There are three nationwide car rental companies and numerous local ones. The three big companies are Avis, Hertz, and Budget whose rates are just about identical. Smaller companies' rates may be cheaper and also offer special deals, such as weekend and standby rates, but may not offer all the services and extras of major companies. Avis, Hertz, and Budget have offices in almost every town, as well as at airports and rail terminals. They offer unlimited kilometer rates in the city but when traveling in the Outback, rates are usually per kilometer. Compulsory third party insurance and collision damage waiver is included in car rentals and more comprehensive insurance plans are available for an additional fee.
Four-wheel drive (4WD) cars are expensive but worth considering for safe Outback touring. Camper-vans are also a popular and more luxury way of vehicle traveling but they are usually expensive.
Each state has its own Automobile Association, which will readily supply tourists with excellent maps and literature. The following is a list of automobile associations in specific states.
Associations Sydney: National Roads and Motorists Association (NRMA)
Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV)
National Roads and Motorists Association (NRMA)
Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia Inc. (RACWA)
Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ)
Royal Automobile Association of South Australia (RAA)
Automobile Association of the Northern Territory (AANT)
Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania (RACT)