Thrifty is located on the corner of Sheridan and Alpin Streets in the central city, right between McGrath Real Estate and Cairns Instant Printing. You can either park on the street or turn into the lot from Sheridan Street if you’re arriving by car. To get here by public transport, take a bus to the Cairns Central Shopping Centre then walk two minutes up the road to our office for the best car rental in Cairns.
Car hire in Cairns from Thrifty
- Convenient central location
- Wide range of vehicle rentals
- Exceptional value
Cairns car rental options
Small to medium cars
Large and luxury cars
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Things to see and do with a car rental in Cairns
Renting a car in Cairns makes it a whole lot easier to see the countless sights and attractions around town and throughout northern Queensland. Drive just 15 minutes north and you’ll reach the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, where you can take a 7.5 kilometre gondola ride over some of the country’s most beautiful scenery. Or, keep driving north to visit the surreal Daintree Rainforest, where you can explore the oldest rainforest in the world.
In town, allow plenty of time to explore the esplanade, boardwalk and lagoon, and to visit Rusty’s Markets during the weekend. Also ensure you pay a visit to the gorgeous Crystal Cascades, a series of waterfalls and swimming holes just out of town.
Thanks to Cairns’ northern location, it’s the perfect place to use as a base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef. And of course, the glittering beaches of the Queensland coast are all worth visiting, so be sure to stop off at places like Port Douglas and Palm Cove along the way.
Just keep in mind that you are not permitted to drive to Cooktown via the coast road with your Thrifty car rental from Cairns (you can, however, take the inland route).
Exploring outer Cairns
Hiring a Thrifty car is the ultimate way to explore all that the north tip of Australia has to offer. Jet-setters come from all over the world to experience the wonders and beauty of Australia's World Heritage areas. Go white water rafting in Cairn's nearby rivers, see the lovely butterfly filled town of Kuranda and visit the Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef with your rental car.
It's hot in Cairns… really hot, and that means flip flops and singlets are everyday attire. Thankfully, Thrifty hire cars are made for Aussie conditions with air conditioning to give you relief from the sizzling climate. Our vehicles have the style and features to suit your tropical vacation or corporate junket and allow you to cruise the streets of beautiful Cairns and beyond in comfort.
For more tips and advice for what to do with your car rental in Australia, read up on the latest from the Thrifty travel blog!