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Canberra Airport Car Rental Tips
Taking a taxi from Canberra Airport into downtown Canberra may only take about 15 minutes but will cost you around $50. And that's just one-way. If you're travelling further, then the cost will be even higher. So why not book a rental vehicle instead? Hiring a car gives you the flexibility and freedom to travel at your own pace and can save you money.
There are 17 rental car brands at Canberra Airport competing for your business. If you want to find the best deal that's a lot of websites to check out...
Avis, Budget, Europcar, Redspot, Hertz, East Coast and Thrifty Car Rentals all have desks located at the arrivals hall of the terminal, adjacent to the baggage collection belts. Their vehicles are conveniently parked close to the front entrance, next to the drop off zone.
Other rental car operators such as Firefly and Enterprise, are located close to the airport and will transfer you between the terminal and their depot. Although this isn't as convenient, it is often the cheaper way to rent a car from the airport.
Before you go to pick up your vehicle, make sure you have your confirmation eVoucher, a full, valid driver's license for each of the drivers, a credit card or cash for the deposit and suitable ID.
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A rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring the Canberra and surrounding areas of the ACT, including the stunning views from atop Mount Ainslee, the hustle and bustle of the city centre and the rich political history of Canberra's parliament buildings. Below are some of our favourite attractions that we know you will love. For more ideas, check out the Visit Canberra website
Canberra is famous for its stunning design which was planned by Landscape architect Walter Burley Griffin. The architect won an international design competition in 1912, which gave him the opportunity to decide how the city would look.
The blueprint by the Chicago-based architects Walter Burley Griffin and his wife Marion Mahony Griffin included a street plan of circles, hexagons and triangles which were centred on topographical landmarks of the region.
Griffin described the view from Mt Ainslie as ‘an irregular amphitheatre’ with Mount Ainslie forming one of the top galleries. The slopes to the water formed the auditorium, and the Molonglo and flood basin formed the arena.
The view from Mt Ainslie gives you a bird's-eye view of Griffin's magnificent plan including the triangle which forms the three points of Parliament House, Civic and the Australian/American Memorial.
At the base of the mountain, make sure you visit Remembrance Nature Park, which marks the 60th anniversary of the Armistice that ended in the First World War - From here you will find several walking tracks including the Mt Ainslie walking
In order to get to Mount Ainslie, drive from the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre, down Northbourne Avenue and take the first turn left. Turn right onto Limestone Avenue, follow the road past the Australian War Memorial and turn left onto Mt Ainslie Drive.You can drive, cycle or walk up to the lookout, but make sure you bring some comfortable clothing and walking shoes as well as a camera. The views are breathtaking!
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Originally home to a variety of initiation ceremonies by the aboriginal people, Tidbinbilla is derived from the Aboriginal word - Jedbinbilla which means 'a place where boys become men. It was also a place where lively
Fast-forward over 20,000 years from when the first sign of
The bushwalks range from half an hour to over six hours and covers bush-land and rambling hills and walkways. Sights that are definitely worth seeing include the
The Sanctuary is home to the eucalypt forest where a variety of koala live and home to a wetland environment which includes a conservation breeding programme for critically endangered animals such as the Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby and the Tasmanian Bettong.
While you are at the park, you might also enjoy the mountain bike trails as well as overnight accommodation available in the area.
Tidbinbilla is 40 minutes drive from Canberra's city centre, along a picturesque route via Cotter Road.
If you choose to take part in one of the
National Dinosaur Museum
If you have a little someone who LOVES dinosaurs, or you have soft spot for the Triassic period yourself, don't forget to check out the National Dinosaur Museum.
Just a 23-minute drive from Canberra Airport, the museum is located in Gold Creek Village. It holds the largest permanent display of dinosaur and fossil material in the country and offers a wide variety of activities for the family.
Beginning as a small collection in 1993, the National Dinosaur Museum has quickly grown to include 23 complete skeletons and over 300 displays of fossils. The museum is run by a group of dedicated scientists and geologists and includes twelve dinosaur animatronics.
Travel north of Northbourne Avenue (A23) then turn left
Tickets are available at $9.90 for children and $16.00 for adults. Children under the age of four are free of charge and families can visit for $45.
Just over a two-hour drive from Canberra, Batemans Bay is a sleepy seaside town with unspoilt views of golden sands, oyster flats and sheltered coves from the great Tasman Sea.
Home to an eclectic variety of fishermen, artists, surfers and families on holiday, Batemans Bay is a friendly, laid-back town with a lot to offer.
If you are up for a good walk, take a trip through Clyde River National Park and enjoy kayaking and snorkelling as well as a good spot
Home to the Easter Grey Kangaroo, Murramarang National Park will impress with a wide variety of Australian wildlife roaming free throughout the trees and
With a variety of accommodation options available throughout the area, why not take a couple of days break at the Bay? Just make sure you book in advance as the region can get very popular over the summer months.