Sydney is the largest and undoubtedly the most beautiful city of Australia. It is the capital of the state of New South Wales, located by the Tasman Sea. The city has 3.7 million inhabitants. The climate in Sydney is warm, with the average yearly temperature being around 18°C. In contrast to Europe, the warmest months are January and February and the coldest month is July. Sydney is distinguished by a huge number of tourist attractions that will be highlights of every trip to the city.
Sydney itself, as well as the whole state of New South Wales, is perfect to discover with a rental car. With DriveBoo, you can compare offers of many different rental companies and choose the one that best suits your needs.
Although in such a big city, rental car companies are on almost every corner, the most convenient is to rent a car directly at the airport, right after arrival. You can take advantage of numerous car rental companies at Sydney Airport (SYD), located in the Arrivals area of Terminal T1 (International Terminal). After dealing with the formalities and receiving the key to your rental car, you will be escorted to the vehicle in one of the affiliated parking garages. Upon return, you can park your vehicle in any of the 3 terminals, in the designated parking spaces for rental cars. You just have to follow the appropriate signage.
Conditions under which to book a rental car depend mostly on the company. Some companies offer full insurance with or without deductibles, some allow unlimited mileage, and in some you can register an additional driver for free. In most places, you will get a car with a full tank, and this should also be full when you return the car.
First of all, you should know that in Australia, you drive on the left side of the road. Another important fact is that penalties for road traffic offenses are very high, which is why it will always be better for you, your passengers and other drivers to observe the speed limits. Within built-up areas it is set at 60 km/h, and outside built-up areas at 100 km/h.
Only in some states of Australia, an EU driver's license will be accepted by police and car rental companies (only if it is translated into English!). However, most of the states require drivers to carry an International Licence. You must always carry your original driver's license with you too!
Signs describing parking rules in Sydney may be difficult to understand for tourists not familiar with Australian traffic rules. They determine in detail where you can park, for how long you can leave a car in a given place, whether or not you have to pay for it, and also in which direction the car should be parked. In the case of parking spaces, where the car has to be parked perpendicular to the sidewalk, the signs determine the angle at which the car should be parked and whether it has to be facing forward or back. What is more, most roads in Sydney have at least two lanes in each direction and in the case of many of those roads, you can park your car on the lane closest to the sidewalk (only parallel parking) during off-peak hours. You have to park in accordance with the direction of traffic on a given lane. Breaking this rule can cost over $100.
Some highways, bridges and tunnels in and around Sydney require a toll. You should also know that Australia has an electronic toll collection system. At certain points above the lane, you will find special readers which read the transponders (called an e-tag) installed in a vehicle, when it passes by. This also applies to rental cars. When hiring a vehicle, be sure to ask whether it has a transponder, which makes automated billing possible. Car rental companies will be able to provide you with information on the topic.
The most important number in case of any emergency is 000—this way, you can reach the police, the fire department and the ambulance service 24 hours a day throughout the whole of Australia.
Unfortunately, in Australia you may get bitten or stung by a dangerous animal. In this case, you should call the Poisons Information Centre: 131 126.
You should remember that anyone visiting a doctor or hospital in Australia must pay the costs immediately in cash. Credit cards or traveller’s checks will not be accepted.
Once you've found the right rental car for Sydney, the hardest part will be to plan what to visit first and which spectacles are worthwhile. Below we have compiled a small selection of the most interesting highlights for you:
Those who spend a few days in Sydney do not necessarily have to stay in the city all the time. In the area around it, there are a number of destinations that are worth a day trip.
|Destination||Distance by car||Time|
|Blue Mountains||77.8 km||1 h 5 min|
|Hunter Valley||243 km||3 h 15 min|
|Port Stephens Bay||208 km||2 h 35 min|
|Canberra||286 km||3 h 6 min|