Townsville Car Rental

Enterprise Car Rental Locations in Townsville

The easiest way to get to Townsville is by air. Despite its name, Townsville International Airport is almost entirely domestic. Enterprise Rent-A-Car can be found at the airport, with advanced car rental bookings available. Townsville offers connections to most large cities in Australia and is just 5 km from the downtown area.

What to do and see in Townsville

With almost year-round sunshine and great beaches, Townsville is a popular destination for tourists from Australia and other countries. Its star attraction is the Great Barrier Reef. It's a good idea to plan to spend a full day exploring this natural wonder. The boat trip from Townsville to the reef takes about two hours to arrive, and once you're there, you can indulge in a wealth of activities. Snorkeling and scuba diving are extremely popular at the reef. There are also glass-bottom boat rides, helicopter trips or if you just want to chill out, the chance to relax on the beach of a nearby island.

In the Townsville area, you'll find the beach often considered Australia's most beautiful: Whitehaven Beach. Located on Whitsunday Island, this breathtaking stretch of white sand and clear turquoise water looks like something from a postcard. Even if you don't visit the island, you'll have plenty of options for beaches on the mainland, too. This stretch of the Queensland coast is known for its incredible natural beauty.

Within Townsville, you'll find lots to see and do. Get your bearings by going for a walk along the Strand, the city's famous boardwalk. You'll enjoy views over nearby Magnetic Island as you stroll along. The Strand has a lagoon where you can have a quick swim, and if you're there in the evening, you can visit the Strand Night Markets. This is one of Townsville's best spots to pick up a bite to eat, as well as souvenirs and handicrafts.

Car rental in Townsville will let you see more of Queensland, and Townsville is an excellent base for road trips. The Paluma Range National Park is an excellent place to start. Home to many species of rainforest birds, this expanse of green is ideal for lovers of nature. You can take a hike to scenic viewpoints like McClelland's Lookout or go for a swim at the Paradise waterhole at Big Crystal Creek. Explore the waterfalls and discover the majesty of the rainforest.

For something completely different, try visiting Charters Towers, about ninety minutes' drive from Townsville. This town was once the second-largest settlement in Queensland and was the center of the state's gold rush. Today, it is a fascinating stop for anyone with an interest in history. Preserved buildings and museums tell the story of the gold rush and the part it played in the growth of Queensland.

Driving in Townsville

Car and van rental in Townsville is a wonderful way to get around and see more of Queensland. Townsville does not have significant traffic, and there is an ample range of parking options. Many visitors use the city as their base to explore the nearby area or as the starting point of a road trip that might take them to Cairns or Brisbane.

There is a huge difference in Queensland between driving along the coast and driving in the outback. The former is likely to be easier for visitors, as there are more towns along the way and fewer potential hazards on the road. If you live in a city, outback driving might be a completely new experience for you.

Before setting out on a road trip, you will need to do some planning. Carry a paper map, as you are likely to lose your mobile signal when out on the road. Ensure you have enough gas, water and food. Check in advance for gas stations and other services along the way. You might also want to look up the road conditions before starting out, as many outback roads are unsealed.

If you are visiting Townsville between October and April, be prepared for unpredictable weather. Both flooding and bushfires are common and can present major hazards to drivers. Roads can be closed quickly in the event of a flash flood. If a road is closed, do not attempt to enter it or drive into flood waters. Instead, look for an alternative route.

Another potential hazard on outback roads comes in the form of road trains. These enormous trailer trucks are a common sight on rural Australian roads. The largest vehicles of their kind in the world, Aussie road trains can be over 50 m long and travel at speeds of up to 100 km/h. In dry conditions, they can create huge dust clouds, limiting visibility, so keep your distance when sharing the road. If you are trying to pass a road train, you will need to do so with extreme care. Keep the length of the vehicle in mind and ensure that you have a clear line of sight.

Animals are another hazard on the road, with kangaroos being a major cause of accidents in Australia. They are most active at night time, so avoid driving outside cities between dusk and dawn. Slow down if you see animals beside the road, and drive very carefully.

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 Townsville

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 Townsville

Should you need to rent a van while you’re in Townsville, 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.