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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 the 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 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.
Cairns, located in north Queensland, is known for its tropical climate and as the gateway to some of Australia’s most scenic beaches. Some of our favourite places to visit in and around Cairns include:
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Kuranda: Take a ride on scenic railway train or if you prefer the view from up high, the Skyway Rainforest Cableway runs gondola rides with ocean and nature views. Kuranda is full of natural beauty and the Barron Gorge National Park has great walking trails and observation decks for all ages.
Palm Cove: Palm Cove is to the north of central Cairns and is known for its famous palm tree-lined beach. The family-friendly locale is also home to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures where you can see live crocodiles, cuddle a koala and immerse yourself amongst the wildlife.
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Port Douglas: The town of Port Douglas is a great spot to relax with beautiful beaches and many resorts. There is a Wildlife Habitat zoo with koalas, kangaroos and other native animals nearby and plenty of boutique shops and cafes to enjoy too. Port Douglas is also a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef with snorkelling, diving and boat trips on offer year-round.
Daintree National Park: A must for nature lovers, the national park has expansive trails amongst the rainforest and is home to the beautiful Mosman Gorge watering hole, the perfect spot for a swim. FURTHER AFIELD: Cape York: Cairns is a great starting point for the longer journey up to Cape York (the tip of Australia). The drive is a little over 1,000 kilometres and 24 hours of driving one way with many interesting stops along the way including Cooktown, Fruit Bat Falls, Weipa and Lakefield National Park.
Car rental depots can be found at Cairns Airport in the arrivals hall of both Terminals 1 (International) and 2 (Domestic). Depots are also located in downtown Cairns too.
Major car rental companies such as Avis, Budget, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz and Thrifty all have depot locations in and around the city centre including:
Avis Cairns Airport: Airport Drive, Cairns (Open from Monday to Sunday from 5 am to 12:30 am)
Budget Cairns Airport: Airport Drive, Cairns (Open from Monday to Sunday from 5 am to 12:30 am)
Europcar Cairns Airport: Airport Drive, Cairns (Open from Monday to Sunday from 5 am to Midnight)
Enterprise Cairns Airport: Airport Drive, Cairns (Open from Monday to Sunday from 5 am to 12:30 am)
Hertz Cairns Airport: Airport Drive, Cairns (Open from Monday to Sunday from 4 am to 11:30 pm)
Thrifty Cairns Airport: Airport Drive, Cairns (Open from Monday to Sunday from 5 am to Midnight)
Avis Cairns Downtown: 153 Lake Street, Cairns (Open from 7:30 am to 5 pm from Monday to Friday and 8 am to 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday)
Budget Cairns Downtown: 153 Lake Street, Cairns (Open from 7: 30 am to 5 pm from Monday to Friday and 8 am to 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday)
East Coast Car Rental Cairns: 411 Sheridan Street, Cairns (Open Monday to Sunday from 7 am to 10 pm)
Enterprise Cairns Downtown: Shop 2, 51 Sheridan Street, Cairns (Open Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm)
Europcar Cairns City: Cairns Square, Corner of Shield & Abbott Streets, Cairns (Open from 8 am to 5 pm Monday to Sunday)
Hertz Cairns Downtown: Shop 1, Cairns Square Shopping Centre, Corner of Abbott & Shields Streets (Open Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm)
Hertz Cairns Central: 147 Lake Street, Cairns (Open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm)
Thrifty Cairns City: Corner of Sheridan and Aplin Streets, Cairns (Open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4:15 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 12:45 pm)
Unlike airport rental depot locations, city rental locations are often open for shorter hours during the weekends or public holidays such as Cairns show holiday, Queens Birthday, Christmas, Labour Day and Boxing Day. You can use our search map feature when booking a rental car to find the depot closest to your location that is open when you plan to pick up and return your rental car.
The best way to get an idea of renting a car is to read about fellow traveller’s real recent experiences. Our team have reached out to some of our customers who recently rented from Cairns and their experiences are shared below.
Karen (July 2019): I collected a compact car from Budget at Cairns Airport. The pickup and drop off was a quick and convenient experience as I was in Cairns for a business trip. The condition of the Hyundai Accent was 9/10.
Jacqui (July 2019): Collecting a compact car from Thrifty Cairns Airport was an easy process. I received a Hyundai Accent and give the condition of the car a 9/10. I was in Cairns for a holiday.
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.
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.
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.
Address: Cairns, 4879 Q.L.D. Australia
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 their website.
Kuranda Scenic Railway
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.
Cairns Square Shopping Centre
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.
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Park Regis City Quays
Address: 6 Lake Street, Cairns QLD 4870
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
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.