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Important info& helpful tips
Arriving at the airport in Brisbane, you will quickly notice that it is very clear by European standards. Above the arrival level on the first floor you will find the departure level Level 2, where the car rental companies located here have their counters. Four international companies (Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz) and two Australian providers (Redspot and Thrifty) are waiting here with the keys to pick up the pre-ordered vehicle. Following you will get many important hints around the topic "Rental car Brisbane". This includes not only information regarding tolls, parking, prohibitions etc., but also great insider tips for exciting excursions in the surrounding area of the Queensland metropolis.
Roads& Tunnel toll
In the agglomerations of the big Australian cities there are toll roads. Brisbane has five of these, two of which directly affect getting from the airport into the city. For skilled riders who have a good sense of direction and can handle left-hand traffic, getting around the toll roads is possible. If the toll of around five Australian dollars (AUD) is not an issue, prior online registration is required.
The Govia toll system can be found on the govia website.com.au accessible, on which the procedure and payment options are explained in detail. Paying the toll on the spot at the "toll collect"-Stations is not possible. There are credits available in the amount of 25,50 AUD and 100 AUD. Depending on later destinations, combination passes can also be purchased that include the state of New South Wales and Victoria.
Parking situation in the city
The urban area of Brisbane is spacious and has about one third less inhabitants than Berlin, but about one third more area. Consequently, the parking situation is relaxed except in the center and in some parts of the city. Those who want to drive a rental car into the central business district (CBD) or near the main shopping street Queen Street should arrange parking tickets in advance.
On the following web page under the menu item "Inner City / Parking" you will find the following information the various paid parking offers. Booking online is cheaper than paying on the spot. Parking in Brisbane is as expensive as in the rest of Australia. Often the cars are immobilized with a wheel claw and are only released after an elaborate search for the release point and payment of several hundred Australian dollars.
It is strictly forbidden to spend the night in the car on roads or in parks. While the person caught outside the city can sometimes still excuse himself by saying that he was too tired to drive on, the offense in the urban area of Brisbane costs 550 AUD (as of 2014).
Recommended excursions by rental car from Brisbane
In the following we describe recommendable destinations that can be reached in a short time with a rental car from Brisbane:
The district of New Farm& Teneriffe
For studying the relaxed way of life of Brisbane's city dwellers, a trip by rental car to the peninsula New Farm / Teneriffe is worthwhile. A few kilometers east of the CBD, the former industrial land has been turned into a green lung for the city, which is very green anyway. The New Farm Park directly at the Brisbane River is popular for its picnic grounds. For those who prefer to be entertained, there are kitchens from all over the world and terraces with a view all around the park.
The coast in front of Brisbane
In less than half an hour's drive, the Pacific coast off Brisbane awaits its visitors. The two main towns are Manly and Wynnum, from where you can explore the sea promenades and green areas. Here another very Australian peculiarity comes clearly to light. Also in the marinas and "expensive restaurants, all social groups mingle in a very relaxed manner, and many a millionaire hops from his boat onto the jetty in stained jeans and a T-shirt.
Moreton Island on the doorstep
An attractive and surprisingly not very often used by many, especially European visitors, day or two-day excursion destination is the offshore island Moreton Island. This is perhaps due to the ferry crossing, which takes a good hour from the port in Brisbane. In addition, a four-wheel drive rental car is required. Who takes the effort, will be richly rewarded. Sand dunes, forest and free-roaming dolphins that curiously appear on the beaches make Moreton Island a serious alternative to Fraser Island further north.
Gold Coast in the south
A good hour's drive south of Brisbane begins the Gold Coast, which enjoys a worldwide reputation among surfers and night owls. This is also the name of the most famous place Surfers Paradise, from which busy sandy beaches extend along the coast in northern and southern direction. The architecture with its pink hotel blocks and tourist-oriented infrastructure are reminiscent of U.S. sun destinations like Florida. Those looking for party, beach and hustle and bustle can find their fun here in places like Miami or Palm Beach.
Sunshine Coast in the north
At about the same distance from Brisbane to the north begins the Sunshine Coast. It is a little bit the antithesis of the Gold Coast. There are only a few larger buildings here and the atmosphere ranges between serenity and dignified ambience. The Sunshine Coast stretches over a distance of about one hour by car. At the northern end, about a two-hour drive from Brisbane, Noosa Heads is the first stop on the Sunshine Coast.
The natural paradise Fraser Island
There are quite a few Australians who claim that Fraser Island is the most beautiful Australian island or even the most beautiful landscape of the 5. continent. The nature of the striking island with its sandbanks, rainforest areas, mangroves, lakes and whale visits from August to October should be on the "must see" list for every visitor to Australia who starts in Brisbane with a rental car-List landing. Four-wheel drive is also necessary for exploring Fraser Island.