Explore Queensland with a Cairns Car Rental 


  • Did I hear you say ‘Can BargainWheels help with a rental car in Cairns?’ Well, YES! BargainWheels Can!
  • Contact Us if you require any assistance with booking your hire car.  We are happy to help!
  • Ensure you understand the terms and conditions of your Cairns rental.
  • With no cancellation fees, book now and if you have too, cancel later with no charges.
  • If you require a rental car from Cairns Airport, we can help with that as well.

Feeling Hungry? Check out these options for eating.


Being a large touristy town, means that Cairns will either have a restaurant, eatery, cafe or take away that will suit every palette and budget. Use your rental car and you can access some scrumptious cuisines including – Local Fresh Seafood, Italian, Chinese, Greek and more.  There are many family friendly restaurants also that will keep the kids happy along with the normal fast food outlets if you need to eat on the run.

Ochre Restaurant – This swanky place offers top shelf cuisine that you can really sink your teeth into. Specialising in fresh local seafood, Australian game and native bush tucker with a sophisticated twist you will not be disappointed in the food. You may even take the opportunity to leave the hire car at the hotel and walk off some of the amazing food you will have here. Just pop in and see what all the fuss is about,  you will not regret it.

La Fettuccina Restaurant – Cooking you fresh regional and traditional Italian food is there expertise.  With relaxed surroundings you can be sure to enjoy a night out with the family here.

China Palace Restaurant – This great place to eat is in the heart of Cairns on Abbott Street. Yum Cha is available daily and you can also order your favorite Chinese dishes. The family friendly atmosphere allows you to sit down and enjoy a meal together.  There is parking available so do not hesitate to drive your hire car.

Salt House Restaurant – Nestled right in on the tip of the Pier Point, this beautiful restaurant has an atmosphere, style, and food that just screams fine dining. The Salt House is one of the coolest hangouts on the Marina and has views to die for. If you are partial to fresh seafood, summer is the best time to drive your car hire  over for an experience of a lifetime.

So much to do and so little time.  Here are some ideas for you.

Here are some great ideas to add to your itinerary for Cairns. To ensure you maximise your time, a hire car will give you the flexibility to enjoy these attractions at your own pace. Just make sure you are aware of the parking options to park your hire car before you go. Parking fees are the last thing you want to spoil a great day out.


Great Barrier Reef – This is a unique wonderland in Australia because it is all under water. You can explore either by boat or by diving in head first, literally.  There are many tour operators that can make sure you enjoy a Great Barrier Reef experience.

Cape Tribulation Horse Riding – Have you ever imagined riding a horse along a beautiful beach with waves rolling in on one side and the beautiful backdrop of the Daintree Forest on the other.  You can make your dream come true at Cape Tribulation.  All you have to do is jump in your hire car and drive north.  It is a good 2 hour drive away, but the opportunity is a once in a lifetime.

Cruises – Why not take a leisurely cruise to help relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and atmosphere that Cairns has to offer.  You can take a day cruise or opt for a longer cruise that spans over a few days.  It is entirely up to you.

Bungy Jumping – Take a leap of faith in paradise.  This is an extreme past time that will get the blood running.  The view of Cairns will definitely be from a different angle.

Here’s some tips on where to stay in Cairns.

Because Cairns is the doorway to the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Forest and Upper North Queensland, accommodation can be found to suit most tastes.  Caravan Parks are a great place to stay as a family as there are usually some great open spaces for the kids to explore.  If a romantic get away is the plan, then opt for a 5star Hotel to really be pampered.  There are many other options in between for accommodation in Cairns that will be reliant on the budget and also the reason for visiting Cairns.

Just like Dreams – Beaches are Free…

Ellis Beach – Located 30 mins north of Cairns City, Ellis Beach is definitely away from the hustle and bustle and a great idea to enjoy a whole day of relaxing in the sun. A cafe and bar is close by and also some accommodation that will provide waterfront holidaying.

