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As the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is a must-visit for anyone interested in the wonders of the natural world. Rent a car through Orbitz and get exploring the city’s many other highlights, including its chilled-out swimming lagoon, wealth of restaurants, bars and clubs, and lovely botanic gardens.


Renting a car in Cairns: What you need to know

Renting a car in Cairns is subject to the same rules as car rentals across Australia; here are some of the key points to bear in mind.

How old do I have to be to rent a car in Cairns?

If you’re over the age of 21 and hold a driving license, you can rent a car in Cairns. Be aware, though, that under-25s may be subject to a young driver surcharge.

Older drivers, too, may have to pay more or be asked to provide additional documents such as medical certificates for over-75s.

Is any kind of driving license valid for car rental in Cairns?

To rent a car in Australia, you must have held a full driving license for at least one year.

Do I need a credit card to make a booking?

No, but you will need either a credit or debit card in order to pay your deposit. This is so that companies can hold a certain amount of funds in case of damage or other costs like speeding fines.

Do I have to pay at the time of the booking?

Most car rental companies will allow you to pay when you pick up the car, rather than at the time you book. However, you may get a better deal if you pay in full when you book.

Explore Cairns: Above and below the waves

Cairns is the jumping-off point for one of the natural world’s great wonders in the form of the Great Barrier Reef, but there’s plenty to keep you occupied on dry land, too. Here are some of Cairns’ highlights.

Great Barrier Reef

The undisputed star of the show in this part of the world is the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system. The reef’s significance was recognized by Aboriginal peoples thousands of years ago, but sadly climate change, pollution and invasive species are threatening its future. Snorkel or dive this stunning underwater world, while you still can.

Flecker Botanic Gardens

Cairns’ natural beauty doesn’t end at the shoreline. Back on dry land, the city is home to some beautiful parks, chief among them the Flecker Botanical Gardens. Established in 1886, the gardens are home to many gargantuan exotic plants, including durian, mangosteen and black sapote.

Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

Cairns’ spirited town planners, lacking a natural beach, created an artificial lagoon where you can enjoy a dip before lounging on lush parkland beneath a banyan tree. The esplanade is lined with restaurants, shops and family attractions, making this the ideal place to spend a day.

Cairns has something to offer visitors of all tastes, so rent a car through Orbitz and get exploring.