Australia Travel Guide | Avis Australia

 

Welcome to Australia

As a country that’s home to more than 10,000 beaches, 500 national parks, and 8,222 islands, Australia is always worth a visit. Although you’re unlikely to see everything during your first trip, you can pack your adventures with enough experiences to create the journey of a lifetime. At Avis, we provide car rental services throughout Australia. We’re here to provide you with a guide to things to do at each of our rental locations, as well as tips on accommodation and major events.


New South Wales

Sydney

Things to do

Luxury Accommodation

Events

Airport Facilities and Services

  • Air Lounges, including a Qantas Club Lounge and Emirates Lounge
  • Smarte Carte Baggage Storage
  • International Student Welcome Desk
  • Medical Centre

Newcastle

Things to do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Newcastle Central Plaza
  • Clarendon Hotel
  • Chaucer Palms Boutique Bed and Breakfast

Events

Airport Facilities and Services

  • Extensive parking
  • Accomodation 
  • Shops and cafes

Central Coast

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

Events

Wollongong

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

Events

  • Comic Gong, May
  • Australia Day, 26th of January
  • Bulli Bazaar, May to December

Maitland

Things to do

Luxury Accommodation

Events

Tweed Heads

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

Events

  • Tweed Foodie Fest, May
  • Tyalgum Village Market, May to December

Wagga Wagga

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

Events

  • Kurrajong Race Day, May
  • Wagga Wagga Steam Train Trips, June
  • June Aircraft Showcase

Airport Facilities

  • The Blessed Bean Café
  • Parents Room
  • Hume Bank ATM

Albury

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

Events

  • Wodonga Farmers Market, May to December
  • Gwydir Wetlands Open Period, May
  • Howlong ½ Acre Market, every month

Airport Facilities

  • Airport parking
  • Rental Cars
  • Free WiFi

Port Macquarie

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

Events

Airport Facilities

  • Airport Café and Bar
  • Baggage Storage
  • ATM

Queensland

Brisbane

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

Events

  • Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival, May
  • Gold Coast Marathon, July
  • Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, September

Airport Facilities

  • Baggage storage
  • Phone charging stations
  • Wi-Fi

Gold Coast

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

Events

  • Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships, March to April
  • Sand Safari Arts, February
  • Gold Coast Film Festival, April

Airport Facilities

  • Duty free shopping
  • Parents’ room
  • Food Court

Sunshine Coast

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

Events

Airport Facilities

  • Food Court
  • WiFi
  • Special assistance services

Townsville

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

Events

  • Spirit and Soul Festival, April to October
  • Queensland Country Home Hill Harvest Festival, November
  • Ingham Maraka Festival, October

Airport Facilities

  • Aelia Duty Free
  • WiFi
  • Mobile charging

Cairns

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

Events

  • Cairns Festival, August
  • Cairns Tropical Pride, September
  • Carols by Candlelight, December

Airport Facilities

  • 30 minutes of free Internet
  • Showers
  • Luggage storage

Toowoomba

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

Events

  • Toowoomba Show, March
  • Weetwood Cup, April
  • Queens Park Craft Market, third Sunday of every month

Airport Facilities

Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport Airport offers flights between Sydney, Melbourne, Townsville and Western Queensland.

Mackay

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

Events

Airport Facilities

  • Outdoor observation area
  • Four ATMs
  • Recharging facilities

Rockhampton

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

Events

Airport Facilities

  • Lost property and unattended items
  • Freight and animal collection
  • Archer Park Rail Museum

Hervey Bay

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

Events

Victoria

Melbourne

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

Events

Airport Facilities

  • Food Court
  • Chaplaincy
  • Foreign exchange services

Geelong

Things to Do

  • Adventure Park, Geelong
  • Victoria Wool Museum
  • Geelong Waterfront

Luxury Accommodation

Events

Ballarat

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

Events

Bendigo

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Quest Schaller Hotel Bendigo
  • Quest Bendigo Central
  • The Cottages Bendigo

Events

Melton

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Sunnyside Villa
  • Cleggett Estate

Events

Shepparton

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Best Western Plus, The Carrington
  • The Quest, Shepparton
  • Secura Lifestyle, Shepparton

