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Affordable East Coast Car Rentals

If you’re in need of a budget car hire in the east coast of Australia, look no further than Alpha Car Hire. We have a massive fleet of late-model vehicles, including fuel-efficient compact cars, full-sized SUVs and commercial vehicles, such as trucks, utes and moving vans. With our proximity to the airport and major thoroughfares, we are your solution to break free from local transportation schedules. With a self-drive car rental at your disposal, you’ll have complete control over your itinerary. All of our passenger vehicles come with free standard liablity protection, optional extras, such as car seats and boosters seats, and an option to add roadside assistance services and extra drviers. With offer flexible payment options, including one which allows you to book now and pay later or cancel if plans change. 

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Our cheap pricing has never compromised the quality of our rental cars.


Our proximity to major sites and destinations makes us the practical choice for car rentals.

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Our passion to the service will let us see to your requirements and expectations every time.


We offer extra conveniences, such as child seats and boosters, to make your trip safer and more accessible.

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Our team is always more than eager to help make your trip easier and comfortable.


From free airport transfers to affordable add-on roadside assistance, your convenience is our priority.

East Coast Car Rental Near You

We have a dedicated team of car hire concierge service providers which is more than ready to assist you with booking your east coast car hire over the phone. Alternatively, you may proceed with booking your car online and choosing “Request a Call” as your payment option and we’ll get in touch with you shortly.

Budget Car Hire East Coast Australia

Places to Visit with a Car Hire East Coast

Embark on a remarkable journey along Australia’s East Coast with your economical car hire. This captivating region has ample to offer at a price to accommodate various budgets, spanning picture-perfect beaches, exciting cities including Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, lush rainforests, and an extensive range of thrilling outdoor expeditions. For your convenience, we’ve structured our top suggestions into three sections: Best Places to Eat, Outdoor Adventures, and Memorable Family Activities. 

Best Places to Eat

Affordable Fresh Seafood in Port Macquarie, NSW: Enjoy the day’s freshest catch at one of the cost-effective seaside eateries in this picturesque coastal town. Do not miss out on The Stunned Mullet, known for its delectable seafood amidst charming ocean views. 

Budget-Friendly Farm-to-Table Dining in Byron Bay, NSW: This chic beach town is renowned for its farm-to-table revolution and offers high-quality dining at reasonable prices. Visit the trendy Harvest Newrybar for a memorable meal. 

Experience the Coffee Culture at a Fair Price in Brisbane, QLD: Get a taste of Brisbane’s internationally acclaimed coffee scene. Cafes like Sensory Lab offer stellar coffee experiences without breaking the bank. 

Melbourne’s Diners and Bistros: Food enthusiasts’ paradise, Melbourne, offers an array of dining experiences to suit every purse—Savour the city’s gastronomic delights, from Degraves Street diners to the Queen Victoria Market eateries. 

Economical Gourmet Trail in Orange, NSW: Embark on the reasonably priced Orange FOOD Week event, held annually in late March. Savour Orange’s gourmet food and wine scene at your leisure throughout the year. 

Outdoor Adventures 

Gold Coast’s Value-for-Money Great Barrier Reef Road Trip, QLD: Begin your adventure-filled journey at the Gold Coast, travelling south along the coast to explore the unique sites of the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkelling and scuba-diving packages offer close encounters with vibrant marine life at competitively low prices. 

Hiking at Affordable Costs on Sunshine Coast’s Dorrigo National Park, NSW: This rainforest haven near Coffs Harbour provides cost-effective nature trails for hiking enthusiasts. The Skywalk boasts an elevated platform with unobstructed views of the park’s diverse plant and animal life. 

Pocket-Friendly Beach Hopping on Mornington Peninsula, VIC: Abundant with picturesque bay and ocean beaches, the Mornington Peninsula offers endless, cost-effective opportunities for surfing, swimming, and sunbathing along the pristine coastline. 

Melbourne’s Bays and Peninsulas: Hit the road on your Melbourne adventure and explore the city’s surrounding bays and peninsulas. The scenic Great Ocean Road offers an unparalleled drive, leading to the magnificent 12 Apostles and the nearby beauty of the Great Otway National Park. 

Memorable Family Activities 

Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast, QLD: Run by the renowned Irwin family, this zoo houses unique Australian wildlife. Pique the entire family’s interest with tickets priced to cater to all budgets. 

Best Family Pick: Taronga Western Plains Zoo, NSW: Located in Dubbo, this unique open-range zoo allows visitors in their rental cars to explore diverse habitats, witnessing a wide array of exotic animals, all at a family-friendly cost. 

The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, a Gold Coast Highlight, QLD: This budget-friendly interactive sanctuary offers memorable hands-on experiences. The sanctuary allows feeding of kangaroos and koala close-ups, while daily shows both educate and entertain young visitors. 

