How To Hire A Car In Perth & Western Australia Road Trip Ideas

By Nicole Leigh West
Nicole is an internationally published travel, health and wellness writer and novelist. She's ticked more than 60 countries off her travel bucket list and is probably researching her next destination, right now.

As the gateway to some of the country’s most spectacular coastlines and outback adventures, Western Australia’s capital is road-trip heaven. With regard to car hire, Perth companies provide a range of options, from 4WD’s to get off the beaten path, to small cars for couples’ getaways and family sedans.

Let’s take a step by step look at how to hire a car in Perth.

Perth Skyline from Cable-stayed pedestrian bridge

  1. Use KAYAK to Search Hundreds of Travel Sites at OnceHire a car in Perth on KAYAK

Spending hours on the hunt for car hire deals isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. You’ll be happy to hear you don’t have to, when you use KAYAK to search hundreds of travel sites at the same time. All you need to do is enter your dates for travel and you’ll find all the information you need, including prices, reviews and handy location maps.

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  1. Choose Locations, Dates and Times that Suit You

Hire a car in Perth on KAYAK

Have you thought about where you’d like to go and what you’d like to do on a holiday in Perth? Write your itinerary down before you start searching, to ensure your Perth car hire deal offers everything you need. For example, to save time you might want to pick up from one location and drop off at another. Or, for tight budgets, our data suggests it’s often cheaper to pick up and drop off in the same location, like at the airport or in major towns.

Companies that allow pick-ups from Perth airport include:

  • Europcar
  • Budget
  • AVIS
  • Enterprise
  • Thrifty
  • Hertz

Don’t forget to use KAYAK’s handy map to easily choose Perth car hire companies in the best locations for you.

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  1. Read Reviews of Perth Car Rental Companies

Car hire Perth reviews

For peace of mind, you want to know that the Perth car hire company you choose has a great reputation, while ticking all the boxes. As you search hundreds of sites at once on KAYAK, you’ll also find reviews from other travellers. They offer advice about experiences with customer service, hidden fees and extras, insurance policies and vehicle suitability, to help you make the best choice.

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  1. Tips for Driving in Perth

Perth motorway

Perth has been ranked as one of the best cities for driving, in the world. Congestion is limited when compared with other cities, road rage is almost non-existent and you’re never far from remote roads for total relaxation. There is still peak hour traffic in the city centre and surrounding suburbs though, so avoid driving from 7:00 am – 9:00 am and 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, when possible.


The City of Perth operates an on-street parking policy to encourage a turnover of parking bays, for efficiency. You’ll find different zones with varying time limits and rates, from $5 an hour to $13.50 for 10 hours. Look out for Clearways, which are designated ‘no stopping’ zones during peak hours. Parking in them may result in your car being towed. Long term parking is also available at a range of car parks, including Barrack Bridge Car Park starting at $4 an hour and the QV1 from $5 an hour.

Speed Limits

The default speed limit in Perth in built-up areas is 50 km per hour, unless signed otherwise. Be aware that this limit can change to 40 km, in particularly busy areas or near schools. Most motorways have a speed limit of 100 km per hour. Red light and speed cameras, plus mobile police patrols, operate throughout the city.

  1. Best Road Trips Around Perth

Quokkas on Rottnest Island, Australia
Quokkas on Rottnest Island near Perth, Australia – you can’t bring your car, but it’s worth a visit for the cuteness overload

Vineyards, sparkling Indian Ocean panoramas and dramatic outback scenery stuns the eye on road trips around Perth. Take a long trip up or down the coast, or just stick in the area. Hop over to Rottnest Island for your #quokkaselfie – guaranteed to be the cutest photo of your trip. (You can’t take your car as the island is a no-auto zone, but… look at the quokkas!)

Margaret River

Margaret River - Surfers Point
Margaret River – Surfer’s Point

It takes about three and a half hours to get to the famous vineyards of the Margaret River from Perth. Along the way, look forward to discovering the heritage town of Bunbury and the clear waters of Geographe Bay, having a swim at Eagle Bay and hiking the nature trails at Dunsborough.

Margaret River vineyards
Margaret River is home to some of Australia’s most reputable vineyards
Lake Cave interior
The gorgeous mirrors of Lake Cave

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Indian Ocean Drive

Indian Ocean Drive
Indian Ocean Drive – an epic backdrop for your roadtrip

The Indian Ocean Drive, from Perth from Geraldton, takes you through the largest collection of wildflowers in the world and the landscapes of the Pinnacles Desert. Take your time over three or four days to explore the Yanchep National Park, the rock lobster capital of Cervantes and Jurien Bay, where you can embark on a sea lion charter.

The Pinnacles at Nambung national park
The Pinnacles at Nambung National Park, one of many sites along the Indian Ocean Drive
Indian Ocean view
The vast Indian Ocean – west from here, there’s nothing but water for 9,000 km


Broome, camel tour on Cable Beach
Take a camel tour on Cable Beach for a unique way to appreciate the sunset

Broome is always a treat for everyone. Take the iconic sunset camel tour on Cable Beach to experience unrivalled sunsets, crystal clear water and rolling dunes of white sand. Be sure to sip cocktails at the beach bars and watch the ‘Staircase to the Moon’, a phenomenon where the recently set sun will illuminate the moon in a rich shade of orange, which reflects over the water and mudflats of Roebuck Bay, creating the illusion of rungs of a ladder up climbing up to it.

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Staircase to the Moon - Broome
Staircase to the Moon – iconic in photo, even better in person

With something for everyone, Broome has an outdoor cinema dating back to 1916, the Short Street Gallery featuring Indigenous artwork, or to heed the call of the great outdoors, head to Dampier peninsula.

>>Want more road trip ideas around Western Australia? Seven days from Perth to Broome

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