Mackay car hire

Mackay car hire

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Mackay, QLD, Australia
28 Oct — 4 Nov
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Mackay, QLD, Australia
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Mackay car hire information

Pick-up locationMackay
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury SUV, People mover, Standard, Standard SUV
Hire locations15
Airport locations13
Popular agenciesBudget, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, Avis

Cheap car hire in Mackay

Economy$33/day
Compact$36/day
Intermediate$36/day
Standard$136/day
Full-size$39/day
People mover$65/day
Full-size SUV$121/day
Luxury SUV$39/day
Compact SUV$44/day
Intermediate SUV$99/day
Standard SUV$123/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Mackay car hire reviews and directory

From $44/dayRated no. 1
Budget
Best rated
8.4 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in Mackay
Budget
Locations in Mackay
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  • 10
Recent reviews
8.4 Excellent4 Oct. 2016
Car was great, nice that it had the back up camera.We specified that we would return the car at 9 pm. When we arrived everything was closed at the airport, and we didn't know where to drop it off or what instructions to follow, would have been nice to be informed that they wouldn't be there when we arrived to drop the car off.
From $50/dayRated no. 2
Europcar
1.9 Horrible (1 review)
1 location in Mackay
Europcar
Locations in Mackay
  • 7.9
  • 7.9
  • 1.9
  • 5.9
  • 1.9
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible26 Sep. 2021
Prices need to be in USD or AUD not just $. The insurance is a scam. $5000 excess unless you pay more per day is extortion. Rental service used to be good now its what service?
From $41/day
keddy by Europcar
2 locations in Mackay
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Mackay
Recent reviews
Sunnycars
2 locations in Mackay
Sunnycars
Locations in Mackay
Recent reviews
From $43/day
Thrifty
2 locations in Mackay
Thrifty
Locations in Mackay
Recent reviews
From $39/day
Alamo
Most popular
Cheapest deal
1 location in Mackay
Alamo
Locations in Mackay
Recent reviews
From $53/day
Avis
1 location in Mackay
Avis
Locations in Mackay
Recent reviews
From $39/day
Enterprise
1 location in Mackay
Enterprise
Locations in Mackay
Recent reviews
From $51/day
Firefly
1 location in Mackay
Firefly
Locations in Mackay
Recent reviews
From $55/day
Hertz
1 location in Mackay
Hertz
Locations in Mackay
Recent reviews
National
1 location in Mackay
National
Locations in Mackay
Recent reviews
Red Spot
1 location in Mackay
Red Spot
Locations in Mackay
Recent reviews
2 travellers who hired a car in Mackay gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.2

Car hire locations in or near Mackay

Good to know

Most popular agency

Alamo

Most popular car type

Intermediate

Average price

$55/day

Good deal

$47/day

When to book a car hire in Mackay

Average daily price per month
Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches

Car hire excess insurance in Mackay

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some Mackay car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Mackay.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Mackay car rental.

Top tips for hiring a car in Mackay

  • Balmy throughout the year, Mackay is the perfect destination for a hire car, in order to stay out of the sun. Average monthly temperatures don’t often fall below 20°C and an air-conditioned cabin will be your best friend. A bus to Mackay Aqua Park takes roughly 45min from the centre of town; however, driving yourself requires only 10min. Scenic coastal spots such as Cape Hillsborough National Park, Bucasia Beach and Dolphin Heads are more than 15 km from Mackay and best reached by car if you’d like to avoid inner-city beaches.
  • The reception offices of Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Enterprise and Thrifty are in the Arrivals Hall of Mackay Airport (MKY). After collecting your keys, exit the terminal and walk over the pedestrian crossing to find all hire cars on your right.
  • Extended freight trucks, known as road trains, frequent major arterial roads around Mackay, including Bruce Hwy and Peak Down Hwy. Some of the trucks are up to 50 m in length, requiring more space and time to overtake than regular vehicles. Travel at slow speeds if off-roading with a 4WD and avoid contact with saltwater. Native wildlife regularly wander across Mackay roads at night, so extra caution should be taken to avoid collisions. Yellow signs featuring a hopping kangaroo indicate areas where fauna are common.
  • Traffic congestion is mostly negligible in Mackay and it won’t heavily affect your travel plans. Key thoroughfares such as Gordon St and Sydney St can experience banked up cars between 16:00–18:00, though traffic still tends to flow smoothly. It’s recommended to not drive during the middle of the day in summer months, as Mackay can climb to above 35°C and make car cabins swelter.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Mackay for $47 or less
  • Book your car hire in Mackay at least 4 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate car hires in Mackay are around 6% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Mackay

  • Some car hire companies in Mackay which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Alamo, Europcar and Hertz

  • On average a hire car in Mackay costs $55 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Avis ($48/day), Firefly ($59/day) and Budget ($62/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Europcar Terminal Building 4740 (4 kilometres from the city centre).

  • The average price of fuel in Mackay is $5.70 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $68 and $91, depending on the car size.

  • Intermediate (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Mackay.

  • Car hire companies onsite at Mackay airport include Alamo, Europcar, Hertz, Budget, Thrifty, Avis, Enterprise, Firefly and keddy by Europcar.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Mackay airport to off-airport locations include Alamo, Europcar, Hertz, Budget, Thrifty, Avis, Enterprise and Firefly.

  • Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • A Intermediate car hire in Mackay costs $63 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car hire in Mackay costs $60 per day, on average.

  • A Full-size car hire in Mackay costs $78 per day, on average.

  • In Mackay, cars are most frequently hired at Europcar Terminal Building (4 km from city centre ).

  • On average hiring a car in Mackay costs $386 per week ($55 per day).

  • On average a car hire in Mackay costs $1,656 per month ($55 per day).

  • Thanks to wide open roads and spacious parking, there’s no need to forgo your ideal model when choosing a hire car. 4WDs are the only option if you are thinking about off-roading or beach driving, with compact SUVs and larger makes available. If a long journey up the North Queensland coast is what you’re planning, a fuel-efficient economy car will help save on petrol.

  • Unless otherwise indicated by signs, the standard speed limit in Mackay is 50 km/h. 40 km/h is enforced in school zones between 07:00–09:00 and 14:00–16:00 on weekdays. Bruce Hwy and other motorways in the region usually have limits of 100 km/h; however, they can reduce to 80 km/h in more built-up areas.

  • A litre of petrol in Mackay usually costs between approximately A$ 1.50–1.60. This is slightly above the Australian average but is to be expected due to the city’s rural location. Prices are relatively consistent along the North Queensland coast, though it’s best to fill up before heading inland as this is where you’ll see prices rise.

  • Mid-City Carpark on the corner of Gordon St and Gregory St has hourly parking from approximately A$ 0.70 and daily spaces for roughly A$ 5. Parking restrictions at Wharf Carpark and Riverside Carpark are not enforced after 18:00.