Cairns Car Rental

Enterprise Car Rental Locations in Cairns

Cairns Airport is the major local air hub serving the city. Helpfully, there are two Enterprise Rent-A-Car counters located at the airport, one at the Terminal 2 arrivals for domestic passengers and the other at Terminal 1 serving international arrivals. The other site for car or van rental in Cairns is on Sheridan Street, conveniently located for the Kuranda Scenic Railroad.

What to do and see in Cairns

Many overseas visitors to Cairns, as well as numerous Australians, come to the city because it offers convenient access to the Pacific Ocean and the Great Barrier Reef, one of the true marvels of the natural world. Snorkeling is a popular activity for those visitors who aren't SCUBA divers. You can get everything you need locally, and there are plenty of tour guides who will take you to the best spots to explore close to the city by boat.

Heading inland, the Kurunda rainforest is another top attraction. It features a popular gondola system known as the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which allows you to get to know the area without having to trek through kilometers of bushland. Giving visitors a bird's eye view of the jungle canopy, this cable car system helps to minimize human impact on local wildlife while still affording a close-up view.

Head down to the harbor area if you enjoy seafood. Cairns enjoys a well-deserved reputation for fish and seafood restaurants, and many of the best eateries are within walking distance of the coast. These days, Cairn's foodie reputation goes beyond the delights of seafood, but it is still probably worth ordering something from the latest catch of the day to truly experience what the city has to offer.

The local government in Cairns stages an annual festival. This usually runs during the last week of August and can extend into early September. There is a grand parade, which means some street closures, plus plenty of music and other arts events. One of the highlights of the festival period is a large firework display that takes place on the city's esplanade.

Finally, the Botanical Gardens in Cairns are considered by many Australians to possess one of the best collections of tropical plants in the country. The plant and insect life here is often very different from the sort of things that are on show at botanical gardens elsewhere in the Southern Hemisphere's cooler cities. If you want to explore the gardens quickly, then hire a Segway to help you speed around.

Driving in Cairns

Central Cairns is laid out in a handy grid formation, with most streets following the system. This makes it easy to find your way around and to get back to where you were if you miss a turn, for example. Only a few roads deviate from the system, such as Wharf Street, which follows the bend of the Chinaman Creek bank. There are a few pedestrian zones to look out for, but these are generally very easy to spot and shouldn't cause any difficulties.

There are many bike paths in Cairns, so be sure to look out for cyclists and allow sufficient room to pass them. Another potential hazard in Cairns' suburbs, at least, is the presence of kangaroos and bandicoots, which stray onto highways from time to time. Take care in isolated places where they might be tempted to cross in front of you.

The authorities in Cairns expect drivers to stick to the overall 50 km/h speed limit. Roads which allow you to drive faster will be marked, and so will streets where there is a tighter restriction. Assume that you are only allowed to drive at 50 km/h unless you see a sign telling you differently.

There is plenty of parking in Cairns, ideal for visitors who want to stop for a while and explore the city. What's more, nearly every parking lot and parking garage in the city is clearly marked so you won't spend a long time finding somewhere suitable to park close to where you want to get out.

Please note that if you come to a stop or yield sign in Cairns, you are expected to yield to traffic approaching from your right, not the left. This is an old rule that doesn't apply unless you see one of the two previously mentioned signs.

If you want to drive to central Cairns from the airport, then we'd typically recommend taking National Route 1 since this will usually be the quickest. For trips south along the famous Queensland coast, Highway A1 is the best option. If you intend on heading north instead, then State Route 81 will be best.

Newcomers to Queensland should note that the state is large. A drive from Cairns to the northernmost tip of the state would take about 13 hours by road. Traveling south to the state capital city of Brisbane would mean taking an approximately 20-hour trip. That said, there are plenty of motels in either direction on the main Queensland roads to make longer road trips possible with Cairns as your base.

Car and van rental in Australia with Enterprise

Enterprise Australia offers a range of car and van rental services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle rental. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.

We are part of the Enterprise group, the largest transportation solutions provider in the world. Our global network covers more than 90 countries and over 9,500 locations, allowing us to serve your mobility needs, wherever you’re going.

We are committed to providing the best service possible and exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality and value.

Car rental in Cairns

If you are traveling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.

Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.

Van rental in Cairns

Should you need to rent a van while you’re in Cairns, all our vans can be driven on a standard license and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your rental van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.