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Once a struggling cane town, now an international resort city, Cairns has come a long way in recent years. Very much geared towards tourism, it’s located in Far North Queensland, and acts as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. While the city lacks a beach, it more than makes up for it with its gorgeous parks and saltwater lagoon, with swish eateries and bars overlooking the beautiful marina. Those looking for a seaside escape can make the short drive north to explore Cairn’s outlying beaches.

Things to Do in Cairns

During the heat of summer, head for Cairns’ artificial saltwater lagoon – an ideal place to cool off, relax in beautiful surroundings and enjoy a swim. Nature-lovers will find plenty on offer here all year round, whether it be a trip to the fabulous Wildlife Dome, hiking around the lush rainforest trails that surround Cairns, or hopping aboard ship to go whale spotting off the Great Barrier Reef. Rugby fans will find it easy to meet the locals – if you can, catch a local game for a taste of the national obsession with the sport. Or for a spot of culture check out Cairns Museum and Cairns Regional Art Gallery.

Top 3 Must See: Cairns

  • Lake Placid

  • Cairns Wildlife Dome

  • Cairns Museum

Driving Around Cairns

Cairns is one Australian destination where it really is ideal to have your own set of wheels. With the beaches to the north, it’s easy to hit the sand or surf whenever you feel like it when you have your own transport. Similarly for hiking in the surrounding rainforests, or to visit the fantastic market town of Kuranda, historical Cooktown, or take one of the most scenic drives in the country along to Port Douglas. Nearby Cairns International Airport will likely be your first port of call, where car rental is available. But if you fancy a drive from Brisbane, you can hop on the 1,700 km Bruce Highway for a journey that takes 22 hours non-stop.

Which are the best deals in Cairns?

Mini
Mini
from $43.17/day
Economy
Economy
from $54.89/day
Economy
Economy
from $57.80/day
Regular
Regular
from $74.87/day
Regular
Regular
from $95.70/day
Subcompact
Subcompact
from $105.81/day

Review score of the top Cairns car hire companies

ENTERPRISE

Customer Customer Rating

ENTERPRISE

Average Wait Minutes Average waiting time is 37 mins

8.7 /10 Overall value for money
9.3 /10 Cleanliness of the car
8.8 /10 Service at the rental desk
9.1 /10 Car rental pick-up process
9.2 /10 Car rental drop-off process

AVIS

Customer Customer Rating

AVIS

Average Wait Minutes Average waiting time is 26 mins

8.5 /10 Overall value for money
9.1 /10 Cleanliness of the car
9.0 /10 Service at the rental desk
8.9 /10 Car rental pick-up process
9.0 /10 Car rental drop-off process

BUDGET

Customer Customer Rating

BUDGET

Average Wait Minutes Average waiting time is 22 mins

8.5 /10 Overall value for money
9.0 /10 Cleanliness of the car
8.9 /10 Service at the rental desk
8.7 /10 Car rental pick-up process
8.9 /10 Car rental drop-off process

HERTZ

Customer Customer Rating

HERTZ

Average Wait Minutes Average waiting time is 33 mins

8.2 /10 Overall value for money
8.9 /10 Cleanliness of the car
9.0 /10 Service at the rental desk
8.9 /10 Car rental pick-up process
8.8 /10 Car rental drop-off process

EAST COAST

Customer Customer Rating

EAST COAST

Average Wait Minutes Average waiting time is 23 mins

8.5 /10 Overall value for money
9.0 /10 Cleanliness of the car
8.7 /10 Service at the rental desk
8.5 /10 Car rental pick-up process
9.0 /10 Car rental drop-off process

EUROPCAR

Customer Customer Rating

EUROPCAR

Average Wait Minutes Average waiting time is 20 mins

8.2 /10 Overall value for money
8.9 /10 Cleanliness of the car
8.4 /10 Service at the rental desk
8.3 /10 Car rental pick-up process
8.6 /10 Car rental drop-off process

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