Rental companies may charge extra for drivers aged under 25, normally payable when you pick up your car. Age restrictions may apply in certain locations. Check the rental company's website before booking.

Car Hire in Cairns

Car Rental in Cairns

This information is correct as of June 2015.

Where to rent a car in Cairns

Travellers will not have a hard time looking for car rental companies around the city as Cairns have plenty of service providers to choose from. These major companies include Hertz, Budget, Avis, Thrifty, Europcar, Redspot, and local Cruising Car Rental, Cairns UTE, Britz Cairns, East Coast Car Rentals, Mini Car Rentals, A1, All One Car Rentals, Travellers Auto Barn Cairns, and many others. Travellers may set their pick-up and drop-off points at the main offices/desks of their chosen car hire companies, or pick them up near the airport depending on their preference. Apart from the simple sedans or pick-up trucks, travellers may also rent certain models of luxury vehicles and/or limousines, although they should book in advance and should be ready to shoulder additional fees. These added services can usually be accessed through the international car hire companies, although some local companies offer these.

What to expect when renting a car from Cairns

Central Cairns is a relatively small place, and can be simply covered on foot. While renting cars can be convenient especially when going out on the surrounding areas, it becomes a moot point at the mini cityscape of Cairns. If travellers still insist in driving around the city, travellers wouldn't actually encounter heavy traffic situations – even during the weekdays. They should only watch out on the number of twisting roads especially in the area near Macalister Range, along with plenty of roundabouts.

Parking will not be a problem with the presence of many parking lots and several street parking spaces, while toll fees are like alien things here – almost all roads are freeways.

Getting to your destination

Palm Cove and surrounds
A destination that is close to waters and ideal for families or group travellers, Palm Cove is a short drive from the city of Cairns, where travellers can access many water activities including swimming, diving, and others. It also is the gateway to Ellis Beach and Buchan Point, along with Double Island Reef and Haycock Reef.

Reach Cairns by following National Route 1 and Captain Cook Highway/State Route 44 to Warren Street in Palm Cove, then go straight ahead to Cedar Road towards William Esplanade to reach the Palm Cove area.

Daintree Rainforest
The Daintree Cape Tribulation Rainforest is one of the most diverse and beautiful examples of nature, just within reach to Cairns. Listed as a World Heritage site, it has untouched tropical rainforest jungles, golden beaches, hiking trails and walk paths, and thousands of bird and other wildlife species, which travellers can enjoy.

To reach Daintree Rainforest, follow National Route 1 and State Route 44 Captain Cook Highway in Bonnie Doon towards Mossman-Daintree Road and Cape Tribulation Road. Travellers may take a detour to Daintree to leave their cars, before riding a ferry at Cape Tribulation towards Forest Creek and towards the park.

Mareeba and the Cairns Highlands
Ride a hot air balloon with your family and friends and discover the beauty of the Northern Queensland through Mareeba and the Cairns Highlands.

Start point and end point is usually near the Mareeba municipality. Go to Mareeba by driving to National Route 1 to Anzac Avenue, and then continue towards Walsh Street and Middlemiss Street. Park the car in one of the designated parking lots in the area, then ride a shuttle service to where the balloons leave.

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