Travellers intending to holiday in Brisbane will find this beautiful, semi-tropical city to be a unique blend of laid-back country town and slick city sophistication. Brisbane is large enough to have all the attractions and conveniences the traveller expects of a modern city yet small enough to make a new visitor feel welcomed like an old friend. While it does have a network of buses and trains, visitors have more freedom to explore when they hire a car to get around.
Check for Peak Visitor Times
If this is a planned trip within time frames that are known in advance, wise travellers will check to see if their visit clashes with school holidays, festivals and events or other peak times such as Christmas, Easter and New Year. If the visit falls within any of these occasions, the best option is to book the hire car in advance. For example, River Fire is an annual event that attracts 200,000 people into the city to watch a magnificent fireworks display on the river at Southbank. Many locals book out hotel rooms on the river to get the best view of the display, and finding a parking space is impossible.
For the adventurous traveller who likes to strike out into the countryside, a rental package that offers enough kilometres is the best option. Although most rental packages come with a fair amount of kilometres, others will only include 100-200 kilometres per day. If this is the case, research your travels and make sure that the total allowance is not exceeded during the time of the rental. You should also check if the company has areas of restriction where you can go and if your destination fits into these terms. While manual cars are generally cheaper to hire than automatics, some drivers may prefer to pay extra for an automatic if they are not confident driving an unfamiliar vehicle in an unfamiliar city.
Compact vs. Large Vehicle
Compact vehicles are very popular for city driving and ease of parking. They are also more fuel efficient than larger cars especially in the ‘stop-start’ traffic that drivers will encounter in Brisbane, especially during peak hour. However, car hire airport customers coming from overseas may prefer the added level of comfort afforded by a larger vehicle or if they are new to city driving. People unfamiliar with our roads and traffic systems may feel intimidated in a small vehicle.
Large groups can take advantage of the availability of hire vans that can hold up to eight people in comfort. If the travellers are likely to pick up large souvenirs on their outings, they should make sure that the vehicle being hired has enough luggage space to accommodate this and still leave room for passenger comfort.
Brisbane is a delightful city to visit and enjoy. It is close to the fabulous beaches of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, and the farms and mountain views of the Scenic Rim and Mount Tamborine are just a couple of hour’s drive away. With a hire car suitable for the purpose, this will be a holiday to remember.