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Car Rental New South Wales

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  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
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Hertz in New South Wales

Car rental in New South Wales is an easy and convenient alternative to public transport when travelling around the most populous state in Australia. Whether you’re visiting Sydney, Newcastle or Wollongong, hitting the beach or heading out to trek in the wilderness of the Blue Mountains, by car is the most comfortable way to travel.

New South Wales is a driver’s paradise with plenty of amazing routes to choose from. The Grand Pacific Drive, for instance, takes you along the coast from Sydney to Wollongong, taking in amazing ocean views and fantastic towns — and this is just one of many glorious roadtrip routes and the perfect excuse to hire a car in New South Wales.

Driving and Parking in New South Wales

You will need a full driving licence and must be over 21 to rent a car in New South Wales. If you are from outside Australia you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in New South Wales, take a look at our page about renting a car in Australia.

Driving in New South Wales is similar to driving in the UK since Australians drive on the left. Other similar rules apply, such as child seats being compulsory for children under seven, mobile phones being prohibited while driving and there are also strictly enforced drink-driving laws and speed limits. Driving, of course, becomes trickier in big cities such as Sydney where you can expect more congestion, and you should pay extra care in more rural regions where conditions may be more difficult.

If you choose to rent a car in New South Wales, parking will very much depend on where you are. Larger towns and cities will have a range of car parks and street parking options while smaller towns may have different parking regulations. Make sure you pay the correct parking charges to avoid any fines.

 

Driving in and around New South Wales

Key Routes

There are some amazing driving routes in New South Wales. The Grand Pacific Drive takes in some stunning coastal scenery, while the Greater Blue Mountains Drive lets you explore the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and see some of the most beautiful natural attractions in New South Wales.

If tropical rainforests and wildlife are more your thing, head to the north of New South Wales to take the Rainforest Way, a magical drive through the World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests. Foodies, however, should go on the so-called 100 Mile Diet - a four-day drive exploring the food and wine of central New South Wales.

Major Highways

The road network in New South Wales (and wider Australia) is very similar to that of the UK, with motorways, ‘A’ roads, ‘B’ roads, local roads and rural roads linking together to make an easy-to-navigate road network. Motorways tend to be located closer to the cities, while the ‘A’ and ‘B’ routes take drivers further into the country.

Speed limits are also similar to the UK, with 110km/h (70mph) on motorways, 100km/h (60mph) on the open road, 50km/h (30mph) in built-up areas and 40km/h (25mph) in school zones. Be aware of local signage for speed limits so you don’t get caught out and end up being fined.

** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.