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Mountain view of Townsville

Book a car rental in Townsville at VroomVroomVroom so that you can explore Far North Queensland in comfort and style. We compare rental cars from the country's leading suppliers, including Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty.

Townsville is a wonderful city located in Queensland, Australia. It is nestled on the top of the north between Mackay and Cairns. Considered to be the unofficial capital of North Queensland, Townsville is one of the largest cities near the Great Barrier Reef, offering a lot of day tours and cruises.

Quick Facts on Hiring a Car in Townsville

Available car types​Compact, Intermediate, Economy, SUV, Standard, Fullsize, Wagon/Estate, Premium, Van
Rental depots​​4
Car rental suppliers​Avis, Europcar, Thrifty

Location Overview

Townsville is the perfect base to explore Australia’s Tropical North, Outback Queensland, and the world’s largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef. It is also just 8 kilometres offshore to popular holiday destination Magnetic Island​​. The city is situated on the north-eastern coast of Queensland and around 4.5-hour drive to Cairns and Mackay.

In and around Townsville, some of our favourite things to do year-round are:

Summer (December, January, February): Beach hopping is the best way to beat the summer heat. There are around 23 beaches to explore in Townsville including those around Magnetic Island. Go on a quick day trip to Girringun National Park and witness the massive Wallaman Falls or drive to Paluma Range National Park and chase the waterfalls.

Autumn (March, April, May): This is the best time to explore Tropical North Queensland because the air is cooler and you can expect beautiful sunny days. Go on a day trip to Cairns and explore the amazing destinations along the way including Cardwell, Tully and Mission Beach.

Winter (June, July, August): If you are in search of the ultimate adventure, go on an epic road trip to Outback Queensland. You may need a week or two to completely explore the area and witness prehistoric discoveries such as the dinosaur skeletons in Winton and 500 million years old rock formations at Porcupine Gorge National Park.

Spring (September, October, November): A trip to Townsville won’t be complete without going to the Great Barrier Reef. This season provides the best underwater visibility thus making it ideal for scuba diving and snorkelling. If you don’t want to get soaked, you can just go on a cruise and enjoy the sunset.

Year-Round: The best place to hang out and enjoy the views of Magnetic Island is at The Strand. You can go on a picnic, bike, run and even swim at the water park. There are also lots of restaurants and cafes here that will surely satisfy your cravings. Other popular places to visit include the Riverway, Palmetum, Castle Hill and Jezzine Barracks.

Which Car Hire Locations are Open Early Or Late in Townsville City/CBD?

Need to pick up/drop off a hire car early morning or late evening? These depots have extended hours.

Avis logoAvis: 81-83 Flinders Street East​
Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm.
Saturday from 8am - 12pm.
Sunday from 9am - 12pm.
Budget logoBudget: Via Townsville Airport, Terminal Building (Metro)​
Monday to Friday 8am - 1pm.
Europcar logoEuropcar: 305 Ingham Road​
Monday to Friday 8am - 4pm.
Thrifty logoThrifty: Corner Ingham & Meenan Street​
Monday to Friday 7:30am - 5pm.

Need an even earlier pickup or drop off?

Try picking up at Townsville Airport​​

(It's about a 9 minute drive from Townsville​ CBD, depending on traffic)

Most non-airport car rental locations are closed during weekends and holidays. If you are planning to drop off your rental car on a weekend or when the depot is already closed, make sure to coordinate with the car rental company. For more information on the out-of-hours return, click here​.

Reasons Why People Prefer Hiring a Car Through Us

At VroomVroomVroom, we make booking a rental car easy. We provide a list of the best Townsville car hire deals from the top suppliers so you can choose where the most convenient place is to collect your car.

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  • Convenience: You can find the closest location to pick up and drop off your car hire and we got a map to show you the direction.
  • Excellent customer assistance: Contact us if you need help in booking a hire car in Townsville. We have been helping people find the perfect rental car since 2001. You can also reach out to us via Facebook​ and Twitter​.
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Best Time to Visit Townsville

Townsville, like the majority of the cities in Queensland, consists of tropical climate with hot humid summers and warm winters. Generally, the weather in Townsville is at its best from May to September. Winter is also extraordinary since most days here are still warm and even the evenings are always cool.

Tourists deciding to visit Townsville will surely not regret their decision, as the city is really spectacular. There are numerous parks, impressive buildings, restaurants, pubs, as well as sporting centres. Townsville will offer possibilities to all tourists to plan an amazing vacation in this beautiful city.

Driving Tips in Townsville

Approximately halfway between Mackay and Cairns​, Townsville is deemed as Queensland's second capital as the city is the right pit stop in tropical North Queensland for a holiday. Most of Townsville's major attractions can be found outdoors. One of which is the Magnetic Island cited as the only island on the North Queensland Coast with a divine mix of untouched National Park and with over 20 stunning beaches. Located only 8 km offshore from Townsville, this paradise island is in a rain shadow thus making it the sunniest city on the Queensland coast.

FAQs About Hiring a Car in Townsville

What is the speed limit in Townsville?

The speed limit in built-up areas is 50km/h unless you see a sign stating otherwise. Roads that lead to the suburbs and across towns have a speed limit of 60km/h or higher.

Is it difficult to drive in Townsville’s city centre?

It is fairly easy to drive in and around the CBD area. The traffic in Townsville is not that bad compared to other busy cities.

Do I have to pay tolls when driving in Townsville?

There are no toll roads in North Queensland. However, you may have to pay tolls if you decide to go on a long road trip to Brisbane. Click here​ to learn more about toll charges.

How do I find a carpark in and around Townsville?

