How to Find the Best Uluru Car Hire Deal for 2021 and 2022

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Many visitors to Uluru plan to rent a car in Uluru to enable them to more easily get around and explore the Uluru attractions. This is a great cost effective option, particularly if you are travelling as a group. If you are aged under 25 years old, ensure you carefully check the rental terms and conditions as you may have to pay extra fees to rent a car.

This article will help you better understand the Uluru car hire options and specific limitations and to make your booking.

Note that Uluru currently has reduced tourism capacity – flights, hotel accommodation, rental cars etc due to COVID19. This capacity is planned to progressively increase over the next 6-12 months, but ensure you check availability for each item before booking.

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Ayers Rock Airport

Ayers Rock Airport is the nearest airport to Uluru. If you are searching for flights to Ayers Rock the airport code is AYQ. Ayers Rock Airport is located 8.1 km / 5 mi north of Yulara, a journey by vehicle of 8 minutes, which is very convenient. After you arrive, you can visit the Ayers Rock Airport car hire vendors to collect your pre-booked rental car to get around Yulara and visit the local attractions.

Note that there is currently an Australia wide shortage of rental vehicles due to COVID19, so do not expect to arrive at Ayers Rock Airport and be able to rent a car at the airport. You need to pre-book your rental at the same time that you book your flights and accommodation, to ensure that you will have everything you need for a successful visit.

On the Road to Uluru, NT
On the Road to Uluru, NT

Hire Car Uluru Airport

At Uluru Airport there are only three major car hire companies – Thrifty, Hertz, Avis. You can choose either return or one way to Alice Springs rental options. Click here to check out our detailed article on how to get the best car hire deal in Uluru.

Check out the below car hire search block which compares options to get the best deal through DriveNow.com.au. You can cancel the Drivenow.com.au car hire anytime you like, and you do not need to pay until after your hire car period is finished. You can also choose to purchase a liability reduction policy.

Note that there is currently an Australia wide shortage of rental vehicles due to COVID19, so do not expect to arrive at Ayers Rock Airport and be able to rent a car at the airport. You need to pre-book your rental at the same time that you book your flights and accommodation, to ensure that you will have everything you need for a successful visit.

Uluru Car Hire Limitations

Special additional car hire conditions which apply when you are travelling in the Uluru region. Ensure you carefully check your rental car hire agreement to understand the limitations when you collect your pre-booked hire car. Below are typical restrictions to hire cars to travel around the Uluru area which may change from time to time.

  • 2WD and AWD vehicles must stay on sealed roads.
  • In the Northern Territory (which includes Uluru and Alice Springs), you cannot drive outside any town or city limits between dawn and dusk.
  • If your vehicle has an encounter with the local wildlife outside of town between dawn and dusk – and gets damaged – then this is not covered by your insurance, except when driving within the Uluru Township and Kata Tjuta National Park area.
  • 4WD vehicles may have specific limitations for roads they are not allowed to travel on.
On the Road to Uluru, NT
On the Road to Uluru, NT

Car Rental Uluru Inclusions and Add ons

When booking your Uluru Airport car hire through RentalCars.com, the standard hire package includes the following:

  • When you pick up your car you will need to provide your passport or national ID card, drivers licence and credit card. You must be at least 21 years old to drive a rental car.
  • Fuel Policy is like for like – when you collect your car the fuel tank will be either full or partly full. To avoid paying for a refuelling charge when you return your vehicle you need to top the fuel tank up to the same level as when you collected it. Fuel is available in Yulara so it should be easy to refuel your vehicle prior to returning it.
  • Mileage is 400km per rental. The distance from Yulara to the Uluru Sunrise Viewing area is is 25km each way, and the distance from Yulara to Kata-Tjuta is 54km each way. The distance from Yulara to Kings Canyon is 300km each way. The distance from Yulara to Alice Springs direct is 468km. As you can see you will quickly use up the 400km limit when just visiting Uluru and Kata-Tjuta. You will pay an additional $A0.33 for each additional kilometer.
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours prior to collection
  • At car pick up you will leave a refundable security deposit of $500 on your credit card. Cash and debit cards are not accepted. Prepaid, recharge or virtual credit cards are also not accepted.
  • Unlimited amendments
  • Theft Protection – if your car is stolen all you will pay is the theft excess of $A5500, not the full value of the vehicle
  • Collision Damage Waiver – if the car bodywork is damaged, all you will pay is the damage excess of $A5500.
  • Third Party Liability (TPL). This covers the drivers liability for injuries and property damage which are covered by the policy. It does not cover injuries to the driver or to the rental car. This coverage is only valid if you comply with the terms of the rental agreement.
  • Emergency Roadside Assistance
  • A single driver is included (some companies do include additional drivers, check this detail when finalising your booking)
  • Damage to windows, mirrors, wheels and tyres are not covered.
  • Some companies off free one way rentals.

Full Protection is available through RentalCars.com when you are completing your booking which includes the following:

  • Reduces all car excesses to zero
  • Covers damage to windows, mirrors, wheels and tyres
  • Covers administration and breakdown charges.

Other available addons are all payable on vehicle collection:

  • To add additional drivers is a fee of $A5.50 per driver per day.
  • Baby Seats, Child Booster Seats and Child Seats are an additional $A22 per day
  • GPS / Satnav is $A20.90 per day

If you choose to book direct with the hire car company, ensure you carefully review the inclusions, exclusions and terms and conditions before booking.

Kata-Tjuta Dunes Viewing Area
Kata-Tjuta Dunes Viewing Area

Australia Car Hire FAQs

Renting a car in Australia is very similar to other international destinations. Below is our summary of FAQs for renting a hire car in Australia.

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