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Cairns

Cairns

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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.

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Sixt Car Rental in Cairns, Australia

All the key information you need to rent a car in Cairns is right here, including branch locations and information, and the type of vehicles available to rent. You can find us easily by searching through our branches and selecting the location and vehicle that is right for your trip. 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. Please remember that while we cannot guarantee reservation of a specific model of vehicle, we do guarantee availability of the category of vehicle in your booking. 

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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 mobile 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 protection coverages, a navigation system and additional drivers. If you are traveling with small children you can reserve one of our child seats.

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Traffic Information

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.

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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.

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Sightseeing Destinations

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

  • From Cairns International Airport: 40 miles, about 1 hour

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.

Distance to Little Mulgrave National Park

  • From Cairns International Airport: 28 miles, about 48 minutes
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Business Travel

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.

Distance to theSPACE

  • From Cairns International Airport: 5 miles, about 11 minutes

Why rent with Sixt?

Why rent with Sixt?
  • New cars - on average 3 months old
  • Premium fleet of german cars
  • Car rental made quick and easy
  • Unlimited miles on standard vehicles
  • Free cancellation when you pay on arrival
  • Friendly 24/7 customer service

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