Car Hire in Cairns

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Car Rental in Cairns

Need to rent a car in Cairns? There are hundreds of real people’s cars of all types listed on Uber Carshare. Regardless of whether you require a 7 seater to pick up the kids from school, a large car to collect a bike, or perhaps a small car to collect a parcel from the post office in Cairns, Uber Carshare has something for you. Borrowing a car from your neighbour is easier than with traditional car rental companies as you can skip the counter and all that tedious paperwork. Whether for a road trip or for a quick trip to the shops, find cars around you on the app and get prices by the hour or by day. It’s free to become a member, and because the keys are at the car, you can skip the rental counter and get instant access to your car.

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Hassle-free car rental

The easiest way to get driving in Cairns.

Tap, book and drive

Rent a car using the Uber Carshare app. No rental counters, no access cards and no worries.

Hundreds of cars near you

Rent cars owned by locals - parked on your street, or near the airport.

Only pay for what you need

Rent by the hour or day, week or longer.

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All trips include fuel, damage cover and 24/7 roadside assistance.
Rent for 2 hours
Drive for 25km
Uber Carshare
Hourly rate $7 x 2 = $14 Distance rate 33c/km (incl. fuel) $8.25 Booking fee $7
Traditional Car Share
Hourly rate $9.90 x 2 = $19.80 1 month membership (incl. 150km fuel) $37
Rental Agency
Daily rate, minimum spend $57 Fuel $3
Prices are based on average rates for a standard car, including average fuel costs and minimum membership fees as of August 2021.
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Rent for 1 day
Drive for 50km
Uber Carshare
Daily rate $35 Distance rate 33c/km (incl. fuel) $16.50 Booking fee $7
Traditional Car Share
Daily rate $86 1 month membership (incl. 150km fuel) $37
Rental Agency
Daily rate $57 Fuel $8
Prices are based on average rates for a standard car, including average fuel costs and minimum membership fees as of August 2021.
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Rent for 5 days
Drive for 250km
Uber Carshare
Daily rate $35 x 5 = $175 Distance rate 33c/km (incl. fuel) $82.50 Booking fee $7
Traditional Car Share
Daily rate $86 x 5 = $430 1 month membership (incl. 150km fuel) $37 100km fuel $16
Rental Agency
Daily rate $57 x 5 = $285 Fuel $40
Prices are based on average rates for a standard car, including average fuel costs and minimum membership fees as of August 2021.
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Useful Information about Cairns

New to Cairns or just stopping by? It’s not only about car hire in Cairns. Whether you’re heading straight from Cairns airport or driving in from elsewhere, we’ve got you covered. Discover where to go and what to see during your trip.

What to do in Cairns

Cairns is a laid-back city best enjoyed outdoors. The gateway to North Queensland, visit Cairns for:

  • the Great Barrier Reef
  • Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest
  • bustling markets
  • world-class cafés
  • beaches just a stone's throw away.

7 of the best day trips from Cairns city

When you’re in a city wedged between the wet tropics and the Great Barrier Reef, you know the road trips are going to be good. Jump in your hire car and get ready for adventure.

Experience the bustling mountain towns or head off the beaten path with these seven unmissable road trips from Cairns.

Cairns: must-sees and must-dos

A laid-back yet vibrant city, Cairns is where your holiday will begin. Your day might look like this:

  1. Hit the morning markets.
  2. Swim in the sparkling Esplanade Lagoon or Trinity Beach.
  3. Taste fresh seafood off the back of a fish trawler.
  4. Spend the afternoon by the pool with your long-awaited holiday read, or shop up a storm.
  5. Finish the day off in style at one of Cairns’ world-class cafés, restaurants or rooftop bars.

But in Cairns, connecting with nature goes deeper and you get the chance to experience local indignous culture on guided tours. Or explore the Daintree rainforest with Kuku Yalanji people at the Mossman Gorge Centre, a short drive north of Cairns.

Another must-see to the north is Port Douglas. Rent a car and hit the road to enjoy sophisticated dining, shopping and sprawling natural beaches. Over 80% of the land is protected under World Heritage listing.

And of course, you must see the Great Barrier Reef. Grab a car hire in Cairns and head to the reef on your own time. Choose from an array of reef tours, or head up in a light plane and see the stunning views from above.

Exploring a little further afield, jump on the car ferry that takes you over the Daintree River and towards Cape Tribulation. Feel awed amongst the world’s oldest rainforest, and eat some ice cream made from local exoctic ingredients. And for a less indulgent but equally enjoyable treat, try some of the famous local tropical fruits.

What to know about the seasons in Cairns

The first thing you need to know: there's no bad time to visit Cairns. Every season delivers natural wonders, city sophistication, laid back beaches and friendly locals.

Winter: June to August

Cairns and surrounds are at their busiest in June, July and August. But don’t let that put you off – there’s a mighty good reason for that. As those from colder climes escape winter, you can join them in enjoying the balmy Cairns welcome.

  • Enjoy a road trip to Palm Cove or adventure up Cape York.
  • Dive with rare dwarf minke whales.
  • Camp under endless stars.
  • Explore the reef and its many islands.

Spring: September to November

Spring is when things start heating up again in Cairns. The dry weather makes for endless opportunities to explore.

  • Soak in freshwater swimming holes.
  • Dive the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Hike untouched national parks.
  • Experience the awe inspiring annual coral spawning event.

Summer: December to February

While hot and humid, visit Cairns in December, January or February to see nature come alive.

  • Treat your tastebuds to some of the freshest tropical fruit you’ll find anywhere in the world.
  • Marvel at the world’s oldest rainforest fresh from rain – take in the smells and watch the colours brighten in front of your eyes.
  • Keep your eyes open for the famous Cassowaries and their young, too, who roam freely through summer.

Autumn: March to May

The heat continues through March, April and May, but you can rely on a rejuvenating afternoon shower most days.

  • Chase waterfalls at their magnificent peaks.Chase waterfalls at their magnificent peaks.
  • Go a white water rafting adventure.
  • Enjoy a secluded and cool rainforest cabin.
  • Grab a car hire in Cairns and road trip through the outback as it turns a lush green.

Want to learn more about Cairns? Visit Queensland Tourism.

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