Car Hire Brisbane

Whether you're here on a holiday or just need a vehicle, Alpha have some of the best car hire prices in Australia. With our fleet of modern, comfortable and reliable rental cars at fantastic prices you can get out and explore everything that South East Queensland has to offer without breaking the bank! When it comes to Car Hire Brisbane, Alpha really do give you the best deal.

Brisbane has come a long way in recent years and has so much to see and do no matter what you enjoy doing. From picturesque hikes around the World Heritage listed Lamington National Park to a host of festivals and celebrations, Brisbane really does have something for everyone. The best way to see it all is with a great rental car from the friendly team at Alpha.

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  • Brisbane City: 41 McLachlan St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
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First time using your service and I have already rebooked and am about to again!!

, Car Hire June 2014 Sandra voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

Thanks very prompt service dropping us all off back at the air port

, Car Hire June 2014 Sheryl voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

Weve used your company at several dfferent offices and always have excellent service!

, Car Hire June 2014 Cheryl voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

Very happy with product provided and would use Alpha again in future along with recomending to others.

, Car Hire June 2014 Mike voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

Thank you for the great service. Made moving our daughter so much easier

, Car Hire June 2014 Kim voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

Great service and value. Will recommend you to friends and will use you again.

, Car Hire June 2014 Cliff voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

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, Car Hire June 2014 Kent voted our over all service 4 out of 5 stars 4/5

Wonderful service, from our original booking on the phone to drop off after our visit. The shuttle pulled up to collect us from the airport while my husband was still on the phone. Driver was helpful and friendly. Janelle who did our paperwork was efficient, friendly and made the process easy. Car was as good or better than we had expected. Drop off and return to airport was hassle free. Overall, we will definitely use your company again and are very happy to recommend you. Other car hire companies we have used in the past do not compare. Thank you!!

, Car Hire June 2014 Timothy voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

Extremely happy with the price and quality of the rental

, Car Hire June 2014 Iain voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

Overall a very easy car hire experience and within my budget

, Car Hire June 2014 John voted our over all service 4 out of 5 stars 4/5

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Popular Local Brisbane Guides

Brisbane is a fantastic place to stay with so many activities, festivals and adventures to be had. We've listed just a few of our favourites from around the city, check out Visit Brisbane for even more exciting ideas!

Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo

If you're in Brisbane and you've never been to Australia Zoo then this really needs to be on the top of your list! Check out the home of the Crocodile Hunter himself, Steve Irwin. With a range of exciting shows (including the live croc show in the Crocoseum) and opportunities to get up close and personal with so many animals, it's a great way to spend the day.

Steve's message of wildlife conservation is as strong as ever across the park and the staff are always incredibly friendly so make sure you include a day trip while you're in town.

Bounce Inc

If you're looking for some energetic fun then head over to Bounce Inc and burn up some of that energy on over 100 interconnected trampolines surrounded by more than 500 square metres of air bags and padding.

They do have age restrictions but children aged 3+ are welcome. For those aged 3 – 5 they offer Mini-BOUNCE sessions so they can enjoy the activities safely.

They have everything from private birthday events to trampoline dodgeball and, for the more adventurous, give “the wall” a try. Everyone loves trampolines, go ahead and take the leap!

Brisbane Science Centre

For the young (and young at heart), explore the fascinating world of science at Brisbane's Science Centre, located in South Bank. Explore some of their amazing and interactive exhibits and speak to one of their experts about their fantastic displays.

They cover a range of topics from history to aboriginal cultures, the environment, sci-fi and even the human body.

They have a number of hands-on displays so you can really get involved. You don't need to have an interest in science to enjoy the Science Centre so head on over to South Bank today for a unique experience, you won't regret it.

Handy Itinerary Ideas

With so many great entertainment options around the Brisbane area it can be hard to make up your mind. If you can't decide where to head first, take a look at our Holiday Itinerary page for some fantastic ideas across Queensland.

Follow one of our multi-day itineraries or simply use them as inspiration to make your own; whatever you choose you're sure to have an amazing time soaking up some of what South East Queensland has to offer.

Toll Roads

South East Queensland has a number of toll roads to improve your overall travel time so you can see more of Brisbane without sitting in traffic!

These toll roads include:

  • Gateway Motorway
  • Logan Motorway
  • Clem Jones Tunnel (aka CLEM 7 Tunnel)
  • Go-Between Bridge
  • Airport Link (aka M7)

Using these roads you can almost completely avoid the typical city traffic but it does come at a cost. Increasing every 6 months, these tolls range from $1.56 - $4.25 per toll point with some routes crossing multiple points.

