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Canberra & ACT Car Hire

Conveniently located in the heart of Canberra

Forget what you thought you knew about Canberra! The clean city streets and structured layout of the city may lead some visitors to put Canberra in the safe and unexciting box. But that couldn't be more wrong! This city has history at its fingertips and Aussie bush land at its edge.

As the largest inland city with the eighth biggest population, Canberra offers plenty to see and do in the comfort of a Thrifty hire car. Business trips should be met with style and we've got a great range of stylish coupes and sedans that will liven up your short visit.

If you're visiting outer Canberra, the rural roads require strong and safe vehicles and Thrifty knows this. That's why we've got SUVs, 4WDs and commercial vehicles available. Our Canberra locations include Canberra Airport (so you can fly in and get going), Canberra City and Canberra Fyshwick.

Optional extras available at Canberra Car Hire

Avoid the "woops!" moment when you get lost! Instead, opt for our optional extra of a GPS-unit for a small additional price. Our GPS unit has the smart technology to guide you seamlessly to your destination, taking the stress out of navigating Canberra streets the old-fashioned way and getting lost.

And if you need to catch a flight quick smart, we also offer the optional extra of pre-paid fuel with competitive rates, so you don't have to fill up at a petrol station at the end of your trip. Another time-saving Thrifty extra is the baby and child booster seats that can easily be fitted to our hire cars.

Opening hours for early rises

Don't waste time sleeping in! A city of open spaces made for drivers is waiting. And we are here to get you on your adventure in one of our many comfy and reliable Thrifty hire cars. General Thrifty opening times include 7.30am to 5.30pm weekdays and 7.30am to 4pm on weekends. But give us a call to find out the specific location opening times today!

Things to see and do in Canberra

History buffs have found their haven! Canberra is a hub of cultural attractions and architecturally powerful monuments. And it's full of Australia's best and biggest national museums. Cruise the streets of Canberra to take in the splendor of American architect Walter Burley Griffin's vision of a garden city. In 1912, Griffin - with the help of his wife Marion Mahony Griffin - designed, what would be, Canberra. The smooth city roads and picturesque city streets are perfect for a days drive.

Make sure you drop by the Australian War Memorial with its many gallery exhibits and an in-depth overview of war. Of course, while you're in politician central make sure you visit Parliament House, where you can join one of the free-guided tours to learn more about the goings on of the Australian Government. If you're travelling with the kids, there are plenty of fun places to visit in Canberra for the family that include the National Zoo and the Australian Institute of Sport.

Exploring outer Canberra

Canberra is on the doorstep to nature. As Canberra has been built in the middle of the Australian environment, you don't have to drive far in your Thrifty hire car to find a beautiful spot. Kangaroos, koalas and wallabies all call the outskirts of Canberra their home. So keep an eye out for any crossing the road, while driving outside of Canberra.

Drive around 45 minutes from Canberra's CBD and you'll reach the beautiful and tranquil Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, a sanctuary for Australian wildlife, such as the kangaroo, emu, possum, echidna and various native reptiles. To the west of Canberra the epic Black Mountain stands tall, offering secluded walking trails that weave through striking bush land. 100 bird species and 5,000 inspect species can be found in this nature park. Other areas to visit within a short distance of Canberra CBD include Red Hill, Mt Ainslie and Mt Pleasant. After exploring all Canberra has to offer you'll find a charming city with a rich link to Australian art and culture set amongst the beauty of Australia's nature. Discover Canberra today!