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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Noosa Heads

  • Noosa Heads is the starting point for one of Australia's most unique road trips: the Great Beach Drive from Noosa Heads to Hervey Bay. You'll need a 4WD to drive this sand highway through Great Sandy National Park. Most visitors do the road trip in a few days, stopping along the way at places like K'gari (Fraser Island). Just bear in mind that some companies offering cheap car hire in Noosa Heads may not allow their vehicles to be driven on beaches or other unsealed surfaces. Just check with your provider beforehand and they may be able to offer additional insurance or suitable vehicles. If you want to take the inland route back, it takes around 2h 20min on State Route 57.
  • Consider hiring an electric vehicle, especially for cheap car hire in Noosa Heads. Many of the area's most popular accommodation options have charging stations available for guests, including Culgoa Point Resort and Noosa Sun Motel. Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort and Noosa Tropicana Hotel make their chargers available to both guests and the general public. You can also find chargers at Cooroy Railway Station and on Project Avenue close to Bushlands Park. If you're planning some road trips, most cities along the coast will have chargers available.
  • If you're planning a long road trip or overnight drives with your Noosa Heads hire car, make sure you check the rest stop locations along your route. If you need to take a short nap or sleep in your car overnight, this can only be done at camping grounds or designated rest stops. These rest stops often have other useful facilities such as barbecue facilities, toilets, showers and picnic benches. You can usually stay up to 22 hours at a time.
  • Hire a car in Noosa Heads to explore the coastline at your own pace. The 620 Route bus is the only public transport through Noosa Heads and travels directly along Sunshine Beach Rd and Noosa Pde, meaning accommodation in the south near Leslie Dr is poorly connected. It’s possible to drive to the entrance of Noosa National Park from the centre of the city in only 5min, while the trip by bus takes roughly 30min and drops you over 1 km away. A hire car also opens up the possibility of visiting Tewantin National Park, which otherwise requires a transfer of buses in Tewantin.
  • The hire offices for companies, including Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty, can be found across from the baggage claim area at Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY). Hire cars are located directly outside the terminal, across the pickup lane, and can be reached with a short walk of less than 5min. Noosa Heads is more than 27 km from Sunshine Coast Airport, so hiring a car will save you from a costly taxi fare (approximately A$ 90) or shuttle bus (approximately A$ 35).
  • As Noosa Heads is surrounded by beaches and lagoons, pedestrian traffic is busy in car parks and coastal streets. Be wary to drive slowly and provide additional passing space as pedestrians are often carrying surfboards and other bulky items. If you are heading off road and going beach driving during your trip, reduce tyre pressure to roughly 18–20 psi and follow the tracks made by previous vehicles.
  • Thanks to not having a large business district, Noosa Heads does not experience a rush of traffic at any part of the day. Congestion stays consistent on the shopping areas of Sunshine Beach Rd and Hastings St, with cars moving slowly around pedestrians.
  • Book your rental car in Noosa Heads at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about renting a car in Noosa Heads

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Noosa Heads?

    An intermediate model is perfectly suited to Noosa Heads, offering cabin comfort and easy navigation along windy roads. Compact hire cars are preferable if you are driving long distances up and down the Sunshine Coast because of their superior fuel efficiency. A 4WD is essential for beach driving or exploring trails, though they will find some parking in the centre of town a bit tight.

  • What’s the speed limit in Noosa Heads?

    The default speed limit is 50 km/h. Certain stretches of Hastings St indicate a maximum of 10 km/h in shared zones where pedestrians are common. Major arterial roads, such as David Low Way, increase to 60 km/h, while school zones are set at 40 km/h.

  • Where are the best places to park in Noosa Heads?

    Lions Park Car Park has free 4h spots between 08:00 and 17:00, while metered parking is available along thoroughfares but spaces can be hard to find. Bay Village on Noosa Pde is great for longer visits with a flat daily rate of about A$ 40.

  • Can I rent an automatic car in Noosa Heads?

    Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Noosa Heads. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.

  • How much is gas price in Noosa Heads?

    The average gas price in Noosa Heads is C$ 6.15 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 74 and C$ 98, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Noosa Heads?

