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There’s so much to do in this legendary coastal metropolis that you’d be forgiven for focusing your sightseeing efforts in the centre. But escape the inner city and you’ll find some of the best drives in Australia waiting for you. It doesn’t take long to find some awe-inspiring views – you’ll be amazed what you can see within just a few hours’ drive, from the dreamy Blue Mountains to 87 miles of breathtaking coastal vistas.
The primary airport is Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport (SYD). There are car hire desks on the arrival levels of both Terminal 1 (receiving international flights) and Terminal 2 (domestic), and car rental brands include Alamo (via Redspot), Enterprise, Hertz and Europcar.
If you’re planning pick up your car at your hotel in the city, the easiest and fastest way to get to the city centre is by the Airport Link train, which takes a mere 13 minutes. You can get the Sydney Airport Link (airport train) from the northern end of Terminal 1 (arrivals level), or from the station between Terminals 2 and 3.
Car hire brands available in Sydney include Avis, Europcar, Budget, Sixt and Hertz.
New South Wales is an amazingly diverse state; you can start the day with a swim at Balmoral Beach, Taronga Zoo for lunch and arrive in the Blue Mountains National Park by the evening.
The Blue Mountains are a definite don’t-miss. Offering stunning panoramas and as much adventure as you can take, this is a fantastic natural wonderland for all ages. Explore waterfalls, go on a bushwalk, explore the Jenolan Caves, or just gaze in awe at the Three Sisters rock formation. The most dramatic way to experience it is the Scenic Skyway, a glass-floored cabin suspended on a cable 270m above the landscape. One more thing: take your bug spray. Driving time: 2 hours
To blast away the city air, head south down the coast via the magnificent Grand Pacific Drive. Pass through the adventure capital of Wollongong (“the Gong”) through to Shellharbour, famed for its surfing beaches, until you reach the unspoilt seaside town of Kiama. Kiama’s top attraction is the Kiama Blowhole, which releases jets of seawater into the air to tourists’ oohs and aahs. However, this laidback town has more to offer, from its stunning Coast Walk to boutique shops, music festivals and artisan markets. Driving time: 1 hour 45.
While the roads in central Sydney can be confusing and congested (check your rental car has a sat nav), the freeways between towns and cities are easy driving, and helpfully Australians drive on the left. Many of the driving laws are the same as in the UK – no using mobile phones while driving, for example. Note that the legal limit for drink driving is 0.05% BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) compared to England’s 0.08%.
If you’re heading anyway off the beaten track, do be aware of the vast distances roads can run in Australia without facilities. Always be prepared – check out your route in advance, including fuel stops (which sometimes close at night), and make sure you have sufficient water, food and petrol in case of an emergency.
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You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.
Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.
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Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.
A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.
We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.
When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.
Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.
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