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Brisbane Car Rental & Nearby Locations
Brisbane Car Rental & Nearby Locations
Car Hire in Brisbane
Located in South-East Queensland, Brisbane is a bustling little city renowned for its tropical climate and world-class art galleries.
Although Brisbane is home to just 2.28 million people – significantly less than Sydney and Melbourne – the capital of the sunshine state punches far above its weight. Take a riverside stroll and ride the Brisbane Eye. Get cultured at the two major galleries and discover something new at the various museums dotted across the city. Escape the heat at the beach-style public pool in South Bank and indulge in a shopping spree on Queen Street Mall.
Whatever your preference, Brisbane is an excellent city to visit, especially for families. And the best way to take in the sights and sounds is to hire a car and explore the well-connected region by road.
Here’s everything you need to know about visiting Brisbane.
Family accommodation in Brisbane
You’ll find a number of family-friendly hotels, motels, resorts, and holiday parks in Brisbane and surrounding areas.
In the city, Capri by Fraser is a great option. For something a little more historic, try out the old-world-style Royal Albert Hotel. Astor Services Apartments in Spring Hill is a reliable option if you’d like a larger space to stay with full kitchen amenities.
With its large swimming pool and convenient location, Brisbane Holiday Village is yet another popular choice among families. This resort is a short 20-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
Things to do in Brisbane for young families
Brisbane is an extremely family-friendly city. It is worth noting, however, that it’s not uncommon to experience intense heat during the summer months. That can mean temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius. If you are travelling to Brisbane with young children, travelling by car out of the sun and in air conditioning is both safer and much more comfortable.
There is a ton for families to do in Brisbane. The Gallery of Modern Art (known as the GoMA) is a great place to start. The GoMA puts on children’s’ activities with every new exhibition. A quick walk from the GoMA and you’re at the Queensland Museum and Science Centre, another must-visit.
If you’re in town during the summer months, head to South Bank for a BBQ and a dip in the public beach-style pool, complete with a sandy shore perfect for building a sandcastle on. In the city, take a stroll down the vibrant Queen Street Mall, home to seemingly never-ending stores, cafes, and restaurants.
Weather in Brisbane
Brisbane is known for its warm – often scorching hot – climate. In summer, it’s not unusual to see long periods of 30-plus degree temperatures. Summer is also the wettest time of year and can bring huge tropical thunderstorms and occasional floods. If you visit in summer, it’s vital to remain hydrated and wear protective clothing: hats, long sleeves, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Winters are dry and mild. Daytime temperatures rarely drop below 20 degrees, but nights and early mornings can get quite crisp.
Autumn and spring are typically warm and comfortable, making these in-between seasons popular with visitors.
How far away are Brisbane’s major attractions?
Brisbane and the surrounding region are home to many exciting and unique attractions, from performing arts centres to primordial rainforests. Here’s a quick overview of the top attractions and their distances from Brisbane’s CBD.
|Attraction||Distance (km)||Travel time by car|
|South Bank||4.1||13 minutes|
|Suncorp Stadium||3.5||17 minutes|
|Brisbane Botanic Gardens||7.9||23 minutes|
|Cedar Creek||34.8||54 minutes|
|Australia Zoo||74.7||1 hour 21 minutes|
|Glass House Mountains||68.8||1 hour 14 minutes|
|Stradbroke Island||94.3||3 hours 11 minutes|
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about visiting Brisbane and renting a car.
How much does it cost to rent a car in Brisbane?
The amount you’ll pay when you hire a car in Brisbane depends on lots of factors. In addition to the different size group you select, you may find that prices vary between hire periods. Additionally, if you’re a younger driver, you may pay a little more than older drivers. Enter your details in the search form to get a quote.
What hire cars can I rent in Brisbane?
The most popular car to rent in Brisbane is the Toyota Corolla or similar in the compact group. For only a few dollars more consider a SUV, the full size Mitsubishi Pajero Sports or similar. It allows for extra-long expeditions, mainly thanks to its SUV capabilities and generous space. Travelling with a group? The Kia Carnival or similar in the premium van group is a hit and seats 8 people.
Where can I rent a car in Brisbane?
You can rent a car from many locations all over the greater Brisbane area. Popular locations include Brisbane Airport, downtown Brisbane, Rocklea, Logan and Fortitude Valley.
Can I rent a car in Brisbane and return to the Gold Coast?
Yes, renting a car in Brisbane and returning to the Gold Coast Is a popular and cost effective one way rental. Additional fees and restrictions may apply so enter your details in the search form for a quote.
Can I rent a car with a child seat in Brisbane?
Yes, Budget offers child and infant seats for rent at an additional cost when you rent a car.
What is Brisbane famous for?
Brisbane, as Australia’s third largest city and the capital of Queensland, is famous for its hot, tropical climate. The weather is warm and clear almost all year around. Brisbane is also known for its close proximity to a number of popular attractions, including the Glasshouse Mountains and Stradbroke Island.
Where can I hang out in Brisbane?
The South Bank precinct is a great place to hang out in Brisbane for couples and families alike. Take a scenic walk (or hire a bike and cycle) along the Brisbane River and enjoy stunning city views. Pack a picnic and take advantage of the public BBQs – there are plenty of shady tables and grassy areas to sit, as well as a huge playground that’s sure to keep the kids entertained. You’ll also find a vast array of restaurants and cafes, a cinema, and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).
What is there to do in Brisbane at night?
There is plenty to do at night in Brisbane – even for families. A riverside walk at night is nothing short of spectacular, with the city lights reflecting off the water. After your walk, head over the bridge and into the city for a delicious dinner. It’s also worth driving out to Eat Street in Brisbane’s Northshore if you’re in town on the weekend. This outdoor food festival is home to more than 70 vendors serving up incredible culinary delights.