Trinity Beach – This beach is only 15 mins from the Cairns Airport and is very popular with tourists and locals.  It stretches over 1 km and offers golden warm sand and Palm trees to entice you.  Like it so much and you can book into accommodation near Trinity Beach.

Yorkys Knob – One of the popular tourists beaches and it is also popular with the locals. Book a hire car and enjoy a day at the beach that is based on your own time and not a bus schedule.

How to Get To Cairns

Driving Holiday – Cairns is accessible by car with access from both Northern and Southern Highways.  Why not hire a car in Brisbane and drive one way to Cairns enjoying all the wonders of the Queensland coast along the way.

Fly In – Cairns has an International Airport that services International Flights, Domestic Flights and other General Aviation Flights. It makes it an easy way to arrive in Paradise. Before you leave for Cairns, make sure to book a rental car with Bargain Wheels Car Rentals.

The colorful, sophisticated capital of North Queensland, Cairns is alive with life and charm, a mix of the new and historical past. Warm northern hospitality, enthusiasm and a laid back lifestyle are the order of the day and your cheap car hire from Bargain Wheels Car Rentals will be handy as you explore the region.

The tourism capital of the tropical north, Cairns is the gateway to hundreds of trips, tours and activities. A Cairns car rental is the perfect way to reach the many local attractions and Bargain Wheels is an established provider of competitively priced rental cars to service the Cairns region.

For the independent traveler to get full value from their Cairns visit, hire cars provide you with flexibility and comfort. The Daintree Rainforest, the Atherton Tableland, the tropical Cairns northern beaches and Port Douglas, the white water rafting centres…. all these become more accessible with car rentals.

Why choose Bargain Wheels for your car rental in Cairns?

 With a reputation for immaculate service and cheap car rentals in Cairns, you can’t go wrong with the car hire team at Bargain Wheels. Our reservations staff are specialists in finding you quality, cheap car hire no matter what your requirements or the time you travel.

We ensure pick up and drop off is simple and convenient and organize affordable and flexible car hire at Cairns airport and in surrounding areas. In addition to expert advice on car rentals in Cairns our staff will assist you with directions, street maps and suggestions for accommodation .

For a comprehensive car hire service and a team ready to provide you with cheap car rental in Cairns, trust the team at Bargain Wheels. We’re the professionals when it comes to rental cars, with busy branches in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne we have a wealth of experience and are ready to handle your Cairns requests!

Things to do in and around Cairns

With its warm tropical climate and access to the Great Barrier Reef and the beautiful Atherton Tableland, Cairns is popular with visitors year round. Although often commented that the rainy season is too wet to do anything, most of the locals tell you that because it is still nice and warm, you just need to put on a T-shirt and do what ever it is that you would normally do. Rain or shine there are still many great activities to enjoy.

For the independent traveler, a Cairns car hire makes possible day trips to the surrounding attractions as well as trips further afield. Whether your preference is armchair comfort and adrenalin rush adventure, Cairns and the surrounding areas has something for every taste and every budget.

  • Diving and snorkelling on some of the best Great Barrier Reef dive locations. Plan your trip with Diving Cairns
  • Sail or cruise the Barrier Reef on charter boats or bare boat rental vessels
  • Bungy jumping off the 50m tower on the edge of the rainforest
  • Ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway for 34 km climbing more than 300 meters through tropical rainforest.
  • Ride the 7.5km Skyrail Rainforest Cableway above the canopy of the World Heritage listed tropical rainforest
  • Your Cairns rental car will get you to the Kuranda Village in the Rainforest with its shops, eateries and markets
  • Join RnR White Water Rafting for the adrenalin rush of riding the rapids down the surging Tully River
  • Use you Cairns hire car to visit the wonders of the Daintree Rainforest National Park
  • Spend a few days relaxing on the beach at nearby Port Douglas or the Cairns northern beaches
  • Jump in your rental car and tour the Atherton Tableland with its green pastures, waterfalls and crater lakes