Cairns Central

Monday:08:30-15:00

Tuesday:08:30-15:00

Wednesday:08:30-15:00

Thursday:08:30-15:00

Friday:08:30-15:00

Saturday:09:00-13:00

Sunday:09:00-13:00

Where is the branch located?

Our City Location is only a 10-minute drive from international and Domestic terminals in the Heart of Cairns, 147 Lake Street. 

Cairns Central Information

When returning your rental vehicle to one of our locations please ensure to re-fuel your hire car. Park your vehicle in front of the building and return the keys immediately to one of our Staff members.

If returning your vehicle outside of business hours simply park outside our branch, lock the car and place keys in Key drop box.

Not available at this location. 

If you are running late and you won't be able to collect your rental car at the allocated time, it is important to get in touch with the branch you are collecting from so that we can make alternate arrangements. If you have arrived at the branch and it is closed and if you haven't made prior arrangements for an after-hours collection you will need to pick-up your rental car the following day. Please contact our branches during business hours to arrange an alternative pick-up time.

Car Rental Cairns Central

Cairns is the best spot to call home base for your North Queensland Adventure. An hour away from Port Douglas, right next to the Great Barrier Reef and dozens of wildlife reserves, national parks and forest reserves. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to see and drive in your rental car. Surrounded by blue waters and lush tropical rainforest, Cairns is home to hundreds of plant and animal species. Cairns is considered the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Home to thousands of species of fish, turtles, dolphins, whales, jellyfish, sharks and coral. It is a World Heritage-listed site and the largest coral reef in the world. Known for its excellent year-round weather, Cairns is a great place to travel in any season. Cairns is also the gateway to a large number of picturesque islands, the two most popular being Green Island and Fitzroy Island. Located just a 45-minute ferry ride from Cairns, you can reach this untouched wilderness for sea views and rich green jungle scattered with unforgettable walking trails. 

Experience the best of Cairns nature in your car hire

Cairns is full of fun, exciting natural activities to see, and a Thrifty car hire is the perfect way to get around to each one, starting with the Cairns Botanical Gardens. Also known as the Flecker Botanical Gardens, these lush gardens are home to 38 hectares of native Australian plants. Many of the plants here have been cared for since the Gardens opened in 1886. See plants that cannot be found anywhere else in the world; with free admission, it is a popular tourist attraction and makes a great afternoon of walking, so stop and smell the wattle.

Located around a 15-minute drive from central Cairns is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. The cableway Soars above the oldest rainforest on earth. The most environmentally friendly way to see a rainforest is from above; take in everything without leaving a single footprint. Established in 1995, it has been a must-do attraction to all that visit Cairns. Soar over the rainforest for 7.5 kilometres from Cairns to Kuranda. The highest point will see you at 545 metres above sea level. If you don’t have a problem with heights, book one of the 11 Diamond View gondolas with glass floors, you will have an uninterrupted 360-degree view of the rainforest - that is, if the idea of viewing straight down hundreds of metres doesn’t perturb you at all. No judgement at all if you opt for a regular gondola.

A rental car for a seafood diet

If you’re all about seafood, then you’re planning a trip to the right place. Cairns has some of the best seafood on earth. It’s no wonder the seafood is so good with the pristine waters and fresh fish right on Cairns’ doorstep. The Prawn Star is a popular spot known for its relaxed and casual dining atmosphere, this restaurant, docked at the Cairns Marina, is housed in an old trawler. Water views and delicious local delicacies provide a great location to unwind after a long day of trekking trails and seeing the sights. The Cairns Esplanade has everything a seafood lover could want, so drive along and see what looks good!

A Thrifty hire car opens the door to so many exciting and unique Cairns opportunities. Drive to the world heritage listed rainforest sites or forest reserves, take a day trip up to Port Douglas and catch a wave or two. Create a list of your must-try restaurants and tick each one off your list. North Queensland is so vast, yet there is so much to see and do. Make sure you don’t miss a thing! 

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