Events

  • Australian National Piano Awards, September
  • Challenge Shepparton Triathlon, November
  • International Dairy Week, January

Wodonga

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Quest Wodonga
  • Blazing Stump Motel & Suites
  • Mercure Albury

Events

  • Wodonga Children’s Fair, October
  • Victoria Seniors Festival, October
  • Australia Day, January

Sunbury

Things to Do

  • Jackson Creek
  • Mount Holden
  • The Nook

Luxury Accommodation

Events

  • Christmas Party at Melbourne Zoo
  • Filipino Festival, May
  • African Festival, September

Pakenham

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Orchard Cottage
  • Catsello’s Pakenham Hotel

Events

  • Colour Arts and Film Festival, June
  • Bayside Winter Pride, June
  • Fitzroy Market, every Saturday

Mildura

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

Events

  • Mildura Summer Music Festival, January
  • Wentworth Show, August
  • Australia Alternative Varieties Wine Show, November

Warrnambool

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Girt by Sea
  • Warrnambool No.1 Luxury Apartment
  • Banyan Place

Events

  • Wunta Festival April/May
  • Beach Fest, December/January
  • Celebrage, October

South Australia

Adelaide

Things to Do

  • Adelaide Central Market
  • Adelaide Zoo
  • Adelaide Botanic Garden

Luxury Accommodation

  • ASCOT, Australian Luxury Stays
  • Executive @ Art
  • InterContinental, Adelaide

Events

Airport Facilities

  • Baggage Storage Lockers
  • Currency exchange ATMs
  • Medical centre, including a pharmacy

Mount Gambier

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Lakes Resort Mount Gambier
  • Frewville Apartments
  • Commodore on the Park

Events

  • Generations in Jazz, May
  • Health, Harmony, and Happiness Festival, June
  • Mount Gambier Show, October

Whyalla

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Whyalla Playford Apartments
  • Hotel Spencer

Events

Airport Facilities

  • Domestic links to Adelaide
  • Food court

Gawler

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Kingsford Homestead
  • Gawler Churchill Mews
  • Rivergum Cottages

Events

  • Cellar Door Wine Festival, July
  • Mitsubishi Motors Australian Annual International Event, November
  • ADSA Adelaide Convention, July

Port Pirie

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Ellen Hotel
  • The Fam Hotel

Events

  • All Breeds Dog Show, April
  • Port Pirie Country Music Festival, October
  • Foreshore New Year’s Eve Party

Bridgewater

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Mayford Hotel
  • Stamford Grand Adelaide
  • Mount Lofty House by Sofitel

Events

  • Adelaide Motorsport Festival, December
  • Moonlight Cinema Screenings, December to February
  • Moseley Beach Club, November to March

Port Augusta

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Majestic Oasis Apartments

Events

  • Port Augusta Motor Show, May
  • Port Augusta Sunday Races, July
  • Wharfest, August

Airport Facilities

Served by Regional Express with flights to Adelaide and Coober Pedy.

Murray Bridge

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Narooma Waters Retreat
  • Jacaranda Cottage

Events

  • Murray Bridge Jazz Festival, October
  • Murray Bridge Christmas Festival, December

Port Lincoln

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Bay 10 Accommodation
  • Marina Palms
  • Visit Port Lincoln Accommodation

Events

  • Tunarama Festival, January
  • Carols by Candlelight, December

Airport Facilities

Qantas Link and Regional Express services to Adelaide.

Mount Barker

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Frostwood House
  • Dumas House

Events

  • Lakes Challenge Aussie Bush Festival, September
  • Cellar Door Fest Winter, July
  • Flip-Side Festival, July

Western Australia

Perth

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Fraser Suites Perth
  • Crown Towers
  • COMO The Treasury

Events

Airport Facilities

  • Children’s Play Area
  • Printing, faxing, and copying
  • Quiet Room

Rockingham

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

Events

  • Perth Festival of Healing, May
  • Outdoor Cinema, throughout the summer

Mandurah

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Seashells Madurah
  • The Sebel Mandurah
  • Dolphin Quay Apartment Hotel

Events

Bunbury

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Luxury Suite, Bunbury

Events

Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Quest Yelverton Kalgoorlie

Events

  • Kalgoorlie Boulder Community Fair, March
  • ANZAC Parade, April
  • Spring Festival, October

Airport Facilities

Regular flights to Perth via Virgin Australia, Qantas Link, and more.

