Cairns is a major city in the tropical north of the Australian state of Queensland. It is known as the gateway to some of Australia's most dramatic natural environments, such as Cape Tribulation, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Daintree Rainforest. The city itself also has a number of attractions to make a visit worthwhile. The Sixt branch for car rental in Cairns is located at Cairns International Airport, which is just 4 miles north of the city center. Here you can choose the ideal rental vehicle from our impressive fleet of quality compact cars, sedans and vans.
All the key information you need to rent a car in Cairns is right here, including branch opening hours, address and the type of vehicles available for hire. You can find us easily by clicking on the right hand tab for a Google Maps view of our branch location. While we cannot guarantee reservation of a specific model of vehicle, we do guarantee availability of the category of vehicle in your booking. Our extensive fleet includes a number of quality brands and a variety of vehicle types to ensure you can find the ideal mobility solution for your trip to this stunning region.
If you are visiting Cairns on business, we have prestige sedans to help create a professional image. Our fleet also includes compact hatchbacks that are fuel efficient and practical. If you are traveling with a group of colleagues or you are accompanied by a larger family, you may also wish to consider one of our vans, which can accommodate a far greater number of passengers. Try a price comparison to see just how affordable our premium vehicles can be when you book online or with our iPhone app.
Quality of service is just as important as the quality of rental cars in creating the best experience of car rental in Cairns. Cairns has a tropical climate and it can get very hot, so we have made sure that air conditioning is a common feature in our fleet of rental cars. Many of our car rental deals feature benefits like unlimited mileage and free cancellation, while automatic transmission makes driving even easier. You can also tailor your car rental package with options such as additional insurance cover, a navigation system and additional driver cover. If you are traveling with small children you can reserve one of our child seats.
Once you have picked up your vehicle at our airport branch, you can take Airport Avenue and Lake Street into the city center. It should take you around 12 minutes to cover the 4 miles. An alternative route is to go via National Route 1, which is around 0.5 miles longer but takes roughly the same time. Major routes in the area include the A1/M1, which travels all the way down the coast to Brisbane and on to Sydney. National Route 1 goes west to Darwin, then along the western coast of Australia all the way to Perth. State Route 81 is the main road north to Nanum.
In and around Cairns, driving is by far the best way to see all the sights in the area. The roads in North Queensland are good and the coastal routes are widely thought to be some of the best in the world. Traffic is much lighter than in many other large cities and congestion is rarely a problem. Parking in the city is plentiful and cheap, with meters charging around $1 Australian for 2 hours. Parking is free at the weekend. Do remember not to leave anything in the car that could be affected by the heat, because it can get incredibly hot in summer. Also remember that Australians drive on the left, so you will have a right hand drive car.
Cairns is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure sports fans. Centenary Lakes at Collins Avenue offers elevated boardwalk routes through the rainforest and the lakes themselves are home to crocodiles. The Northern Beaches are a tropical paradise and are a great place to walk or simply relax on the sand. Look out for signs advising when swimming is not advised. Cairns Regional Gallery and Cairns Museum showcase the art and history of the area and the wildlife dome on top of the Reef Hotel Casino has a huge variety of native species. There are loads of companies offering skydiving and bungee jumping experiences. The artificial lagoon is free and the perfect choice to cool down with a swim after a hot day of sightseeing. The Great Barrier Reef is perhaps the major attraction in the Cairns area. There is a huge choice of companies offering diving trips, from day trips on small boats to larger vessels with overnight accommodation.
The coastal road to Port Douglas from Cairns is widely thought of as one of the most beautiful drives in Australia. The route covers around 40 miles on the Captain Cook Highway and State Route 44. The road is also known as the Great Barrier Reef Drive and has deep green rainforest on one side and the blue waters of the Coral Sea on the other. Once at Port Douglas you can enjoy the stunning Four Mile Beach and stroll in the historic town center. There is also a rainforest wildlife center and a spectacular golf course. You can also enjoy a cool drink on one of the boardwalk cafes or shop for local crafts on Macrossan Street.
