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Car hire Townsville: The gateway to tropical Queensland

A city on the coast of Northern Queensland, Townsville is the jumping off point to some of Australia’s most stunning landscapes and a fantastic place to start your holiday. With a Townsville car hire, you’ll have the chance to GoSee it all. The city itself offers a mix of fabulous foodie fare, lively local entertainment, and fantastic cultural outings. 

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Hire car Townsville: Getting around the city

Castle Hill is the giant pink granite monolith that stands in the centre of Townsville.Townsville is a much smaller city by Australian standards, which means getting around in your Townsville car hire is easier and quicker—just a 15-minute drive from the airport to downtown. A few tips to keep in mind:

  • Stick to the left side of the road and be mindful of roundabouts and pedestrian crossings. 
  • Life moves slower on the coast, so take your time and be respectful of the locals’ relaxed pace. 
  • Parking is plentiful, just make sure to check time limits and pay via coins or credit card where needed
  • If you’re heading north to the tropics or inland to the Outback, make sure to plan your route, and pack extra supplies. The roads are long and desolate and often cell service is non-existent. 

Experience a bit of everything in your Townsville car hire

As soon as you land at Townsville Airport, head straight to the arrivals area to locate your car rental agent. The airport is small and signage is easy to follow, making your flight to car rental transfer quick and efficient. 

Once you’re behind the wheel, take in Townsville’s best views and drive your rental car to the following hot spots: 

  • Castle Hill lookout. 
  • The Strand: a beachfront path teeming with trendy cafes, endless green space, playgrounds, waterparks, and more. 
  • Jezzine Fort.
  • Rock pools. 
  • Paluma Range National Park.
  • Billabong Sanctuary. 

Don’t miss out on Townsville’s main attraction—a trip to Magnetic Island. Book one of the many tours to the island or simply leave your car rental at the port and hop on the ferry to discover this mountainous island for yourself. 

Aerial view of the Magnetic Island.

Townsville car hire: Quick and efficient booking

Depending on the number of passengers and what you plan to do, your Townsville rental car can make a big impact on your trip. Here is some help on choosing the right one:

  • If you’re looking for an affordable ride to simply soak up the sun and local attractions, stick to a comfortable economy-size from Budget car hire Townsville. 
  • Heading into the wild Outback? A 4WD Townsville car hire is a safe and flexible choice.
  • If you plan to be bay hopping and filling your boot with beach accessories, grab a spacious SUV so it’s easy to change and unload. 
  • For the eco-conscious, try one of the hybrid/electric options to cut down on emissions.
  • Towing a big group? Search for a 7 seater car hire Townsville.
  • Luxury car hire is available for Townsville formal events.
  • If you’re sharing the driving responsibilities, make sure to choose a car hire that works for all drivers. Manual and automatic options are on offer. 

Remember, Townsville is a holiday destination and one to book up quickly during the peak seasons, so secure your Townsville car hire well in advance. 

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Car rental Townsville Airport: Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to hire a car at Townsville Airport?

The average cost for a Townsville car hire will fluctuate depending on the time of year, length of rental, and type of vehicle. For better Townsville car hire deals, book for multiple days well in advance. With a quick search for your dates, you’ll be able to compare rental car costs in seconds to find what fits your budget.

What is the cheapest car hire agency at Townsville Airport?

Alamo car hire Townsville is often a cheap option as well as Enterprise, Europcar, and Thrifty. To compare current rates, simply type in your dates to view Townsville Airport car rental deals offered by our partnered brands.

What car rental agencies are at Townsville Airport?

Townsville Airport is home to at least ten car rental agencies, making it easy for visitors to compare from a range of top rental agencies. Renowned international names such as Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, and Hertz Townsville are available onsite, as well as trusted local partners such as Keddy, Apollo, and Firefly. If you have any questions about the depots, feel free to reach out on our live chat or give us a call. For more details on each provider, click on the reviews to see what other customers are saying.

Which car hire companies in Townsville have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

We understand your concern for cleaning procedures due to COVID-19. To help our customers feel safe, we’ve added a few features to ensure minimal risk. Many car rental agencies are now providing enhanced cleaning to every Townsville car hire. Simply check the free benefits listed with the car hire details or tick the enhanced cleaning on the left-hand side on the search page. You may also choose contactless pick up and instant confirmation to ensure less face-to-face interaction during your stay. As always, reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Can I collect a car from Townsville Airport and return it somewhere else?

Australia is made for road trips, and one-way transfers are quite common. If you’d like to pick up a car hire in Townsville and drop it at another location, simply uncheck the 'Drop off at same location' in the search bar and add your end destination. Some of our partnered rental car agencies may charge a one-way fee which will be listed in the rental terms. Restrictions on where you may drop off will also be listed here, as some brands do not allow car drop-offs in other territories.

How old do I need to be to rent a car from Townsville airport?

Typically to hire a car from Townsville Airport, the driver must be at least 25 years old - with some exceptions for drivers over the age of 21. Check the rental term details for this information which also might include a surcharge for younger drivers.

Where are the best places to park in Townsville?

Depending on what sights you are visiting, there will be a range of parking available for your Townsville car hire. If you are in the CBD, choose from over 700 free spaces. Plus, there are numerous paid parking facilities typically available from the hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. For a detailed map of free spaces, check out Townsville’s parking zones. If you’re heading to the Strand, find plenty of free parking on the streets perpendicular to the beach.

What’s the speed limit in Townsville?

Like most Aussie urban areas, the speed limit is set at 50km/h. Please pay attention as the speed limit may lower to 30km/h depending on school areas or construction sites. On the outer roads including the main highways, you can expect a speed limit of 100km/h, however, be alert for any changes.

How far is Townsville Airport from Townsville city centre?

Townsville city centre is less than 15 minutes away by rental car from the airport. The Townsville Airport is located northwest of the city and offers numerous routes to the CBD, oceanfront, and surrounding neighbourhoods.