Budget Adventure Seaworld, Gold Coast, QLD: Renowned for its combination of adrenaline-pumping rides, enchanting marine exhibits, and interactive shows at reasonable prices, it serves as a hub for marine education and conservation. 

All Best Explored with your Affordable East Coast Car Hire

With a multitude of pocket-friendly dining and culinary experiences, adventurous outdoor activities, and engaging family outings, securing a car hire on Australia’s East Coast – spanning across prized destinations like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, and the Gold Coast – ensures a memorable and inexpensive way to experience Australia. Begin your budget-friendly exploration of Australia’s East Coast today and create enduring memories on your epic road trip adventure! 

Car Rentals East Coast Australia


+61 7 3062 7439 – Local Number


Mon to Fri: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sat to Sun : 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM


You may request a quotation and check availability without making a reservation. Complete only the first pages of the rates and reservations process. If you wish to make a reservation at this time and with these details simply continue by pressing the “Book Now” Button.

At the end of the reservation process, you will receive a “Reservation Confirmation” page with the reservation number highlighted. You will also receive a confirmation email containing the details of your reservation and collection procedure.

Extending the rental duration is possible at time of check out or during the rental itself. You will need to contact or come in person to the nearest location. The extension is subject to vehicle availability and extra payment.

Yes. Please contact our Reservations team and they will be more than happy to help. 1300 227 473 or NZ 0800 445 492

Yes, however, the person with the credit card must be on the Rental Contract as the main driver so they will need to have a current open driver’s licence written in English.

You may receive a refund of your booking fee, minus any applicable cancellation fees. We do not charge cancellation fees for bookings cancelled more than 48 hours before pickup. Otherwise, for cancellations within or less than 48 hours of pickup, a fixed $75 cancellation fee will be applicable.

We charge a full day’s fee if the vehicle is returned 2 hours beyond the drop-off time.
For example, if a full-day rental is from 8:00 am to 8:00 am the next day, and you use the vehicle from 8:00 am to 10:00 am the next day, you exceed the 2-hour limit. If you have any questions, please get in touch with our customer service team.

All vehicles are covered with 24-hour roadside assistance, provided by the relevant state automotive club. This includes all mechanical breakdowns. Roadside Assistance does not cover non-mechanical defects such as lost keys, keys locked in the vehicle, flat battery due to lights being left on etc. Costs charged can be obtained by contacting Customer Service on 1300 227 473.

All Alpha vehicles which are rented have comprehensive insurance with a standard liability that is applicable to renters that may be reduced with one of Alpha’s waiver options. For passenger vehicles (hatchbacks, sedans, family cars, SUVs, 8-seater vans and Utes) the standard liability is $4,400 for drivers over 21 years of age. For more information on our Standard Liability Protection Cover visit our Terms & Conditions.

What are the exclusions to liability waivers?

The following are not covered by the Total Protection Liability Waiver, Premium Protection Liability Waiver, or the Collision Damage Liability Waiver:

  • Reversing damage
  • Overhead damage
  • Undercarriage damage
  • Water damage
  • Hail damage
  • Negligence or Abuse

Please note that you will not have the benefit of Alpha’s insurance if the rental vehicle is driven on unsealed roads.

If you run a business with ongoing transportation needs, you know as well as anyone that handling maintenance, inventory and financing can be both an expense and a hassle. If you need to supplement your fleet for a short-term or longer term, our friendly team will happily provide a quote.

To help you explore more Queensland destinations during your holiday, you can rent a car from us if you’re looking to explore Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Fortitude Valley, Hendra, Brisbane CBD, Redcliffe, Morayfield, Caboolture, Burleigh Heads, Capalaba, Surfers Paradise, Southport, Toowomba, and South Brisbane and Broadbeach. 

