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If travelling to the Cairns area this week, please be aware of severe weather forecasts and flooding in the region. Please check emergency warnings and that your destinations are safe before travelling.
Car hire in Cairns Airport from Thrifty
- Handy on-terminal airport location
- Exceptional customer service
- Vast range of rental vehicles
Passenger vehicles available in Cairns Airport
Small to medium rentals
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Things to see and do with a car rental in Cairns
Cairns offers an array of relaxing activities and gorgeous scenery both in town and throughout the northern Queensland region.
In town, the esplanade and lagoon are popular spots – especially on a hot and sunny Cairns day. The botanic gardens offer a lush city escape, and Muddy’s Playground is a must if you have kids in tow. You can even book a ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a stunning trip that passes by waterfalls and incredible rainforest landscapes.
Of course, the coastline offers its own collection of attractions. The Great Barrier Reef is always worth a visit, whether you fly over it on a scenic flight, travel across the waves by boat, or dip beneath the water with a snorkel and flippers. Or, make your way along the coast to enjoy beaches, small towns and incredible scenery at every turn.
Tips and advice when visiting the Cairns region
Note that you are not permitted to drive your Thrifty rental to Cooktown via the coast road.