Car Hire at Adelaide Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015.
The city of Adelaide has a limited and infrequent public transportation network outside of the city centre and the major transport hubs. The solution: acquiring a rental car right at the beginning of the trip. While there are car rental agencies operating at Adelaide Airport, it is best to make your reservations early to ensure the availability of your preferred vehicle. Booking early also allows you to get better deals! Use Skyscanner to browse through the available car rental providers at Adelaide Airport and get ready to start your journey right.
Where to hire a car at Adelaide Airport
Several car rental agencies are represented at Adelaide Airport. These include major providers such as AVIS, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty, and Redspot Sixt. The information and reservation desks can be found on the ground level of the terminal, adjacent to the baggage claim area. The parking area for car rentals is on the ground floor of the multi-level car park. You will be directed by a representative of the car rental company to the correct parking location of your particular rental car.
What to expect when hiring a car from Adelaide Airport
Adelaide Airport stands adjacent to West Beach, about six kilometres west of the city centre of Adelaide in Australia. It can be accessed via the Sir Donald Bradman Drive, which runs westwards from Adelaide city centre. Turn off at Sir Richard Williams Drive after five kilometres to arrive at the airport. Petrol stations near Adelaide Airport include United Petroleum, operating at SIR Richard William Avenue at the airport, United Petroleum at 10 Henley Beach Road, Woolworths Petrol at 130/132 Marion Road, and Caltex Australia Limited at 409-415 S Road, Keswick SA 5035.
Driving around Adelaide Airport
Driving is one of the most efficient ways to get around Adelaide. It is especially useful if you plan on heading for the suburbs or to nearby cities. Compared to other Australian cities, road transport in Adelaide is relatively easier thanks to its well-defined city layout and wide multiple-lane roads. The Adelaide metropolitan area is served by the South Eastern Freeway, which links the south-east corner of the Adelaide Plain to the Adelaide Hills before turning into National Highway 1 heading southeast to Melbourne. There are three expressways: the Southern Expressway, which links the outer southern suburbs to the inner southern suburbs and the centre, the Port River Expressway, which link Port
Adelaide and Outer Harbor to Port Wakefield Road, and the Northern Expressway, the northern suburbs bypass route linking the Sturt Highway (National Highway 20) to the Port Wakefield Road via the Gawler Bypass.
Getting to your destination
Victor Harbor is a large tourist-oriented coastal town, particularly popular among tourists from Adelaide. Attractions include the South Australian Whale Centre, Urimbirra Wildlife Experience, Waitpinga Hill, and Granite Island.
From Adelaide Airport, Victor Harbor can be accessed via Brookman Road and A13.
The Yorke Peninsula is located northwest and west of Adelaide. It is known for being rich in agriculture and marine resources, so popular activities naturally include boating, fishing, snorkelling, and diving. Other attractions include the Troubridge Island Lighthouse and Conservation Park, Moonta Mines State Heritage Area, and Innes National Park. York Peninsula is also home to two Important Bird Areas: the Gulf St Vincent Important Bird Area and the Southern Yorke Peninsula Important Bird Area.
Yorke Peninsula is accessible via National Highway A1 and B86.
The remote town of Alice Springs is the third largest town in the Northern Territory. Despite the city being 1,500 kilometres from the nearest cities, tourism is a major industry. Points of interest include the Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve, Museum of Central Australia, Araluen Arts & Cultural Centre, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Aviation Museum, National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame, Adelaide House, Old Timer's Museum, Olive Pink Botanical Garden, and Alice Springs Desert Park.
Alice Springs is a very long yet scenic drive via Stuart Highway.