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Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran

Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran
9 hours
USD 133.43
Dive, snorkel and sail the Great Barrier Reef with an award-winning company with 26 years' experience operating personalized day tours to the Great Barrier Reef. The 80-foot (25m) catamaran sails from Cairns to two unique locations, the world-famous Michaelmas Cay and exclusive Paradise Reef, where you can choose to dive or snorkel with colorful fish, turtles and an amazing array of coral. With a choice of 27 outer Great Barrier Reef sites your friendly crew can select the location best suited to the weather offering you the best possible Great Barrier Reef experience on the luxury purpose built catamaran!

Cairns Jet Boat Ride

Cairns Jet Boat Ride
35 minutes
USD 52.91
<span style='font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;'>Zoom around the waters of Cairns on a thrilling 35-minute jet boat ride in the Trinity Inlet! Your jet boat speeds, spins and splashes as you cool down in the tropical heat. As you zip through the scenic waterway, watch for landmarks that your expert skipper points out. Who knows, you might even spot a croc drifting along the water. Be prepared to have fun and get wet on this exciting high-octane adventure! <br><br></span><span style='font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;'></span><span style='font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;'> </span>

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Cairns Airport (CNS) Car Rental

Welcome to the car rental Cairns Airport information page with information on Cairns Airport car rental options, including which side do you drive on, transmission types, local Cairns driving stress, licences, and more. You may also compare your Cairns Airport car rental options and search for the best available Cairns car rental rates in the search box below.

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Cairns Airport Car Rental Desk Locations

Cairns Airport car rental has several companies to choose from.


Follow the Cairns Airport car hire signs to the company desks in the Arrivals hall of the International Terminal (T1), and at the northern end of the Domestic Terminal (T2).


Rental car parking is located in the northern end of the Domestic Terminal (T2) carpark.

Cairns Airport Car Rental Companies

Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty, Redspot

Cairns Driving Information

Driving is on the left side of the road.

All Cairns Airport rental cars are automatic transmission.

Your local drivers' licence is required.

An International Drivers' Permit (or IDP) may be required, especially if your local drivers' licence is in a language other than the local language (you may inquire when you pick up your car).

Cairns Driving Stress Level: 6/10

You'll need a 4X4 to tackle the area from Cooktown north through Cape York and some of the desert roads. It can be expensive, and finding an automatic transmission 4X4 is difficult. Even with a 4X4, roads in the tropics can be harrowing, and often impassable, during and immediately following the wet season.


Cairns Airport Car Rental Recommendations

IHateTaxis.com recommends a Cairns Airport car rental.

Renting a car is an affordable convenience that will provide you with a lot of freedom in Queensland.

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Last Updated: 3 Apr 2015