    Standard (Toyota Corolla or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Noosa Heads.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Sunshine Coast airport (MCY)?

    The only car rental company that offers shuttle or pick-up services from Sunshine Coast airport to off-airport locations is Sixt.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Noosa Heads?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • How much does a Standard car rental cost in Noosa Heads?

    A Standard car rental in Noosa Heads costs C$ 68 per day, on average.

  • How old do I need to be to hire a car in Noosa Heads?

    Noosa Heads has multiple car hire agencies to choose from and most will lend a car to drivers 21 or older. You will also need to have held a full licence for at least one year. Drivers under 25 may wish to consider Apex, which is one of the only companies that doesn't charge a young driver's fee.

  • What can I use to pay for my Noosa Heads hire car?

    Most major Noosa Heads car hire companies accept both credit and debit cards. Although many drivers now keep their cards on their phones, bear in mind that some companies, such as Enterprise, require a physical card. Debit cards must be Visa or Mastercard. Whichever card you use must have the same name as on your driver's licence.

Noosa Heads car rental reviews and directory

Apex

9.6

Wonderful

6 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

9.6

Comfort

9.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.6

Value for money

9.3

One location in Noosa Heads

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20 Runway Drive, Sunshine Coast Airport, Marcoola, QLD

+61 754 570 102

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10.0 Wonderful

Apr. 2024

KAYAK
Brilliant service with Apex - couldn't fault the service, quality of car and pricing.

8.0 Very good

Mar. 2022

KAYAK
Overall the experience was good, but it was hard to find the contact details for the provider (apex) on the confirmation.. please make that more obvious

10.0 Wonderful

Dec. 2021

KAYAK
Great price, staff and car and the office was easy to get to.

10.0 Wonderful

Aug. 2022

KAYAK
Great staff, great car, easy pick up, super easy drop off

1 out of 2

Sixt

8.0

Very good

1 review

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

6.0

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49 David Low Way

+61 7 5447 2299

Monday08:00 - 15:00
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8.0 Very good

Jan. 2024

KAYAK
Had to drop off at Good Coast stadium. Would have appreciated some better instructions for the after hours drop off.

1 out of 1

Budget

9.0

Wonderful

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9.0

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9.0

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9.0

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9.0

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Cnr Hastings St & Noosa Dr

+61 7 5473 8955

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Avis

8.4

Very good

1 review

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Cnr Hastings St & Noosa Dr

+61 7 5473 8955

Monday08:00 - 15:00
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East Coast Car Rentals

8.4

Very good

5 reviews

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3/30 Runway Drive, Marcoola

+61 1800 474 258

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10.0 Wonderful

Jan. 2022

KAYAK
Your customer and service was exceptional, the car had no problems.Everything was fine, I could not find any problems with your service.

8.0 Very good

May 2022

KAYAK
Simple and clear instructions on how to pick up the hire car e.g. pickup address or phone number to book the airport van airport pickup, as it took us 30 minutes to work out what to do and for them to answer the phone to organise the airport pickup. It would be easier to let them know our flight number and get them to check and pick us up when we landed, rather than having to call them or to provide a map of the pickup site which is quite close to the airport. An email with the following information would have been great: 1. Phone number to organise pickup 2. Car rental address and map 3. Information re insurance when the booking is done via other websites, so we know we have an option to organise insurance directly with them Thanks

10.0 Wonderful

Apr. 2022

KAYAK
Good pricing and very easy

1 out of 1

Dollar

8.7

Very good

No reviews available

2 locations in Noosa Heads

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16 Noosa Drive

Monday08:00 - 15:00
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49 David Low Way

+61 7 5443 1733

Monday08:00 - 15:00
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Thrifty

7.8

Good

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16 Noosa Drive

+61 136139

Monday08:00 - 15:00
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49 David Low Way

+61 7 5443 1733

Monday08:00 - 15:00
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Firefly

6.7

Okay

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16 Noosa Drive

+61 7 5474 9234

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Bespoke Noosa Car Rentals

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One location in Noosa Heads

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66 Noosa Drive

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Prestige Rentals

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33 Oasis Drive

+61 414 000 111

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13 travellers who rented a car in Noosa Heads gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.3

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