Brisbane is one of South East Queensland’s most vibrant cities with a huge range of activities for families to enjoy. With Qld boasting 300 days of sun a year, you can fit a lot into your out and about schedule. Get the most our of your stay in beautiful, River City Brisbane by renting a car for your trip. Car hire is a fast, efficient way for your holiday, giving you more time to do and see the sights and participate in the activities of your choosing. Holiday time is of the essence after all! Our friendly and approachable staff can have you in your choice of vehicle, with a deal to suit any budget. Be sure to book in advance where possible to ensure you get access to the best car rental deals!
As far as Qld weather goes, the state is lucky to have very warm summers and very mild winters (a mostly subtropical region south, turning to a more tropical region in the far north). The warmer months last from October to April with temperatures of avg max 30°C and avg min 20°C in summer, with water temperature around 28°C. The cooler months, lasting from May to September average temperatures between 20°C avg max and 10°C avg min, combined with a water temperature of around 18°C. Visit the Bureau of Meteorology for more specific Brisbane Forecast information.
- Brisbane City: 41 McLachlan St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
- Brisbane Airport: 348 Nudgee Road, Hendra QLD 4011
- Moorooka: 453 Beaudesert Road, Moorooka QLD 4105
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What Our Customers Have To Say
Vehicle was excellent, staff helpful in first instructions on car operation, over all a pleasant experience.Graham , November 2013
Daphne was very helpful organising car, and I think it was christine who was very efficient in changing arrangements for me. Overall experience was excellent, next time I would organise gps, so wouldn't get lost. I liked that I didn't have to use a credit card.Tania , November 2013
We were delighted!!! And "upgrade" car was great tooWillie & Marie , November 2013
Very happy with service & vehicle! Even when the shuttle was full on the way back they recommended us drive & leave the vehicle at the airport to save time.Rohan , November 2013
This is the second time I have used Alpha car rental on the gold coast very happy will use again next time down on the gold coast early next year have informed friends about Alpha car rentalDean , November 2013
Cant recall the young ladies name(she is irish, long dark hair & glasses) was execllent, helpful, polite and efficient and thorough! Well doneMark , November 2013
I parked my car with you at tullamarine and picked up my car at the gold coast. I've been using your service for 3 yrs and wouldn't go anywhere else. It's easy, well priced and your staff are great.Melissa , November 2013
The staff were very helpful and the trip to the airport was not long at all.John & Mary , November 2013
Great service and pricePaul , November 2013
We left our car parked at Alpha in melbourne and picked up hire car in Brisbane. Very helpful and friendly staff at both ends. Keep your prices competitive, loyalty discounts and service as it is and I'm sure you'll have plenty of satisfied customers.Duncan , November 2013
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Popular Local Brisbane Guides:
Brisbane is a great place for a day trip. Feel free to download our free 12 Hours in Brisbane guide which will take you through some beautiful local sites Brisbane has to offer. Experience a full day of wonderful food, sights and activities for the entire family to enjoy.
How about some day trips to visit the Best Brisbane wildlife? Spend a day visiting Australia Zoo and the Glass House Mountains, or perhaps Tangalooma Dolphin Resort and Moreton Bay Islands. Another great family friendly option is Alma Park Zoo and a relaxing walk along Redcliffe beach.
Our See and Do Brisbane guide is packed full of activities for the entire family. Find information about the Nepal Peace Pagoda - a historical landmark in Brisbane, the Wheel of Brisbane in Southbank, and Southbank Parklands featuring our inner city beach. A short drive away, between Brisbane and the Gold coast you will find Mount Tamborine, a scenic inland rainforest location. Also on offer in this guide, information on the Storey Bridge Adventure Climb, Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort and Australia Zoo.
Here are some local independant guides for Brisbane:
Everything about Brisbane:
Good Food Guide: http://www.goodfood.com.au/
Music in Brisbane: http://www.inthemix.com.au/whatson/brisbane_gold_coast
Will Your Trip Encompass More Than Just Brisbane?
Our Qld Itineraries page offers a range of road trip options to choose from. Itineraries incorporate; the Sunshine Coast (including Sunshine beaches and local sites), the Great Sunshine Way (including Surfers Paradise, local National Parks and offshore paradise, Fraser Island and Noosa), Pacific Highway drive (including Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Hinterland and Byron Bay), Valleys and Vines (including Mount Tamborine and rainforests, wine, food and relaxation), and Back Roads (including Mount Glorious, Toowoomba and Bunya Mountains).
When renting a car in Australia, there are certain things you need to know and look out for so be sure to look at our Top 10 Car Hire Tips. If you’re new to driving in Australia, some of our rules and regulations can seem a little overwhelming so it’s a good idea to be informed before taking off on your adventure. Having knowledge about driving on the left hand side of the road, our drink driving laws, and international drivers licenses are some of the things that can make a difference to your trip if you are unaware. See our Driving Tips for Australia guide for more info.
Want to know the distance of travel between one Australian city and another? Our Driving Distances guide can help you calculate your trip.
Travel via the toll roads to enjoy improved travel time, reduction in fuel consumption as well as less wear and tear on your vehicle. Now, instead of sitting in traffic, you will have more time to enjoy Brisbane! Queensland has a network of toll roads including the Gateway Motorway, Logan Motorway, Clem Jones (CLEM7) Tunnel and the Go Between Bridge, Airport Link M7. All of these toll roads will allow you to travel easily around Brisbane. Visit our page on How to Pay Your Toll to know how much it will cost you.
