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Explore Queensland with a Reliable Car Rental in Cairns 

Green Island Cairns

CarHire.com.au can help you find a vehicle that fits your budget and needs. Road trips in a rental car are very popular in Cairns heading both north or south. That's why we have partnered with leading car rental suppliers such as Hertz, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Thrifty and Enterprise so we can provide you with a reliable rental car. You can also find some premium vehicles for your business trip. 

Cairns is one of the most populated cities in Queensland today. There's a wealth of history to be discovered in Cairns. It was first populated by miners in transit from the goldfields in the area. Later on, it became a port of export for sugarcane, other agricultural and mineral products and of course, gold. These days,  Cairns is still a major exporter but its industry has expanded to include tourism, which is now the largest income producer for the region, followed closely by the sugar industry. 

Why rent a car in Cairns with CarHire.com.au?

  1. Reserve early  - The only way to secure the best discounts and deals on your Cairns rental car is booking early. Prices are cheaper when you book ahead because the booking system works on supply and demand. 
  2. Select the right model  - Your car rental deals can depend on which model car you choose. If you are travelling alone, you could get the best deal if you choose a mini or compact size vehicle that will best suit your needs.
  3. More options - Cairns is an ideal place for a campervan rental if you are more of a road trip and explorer type of traveller. We also partnered with some of the leading brand motorhome rental companies in Australia, hence we can help you find the best rates on your  campervan rental .
  4. Excellent customer service - With our reliable and well-trained customer care experts, any worries you have will soon be put to rest. Just  contact us and we will help you make your day.

Best time to visit Cairns

The weather in Cairns is tropical most of the year. However, in the summer months, Cairns has been in the path of a cyclone and tourists have had to put their holidays on hold, while they batten down the hatches. It is always important to remember that flood water can be dangerous and rental cars are not permitted to drive through such water.  Whatever you do, be sure to pack your sandals, flip flops, board shorts and singlets. Drink plenty of water if you're not used to the warm weather and the harsh Aussie sun.

Top activities and attractions in Cairns

Blessed with so much natural beauty, North Queensland is like heaven on earth for those wanting to get back to nature. If you are planning on travelling to North Queensland, the best piece of advice for any traveller is to research and plan ahead for the things you want to see. With the variety of tours, activities and attractions to see a hire car will prove invaluable. 

World Heritage Daintree Rainforest is a place without description. The World Heritage listed property covers approximately 894,000 hectares. It was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1988 as a recognition of the amazing scenic beauty and biological importance of the region. You would be crazy to visit Cairns and not take the trip out to see it and you can even go there in your hire car.

Cape tribulation in Cairns

Cape Tribulation is a world-renowned destination. It's part of the world heritage listed areas of Daintree. Here the ancient rain forests meet the glorious coral reef.

Port Douglas is where luxury meets the natural reef. From palm trees to manicured lawns, golf courses and tennis courts this destination is sure to please every holiday connoisseur. You'll find top of the range restaurants and fashionable arcades and condominiums.

Mossman Gorge is located just forty-five minutes drive out of Port Douglas. This gorgeous spot - excuse the pun - is set in some of the most beautiful rainforests in Queensland. There is a plethora of wildlife to see including, for the very fortunate, a Boyd's Rainforest Dragon.

Kuranda is a haven for wildlife and has been called the 'Village in the Rainforest'. Here you can interact with wildlife including birds, butterflies and koalas, and experience the Skyrail and Scenic Rail. There's also the opportunity to go on a horse riding trek.

Undara National Parin in Cairns

If you're after a truly local experience then check out Rusty's Markets – they've been running for more than 30 years and have developed into one of the largest and successful markets in Australia. Rusty's Markets open Friday morning to Sunday afternoon and boast more than 180 stalls. Rusty's is widely known for its quality food but you'll find plenty of other gems as well.

The Cairns City Council is diligent in always organising a great program of regular free entertainment along the foreshore, catering for children and adults and including live music and even free fitness classes.

If you feel up for a drive, the Undara National Park and its lava tubes are a sight to be seen. It is believed that the lava tube cave systems are 190,000 years old and were formed when a volcano erupted. Spanning over 160 kilometres these lava tubes are worth the visit and guided tours give you the best insight into this natural wonder. 

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