Cairns Car Rental

Road to Port Douglas

Without a doubt, the best way to experience Cairns is by hiring a car. Cairns is an ideal self-drive destination, with many of the roads snaking the scenic coastline. Views to the Great Barrier Reef islands, World Heritage Rainforest and long gorgeous beaches are commonplace for Cairns drivers.

Backpackers hire a 4WD

Road planners have been diligient about having many lookouts in appropriate places along the beautiful shores, and just an afternoon drive North is bliss.

Tropical North Queensland has many attractions which cannot be reached on an itinerised tour, like wallaby feeding at Granite Gorge, or cooling off in a mountain stream - these pleasures are often missed by many visitors. To see the best parts of Cairns, you really must drive yourself.

Car Hire in Port Douglas

To experience the myriad of attractions in Far North Queeland, hiring a car is your best option, as public transport doesn't cover the area near as well as it does in southern cities. It also gives you the freedom to create your own holiday, and enjoy attractions you like without being in a crowd of strangers.

Cairns is a very small city by world standards, and is an easy drive. You can generally find a park in the CBD quickly, and it won't cost you a days work. Rush hour traffic is non-existant, and most self-drive locations are less than an hour in all directions around Cairns. There are also many tourist drives and food trails which are ideally suited to a hire car. We also throw in some free maps of Far North Queensland to help you navigate.

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Port Douglas

North of Cairns is the star-stricken celebrity going areas proximate to Cairns; the Northern Beaches and Port Douglas. Calm azure waters and gentle crashing waves with white sandy beaches are the spectacular reality just north of Cairns. Regularly awarded Queensland’s cleanest beaches awards, Cairns Beaches are perfect for relaxing, lazing and working on the suntan!

Browse our range of Port Douglas accommodation, and see the luxury which awaits in this casual township of Port Douglas.

Great Barrier Reef

The area famous and well visited for its ‘largest living organism’, the Great Barrier Reef. The reef is a must see for any visitors to the Cairns.

Resort accommodation can be found on the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns on Green Island, Fitzroy Island and Double Island. Dunk Island and Bedarra Island near Mission Beach also sport luxury accommodation, and are great for couples who are looking for a relaxing and secluded getaway.

See our range of Great Barrier Reef tours for information about the companies who operate on the reef from Cairns. In Cairns city.

Atherton Tablelands

West of Cairns is a treat for gourmet food lovers, birdwatching enthusiasts, bushwalkers, photographers and hopeless romantics! The Cairns Highlands, formerly known as the Atherton Tablelands is a self-drive adventure land which is highly recommended for those staying a little while in the Cairns region.

The best aspect of staying on the Tablelands is that all Atherton Tablelands accommodation in very unique. Browse our range to see some of the best on offer in the region.

Innisfail & Mission Beach

South of Cairns lies the sleepy town of Innisfail which thrives on sugar cane and bananas. Drive a little further, and you'll be enthralled by an old Spanish castle at Paronella Park, and one of Australia's most magnificent beaches at Mission Beach.

Accommodation in this area can be found at Mission Beach Holidays.