Distance to Port Douglas
Little Mulgrave National Park lies just 28 miles to the southwest of Cairns on the Bruce Highway and A1. It's remote but accessible when you rent a car for your visit. This is one of Australia's most important wetland areas and is a haven for a huge variety of wildlife and plant species. Inhabitants include crocodiles and the rare Cassowary, a a flightless bird with stunning blue and red plumage that is the largest animal in the rainforest. This wilderness survives untouched by man and is a fascinating example of a natural Australian habitat.
Distances to Little Mulgrave National Park
Cairns is the major commercial center in the north of Queensland and houses many government departments. Although a small city, Cairns is the fourth largest tourist destination in Australia, behind Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Agriculture is still an important part of the economy and the much of the land around the city is given over to growing sugar cane. Energy is also important and the Barron Gorge Hydroelectric Power Station provides green power to the city. Cairns also has an emerging technology sector and there is a startup hub called theSPACE in the city.
Distances to theSPACE
Below are the quick answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. Please be reminded that every country has slightly different rules and regulations, so for the most specific and detailed information pertaining to your desired rental please visit rental information for more information.
Paying with a major credit card is the preferred method of payment and Sixt accepts all major credit cards. The payment method must have been issued in the name of the driver and this must be presented at the time of vehicle pick-up and be valid at this time. Check our Rental Information page for country specific information.
A valid driver's license for all named drivers, valid for a minimum of 12 months. Driver's licenses printed in non-Roman alphabet (Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, etc.) must be accompanied by an International Driving Permit. Any driver's license originating from countries not part of the international driver's license treaty must also be accompanied by an official translation. A valid ID card or passport might also be required at time of pick up, please refer to our Rental Information page to see the exact requirements for the country your rental will take place in.
We have a wide range of insurance options, including Third Party Liability, Loss Damage Waiver, Tire and Windscreen cover, and Personal Accident Protection. The kinds of insurance protections available vary from country to country. Therefore, please check our country-specific Rental Information page for further details.
Unless otherwise stated the rental quote/price displayed on the final page when booking includes the daily rate, statutory taxes, additional extras (if selected) and all applicable surcharges and fees. Check our Rental Information page for country specific information.
No. Reservations are only guaranteed for the selected car category.
Cancellations and changes can be made at any point prior to the start of the rental, but may in some cases incur additional charges. Prepaid reservations are subject to cancellation fees as well as other specific restrictions regarding amendments and refunds. Check our Rental Information page for country specific information.
Territorial restrictions apply depending on the country the rental takes place and where the vehicle will be driven to. For specific information please contact a Sixt booking agent or refer to our Rental Information page where you can find county specific information from our drop down menu.
Yes, although this may incur a one-way rental fee that will be shown during the booking process. Please note: one-way rentals may be restricted if you plan on crossing borders so it is best to check our Rental Information page for country specific information.
All vehicles are supplied with a full tank of fuel and should be refilled prior to return to Sixt, otherwise our current refueling charges will apply. Alternatively, you may purchase a tankful of fuel at the time of rental at a price that is competitive with local fuel stations and return the tank empty. No refunds will be given for unused fuel.
Sixt offers optional add-ons such as child seats, guaranteed navigations systems, additional drivers, winter tires, snow chains and luggage racks. Including extras will incur additional fees and are subject to availability at Sixt rent a car locations.
Sixt rent a car offers unlimited mileage on select vehicles at select Sixt locations.
Deliveries and collections are available at select Sixt rent a car locations and are subject to additional fees.
Generally, an advance charge approval is obtained for the chosen means of payment as a security. Often a deposit of up to three times the rental price is charged to the chosen means of payment as a security. The exact deposit is determined on collection since the amount is dependent on the vehicle. For example, the deposit for high-value vehicles may differ.