What Our Customers Say About Us

stephen gibaudstephen gibaud
23:28 13 Feb 24
Awesome customer service. Great pricing
Mirek ZkiMirek Zki
00:21 13 Feb 24
fabienne brunfabienne brun
14:09 12 Feb 24
Car rental for 15 days at very good value for moneyComfortable car adapted to my needsSimple and effective procedures for collecting and returning the vehicleClose to the airportPractical!I recommend +++👍
Rares-Stefan SulitaRares-Stefan Sulita
03:00 12 Feb 24
Fast pickup from the airport and drop on the way back. The staff was friendly, the car was what was expected. Great experience and price.
Rob EdwardsRob Edwards
00:48 02 Feb 24
Alpha provides an excellent array of well-priced, high-quality vehicles for hire. Their service - from the airport shuttle right through the collection of the car - is efficient, friendly, and generally pleasant. On return, the efficiency is magnified, and the shuttle back to the airport is timely and comfortable. The quality of the end-to-end service is very high. I highly recommend Alpha if you ever need a car hire when flying in from Brisbane.
Fernando SánchezFernando Sánchez
00:25 30 Jan 24
My partner and I rented a car for five day in our stay in the Gold Coast and the price was really good and affordable. The process to pick up and dropp off the car were also really fast and easy, and the car that they gave us was beautiful and really easy to drive!Gonna choose Alpha Car next time for sure! =)
yves liawyves liaw
00:20 30 Jan 24
The car is very good and great value for money
Bastie ChakauyaBastie Chakauya
10:33 29 Jan 24
Ivana SeibtováIvana Seibtová
12:22 28 Jan 24
Super and pleasant customs officers.
Sumesh SwaminathanSumesh Swaminathan
09:44 28 Jan 24
Excellent service and the car I rented was value for money. But the car had fungus smell and the uplostry was dirty. Apart from these the car is good to drive with family members. I recommend this company for car hire. Hope they maintain the car with cleanliness and fungus smell removed before that hand over to customers.
Karla GalpinKarla Galpin
06:02 03 Jan 24
Edited: changing from1 star to 4 because despite the email support being next to nothing - when I picked up second car and the aircon didn’t work consistently I called and explained the intermittent problems and water dripping on my feet and they replaced it the same day. Did waste a half day for me driving there and back but they fixed the problem and that’s most importantI have one positive. The airport shuttle driver was fabulous. But that’s about where it stops.- online communication is extremely poor- car was filthy- car was not full of petrolDespite making contact 3 times about the state of the car and fuel my messages have been ignored. I have left the car far cleaner than when I received it so if their cleaning fee is charged I’ll be annoyed- the warnings about the cleaning fee are quite intense and definitely makes one feel paranoid and unable to enjoy their journeys.Price was okay. Until I extended by 15 hours or so and then completely unreasonable for a car I had had to get up to an acceptable cleaning level of my first day.Photos only a few examples. Unfortunate that I picked the car up in the dark so didn’t see til the morning. On my hire next week I’ll be looking closer for sure.Do not tell me that this is not the ALPHA way and the next customer will benefit. I’d like to know how I will be compensated. And clearly the next customer won’t benefit as I haven’t benefited from all the previous comments with similar complaints.
Rushdi RamliRushdi Ramli
07:12 24 Dec 23
Customer service is good. Picking up and returning of the car is hassle free. Car is relatively new and well maintained. Price is cheaper compared to other established companies. Shuttle service is efficient. Will definitely recommend to friends and families. Rented from 9th Dec toc 2023.
Alison WarneAlison Warne
01:27 04 Dec 23
The airport shuttle was efficient. There’s a free public phone at the international airport that you can use to call for it, and we waited about 10 minutes. The purple buses are easy to spot. When we returned the car at the end of the hire the shuttle went straight away.The car was a fairly basic model with 48k km on the clock but it did the job, and was clean and in good condition. Good value. I would use them again.
09:24 28 Nov 23
Efficient check out but they missed a few comments about what grade of fuel to use and to advise me about the tire pressure warning light. Also the fuel tank in my car was not full when I picked it up.
John RylandJohn Ryland
09:12 24 Jan 23
Good cars, excellent variety and keen rates. Easy website booking. Airport pick up and drop off very good. Good people to deal with. I’ve used these guys twice and will continue on every Brisbane visit.
Simon HogbenSimon Hogben
23:36 29 Nov 22
First time hire with Alpha and I must say it was great. Much better value than other hire companies. Was reticent about the off airport location but the shuttle was easy, virtually no waiting and drivers friendly and polite. Check-in and drop off very easy as well. Again, staff were great. Car clean and no problems.
Kieran SKieran S
00:18 10 Oct 22
I used Alpha 10 years back when they had just started out and loved their service back then, so when it came time to hire another car in Brisbane I sought them out. Super pleased to see their great work has paid off and they are now a massive company but have retained the small company service and vibe. Super friendly staff from the shuttle drivers, to front desk and phones. 0800 is answered quickly unlike others. Nice vehicles and great price. Will be back for sure.
Rustam GilyazovRustam Gilyazov
03:08 27 Sep 22
Great experience renting a truck (both times). In both cases - clean interior, runs well. Hydraulic lift, A/C, cruise control were in good working order. Booked and paid online, no hassle pickup and drop off, friendly staff. Also, great price on truck rental, looks like the best in the city. Don't forget to fill that tank when returning the vehicle.
Leonie NewtonLeonie Newton
05:11 31 Aug 22
The business is located in the perfect spot in Hendra and there is a service station only metres away, making it super easy to refuel just before returning the car. The staff are quick, friendly and efficient. The car I had was relatively new and in excellent condition (although it did need a more thorough clean, which could be due to my last minute booking). The shuttle bus runs regularly and the driver was extremely helpful and considerate. Overall, I was very happy with every aspect of my first experience with them. It won't be my last!
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