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Intermediate Budget $32
Family/Full Hertz $38
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Rent an Economy car through to a Full Size car for 2+ days and receive a free one car-class upgrade (to a maximum Premium Full Size car). Offer is valid for rentals commencing before 30 November 2014.
Rent an Intermediate car through to a Full Size Sports car for 6+ days from participating Budget Australia locations for rentals commencing before 30 November 2014 and receive the 6th day FREE of the base rate charges.
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Car Hire Suppliers in Cairns

Avis
Avis Car Rentals Cairns
135 Lake Street
Cairns
   

Avis
Avis Car Rentals Cairns Airport
Terminal Building
Cairns Airport
   

Budget
Budget Car Rentals Cairns Airport
Cairns Airport
   

Budget
Budget Car Rentals Cairns City
153 Lake St
Cairns
   

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Car Rental Pick-Up at Cairns Airport

The car rental companies are located in the central concourse of the Domestic Terminal. After arrival, make your way back in the direction of the Departure Lounge

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Cairns City Guide

Cairns Esplanade, Queensland

THERE'S no hotter tourist destination than Cairns, and that's double entendre "hotter", folks. Cairns, in the sunshine state of Queensland, is an alluring paradise at the Tropical Far North of Australia and is a buzz of activity with a carnival-esque atmosphere all-year round thanks to endless days of sunshine, breathtaking rainforest inland and a picture perfect coastline with beaches to die for.

This is the city Australians from the cooler southern climates peg their holiday dreams on and a region that attracts millions of tourists visit each year. more...

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Cairns From Rex Lookout Far North Queensland

WOULD you like the world's oldest tropical rainforest with that holiday, sir/madam? Or perhaps a gentle laze on the golden, soft sands of a beach paradise? Perhaps a relaxing snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef is more your thing?

Cairns certainly has it all and is the hub of Tropical North Queensland. Cairns Airport is the major gateway to that hub with its alluring surrounds and nearby attractions.

Not just any old airport, Cairns Airport, is the largest regional airport in Australia and 6th busiest with a certain kind of magic that makes it stand up to be noticed. It offers direct access from other parts of Australia as well as Asia to such travel delights as a thriving coastal city that is the gateway for holiday cruises, tropical rainforests, island resorts and so much more. With no curfew it operates 24 hours around the clock and there's some great shopping and cafes found throughout the terminals. more...

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A visit to Mossman Gorge – Daintree Rainforest

SITTING on the edge of the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge is part of the world’s oldest rainforest tracing its origins back over 130 million years and home to an extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna.
If you are visiting Far North Queensland take time out to spend a half-a-day visiting Mossman Gorge. Located just over an hour’s drive north of Cairns and 20 minutes from Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge is easy to reach with sealed roads and plenty of parking available at the Gorge Centre. DriveNow can help with car hire in Cairns and there are also  more...

Great driving holidays – Cairns to Cape York (Qld)

CAPE York is absolutely totally out of this world. No word can sum it up, no matter how much you try to describe it. Quite simply, you just don’t know how great it is until you experience it for yourself.
I bid farewell to Sheree and the kids (they are having a week in Cairns) while myself and the film crew head into the unknown territory of Cape York Peninsula. Firstly, there’s a few very important things to remember. If you are travelling along, as in only one vehicle, make sure you stick to the Cape York Development Road at  more...

Great driving holidays – Cairns to Mossman (Qld)

WHO ever would have thought that a place like Mossman was only a 90-minute drive north of Cairns.
Tucked away in the beautiful hinterland and on the base of the Daintree. Mossman hides one of the most spectacular and entertaining places that is simply unforgettable – The Karnak Playhouse, owned by world famous Diane Cilento! It is so enchanting, I could have stayed there forever. They do world class stage performances and when you throw the setting into the equation, it’s really something out of a story book.
After leaving the Playhouse, we took in the Mossman Gorge. Once again,  more...

Great driving holidays – Ayr to Cairns (Qld)

BIDDING farewell to Ayr, we headed off for a leisurely four hour drive north to Cairns and I couldn’t wait! The Great Barrier Reef, the shopping, the Kuranda Railway, the Skyrail … so much to do.
We stayed at the Coconut Holiday Resort and this was a five star park in the truest sense. This is an ideal place to set up camp after a long drive in Queensland in your campervan or caravan. With everything from unpowered grassy sites right through to three bedroom condos, two enormous pool areas, the best children’s play activities you could think of and  more...

Great driving holidays – Mackay to Ayr (Qld)

We decided to deviate from our intinerary, something we have become very good at! Although sometimes it is not planned at the time.
So after Mackay, we decided to stop in Ayr, a great little town 80km south of Townsville. It’s a good old country town, buzzing with busy farmers and tonnes of produce. There is still enough sugar cane to sink a battleship, but two things Ayr has that not a lot of these small country towns have are, one, it is right on the beach, and two, it has an enormous water supply in the Burdekin River and  more...

Away with the Family out of School Holidays periods

My family and I recently went to Port Douglas to relax before the mayhem of the festive season.  Taking kids out of school for a family holiday is a hot topic at the moment.  But as our eldest child was in Prep this year we thought a week away (armed with her writing journal and a few reader books), would actually enhance her education.
Now most people think that Far North Queensland is not the place to be in late spring, but let me tell you – the weather was perfect, we had the place to ourselves and we enjoyed  more...

Driving Holidays – Cairns (Qld)

The old adage “it’s a big country” certainly rings true in Far North Queensland, where distances between sights are great and the only way to experience them is by road. But that’s what makes the region north of Cairns such a great place for a driving holiday, with the open highway a journey of discovery and wonder.
When you’re deciding on a vehicle, keep in mind that the further from the Big Smoke you get, the rougher the roads – you may require a four-wheel drive if you are venturing north of the Daintree or up into Cape York.
The  more...