What you should know before hiring a car in Adelaide
|Adelaide city centre|
|Adelaide Airport (ADL): 4 mi from city centre|
Car hires in Adelaide: practical information
Where to rent a car in Adelaide
Planning a trip to Australia’s south? This stylish city has it all, from boutique shopping maps to sandy beaches, arts festivals and fine dining. It’s Australia’s fifth largest city so an Adelaide rent car comes strongly recommended for getting around the city and further afield.
Adelaide’s public transportation system is limited and infrequent outside the city centre so pick up a car hire at Adelaide Airport from Redspot, Sixt, Avis or Hertz. These companies also have locations in the city centre in case you don’t pick one up when you arrive on your flights to Adelaide.
Driving in Adelaide: parking and other tips
Pay attention to the city’s speed limits. In the metropolitan area, the speed limit is 50km/h but some suburban streets are only 40km/h. On the freeways, the speed limit is 100km/h and you can expect a ticket for going more than 110km/h.
While Adelaide has plenty of car parks, street parking can be difficult. It’s best to book a hotel in Adelaide that offers its guests complimentary parking. This will certainly make your trip a whole lot easier!
Road trips from Adelaide: what to do, what to see
Kangaroo Island is a beautiful spot that can be reached via ferry and is renown for its wineries, beaches and wildlife. You can spot all sorts of creatures here from kangaroos (obviously) to koalas, echidnas to wallabies and many more. Some rental car companies don’t permit trips to Kangaroo Island so if you plan to head to this nature reserve, ask before you hire.
Victor Harbor is just an hour’s drive south from Adelaide. Nearby Granite Island is one of the few places in the world where you can see Fairy Penguins in their natural habitats. This is also a fab place to go surfing, particularly around Port Elliot, Middletown and Goolwa.
Eyre Peninsula is a treat to visit. Start off in the historic town of Port Lincoln where you can see some pretty massive tuna farms. This is also the best place in Australia to dive with some Great White Sharks. Don’t worry, you are in a cage for protection but it’s still pretty thrilling! If you’re not up for a shark swim, the dolphins and seals are more than happy to swim with you too!