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Car Hire Canberra & Act - Great Deals & Specials

Car Rental in Canberra with Thrifty

Car hire in Canberra is easy with Thrifty. Book your car rental online or by telephone and pick it up at Canberra airport. Alternatively you pick up your hire car from Canberra City, Fyshwick, or Canberra Airport.  Thrifty has a range of vehicles available including trucks, vans, utes or mini- bus. Our staff are friendly and efficient, from booking all the way through to pick up and return of the hire car.

About Canberra

Around 300,000 people call Canberra home and is one of only two cities in the world built with a premeditated design. When driving in and around Canberra in your car rental, you will experience the almost symmetrical design of the city with planned straight and curved streets making driving around easy.

The site for Canberra was selected in 1908 and officially named Canberra in 1913. Canberra is an aboriginal word meaning "meeting place" and parliament was first convened in 1927. The ACT is small in comparison to the other Australian states and territories measuring 88km by 30km and is surrounded by New South Wales.

Driving to Canberra

If you are not flying into Canberra Airport , driving there using car hire will take around three and a half hours from Sydney and you will cover 287 kilometres, much of which is on beautiful Australian scenery and Highway driving. Driving from Melbourne to Canberra is slightly further and about 660 kms. This should take around seven and a half hours, much of which is also on great scenery and highway driving.

Exploring Canberra

Canberra may be full of politicians, bureaucrats and Government business opportunities. It is also home to numerous museums and galleries. Within the ACT there are also beautiful national parks including the Namadgi and Kosciusko National Park. Book a car rental and drive yourself around or get outdoors to one of these national parks to really experience the region.

Beautiful picnic areas, barbeque spots and outdoor experiences await. During Winter Canberra enjoys low temperatures allowing skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports in the surrounding mountains. If you visit during winter and intend to drive in cold conditions make sure you take the necessary precautions and that you have a suitable vehicle, whether a car rental or a private car.

Car Rental Bookings in Canberra

If you are travelling to Canberra be it business or pleasure and need a car rental, Trust Thrifty to provide the best value, convenience and service. For all your car rental bookings, either get a quote and book online or call us on the telephone at 1300 367 227 to find out more about our rates, available vehicle's and any current car hire specials.