There was a time when you would mention the word “Cairns” to a world traveler and he’d furrow his brows and ask “Where?” Today, Cairns is amongst the world’s top nature highlights and headlines as one of Australia’s must see places. With close access to world class nature gems such as the Daintree rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, there is a lot of exploring this humid Tropical North Queensland city has to offer you.

Even though the city centre can be quite bland compared to Sydney and Melbourne, there is a wide range of hidden treasures in the surrounding areas. This is why when you go about planning your itinerary, you will most likely run into a huge variety of tour companies offering to take you around to all the surrounding nature. Unfortunately, when tourists choose this path, they are met with inflexible schedules, dreary buses, and big groups of tourists. The biggest downfall of taking a tour is you are simply not in charge of where to go, what you’ll do when you get there and how much time you want to spend at a certain place.

A good solution would be to ditch the tour idea and look for some Cairns car hire deals. With a hire car, you will be able to write your own itinerary and also explore some of the lesser known treasures on your own clock. A good place to start is to check out the local newspaper or ask around for Cairns car hire adverts and see what deals are on offer. \

Armed with your own mode of transport, you will now have the flexibility to go visit the surrounding attractions at your own pace and with so many budget car rental cairns deals floating about, you might even save some money.

Here are a couple of ideas to get you started after you arrange a car rental in Cairns:

Take the great Australian road trip by driving to Port Douglas

Located about 70km north of Cairns sits the fabulous resort town of Port Douglas. This coastal city is well known as being the gateway to get to the Great Barrier Reef. It’s also strategically placed a little over an hour by car from Cairns. Now that you have your own set of wheels, get excited to experience one of the most scenic drives in all of Australia as you ride the northern Queensland coastline.

This route is also one of the favorites amongst Queenslanders. You will truly get a feel of just how beautiful Australia’s nature is as you will be seeing one of its most stunning coastlines. Be careful as you are driving as the beautiful views you will see constantly out the window can often be very distracting. You will be teased at every turn to look out the window instead of focusing on the road ahead. Yes, Australia’s coastline is gorgeous but please drive safely.

Go see some Kangaroos

Okay, let’s be honest. Everyone who comes to Australia wants to see a kangaroo. It turns out in Cairns, you will be able to see Australia’s national animal and no we are not talking about a zoo. Nearby, about an hour outside of Cairns sits Mareeba Golf club or unofficially, the home of many kangaroos. While the golf club does in fact function as a regular golf club, it is known as a popular spot to visit the jumping creatures. Since this is not a regular destination on group tours, you will need to arrange a car rental in Cairns to get out there.