Desk is not permanently staffed. Keys for returned vehicle to be deposited in Key Dropbox at counter.
Where is the branch located?
Located inside terminal in baggage claim area. Desk is only staffed during arrival times of commercial flights. It is important to provide your flight number.
Important Information - Driving Restrictions
Our vehicles are not permitted on K’gari (Fraser Island).
Bundaberg is one of the most picturesque cities on Queensland’s coast. North of Brisbane, it is around a 4 to 5 hour drive from the state's capital city. Bundaberg is full of activities to do and places to see and drive to. Famous for its rum distillery that shares its name, there is far more to the city than just rum, although it is a very popular feature. Bundaberg is home to nesting turtles, gardens, zoos, beaches, wineries and plenty of natural attractions. It is also the southernmost entry into the Great Barrier Reef.
Bundaberg is adjacent to the first two islands of the Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot Island and Lady Musgrave Island.
These two islands are world-renowned for their snorkelling and scuba-diving. See vibrant coral, fish and the local turtles that make the beaches of Bundaberg their nesting grounds. 10% of all species of fish in the world can be found in the Great Barrier Reef. During the July to November period, migrating whales also pass by Bundaberg; see them on their journey from Antarctica as they head north to feed in the warmer waters of Australia’s coastline.
If you are in the region and at one of the popular gateways to the reef, it is well worth seeing. Drive your hire car to one of the ferry’s pick up points, and book a tour of this wonder of the natural world.
We, of course, have to start things off with the Bundaberg Distillery. The distillery sits around a 12-minute drive from the Bundaberg Airport and a 5-minute drive from the city centre, located just by the bank of the Burnett River. Australia’s most famous rum has been made here for over 130 years. Home to the Bundaberg Rum Museum as well as the distillery, the site offers multiple tours.
The Bundaberg Rum Distillery experience allows guests to explore the museum and the molasses well, which houses up to 5 million litres of molasses at a time. See how the rum is made from fermentation to distilling, and finally, the ageing of the product. Once you’ve experienced all this, you are invited into the Rum Tasting Bar, where you can sample some top-shelf rum from the extensive Bundaberg range.
The Blend Your Own Rum Experience Tour invites guests to sit down with a blending guide, which allows you to blend your own rum into a personalized 700ml bottle. Create your personal blend and a keepsake to take home with you.
Alexandra Park Zoo is a popular attraction in the heart of the CBD and is just a 7-minute drive from the airport. The zoo is home to an extensive range of native and exotic animals, including frogs, lizards, turtles, parrots, tamarins, snakes, wallabies and more. In addition, the zoo has live feeding times and up-close animal encounters.
Northern Queensland and Bundaberg are perhaps the most stunning areas on the planet. Don’t believe us? Maybe the words of Sir David Attenborough will do. The famed naturalist and television host called Northern Queensland the most beautiful place on earth; if that isn’t a rousing endorsement, we don’t know what is. The Great Barrier Reef, Bingera National Park, Elliot River State Forest, Cordalba State Forest, Wongi State Forest and Bania National Park are all within an hour-and-a-half drive of Bundaberg Airport and Bundaberg Central.
The city lies just north of the incredible Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world. Home to over 100 freshwater lakes, the island is regarded to have the best beaches on the planet. You can see it as part of a guided tour. Please note Thrifty vehicles cannot be driven on Fraser Island.