###Car Hire in Sydney This information is correct as of June 2015.
###Where to hire a car in Sydney Globally renowned rent-a-car companies serve the city of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia, such as Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Budget, Thrifty, Redspot, and Webjet Car Hire. Car rental desks for the aforementioned companies can be found on the arrivals level of both terminals in Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport, as well as various areas in and around the city. You can also opt to rent a cheaper alternative next to homestay airport rent-a-car companies. Consider taking a look at the equally competitive rates of Bayswater Car Rental and East Coast Car Rentals.
Rent-a-car providers in Sydney offer competitive rates and services. Just be sure to check each of the terms and conditions, as some rent-a-car providers, such as Avis, has restricting rules that doesn’t allow you to take the rented car to particular destinations.
###What to expect when hiring a car from Sydney Minimum age requirement for driving in Sydney is 21 years old. In order to drive, a driver’s license from the home country of the renter is required. There is no need to acquire an International Driving Permit, except if you are coming from countries that are not using the Roman alphabet.
Driving and parking in Sydney can be challenging especially on rush hour weekdays, between 6:30 and 9:30 in the morning and 4:30 and 6:30 in the evening. Expect also mild traffic on tourist-frequented destinations such as eastern suburbs beaches during weekends. Parking in the Sydney city center parking stations is also expensive. Parking on weekends however is cheaper. Flat rates are also offered for evening parking.
If you want to afford a cheap car parking during weekdays, be an early bird and get to the spot before 8AM before the good spots run out. The next time you will be able to find a cheap car park will be at 6:30PM already. You can park your car in Domain/Mrs Macquarie’s Chair and Hickson Road. Similarly, you can park your car at the Opera House, provided that you come before 10AM and leave between 3PM and 7PM or else risk being required to pay a full day rate parking. If you are not an early bird, it is still possible to park your car in clearways, which serves as an area for towed cars. Clearways are no-stopping zones on main roads during peak period that offer parking opportunities after 10AM.
It is important in Sydney to observe traffic rules and parking regulations. If you exceed the prescribed amount of parking time, you will be charged a fine. The amount goes higher for those who were caught parking in a no stopping zone.
While driving in Sydney, best keep in mind to always drive moderately, as speed limit changes variably. If you are driving within a school zone, observe the 40 km/h speed limit. Residential areas are usually 50 km/h and on main roads and freeways sections, speed limit can go between 60 km/h and 80 km/h.
###Getting to your destination
A lovely small city with big scenic spots of coastal views, Wollongong is a fast growing industry that offers multicultural Mediterranean, Indian, and Asian servings of food and entertainment options. It is also known as a surfing and swimming hub.
From Sydney, you can reach Wollongong via an hour and a half drive on MetRoad 1 and the Princess Highway south, an 85-kilometer stretch. If you want to kill more time just to see scenic spots, you can take the Grand Pacific Drive by exiting from the freeway at Helensburgh through Stanwell Park all the way down to the coast. Don’t mind the amount of time; just enjoy the ride especially if you are traversing through the Sea Cliff Bridge between Coalcliff and Scarborough.
Anyone who loves a mild climate and an exquisite taste for wine would find Orange a perfect destination. It is also often regarded as Australia’s Color City with its European trees blooming in autumn colors. A beautiful rustic town in the Cabonne Shire, anyone would agree that bringing a car is the best way to go around Orange.
Orange is approximately reachable via a four-hour drive from Sydney on B59 road. From B59, take the Great Western Highway or A32 and continue driving until you reached Lords PI, then make a right turn.
Australia’s second largest city and Victoria’s south eastern capital, Melbourne is another cosmopolitan destination reachable over an eight-hour drive via M31. Victorian-era architectures, major sporting events, extensive shopping experience, and unusual Penguin Parade in Philip Island, Melbourne has its healthy dose of city offerings to equally interested tourists.
From Sydney, head to M1, and follow Hume Motorway and M31 in West Melbourne side. Take the M31 to Dynon Road/ State Route 50 in West Melbourne and take the State Route50/Dynon Road exit. Continue driving along State Route 50 until you reach Melbourne.