Since Queensland no longer has manual toll points where you can pay with cash, you are required to pay using one of the various GoVia account options. For those visiting from out of town, your best option is to register the vehicle on your credit card to ensure you don't miss paying for any. Our team is more than happy to help with this when you collect the car. If you do happen to go over a toll and haven't pre-paid you must do so within 3 days of passing the toll points. Check out our QLD Tolls page for more information, otherwise you can visit the GoVia website directly for a complete list of payment options.


Just like any city, parking in Brisbane can be difficult. In the CBD itself you can choose between on-street parking or parking complexes.

On-street parking can be very difficult to find, particularly if you need to park in a specific part of the city. While you will generally have to pay a small fee for these spots, it is generally a couple of dollars per hour which is much cheaper than the off-street parking locations.

For off-street parking you will find a spot much easier but expect to pay at least $20 per hour. Some locations offer various discounts depending on the time you enter or leave so be sure to check online via the website or read the signage before entering.

About Brisbane

The city of Brisbane is a fantastic location, right on the Brisbane river and just a 30 minute drive from Australia's eastern coastline. Just minutes from the Pacific Motorway (M1), freshly upgraded Gateway Motorway and Western Freeway you can be on a major highway heading north, south or west in no time at all but be sure to avoid the peak hour rush on weekdays.

While it's location on the Brisbane River makes it ideal for those looking for a holiday cruise experience, anyone looking for a road trip can head for one of these major highways and get where they need to go with minimal fuss and avoid the city traffic.

South East Queensland has so much to offer no matter what you enjoy doing. Below are just some of our great locations to explore:

  • Brisbane Airport - ~17mins (17.5km)
  • Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast - ~60mins (78km)
  • Sunshine Coast – ~1hr 20mins (105km)
  • Lamington National Park – 1hr 40mins (106km)
  • Toowoomba – 1hr 35mins (125km)
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Of course, if you don't want to spend that long in the car, there is so much to do around Brisbane that you have no excuse for the phrase “I'm bored”, ever!

How to Spend 12 Hours in Brisbane

Brisbane is one of South East Queensland's most vibrant cities. With tons of exciting activities and around 300 days of sun a year, it's a great place to spend the day on your way along the south east coast. So, if you're planning a stop in the beautiful river city, here is our handy 12 hour itinerary to make sure you get the most out of your stay. (...psst, if you want to fit all of the following in, we recommend you hire a car for your day in Brisbane as you never know when public transport will cause delays - time is of the essence!)

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Start your day trip with a hearty breakfast and a cup of coffee at one of Paddington's boutique cafes such as 'Anouk' then perhaps browse an antique bookstore (or kill two birds with one stone at 'Black Cat Books') or pick up some classic vintage wear at one of the many specialty stores as you gear up for your day of sightseeing. Nestled at the foot of Mount Cootha, Paddington is one of Brisbane's oldest suburbs and offers great views to the river and onwards to the city.

Next stop on the itinerary is a lazy drift down Brisbane River with Riverlife's kayaking tours. These kayaking adventures launch from Kangaroo Point and make their way down the river towards the Brisbane Eye in South Bank. Get your blood pumping and gain a unique perspective of the Brisbane CDB on board one of these tiny floating rafts.

Once you've worked up an appetite on the kayaks you'll have chance to grab lunch at one of the many bustling restaurants along South Bank including Beastie Burgers (not for the feint hearted!) and Amici's Italian Restaurant. Home to the Brisbane Eye, South Bank offers visitors a beautiful walk along the river, opposite the CBD. Weekends can get busy so be sure to book a table in advance to avoid disappointment. If you've got a few spare moments, why not take a peek at the science museum or the art gallery as well.

Samford Valley is next on the list. At only 20km drive north-west of the city, Samford makes up part of the hinterland region that surrounds Brisbane. Enjoy a bush walk, try some yoga or simply relax and enjoy the natural surroundings. For the adventure seekers, why not try your hand at paintball skirmish or horse riding? Whatever your preference, Samford Valley has something to offer every member of the family.

Tank's on empty, it's time to pack the family in the car again and make you way to the CBD for a restaurant dining experience to remember. Brisbane has over 3,000 restaurants with everything from Indian curry houses to American diners. Whatever the taste buds are craving, chances are you'll find it in the heart of Brisbane's CBD. For an extra special dining experience, head to Eagle Street Pier and enjoy a spectacular view of Brisbane city by night at one of their numerous restaurants.

With tummy's full and eyes growing tired, finish off your Brisbane experience with an ice cream and view from atop Mount Cootha's Summit lookout. With breathtaking 200 degree views of Brisbane city, Mount Cootha offers one of the best views the city has to offer. After a day of adventure, your body and mind will be in need of a well deserved rest so make sure you book into a hotel for the night before continuing your south east Queensland road trip the next day. Get the best of car hire Brisbane and enjoy everything the city has to offer - happy travelling!

Ivana Nikolic
is the Marketing Manager at Alpha Car Hire - Driven by Price and Service

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