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The modern city of Cairns is wonderfully located on the edge of an ancient rainforest. What’s more it has the underwater delights of the Great Barrier Reef perched right on its doorstep.
Cairns is a small city, but it packs a much bigger punch in the entertainment and nightlife stakes than its size may suggest. And for those with an urge to explore there are some epic sights within easy driving distance.
That’s why car hire in Cairns makes such good sense. It allows you to get out there and experience all that is on offer. Beach lovers should definitely hire a car in Cairns to get their surf and sand fix: there’s no beach as such in town, but the magnificent Esplanade Lagoon does rather handsomely compensate for this.
Cairns is far from short of bars, clubs, eateries and cafes that will suit all budgets, so there’s always something to drive back to after a day spent seeking out cassowaries, lounging on the beautiful northern beaches or traipsing through the rainforest.
Expedia partners with a number of car hire providers to offer you plenty of choice whether you wish to pick up your car from the airport of from various other locations in the city itself.
Thanks to this network of providers you can be sure that all the latest car hire deals are always available to you, and that there is a great selection of cars on offer. This means that cheap car hire in Cairns is always available to you – and it can be easily arranged online before you travel.
With the Great Barrier Reef stretching out across 1,200 miles of coastline, driving out to board a day cruise from which you can snorkel or dive in this wonderfully rich ecosystem is high on many people’s lists.
The tropical north of Queensland is a short drive away, and it offers a profusion of superb beaches where you can relax and soak up the sun, with the lush rainforest lining the interior.
Millaa Millaa is a beautiful village that is easily accessible from Cairns by car. Park up and head out to explore the three beautiful waterfalls tucked away nearby. If you arrive here early enough you are also in with a good chance of seeing a platypus on the reserve located on the main road between Tazarli and Millaa Millaa.
The Daintree rainforest is only a few hours north of Cairns, and offers a tropical paradise that is, literally, ripe for exploration. Or, if you head south, you’ll soon arrive at Mission Beach, where the rainforest meets the Coral Sea. Here you can find Australia's highest density of cassowaries – enormous, flightless birds – lurking in the trees just a short walk from the roads.
Lake Placid can be discovered in all its glory in the Barron Gorge National Park. This peaceful body of water is surrounded by rainforest and lush vegetation, with a choice of excellent picnic spots to while away the afternoon at.
Those looking for thrills and spills will not have to search too hard, or drive to far, to get their adrenaline fix. In these beautiful, lush landscapes there are opportunities to glide down zipwires, climb mountains, mountain bike through the forest, skydive over the splendour or take a kayak out on the rivers.
For those who prefer scenic thrills, a drive through the winding roads of the Gillies Range offers panoramic views at every turn. The mountains form the route from Cairns to the Tableland region, and, as you continue on your way, stop off at the delightful Mareeba and book yourself a hot air balloon trip over the impressive landscapes below.
If you’re looking to get up close and personal with animals there are plenty of chances to get cuddly with koalas or see turtles and wallabies. At Kuranda you can meet koalas, hang out with butterflies and encounter rare birds at Birdworld, the Butterfly Sanctuary and the Kuranda Koala Garden.
With so much on its doorstep, you are never far from your next adventure when you hire a car in Cairns. Explore the world underwater or see the world from another angle as you plummet towards it on a skydive. Rainforests, rivers, wild animals, mountains and, of course, all those glorious beaches await.
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