Things to do in Cairns

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For the best and affordable car hire and truck hire rates on latest models, professional friendly service and great locations in northern and western Queensland, 1300 Meteor Rentals has it all! We have an extensive range of cheap hire cars, people movers, light commercials (utes and vans), four wheel drives, trucks and trailers for rental, including mine spec vehicles. Give us a call today for car rental in Cairns.

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Whether you are on holidays, a sporting team or a business or corporate client we have the range, service and expertise long term commercial and mine spec vehicles are a speciality! Business or pleasure, 1300 Meteor Rentals will match your vehicle requirement at a price you can afford.

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Ph: (07) 4035 7900

Street: 48 Comport Street, Portsmith 4870

Calling from out of town? Phone 1300 meteor (1300 638 367) - take Option 2 (local call cost)

Fax: (07) 4035 7910

Open: Mon - Fri: 7.30am - 5.00pm (0730 - 1700), Sat & Sun: 8.00am - 5.00pm (0800 - 1700)

Closed on Public Holidays, with the exception of Easter Saturday.

Getting to know Cairns

Cairns is Queensland's northern most large provincial city with a population around the 160,000 mark and is a major hub for government, community organisations and business servicing Cape York, Atherton Tablelands and Gulf (of Carpentaria) areas.

The city is located about 1,400 kms north of Brisbane on the eastern seaboard between the Coral Sea and Great Dividing Range. It is a very popular tourist destination thanks to its wet tropical climate and lush hinterland, its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, great scenery and varied tourist attractions not only in Cairns but also to close by centres such as Port Douglas, Mission Beach and the wonderful Atherton Tablelands. The 2 wettest towns in Australia (Tully and Babinda) in close proximity to the south.

As the State's northernmost city and only centre north of Brisbane with a full time international airport Cairns is also very popular with tourists / backpackers who wish to travel extensively around Australia as its geographical location makes it an ideal starting or finishing point.

Cairns is historically a centre for: 

  • Tourism
  • Sugar cane farming and milling
  • Services to northern and western districts, including local shipping running up the coast to the Thursday Island group and around the Cape to Wiepa.


Cairns is the gateway to:

  1. the Great Barrier Reef (Green and Fitzroy Islands and various reefs), from both Cairns and nearby Port Douglas. The drive along the coast to Port Douglas is stunning in itself.
  2. the Atherton Tablelands - a centre for farming (dairy, small crops, tea), with rich red volcanic soils, and tourism with stunning views going up and down the range, Barren Falls, tourist centre of Kuranda and terminus for both the cable car ride from Smithfield outside Cairns and the scenic railway run from Cairns Central, the Curtain Fig tree outside Yungaburra, Lakes Barrine and Eacham that occupy extinct volcano cones, the Historic Village in Herberton (a must see) and numerous 'get away from it all' accommodation centres. And its elevation makes the Tablelands that little bit cooler than the coast. Visit:
  3. the spectacular Undara Lava Tubes to the west of the Atherton Tablelands via Mt Garnett. Visit:
  4. Cape York - a mecca for those wishing to travel by road to the very top of Cape York and Australia. And of course we offer a wide range of 4WD's in our fleet available for this adventure! Visit:

Local attractions include the swimming lagoon on the Esplanade, the Kuranda Scenic Railway, and the Skyrail cablecars that runs up over the range from Smithfield to Kuranda on the Atherton Tablelands.

Feeling fit? Try the red and blue arrow walks starting from the Botanical Gardens in Edgehill that run up the hillside with spectacular views.

For more information about Cairns and district visit:

CAIRNS - if green is your favourite colour and weekend scenic drives into the extensive surrounding district or being on the water is your thing!


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