Parking can be a bit tricky in Brisbane; however, there are two major public car parks in Brisbane CBD, plus some smaller car park options and street parking. Note there are rules and regulations which apply at the different times of the day, and on different days of the week.
Top 5 Must See Places for Brisbane Travel
- Visit Southbank
- Southbank is perfect for a family day out. Everyone can find something to enjoy here with its cycling and walking paths, lush gardens, inner city beach, vibrant shopping and wide range of dining options to choose from.
- River Cruises
- Take a cruise and experience Brisbane from another view. See many sights in Brisbane while aboard one of the many different cruises offered.
- Australian Wildlife
- If you want some upfront interactions with the animals, then the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is just the place for you. Hold a koala, feed the kangaroos and see the wildlife that Australia has to offer.
- Check out the Australia Zoo! It’s owned by the infamous “Crocodile Hunter!” There are many animals to see as well as feed on the 100 acre land.
- Mount Cootha lookout
- Visit Mt. Coot-tha lookout and admire the panoramic views of Brisbane City whether it’s day, night or both.
- Shopping heaven
- Queen Street Mall is one of the many shopping areas to check out in Brisbane. It offers a wide variety of shopping arcades, malls, local boutiques and luxury high-end fashion options.
Are you interested in adventure or tours and attractions? We offer many discounts including Skydive Ramblers, Story Bridge Adventure Climb, Australia Zoo, XXXX Brewery Tour, Underwater World, and Sirromet Winery. Find out more about Queensland’s fantastic offers and Alpha discounts here.
Hotels and Accommodation
Brisbane is one of the most popular tourist regions in Australia and offers something for everyone in the family to enjoy. As far east as Moreton Bay, boasting two astonishing sand islands, North to the Sunshine Coast and Noosa Beaches and South to the Gold Coast, and the centre Brisbane City itself, each locality has been built or adapted to accommodate South East Queensland’s booming tourism industry. As such, accommodation is available to suit any budget.
No matter how long you plan to stay in Brisbane, there is always something to do in and around the city and for the best travel experiences, a rental car is the way to go. Make sure to check out our Brisbane Itinerary if you need more ideas on what to do for a short stay.
In the heart of the city, the Queen Street Mall offers you a great variety of dining and retail outlets to choose from. Unwind with some free entertainment at the Treasury Casino or head to Fortitude Valley, the unofficial nightlife precinct of Brisbane to shop the streets of Chinatown.
Brisbane hosts some popular annual family-friendly events including August’s Royal Queensland Exhibition and during September, Southbank hosts ‘Riverfire’. This event kicks off the festivities for the Riverfestival which is a celebration of the river city.
Alpha Car Hire in South East Queensland
Make your next Brisbane car rental with Alpha Car Hire, with new cars and no hidden costs you can expect great service. Our rates are hard to beat, but put your mind at ease with Alpha’s Price Beat Guarantee.
All our offices are conveniently located, so whether you are catching a flight into Brisbane or staying in a hotel in the CBD, there will be an office close to you. We even offer free pick-up and deliveries to your accommodation to help get you in your vehicle and on your holiday faster.
Not on holiday? Alpha Car Hire Brisbane will also pick you up from your home or office in selected areas.
Give us a call today on one of the above phone numbers for a price or you can get an instant online quote.
Australia's New World City
Once upon a time Brisbane was seen as a sleepy country town hiding behind a big city façade. In recent years it is emerging as one of the most desirable places to live in Australia with an estimated 1000 people moving to Brisbane every week. Despite the transformation into a sleek, cosmopolitan city complete with world-class art galleries, a booming live music scene and a fabulous café culture, Brisbane still retains the laid-back, easy attitude of a small community.
Sunshine Coast Getaway
Only moments away, the Sunshine Coast offers pristine beaches that stretch for miles without the crowded surf seekers found in other parts of Queensland. The Sunshine Coast is probably closer to Brisbane than you think; in fact it's less than 1hr 15min to drive in your car from Brisbane Airport to Maroochydore. Perfect for a day car trip or for a weekend away , the local cities of Noosa Heads, Mooloolaba, Caloundra and Maleny will keep you coming back for more and more.
Shopping In South East Queensland
One of the most popular shopping precincts is Queen Street Mall with its large variety of designer boutiques and department stores. Bargain hunters flood to DFO to pick up the latest bargains on end of season stock and with 120 international brands, it’s enough to keep you busy a while. If you are into vintage or something more alternate it's hard to go past Fortitude Valley shopping precincts including Brunswick St Mall, Ann St, James St and the Emporium complex. Fortitude Valley is also a fantastic place to indulge in some of Brisbane's best dinning. If you prefer the bohemian style check out the boutiques and second hand stores of West End.
Brisbane is also a place of many weekend markets held at Riverside, South Bank and Fortitude Valley. Riverside markets are full of locally crafted and imported clothing, jewellery, and art! The South Bank Lifestyle Market features an exciting range of arts, collectibles, exotic items and designer fashion. When it comes to innovative design, Fortitude Valley Markets are renowned as Brisbane's key location for contemporary local designers showcasing the latest in edgy urban style.