walls and unique plant life. An alternative easy walk along the canyon floor is available. This afternoon travel through the vast cattle properties of Central Australia stopping at Kings Creek Station before arriving in Alice Springs at approximately 6.30 pm.

Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide

Discover the magnificent flora and fauna of Kangaroo Island by plane or by sea and immerse yourself in the natural pockets of unspoiled wilderness as you walk with the seals on the beach.

Home to the Wallaby, Goanna, Echidna, Koala, Kangaroo and a haven for marine wildlife and seabirds, your full day guided tour from Adelaide includes hotel transfers and gourmet country lunch.

Highlights Include:

Early start coach travel to Cape Jervis (for cruise crossing) or to the airport (for flight crossing)
Cruise crossing - Cruise the Backstairs Passage to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island
Walk in the wild with Seals on the beach at Seal Bay, home for over 500 Australian Sea Lions
Enjoy an Aussie country style lunch in a rural setting
Unspoiled wilderness of Flinders Chase National Park
Look for Koalas in their natural habitat
Witness astounding rock formations at Remarkable Rocks
Keep an eye out for an Echidna
Take in the spectacle of Admirals Arch
See New Zealand fur seals in their natural environment

Springbrook National Park Discovery Full-Day Bushwalk including Glow Worm Tour Springbrook National Park Discovery Full-Day Bushwalk including Glow Worm Tour

Explore the World Heritage Rainforest of Springbrook National Park, featuring many waterfalls, rainforest walking (approx. 4.5km), great look outs and fascinating Glow Worms. Lunch is served with views over Purlingbrook Falls and hotel transfers are available from both Brisbane or Gold Coast for your convenience.

Discover the World Heritage Rainforest. Start your day by visiting the spectacular Natural Arch. This amazing natural formation is a waterfall and cave all in one, courtesy of mother nature.

Next we are off to Springbrook National Park. On guided 4km walk, discover stunning cascading waterfalls, marvel at the wonders of the rainforest while walking the Twin Falls Circuit. Your guided walk through sub-tropical temperate rainforest takes you a little further to the viewpoints that most visitors miss out on.

Enjoy a delicious lunch as you overlook the regions largest waterfall, Purlingbrook Falls.

Following lunch, journey into the rainforest to see the endangered 2000 year old Antartic Beech Trees. Then stand of the edge of the extinct Tweed Shield Volcano.

keep a lookout for native wildlife such as wallabies and rainforest. You might get lucky and spot some rare wildlife from the tracks.

Next, the Best Of All Lookout, which is just as good as its name suggests. Here you have sweeping views from Byron Bay to Tweed Heads.

Your last activity today is to visit the grotto. Home to one of the rainforest's most intriguing creatures, glow worms. In the pitch black darkness of the grotto, 10 000 glow worms light up the ceiling like stars in the night. A full day of stunning views, mountains of information and hearty food.

When in Clare Valley, Australia, visit Sevenhill Cellars for a tour of one of the oldest wineries in Australia.