Car Hire in Canberra

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Car Rental in Canberra

Need to rent a car in Canberra? There are hundreds of real people’s cars of all types listed on Uber Carshare. Regardless of whether you require a 7 seater to pick up the kids from school, a large car to collect a bike, or perhaps a small car to collect a parcel from the post office in Canberra, Uber Carshare has something for you. Borrowing a car from your neighbour is easier than with traditional car rental companies as you can skip the counter and all that tedious paperwork. Whether for a road trip or for a quick trip to the shops, find cars around you on the app and get prices by the hour or by day. It’s free to become a member, and because the keys are at the car, you can skip the rental counter and get instant access to your car.

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All trips include fuel, damage cover and 24/7 roadside assistance.
Rent for 2 hours
Drive for 25km
Uber Carshare
Hourly rate $7 x 2 = $14 Distance rate 33c/km (incl. fuel) $8.25 Booking fee $7
Traditional Car Share
Hourly rate $9.90 x 2 = $19.80 1 month membership (incl. 150km fuel) $37
Rental Agency
Daily rate, minimum spend $57 Fuel $3
Prices are based on average rates for a standard car, including average fuel costs and minimum membership fees as of August 2021.
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Rent for 1 day
Drive for 50km
Uber Carshare
Daily rate $35 Distance rate 33c/km (incl. fuel) $16.50 Booking fee $7
Traditional Car Share
Daily rate $86 1 month membership (incl. 150km fuel) $37
Rental Agency
Daily rate $57 Fuel $8
Prices are based on average rates for a standard car, including average fuel costs and minimum membership fees as of August 2021.
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Rent for 5 days
Drive for 250km
Uber Carshare
Daily rate $35 x 5 = $175 Distance rate 33c/km (incl. fuel) $82.50 Booking fee $7
Traditional Car Share
Daily rate $86 x 5 = $430 1 month membership (incl. 150km fuel) $37 100km fuel $16
Rental Agency
Daily rate $57 x 5 = $285 Fuel $40
Prices are based on average rates for a standard car, including average fuel costs and minimum membership fees as of August 2021.
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Getting around Canberra by car

Because of Canberra’s deliberate town planning, it’s really easy to get around. Buses run regularly throughout the suburbs and into the city, so it’s pretty easy to get to the main shops, museums and attractions. There are lots of places worth visiting a little further afield, and the best way to get there is by hiring a car.

Traffic is Canberra is generally very light. It’s best to avoid driving in peak hour – from 7am to 9am and from 4pm to 6pm – but even if you have to the extra traffic won’t add too long to your trip.

Top destinations to drive to in and around Canberra

  1. Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. 50 minutes from Canberra - This protected area just outside of Canberra is home to lots of native Australian animals in their natural habitat. There are also plenty of walking trails, including the Aboriginal Heritage Walk.
  2. Murrumbateman. 40 minutes from Canberra - A short drive from Canberra will find you in wine country where you have your pick of excellent wineries for an afternoon of wine tasting. Clonakilla, Murrumbateman Winery, Shaw Wines and Four Winds Vineyard are all well worth a visit.
  3. Yass Valley. 1 hour from Canberra - Whether you’re a nature lover, history buff or just like to browse a shop or market, you’ll love the Yass Valley. Explore the natural limestone of Careys Cave in Wee Jasper, browse through the many shops in Yass, or visit some of the historic cottages in Wallaroo and Yass.
  4. Batemans Bay. 2 hours from Canberra - The New South Wales south coast is a popular destination for Canberrans looking to escape the city, and Batemans Bay is one of the most beautiful spots along the coast. There are pristine beaches as well as Birdland Animal Park where you can see some native Aussie creatures.
  5. Goulburn. 1 hour from Canberra - This regional its has its origins in wool production, and the Big Merino at the visitor centre pays homage to that. There are also plenty of niche shops to browse, historic homes to wander through, and some great restaurants and cafes.
  6. Kangaroo Valley. 2.5 hours from Canberra - Kayak through the valler along the Kangaroo River or explore the Morton National Park and do the Fitzroy Falls walking track to see platypi and lyrebirds in their natural habitat.

Best time to visit Canberra

Canberra gets very hot in summer and very cold in winter. In summer, average temperatures sit around 29 degrees celsius (84.2 fahrenheit). In winter, it drops as low as 11 degrees (69.8 fahrenheit), and it’s not uncommon for it to get to 0 degrees or below at night time. Even during winter most days are really sunny, so as long as you’re rugged up you can still enjoy all the city has to offer.

There are also plenty of sporting events, festivals and performances to enjoy, whatever time of year you visit Canberra.

Canberra calendar highlights


Australia Day - Head to Regatta Point on 26 January to celebrate Australia Day with live music, great food and a night time fireworks display.


National Multicultural Festival - Celebrate the diversity of the Australian people and enjoy food, performances and music from cultures all over the world.

Royal Canberra Show - Enjoy a weekend of agricultural shows, rides, petting zoos and fireworks at one of Canberra’s favourite events, held since 1908.


Enlighten Festival - See the parliamentary buildings like never before as the buildings are lit up by colourful projections and street artists transform the area into an arts precinct.

Skyfire - Enjoy stunning displays of fireworks over Lake Burley Griffin set to the soundtrack of live performances from some of Australia’s best artists.


National Folk Festival - Over 200 local and international acts head to Canberra to celebrate blues, roots, gypsy and celtic music.


Canberra International Music Festival - A celebration of chamber and orchestral music, the festival sees performances by some of the best orchestras from around the world.


Wintervention - Why stay indoors when the city is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with open air ice skating rink, markets and live music.


Fireside Festival - Warm up with a two-week program of food and wine at some of the best wineries in the Canberra region.

Canberra Writers Festival - This celebration of reading and writing features talks from local and international authors held at Canberra institutions like the National Library of Australia, Old Parliament House and the National Press Club.


Floriade - Welcome spring with stunning floral displays in Commonwealth Park on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Enjoy the vibrant blooms, cooking demonstrations and gardening tips.


Canberra International Film Festival - This annual event celebrates the best of cinema from Australia and around the world, with a focus on films made right in the Canberra region.

Canberra Nara Candle Festival - To celebrate Canberra’s relationship with its Japanese sister city, Nara, the festival hosts a range of Japanese activities like calligraphy, lantern making and origami. At sunset, 2,000 candles light up the Lennox Gardens.


New Year’s Eve - Ring in the new year with entertainment, food and fireworks displays in Canberra’s city centre.