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Car Hire Townsville

Our Townsville car rental premises is located at 329 - 333 Ingham Road opposite Shell and just to the town side of the RAAF base entrance where the local landmark 1950's Neptune bomber resides. We're also in very close proximity to the airport, with our property backing onto and adjoining the airport reserve! Townsville's new multi-purpose Stadium (home of the NRL Cowboys), CBD, Casino, Magnetic Island ferry, Castle Hill (lookout and walking tracks) and the ever popular seaside strip known as the Strand are all only around 5kms away. 

Book online with 1300 Meteor Rentals and save! Quality reliable car rentals, with free pick up and drop off from Townsville airport*! One way rentals welcome! With over 35 years of trusted service & experience & the largest privately owned rental fleet operating in Western & Northern Queensland we're here to assist you with your requirements! We are also a U-HAUL trailer hire agent in Townsville - Australia's long term, local, one-way interstate trailer rental specialist! Whether you're on holidays, looking for a 4WD adventure, moving house or are a sporting team or a business or corporate client, 1300 Meteor Rentals has the range, service and expertise in quality car hire!

One-Way Truck & Car Rental Townsville

Picking up your car rental in Townsville and finishing at Mount Isa or Cairns?

We offer one way car rental to our three branches, so you can pick up your rental car and drop it off at one of our other locations!

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Affordable Car Hire in Townsville

(07) 4771 8900

Calling from out of town?
Phone 1300 METEOR (1300 638 367 - take Option 1)
(local call cost)

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Street:329 - 333 Ingham Road, Garbutt 4814

Postal: Box 6041, Townsville Q4810

Open: Mon - Fri: 7.30am - 5.00pm (0730 - 1700),
Sat: 8.00am - 5.00pm (0800 - 1700),
Sun: 8.00am - 1.00pm (0800 - 1300)

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I book a car rental near me in Townsville?

Using our booking system, you can easily get a quote or make a booking online. Otherwise feel free to give us a call!

What's the speed limit in Townsville?

Across Queensland, a 50km/h speed limit applies to most suburban residential streets in built-up areas, unless otherwise sign-posted.

Do you offer one way car rental?

Yes. We offer one way car rental between our three branches located in Townsville, Mount Isa and Cairns.

How far are you from Townsville airport?

We are very close proximity to the airport as our property is backing onto and adjoining the airport reserve.

Here's a small sample on Google reviews for our depot Townsville

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Shaun Robinson a week ago
Hired a truck from Meteor today, it was almost new and very reliable.  They also have the biggest and best range of rental cars here in Townsville.  Keep up the good work guys.

Don Carbarns 3 months ago
This is far and away the best car hire service both in Townsville and Mt Isa! David went out of his way to help us when our flight was unexpectedly cancelled as we arrived to return the car in Townsville. Best price for a small car rental as well. Will definitely use Meteor again. Don and Christine

Brendan Beachamp a month ago
We hired a small truck from the team at Meteor Townsville, Mary Anne at front counter was Amazing. There was no hassle. Very professional service and the truck was very reliable. Would highly recommended Meteor at Garbutt.


Sunset at Nellie Bay, Magnetic Island

Castle Hill from Palarenda

The fishing is great off Townsville!

Ross Creek, Townsville

Black Cockatoo on Townsville's Strand

Ross River, looking towards Mt Stuart

The Red Baron, Townsville Strand

View from the C-Bar on Townsville’s Strand

1300Smiles Stadium - Home of the Cowboys!

Early morning walk up the goat track on Castle Hill Townsville

Water Park on Townsville's Strand

Sunrise Over Townsville CBD

Sunrise over Townsville CBD from Castle Hill

Early morning Castle Hill walk up the Cuttheringa Track

Footbridge on the Cuttheringa Track up Castle Hill

Lazy Sunday at Horshoe Bay Magnetic Island

Heading back to Townville from Magnetic Island

Arthur Bay Magnetic Island

Getting to know Townsville

Quaintly nestled in Cleveland Bay, Townsville has some of the most beautiful beaches in North Queensland. You and your family can't wait to visit and explore the area, but you worry that a car rental might not be large enough to transport everyone safely.

Rather than drive in separate vehicles, why not consider a bus rental to accommodate everyone?

At 1300 Meteor Rentals, we provide bus hire to Townsville residents, as well as those who want to tour Townsville and learn about its culture. Read on to discover Townsville for yourself.

Absorb Townsville's Rich History

Before you explore Townsville with your friends and family, learn a little bit about what this town has to offer.


With nearly 200,000 residents, Townsville is one of the largest cities north of the Sunshine Coast. This city acts as a central hub for many community organisations including:

  • Townsville Cowboys (NRL - Rugby League)
  • Townsville Fire (women's NBL - basketball)

Dozens of government organisations and businesses have even found Townsville the ideal location to establish headquarters.


One of the most unique aspects about this seaside town is its strong military presence. Both the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the army have military bases in Townsville. And the RAAF military airport even shares its runway facilities with both commercial and private airline operators.


Luckily for its tourists and residents, Townsville maintains a dry, tropical climate. Additionally, the area features little rainfall. In fact, you'll experience more than 300 sunny days per year in this area! Summers reach an average of 30 degrees Celsius, and the town's proximity to the sea makes for humid summers as well.

However, the winters are another matter entirely. Townsville's convenient location means that residents and tourists experience mild winters-many even don shorts and short-sleeved shirts for most of the 'cold' season.


Townsville's unique topography provides visitors and residents with various opportunities for outdoor activities and adventures including a range of national parks.

Some of the most prominent geographical features in Townsville include:

  • Alligator River
  • Burdekin Falls Dam
  • Castle Hill
  • Magnetic Island
  • Mt. Stuart
  • Paluma Dam
  • Ross River Dam
  • The Pinnacles
  • The Strand

If you dare tap into your courageous side, the Great Barrier Reef runs next to the coast. Take some time to explore a truly unique aquatic environment first-hand.


Visit Townville's delectable eateries and exciting aquariums. Here, you'll find diverse facilities such as:

  • BBQ facilities
  • Museum of Tropical Queensland
  • Reef HQ Tropical Aquarium
  • Rock Pool

You can visit the following locations to learn more about metal refining:

  • Glencore Copper Refinery
  • Sun Metals

With so many phenomenal places to visit, Townsville is the perfect place for whatever excursion you have in mind.

Tour Townsville Today

Once you get to know Townsville, you'll understand why it's a not-so-hidden gem in Australia. And don't forget to look into car hire or mini bus hire for your journey. Use the information above to contact 1300 Meteor Rentals.

Simply a great place to live, work, play and visit!

For more information about Townsville and district visit:

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www.afcm.com.au (Australian Festival of Chamber Music)




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