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Cairns Australia

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Cairns is the vibrant capital of Tropical North Queensland. The popular city is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and miles of surrounding rainforest. Aboriginal tribes lived in the region for thousands of years before European settlement, and visitors can take tours and visit cultural centres to learn about the history. To take full advantage of this vast, diverse landscape, search for a hire car with VroomVroomVroom and start planning your adventure in the tropical north.

Reasons to book a hire car in Cairns with VroomVroomVroom

Our price promise assures you of getting a great deal! If you find the same deal with a lower price, we will give back the difference plus $20. Here are some more reasons to book with us:

  1. We give you the option to book your rental car from the airport to get your adventure off to a flying start. 
  2. You have the flexibility to start your journey in a location like Brisbane and end your journey in Cairns with one-way rentals. 
  3. If you would like the freedom to explore Tropical North Queensland at your own pace, a hire car gives you the freedom to explore without limitations. 
  4. If you are interested in hiring a campervan, VroomVroomVroom compares the best campervan hire deals in the region. 
  5. If you need assistance, you can contact us via email, phone call or live chat. Our customer service team is always happy to answer your questions. You may like to check out our location pages to learn about other destinations.

When is the best time to visit Cairns?

Cairns has very distinct seasons, so it is advisable to check the weather while planning your trip. The winter months are considered the best time to visit Cairns because of the milder temperatures and dry weather.

During the summer months Cairns experiences heavy rainfall and hotter days. If you do visit Cairns during this time you will benefit from seeing the full force of the waterfalls in the area.

Throughout the year Cairns hosts numerous events. Athletes from around the world challenge themselves to compete in the Cairns Ironman event, which involves swimming, cycling and running through the beautiful landscape of Tropical North Queensland. In August the Cairns Festival involves exhibitions, activities, light projections and a Grand Parade along the esplanade with fireworks.

Driving tips in Cairns

If you are arriving by plane, you can compare and book a car hire in Cairns Airport. You can choose from a wide selection of rental cars from a number of suppliers. It is a good idea to check the live traffic in Cairns here; to help decide your route.

If you are interested in seeing the rainforest village Kuranda, you do not have to drive up the range. Consider taking the Skyrail, which offers beautiful views of the rainforest canopy. Conveniently leave your hire car in the car parks provided at the base of the mountain and head off for an unforgettable adventure through world heritage rainforest.

Explore Cairns attractions and have a memorable time

Cairns is fortunate to have the Great Barrier Reef as its front yard and the Daintree Rainforest as its backyard. Having an international airport, the city  welcomes tourists from all over the world. Tours run from the city centre daily for both the rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. 

The Skyrail is a popular tourist attraction that will introduce you to the ancient rainforest. The skyrail runs across the Barron Gorge National Park. This tour takes in the best of the rainforest and can be done as either a one-way or a return trip. If you have a hire car, then you can do it all on your own time schedule and may even cap off the night by having a drink at any of top Cairns nightclubs. To help you plan your itinerary, VroomVroomVroom has listed down some fun activities that you can do in Cairns. 


Wait a While Rainforest Tours

wait a while cairns rainforest tours

Established in 1982, Wait–a–While Rainforest Tours is Cairns' original environmental and wildlife spotlighting tour company. Over the years, they have obtained National Park and State Forest permits to visit what they have found to be the best places.

Wait–a–While Rainforest Tours offers small group rainforest and wildlife experiences within the Wet Tropics World Heritage area of Tropical North Queensland. Their day/night wildlife tours visit restricted access mountain rainforest at night, giving the best chance of seeing nocturnal animals in their natural environment. For online bookings, you may visit www.waitahile.com.au.

Kuranda Scenic Railway 

Address: 126-144 Bunda St, Cairns City QLD 4870

This amazing scenic train journey takes you through the thousand-year old and UNESCO World Heritage-listed tropical rainforests of North Queensland. Witness the beauty of its waterfalls, mountains, flora and fauna.  The original Kuranda Scenic Railway offers you the old world charm of travelling in authentic timber carriages, gently meandering past breathtaking scenery and waterfalls. Each year this world famous railway is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of visitors and locals alike. However in 1886 railways were not built as tourism attractions. Taking five years to complete, this railway officially opened in 1891 to service the bustling gold fields. It soon attracted more sightseers than prospectors. During your journey, learn more about the history of this enchanting railway from your complimentary trip guide and onboard commentary. You can choose to travel on Heritage class, Royal service or Gold class. Tickets are available for one-way and return. 

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cutural Park 

Address: Cairns Western Arterial Road, Caravonica QLD 4878

A must-see tourist attraction is Tjapukai, which is an Aboriginal cutural park. It's expensive, but well worth it. My favourite thing there was the spear and boomerang throwing lessons and firemaking with sticks.

Cairns Square Shopping Centre

Address: Cairns Central, 1 - 21 McLeod St, Cairns City QLD 4870

Whether you are looking for some retail therapy or simply just want to enjoy window shopping, Cairns is no short of places where you can go shopping. Drive your car hire to Cairns Square Shopping Centre where you can find an array of stores ranging from fashion to food. Another place where you can drive your car hire is the Cairns Square which is located on the corner of Shields and Abbott Streets.

Baron Falls

Address: Centenary Park, Coondoo St, Kuranda QLD 4881

Baron Falls in Kuranda is a nice car trip away if you have the time to spare. A road trip to these spectacular falls is well worth it, especially if you love breathtaking views and if you're a photographer.

Interested in finding our more things to do in Cairns? Check out these awesome tours from Tourstogo.com.


Park Regis City Quays

Address: 6 Lake Street, Cairns QLD 4870

park regis city quays in cairns

If you want to get closer to where all the action is, then Park Regis City Quays is the place to be. The hotel is within walking distance to the Esplanade, night markets, Marlin Marina, Reef Casino, harbour foreshore as well as an array of restaurants and shops. 

After checking out the nearby attractions, you can take a dip at their rooftop pool or relax in your choice of room or apartment. You can also book any of their long stays apartments in case you decide to extend your holiday or business trip.

Park Regis Piermonde Apartments

Address: 2-4 Lake Street, Cairns QLD 4870

park regis peirmonde apartments

Offering breathtaking views of The Great Barrier Reef, Park Regis Piermonde Apartments is the ideal accommodation for those who want to sail away, dive, and go water rafting on Tully and Barron Rivers. 

This hotel is also perfect for business travellers because of its convenient location across the Cairns Convention Centre. Choose between two or three bedroom apartments and take advantage of their top-class facilities including an outdoor pool and BBQ area.

For more hotel selection, visit Wotif.com and find special promos in accommodation.

Restaurants & Bars

Waterbar and Grill Steak House

Located in The Pier which provides panoramic views of the marina and surrounding hills, Waterbar & Grill is a multi-award winning steakhouse, also renowned for its consistency in preparing and cooking grilled meats. Open 7 days a week from 11.30 am, this is a must if you want to enjoy a memorable dining experience, excellent food, friendly staff and an unbeatable location.

Tha Fish

If you love seafood, then this is the place for you. Situated in Cairns premier dining precinct at the Pier, Tha Fish restaurant offers you a relaxed dining experience, as you sit outside overlooking the marina watching the boats pass by. Open for lunch from 12 pm - 
3 pm and dinner from 6 pm-late, The Fish is a must visit in Cairns.
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