Finding a car park in the CBD is easy. You may find parking spaces at the corner of Leichhardt Street and Eyre Street, Dean Street, and Flinders Street.

How do I find my nearest petrol station in and around Townsville?

By using the Vroom Fuel Price Compare​ app, you will be able to find not only the nearest petrol stations but also the cheapest fuel prices.

Find out Why Townsville Is a Must-Visit

No matter which city you choose to visit in Australia, VroomVroomVroom would love to help you book a car hire. Here are some useful information about Townsville, just one of the many Queensland cities that we have access to hire cars.

There are many magnificent diving sites in Australia, but Townsville seems to have captured the hearts of many diving enthusiasts. Do you want to know why? Aside from exploring its diverse marine life and colorful coral reefs, there are other unique diving opportunities awaiting them!

Diving doesn't necessarily have to be underwater because in Townsville, you can also dive into history and dive without getting wet. That's right, the city is filled with unique attractions that would make your holiday more memorable. So if you are looking for the ultimate diving adventure in Australia, then start renting a car here and drive all the way to Townsville.

Attractions | Accommodation


Adrenalin Snorkel & Dive

Address: 66 Perkins St W, Railway Estate QLD 4810, Australia

adrenalin snorkel and dive

Adrenalin Snorkel & Dive is Townsville's longest-running Great Barrier Reef tour operator. We operate trips daily and visit the central section of the Great Barrier Reef as well as the world-famous SS Yongala wreck. The central section is further away from the Queensland coast and is thus less visited and therefore offers excellent snorkelling and scuba diving in crystal clear blue waters teeming with marine life and colourful coral gardens. Certified divers can join us on trips to the SS Yongala, voted Australia's best wreck dive and one of the top dives in the world. Often seen are Turtles, Sea Snakes, Giant Trevally, Queensland Gropers, Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Sharks, thousands of Tropical fish and in the cooler months, even Humpback Whales. Diving at the SS Yongala is a bucket list trip no scuba diver should miss.

S.S. Yongala Wreck

Address: 56 Narrah St, Alva QLD 4807

One of the top diving sites in the world is the S.S. Yongala Wreck, where you can find an array of sea creatures such as schools of giant grouper, giant trevally, and cobia, as well as sea turtles and snakes. The famous wreck is situated in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and can be easily accessed via Yongala Dive, which is a PADI 5-star dive resort. If it's your first time to try diving, then you might as well take the Open Water course before moving to a more advanced course. Once you've passed all the necessary courses, then you can start exploring the S.S. Yongala Wreck and even snap some cool underwater photos!

Tour Townsville

Address: 280 Flinders St, Townsville City QLD 4810, Australia

tour townsville

Tour Townsville specialises in small group size exclusive and unique tours that tell the story of Townsville through its history and scenic sights. Tour Townsville operate 7 days a week, offering 3 standard half day tours - City Scenic Tour, Military History Tour and River to Mountain Tour. They also offer 2 full day tours, which are: Military History plus Scenic Tour and River to Mountain plus Scenic Tour. Tour Townsville has won a number of Tourism awards including regional award for Excellence in Customer Experience. They can also run private and custom tours based on the needs and requirements of their customers and offer a wide range of itineraries.

Reef HQ Aquarium

Address: 2-68 Flinders Street, Townsville City QLD 4810

If you're not in the mood to get wet, but still want to explore the Great Barrier Reef, then the perfect place to visit is the Reef HQ Aquarium. This is your chance to get up close with thousands of sea creatures and watch marine-based shows such as fish and shark feeding, turtle talk, and predator dive show. Enter the viewing tunnel of the Predator Exhibit to experience how's it like being surrounded by dangerous sea creatures. You can even spot a replica of the famous S.S. Yolanga Wreck in that area. If you have small children in tow, then let them join the Creature Feature Workshops at the Discovery Lagoon.

Museum of Tropical Queensland

Address: 70-102 Flinders St, Townsville City QLD 4810, Australia

Are you ready to dive into history? There are many interesting exhibits and programs at the Museum of Tropical Queensland that tell the story of life in the tropics. You can even find a life-size replica of a centuries-old ship called the HMS Pandora at the Great Gallery. There are exhibitions of North Queensland creatures, tropical rainforests, deep sea creatures, fossils, and more!

Tucher Regional Gallery

Address: Corner of Flinders Street and Denham Street, Townsville City QLD 4810, Australia

The Tucher Regional Gallery is a Townsville art gallery, which displays numerous artworks, including more than 2000 art pieces in its wonderful collections. Art lovers should not miss this spot.

Ross River

Address: Queensland 4816 Australia

Ross River is another impressive location of Townsville. Here, tourists will be amazed by the spectacular view and the many possibilities to plan all kinds of outdoor adventures and aquatic sports, including sailing and surfing. Tourists will also be able to visit the Ross River Parkways, a series of beautiful parks which uphold their title of one of the best and most stunning destinations in Townsville.

Birch Carroll and Coyle

Address: 10 Little Fletcher St, Townsville City QLD 4810, Australia

Movies Birch Carroll and Coyle on the corner of Sturt and Blackwood street. Have a good old fashion date with your partner at the movies or take the whole family out to see the latest release.

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Park Regis Anchorage

Address: 51 Palmer Street, South Townsville QLD 4810

Known for its central location, guests staying at Park Regis Anchorage have easy access to the city's premiere restaurants, bars, cafes, and clubs. The Great Barrier Reef and the Magnetic Island are within easy reach as well as several national parks, tropical rainforests, and other attractions. Their rooms are spacious and most have a private balcony so you can enjoy great views during stay. There are several dining venues to choose from that are located near Park Regis, but you can also have a satisfying meal at Table 51 which can be found within the hotel.

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