Geraldton

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Mantra Geraldton
  • Ocean Centre Hotel
  • The Gerald Apartment Hotel

Events

  • Geraldton Sunshine Festival, October
  • The Goodness Sustainability and Innovation Festival, August
  • The Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival, June

Airport Facilities

Daily flight services to Perth serviced by Qantas Link and Virgin Australia.

Albany

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Saltair Luxury Accommodation
  • Hideaway Haven Luxury Accommodation
  • The Beach House at Bayside

Events

  • Festival of the Sea, March
  • Albany Classic Motor Event, June
  • Southern MTB, September

Airport Facilities

Regional Express offers services to Perth.

Kwinana

Things to Do

  • Bala Murugan Temple
  • Challenger Beach
  • Stage 33 Nature Play Park

Luxury Accommodation

  • Bluehaven Beach Retreat
  • Spinnaker Apartments
  • Rockingham Apartments

Events

  • Christmas Lolly Run, December
  • The Drop Festival, June

Broome

Things to Do

  • Cable Beach
  • Broome Courthouse
  • Broome Historical Museum

Luxury Accommodation

  • Cable Beach Resort & Spa
  • Kimberly Sands Resort
  • Pearle of Cable Beach

Events

  • Staircase to the Moon, March to October
  • Mango Festival, November
  • Daffodil Day, August

Airport Facilities

  • Airport parking
  • Car hire
  • Qantas Link services

Busselton

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Aqua Resort

Events

  • Busselton Show, November
  • Busselton Jetty Swim, February
  • Jazz by the Bay, May/June

Airport Facilities

  • Visitor Information Desk
  • Virgin Australia flights

Tasmania

Hobart

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • MacQ 01 Hotel
  • The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
  • Hadley’s Orient Hotel

Events

  • Festival of Voices, Winter
  • Mona Foma, January
  • Ten Days on the Island, Autumn bi-annually

Airport Facilities

  • The Market Place
  • Tiger Tales
  • Lost baggage collection

Launceston

Things to Do

  • Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
  • Cataract Gorge Reserve
  • Tasmania Zoo

Luxury Accommodation

  • Peppers Seaport Hotel
  • Hatherley Birrell Collection
  • Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

Events

  • Dark Mofo, June
  • TastroFest, August
  • Royal Launceston Show, October

Airport Facilities

  • Baggage storage lockers
  • Bike ports
  • Parents room

Devonport

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Waterfront Apartments
  • Black Rock Retreat
  • The Grand on Macfie

Events

Airport Facilities

  • Food court
  • Car parking
  • Qantas Link flights

Burnie

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Ikon Hotel
  • Burnie by the Bay

Events

  • Chocolate Winterfest, August
  • Taga North West, February
  • Ten Days on the Island, March

Airport Facilities

Regional Express services to Melbourne.

Somerset

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Coastal Pods Wynyard

Events

  • Tasmanian Whisky Week, August
  • Huon-Valley Mid-Winter Festival, July
  • Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival, June

Blackmans Bay

Things to Do

  • Opossum Bay Beach
  • Hobart Twilight Market
  • Army Museum of Tasmania

Luxury Accommodation

  • Cedar Cottages Blackmans Bay
  • The Beach Apartments

Events

  • Beach2Beach Swim, March
  • Australia Day Celebrations, January

Kingston

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • The Esplanade Kingston Beach

Events

  • Festival of Voices, June/July
  • Junction Arts Festival, September

Ulverstone

Things to Do

  • Picnic Point Beach
  • Button Beach
  • Pedal Buggies Tasmania

Luxury Accommodation

  • Ulverstone Boutique Accommodation

Events

  • Festival in the Park, May
  • Ulverstone Dickensian Christmas Festival

Gagebrook

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Claremont House
  • Hobart Waterfront Luxury Accommodation

Events

  • Spring Food Festival, October

Bridgewater

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Woodbridge on the Derwent
  • Claremont House

