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A cruise ship berthed at Sydney.

How to pick up your hire car at a cruise terminal

If taking a cruise forms a part of your plans in Australia, rest assured there are convenient spots to collect your rental car.

Many of Australia’s major cruise ports have car rental depots close by, making it easy for you to go from sea to road, and should you need a rental car for those “port days” in your cruise itinerary, VroomVroomVroom can help


In Sydney, the two most common ports for cruise ships are the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay, and the White Bay Cruise Terminal. Both terminals offer easy access to the city and the car rental depots nearby, with the two closest car rental locations being Circular Quay and Darling Harbour respectively.


While smaller cruise ships dock at Portside along the Brisbane River, larger ships go through the Port of Brisbane in Moreton Bay. The closest suburb with car hire depots to the Port of Brisbane is Tingalpa, though you will find more depots closer to the Brisbane CBD or at Brisbane International Airport.

Cairns and Port Douglas

In Cairns, most smaller cruise ships will stop at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, while larger ships may pull in off the coast at Yorkey’s Knob. For the former, you can find a comprehensive range of car rental providers in downtown Cairns, while for the latter, Cairns International Airport offers the largest range of providers to choose from.

For cruises stopping by Port Douglas, passengers will be ferried into the local marina and Port Douglas offers a good range of car hire providers to choose from.