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Cairns to Brisbane Hop-on Hop-off Travel Pass

Cairns to Brisbane Hop-on Hop-off Travel Pass
USD 487.34
<p>Explore Queensland's east coast from Cairns to Brisbane with a guided, hop-on hop-off travel pass. Travel by rail and bus from Cairns to Brisbane. Visit off-the-beaten-path destinations such as Magnetic Island and Emu Park, as well as main attractions such as Airlie Beach for the Whitsundays or Rainbow Beach to access Fraser Island. </p>

Land and Sea: DUCK Amphibious Tour of Cairns

Land and Sea: DUCK  Amphibious Tour of Cairns
60 minutes
USD 30.41
<p>Explore Cairns by land and sea in just one tour -  in the amphibious vessel Ride the Croc. You'll drive by all the places that make Cairns the capital of the North: and as the best of Cairns unfolds before your eyes your guide will be giving you lots of little known facts and interesting insights about our unique and wonderful city. Then, the 'Big Splash' as the bus turns to boat and plunges into Trinity Inlet, Cairns Harbour. Sit back and relax as you explore the impressive tidal estuary and coastline that is Trinity Inlet, cruising the waterways while viewing the mighty mangroves, and magnificent mountains.  Explore Australia the fun way and join a Duckabout Tour.</p>

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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: 4 Jan 2017