Car Rental Western Australia

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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment feesWhen the booking is cancelled within two days of being made.
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in Western Australia

Hertz has over 20 branches available for car rental in Western Australia, enabling you to take complete and effective control of your transport in this vast territory, which consists mostly of Outback. A car is essential here, as relying on more inflexible means of public transport is not really a viable option. A car is by far the best way of getting around Western Australia, and thanks to a well-maintained highway network you’ll have no problems in getting to your destination. You can choose from a selection of both practical and luxury vehicles from Hertz Car Rental in Western Australia.

Western Australia makes up a third of the country and is mainly outback, with most of the population concentrated in the southwest. Known for its awesome natural wonders and Aboriginal rock art, it’s a paradise for lovers of the great outdoors, but there’s actually something for everyone here. From the smart bars and beaches of Perth to the whale sharks of Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia is a region of diverse experiences, best explored at your own pace by car.

Driving and Parking in Western Australia

You will be required to have a full driving license and be over the age of 21 to rent a car in Western Australia. For some high-performance models however you’ll need to be at least 25. If you’re a visitor from outside Australia you’ll also have to have an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving in Western Australia, visit our page about renting a car in Australia.

In such vast and frequently sparsely populated areas of Outback, it’s important before setting off on a lengthy drive to make sure that you are fuelled up and have all the equipment you need for any emergency that might arise.

Parking in Western Australia outside of the big towns and cities such as Perth is hardly an issue. Pull over at the roadside and park for as long as you want, without having to worry about traffic wardens. Perth itself has a well-managed on-street parking system for short-stay users. The city is divided into four zones for parking purposes, all operating between 8.00am and 6.00pm and with stays ranging from 30 minutes to three hours, with free parking at weekends.

Hertz Airport Locations Western Australia

  1. Perth Airport

Driving in and around Western Australia

Key Routes

When you rent a car in Western Australia, you’ll find that the highways here are more than adequate. Motorists usually use the main blue-shield state routes for getting around. These complement the National Route system and comprise most of the major highways.

State Routes 2-8, along with other 2-digit routes, comprise Perth’s main arterial routes, while many of the major highways and towns in the Outback are connected by 3-digit routes, with route numbers starting low in the south and increasing northwards, to form a network across the region. There are 6 main arterial routes from Perth, some of them such as the SR30 and SR40 running for many hundreds of kilometers.

Major Highways

The Eyre Highway from Adelaide to Perth and the Victoria Highway connecting Kimberley with Darwin are Western Australia’s only two ‘sealed’ roads, that is ones with a prepared smooth surface of concrete or tarmac. These are therefore your best option for road trips across the vast expanses of the Outback. The Perth-Adelaide drive takes about three days if you stop just to sleep, much of it crossing the barren Nullarbor Plain, while the Perth-Darwin route takes at least a week. The scenery is in both cases quite stunning, and if you’re well-stocked with supplies you can take as much time as you like.

The Great Central Road is unsealed and connects the remoter towns of Western Australia with the Northern Territory. Alternatives are the Gunbarrel Highway and Tanami Track, also unsealed.