15 Jul How locally owned outback car rental company will save you $$$
If you’re planning outback car rental in Alice Springs and you’re frustrated with hidden charges, taxes, and outrageous kilometre rates, then this article will be the most important text you’ll ever read. At Central Car Rentals we are the only locally owned car hire company in Central Australia, NT.
Alice Springs Car Rental
Alice Springs car rental is not as straightforward as it might seem. YOU MUST BOOK well in advance to avoid missing out on a car during the busy season from April to October. During this time, there is very little chance of being able to hire a car when you’re straight off your flight.
At Central Car Rentals we are one of the few companies that will actually let you drive a 4WD on most outback tracks and roads AND will let you drive after dark without voiding your insurance. Most other car hire companies will NOT let you do this.
Visit Uluru by driving 2WD or 4WD
Situated within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Central Australia, Uluru (or Ayers Rock as it was formerly known) is one of the country’s most outstanding and recognizable landmarks. As such, it’s also a key bucket list ranker for many global travelers, renowned for both its geological and indigenous importance.
This park is massive at 1,325 square km and houses both the famous Uluru rock, as well as the less famous, but equally beautiful Kata Tjuta rock formations, formerly known as the Olgas. The nearest major settlement to Uluru is the town of Alice Springs, which is around 450km away.
As far as we’re concerned, getting to Ayers Rock is all part of an amazing outback car rental adventure. We’ve been to Uluru dozens of times. We even go there for weekend getaways. We know a thing or two about getting to Australia’s most recognizable landmark.
Flights from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock take only 45 minutes, and are around $120 each way. Flying to Ayers Rock will save you time, and you’ll get some great views of the Rock as you’re coming in to land. The downside is that you’ll miss out on one of the best parts of the adventure: crossing a part of Australia by car to get to Ayers Rock. As we are advocates of slow travel we feel passionately about driving with 2WD or 4WD to visit Uluru. The drive to Uluru is one of the most amazing, iconic road trips in the entire world. We urge you to think about taking the time to drive.
We often wonder why people fly to Uluru when it’s so easy to drive there – in fact, you’re driving on some of the BEST roads in Australia and you don’t even need a 4WD to get there. The road to Uluru is so good, you could drive there in your Mum’s four cylinder Barina 🙂
Central Car Rentals
We offer economy, intermediate and large 2WD as well as large 4WD vehicles. All vehicles have limited and unlimited kilometre rates available.
We cater for Tourism, Mining and Corporate Customers. Economy vehicles are available for local or out of town travel. For large 2WD and all 4WD vehicles camping equipment can be provided. Maps and itineraries can be provided as our staff are highly experienced and passionate about the area.
Camping Rentals Alice Springs
Explore the Red Centre at your own leisure with our outback car rental. Hire one of our large 2WD or a 4WD together with our Camping equipment to experience the beauty of the outback in its most natural way.
You can stay at some of the Resorts or if you would like to camp, we can supply you with everything that you will need to experience Uluru (Ayers Rock ) Kata Tjuta ( The Olgas ) and Kings Canyon. Sleep in a swag under a 5 million star motel. You will love the experience.
It is recommended that 3-5 days to explore the above as well as the majestic MacDonnell Ranges with its 350 metre high cliffs and beautiful water holes to go swimming in. With our outback car rental service we will provide maps as well and give you an itinerary to help you discover the jewel of Australia. Don’t forget to checkout our Explore Central Australia page to give a brief over-view of some of the sights along each route