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Car rental companies in Byron Bay

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  • Avis

    7.8 (6050)
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  • Dollar Rent a Car

    8.1 (4426)
    No rates available
  • Hertz

    9.4 (6970)
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  • Thrifty

    8.3 (5562)
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Byron Bay Guide


Byron Bay is located in a beautiful part along the coast of Eastern Australia. It is a great base for whale watching, especially during June and July when they are migrating north. Byron Bay is home to numerous artists, glass blowers, poets and craftspeople, and has become increasingly popular over the years due to its vast stretches of white sandy beaches. Surfers flock here in their numbers as Byron Bay offers some of the best surfing in the world. To travel around freely we highly advise you opt for car hire in Byron Bay, you won't regret it. Book online with us today for cheap deals.

Explore Byron Bay

The most popular surf sports in Byron Bay are Wategos Beach and The Pass, which can be found off the tip of Cape Byron. The majority of hostels, apartments and hotels in town offer surfboard and bodyboard rentals. Stretching northwards for around 50kms is Main Beach. The waters here are a lot calmer so you'll find there are more swimmers here than surfers. West of this beach is Belongil Beach, also known as the nudist beach. If you enjoy Scuba diving then take a trip to Julian Rocks, located approximately 3kms offshore. Here, cooler currents moving northwards merge with warm currents moving south creating the perfect habitat for numerous large varieties of sea life.

With car hire in Byron Bay at your disposal why not take a trip to Cape Byron Lighthouse to see the views over Mount Warning. If you hang around for it to get dark you will witness the light from Byron shinning almost 40kms out to sea.  Without car hire visitors can walk to the lighthouse, just follow the beach to the right.

Byron Bay offers its visitors a selection of bars and restaurants. Additionally, Byron Bay becomes festive during the East Coast Blues & Roots Festival, taking place over four days during Easter weekend. Around 30,000 people camp out here and listen to about 80 acts. Alternatively, there is a charming local crafts market the first Sunday of every month.

A nice walk just south of town goes through the rainforest of the Broken Head Nature Reserve. You can also take a daytrip to the hippie retreat of Nimbin. This place is fantastic for fishing, and also offers beautiful beaches for relaxing and sunbathing. Located around 78kms southeast of Byron Bay is Murwillumbah, which is used as a base for hiking up the 1,154-metre Mount Warning. Surrounding the mountain are pretty little country towns, beautiful countryside with banana and sugar cane crops stretching as far as the eye can see.


By air
Travellers can fly with Regional Express airline from Sydney to Ballina and hire a car for the rest of the journey. Coolangatta Gold Coast Airport, which offers a wider range of flight options, is one hour north of Byron Bay (112kms) and has a good selection of car hire suppliers and vehicles to choose from, including Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, Budget, Europcar and Redspot. For even more suppliers to choose from book car hire in Byron Bay in advance of travel with Carrentals.co.uk.

By land
You can get to Byron Bay by driving up the north coast from Sydney and exiting the Pacific Highway at Ballina. From there, take the scenic coastal road via Lennox Head. The journey is around 10 hours from Sydney (790kms) and 2 hours (200kms) from Brisbane. By bus, Greyhound Pioneer offer daily service from Sydney to Byron Bay.

Practical information

  • Currency
    Australian dollar
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    100 - 130 km/h
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What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

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In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

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