Events

  • Derwent Valley Autumn Festival, April

Australian Capital Territory

Canberra

Things to Do

Luxury Accommodation

  • Avenue Hotel Canberra
  • Park Hyatt Hotel
  • Peppers Gallery Hotel

Events

Airport Facilities

  • Free WiFi hotspots
  • Sim cards
  • Baggage Storage

Hall

Things to Do

  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Questacon
  • Cockington Green Gardens

Luxury Accommodation

  • Adobe
  • Mantra Macarthur

Events

  • The Truffle Festival, July
  • Floriade, October

 

Is Australia a safe place to visit?

Australia is one of the safest countries you can visit. It has a low crime rate, making it suitable even if you’re a solo traveller. If you’re taking a self-drive journey that spans a long distance, make sure you register it with the relevant authorities.

How do I travel within Australia?

As an expansive country, Australia has lots of travel options. Two of the most popular amongst those who visit the country are domestic air travel and self-driving. While domestic air travel allows you to reach places quickly, self-driving gives you more freedom and it allows you to take in some of the scenery as you go.

At Avis, we provide car rental services throughout Australia. Because of this, you can collect your car at one location and drop it off at another. This is especially advantageous when you have plans such as driving across the Pacific Coastline. Additionally, you can blend domestic flights with our car hire services, as you’ll find our desks at most Australian international and domestic airports.

What can you see in Australia in 10 days?

If you’re willing to catch one or two flights while you’re in Australia, you can do a lot in 10 days. Start at Sydney and use one of our hire cars to explore everything the city has to offer. Make sure you book tickets for features such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge in advance, especially during peak periods. On your second day in Sydney, seize the opportunity to visit one of its most famous beaches. For example, Bondi Beach or Manly Beach.

On Day Three, catch a flight to Cairns and consider hiring a car so that you can visit Port Douglas. Once there, spend a little time relaxing, but make sure you dedicate Day Four to exploring the Great Barrier Reef. Day Five should be used to explore Palm Cove, which will leave you feeling as though you’re in a tropical setting.

On Day Six, return your rental car and catch a flight to Ayers Rock. While there, you can witness the stars in all their sparkling glory, as this is a region that doesn’t encounter much pollution. Dedicate Day Seven to a guided tour of Kata Tjuta National Park, and don’t forget your camera.

On Day Eight, you can return to luxury in style by heading for Melbourne using a domestic flight. As one of the best cities in Australia for shopping, Melbourne is an excellent setting for fine dining and splashing your cash. Spend the rest of your 10-day trip to Australia exploring it at your leisure, before heading back to Sydney on Day 10.

What can you do in Australia for 2 weeks?

If you’re fortunate enough to have two weeks for Australia, start your adventure in Sydney. Spend your first two days there exploring sites such as Manly Beach, Sydney Opera House, and Sydney Harbour. On Day Three, catch an early flight to Cairns, grab your hire car, and head to the harbour that’ll connect you to Green Island with just a 45-minute journey. Green Island leaves all visitors feeling as though they’ve discovered a tropical paradise.

On Day Four, it’s time to return your hire car to Cairns Airport and catch a flight to Gold Coast. Once there, dedicate the next two days to places such as Springbrook National Park and Broadbeach.

When Day Six rolls around, it’s time to take your hire car over to Byron Bay. As a hippie haven that’s ideal for relaxation, it provides a combination of beachside fun, surfing, and yoga for all to enjoy. After spending two days there, use Day Eight as an opportunity to return your car and fly over to Melbourne. It’s almost the opposite of Byron Bay, as it’s brimming with luxury, chic coffee houses, and excellent shopping opportunities. Spend Day Eight hitting the shops, Day Nine exploring Melbourne Harbour, and dedicate Day 10 to visiting its cricket ground and other sports features.

On days 11, 12, and 13, it’s time to take your hire car along Great Ocean Road. It’s 240 km long, so you could technically do it in less time. But when you pace yourself over a 72-hour period, taking in all the sights is easier. On Day 14, head to Adelaide and set your own pace. No matter what you do on your journey, always make sure you find time for relaxation, too.

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