The way quite a few people like to travel Australia on the cheap [especially Backpackers] is by Campervan. There are quite a few companies that offer cheap rentals, and some like Travellers autobarn will buy back campers.
Quite often, the variety of rentals range from..... Campervans, Vans, Stationwagons and Four Wheel Drives.
I live in the traffic capital of the world, or at least so I thought. Southern California traffic is nothing compared to Sydney rush hour traffic. It's nearly impossible to find parking, and when you do you're going to pay out the nose. Public transportation in Sydney is some of the best I have seen. You can reach anywhere you need to go by either ferry or train.
Me and my boyfriend are arriving in Sydney 17th December 2008 and want to stay there for about a month and travel along the coast. We're quite flexible with dates but we are arriving in Sydney 17th dec and leaving to go to New Zealand 20th March.
If these dates suit you then we would love to share the driving with you. I am 21 and Shaun is 28. Please feel free to email me on email@example.com.
If you're in a group, it is better (and cheaper) to hire a minibus and see what you want to see in Sydney. You can drive it yourself or you can ask the minibus company to provide a driver. A tour around Sydney is good, but if you have your own bus and driver that is better! Drivers are locals so they know the best places to go.
All car rental companies are found at the Airport or around the CBD.
The major car companies in Sydney are >
Hertz - www.hertz.com.au
Avis - www.avis.com.au
Thrifty - www.thrifty.com.au
Budget - www.budget.com.au
Europcar - www.europcar.com.au
They can all be prebooked online.
For a cheap car rental you cannot go pass Birds located at Kings Cross.
We hired a car while we were staying in NSW as we were staying in Gosford but wanted a car to get us to and from Sydney. We hired from Bayswater while in Fremantle and found them the cheapest. In Sydney we paid around £100 for a weeks car hire which included the insurance, the only thing we had to pay for was the petrol. Bayswater allow unlimited use within a 500km radius which was perfect for us but any use outside of this radius would have been charged for.
They use 2 types of cars and prices vary between the two. The smaller car was a Toyota Corolla Hatch and the larger car was a Toyota Corolla Sedan. Both are 1.8L. Prices are cheaper for a 1 year old rather than a new car. All cars are white! Most are automatic but you could get a manual if you ask.
I would recommend this company especially for those on a tight budget! One catch - you have to be 21 to hire a car. To hire all you need is your drivers licence and a credit car but they do not accept American Express or Diners Club. For more info look at the website!
travelling north of Sydney for a while now has the option of using the Harbour Bridge or the Tunnel. Both cross close to one another, although each is better depending where you are going. Best to follow the signs.
This is excellent !
You can pay for a 15 minute ride accross the harbour bridge on a Harley Davidson, it costs about 10 or 15 dollars and is well worth it, However if you fancy days / nights away in the outback they do this too, Well worth it!
Most of the common car rental agencies such as Hertz and Thrifty can be found inside the airport terminal. I do not know if there are any special procedures as I elected not to rent a car in Australia.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is (with the Sydney opera House) one of Sydney's and Australia's most famous landmark. Completed in 1932, the construction of the bridge was and econimic feat as well as an engeneering triumph. The total lengt of the bridge is 1149 meters including the approach spans. It was not a cheap bridge to built. The total costs were 13.5 million Australian dollars and besides that the annual maintenance costs are 5 million Australian dollars.
Prior to the bridge being built, the only links between the city centre in the south and the residental north were by ferry or by a 20 kilometre road route that involved 5 bridge crossings. The bridge is known locally as the "Coat Hanger" and took 8 years to build, including the railroad line. Right now over 150,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day.
Between the Rocks and Kirribilli.
Last month while helping some visitors from the UK plan their trip in OZ I discovered Bayswater Car rentals in Kings Cross. The cars were new and in good condition, and the prices were almost half of many other firms. We paid $680? or thereabouts for 12 days hire with unlimited kilometres. The next cheapest quote was over $1000. This was Christmas week too... Prices are often much lower.
Their web service was not great, said no cars available when there were.... best to call them direct.
If you wish to rent a car, try any of the following companies: http://www.hertz.com/servlet/LoginServlet?defPos=au
Alternatively, on William Street, Kings Cross there are numerous companies from whom you could rent a car from. TIP: A word of warning - Sydney streets are not the easiest to navigate about, so be sure to have a good navigator - otherwise cab it and save yourself from arguments!!
We flew to Sydney. The first time we had a stopover in Bali before going onto Sydney. The second time we had a stopover in HongKong first.
In Australia we hired a car the first time for the whole trip. The second time we flew from Sydney to Perth and hired a car there and then flew from Perth to Alice Springs. For covering the vast distances flying is the best way if you have limited time. Try to avoid school holidays if possible - we were caught up in peak periods and it was very busy.
Seems to be a popular thing to buy a Combi Van and travel around Australia. I just wanted to stick this pic in somewhere :D Even though it was taken in Brisbane :)
We rented for our 5 week trip a 4WD BushCamper, based on a Toyota Landcruiser from Britz
For 2 adults it's big enough and you can use also unpaved roads.