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Nestled on the Swan River, which runs to the Indian Ocean, the city of Perth marks Western Australia’s capital. It is the only one of Australia’s capital cities to be located on the western coastline, making it a unique destination for both international and domestic travellers.
Despite Perth’s more isolated location, there is no shortage of vehicles for hire, including sedans, hatchbacks, SUVs, wagons, pickups and vans.
Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, No Birds, and Thrifty have rental locations in and around Perth, including within Perth Airport.
Best Places to Visit with a Rental Car in Perth
Locals insist that all visitors should find time to see Rottnest Island. It's only a thirty-minute ferry ride from Fremantle and the island is absolutely amazing. While on Rottnest Island you can meet an interesting little local called a Quokka. You will easily see that this little macropod is a relation of the Kangaroo and Wallaby. Rottnest boasts some of the most spectacular beaches you'll find anywhere in Australia, as well as amazing holiday accommodation. Your rental car will have to stay on the mainland as you are not permitted to take hire cars across bodies of water, however, bike hire is a popular way to get around the island.
Perth Cultural Centre is both an area of central Perth and the collective name for the main buildings of the Art Gallery of Western Australia and is definitely worth a visit.
If water is your thing then AQWA makes a great pit stop for all the family (and even the most luxurious rental car can get a bit stuffy after a long day of driving). The AQWA is Western Australia's number one natural attraction. It features Australia's largest aquarium and underwater tunnel, gorgeous living coral reefs, huge sharks, turtles and stingrays and an amazing collection of WA marine animals. It represents some 12 thousand kilometres of the coastline in just a few hundred metres.
Because Western Australia is such a huge state, Perth is a wonderful place to base yourself for your western adventure and a great place to hire a vehicle. Wine Tours of the Margaret River, Snorkelling on Ningaloo Reef, Swan River Cruises from Fremantle and the gold fields of Kalgoorlie are just a sample of the best of the west. And it's all there for you to explore in your rental vehicle.
For a great view of the city, explore the lush gardens of Kings Park and you'll be well rewarded. And you can explore the city itself with the free CAT buses then jump into your rental vehicle to fully experience the region. The city is heaven for fitness types; take an early morning stroll around the river, where you'll be passed by streams of cyclists, and you can see rowing crews training.
The Wembley Golf Complex is arguably one of Australia's finest public facilities, with 18 hole courses and a magnificent day and night driving range.
Captain Cook Cruises offer a wide range of luscious cruise options from Perth to Fremantle or upstream to the magnificent Swan Valley wine region if you feel like a break from driving.
If you are travelling with children or just a big kid at heart check out Perth's Premier Amusement Park, Adventure World. With roller coasters, slides, and so many other rides it would take a few days to get through all of the fun rides. It has something for those who want to get wet or stay dry.