Rent a car in Sydney with Europcar
Sydney lies around 280 kilometres from the capital Canberra on the New South Wales coast. Hosting the biggest cultural events in its eponymous opera house, enjoying a subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters, and boasting a cosmopolitan restaurant scene, it’s easy to see why Sydney is such a popular destination.
Hire a car in Sydney and see just how much it has to offer. Flanked by three huge national parks and its famous beaches, renting a car is the best way to experience all its sights.
The Europcar car rental experience in Sydney
Popular economy car hire models include the Nissan Micra and Toyota Accent, while rentals for larger parties include the Mitsubishi Outlander and Commodore Sedan. Van hire in Sydney is also available if you are moving house or need to transport bulkier items. Whether you need truck or ‘ute’ hire, book in advance to secure your van hire in Sydney.
Europcar guarantees flexibility for your journey, allowing you to pick up and drop off your rental car in different cities. Car hire in Sydney is also available on a short term or long term basis to suit you.
Driving in Sydney
To rent a car in Australia, you need a valid driver’s licence from your country of residence. If you are planning on driving in Australia for more than three months you will also need an international driving permit.
Speed limits vary (especially in the Northern Territory), but generally the national speed limit is 110 km/h on motorways and 100 km/h on single-carriageway roads. Driving through urban areas the speed limit is 50-60 km/h and near schools it is 40 km/h.
In Sydney, paid parking generally applies Monday to Saturday from 8am to 6pm, with different rates for Sundays and bank holidays. All parking meters accept payment by cash, credit/debit cards and the Parkmobile app. There are two large inner city car parks: Goulburn Street Car Park (near Central Station) and Kings Cross Car Park. Sydney is currently trialling free 15-minute parking near retail areas.
There are many toll roads around Sydney and throughout Australia. Most of these are cashless and to make payment you need an e-tag pass to fix inside your car or you can pay online up to three days after you have passed through the toll.
Driving in Australia involves long distances, so check your fuel regularly and use the rest areas which are every 80-100 kilometres. Keep an eye on the weather as Australia is known for freak weather events which could affect driving conditions. In certain areas, the terrain might be difficult and you will need a four-wheel drive vehicle.
Discover Sydney and the surrounding area by car
Just 10 km from Sydney is Bradley’s Head and Bay where the Taronga Zoo is situated, enjoying great harbour views over the inlet. Take a tour and see the rare nocturnal platypus amongst other unusual animals.
The Blue Mountains National Park is under an hour away. Just one of three vast national parks close to Sydney, here you can see Wentworth Falls, the breath-taking Three Sisters rock formations, and take part in activities from abseiling to horse riding to ecotourism tours.
Canberra, the capital of Australia, is 286 kilometres away, a journey that takes around three hours.
Around 18 kilometres by car from the centre of Sydney is North Head. These grass-covered clifftops reveal impressive ocean views and panoramas of Sydney harbour and its stunning skyline. There are also great scuba and drift diving points here, where you can catch a glimpse of the rare sea dragon and Indian red fish. If you’re in Sydney for New Year’s Eve, this is a top-rated place to watch the world-famous fireworks.
While in Sydney you cannot leave without seeing one of the most famous beaches in the world – Bondi Beach. About 8 kilometres outside of town, the beach is fringed with green lawns, making for a bizarre land-meets-sea aesthetic. If the waters are looking a bit rough, there are saltwater pools at either end of the beach. Surf is the name of the game here, but be careful to always check the water before going in and to stay within the flags when swimming. Whether you plan to surf or sunbathe, travelling to the beach in your hire car couldn’t be easier.
Things to see in Sydney
Sydney is the capital of cool and there are activities to suit everyone. Enjoy the lively but laid back restaurant scene, lazy days on the beach, or finding out more about the fascinating local history of the indigenous people and settlers. With the bush, three national parks and Sydney Harbour all surrounding the city, nature plays a large part in the Sydney dynamic and means you can access adventure just a car drive away.