Cairns Downtown

Shop 1 - 51 Sheridan Street Cairns, Queensland

Phone: 1800 808 122 or +61 3 8336-6100

Monday-Saturday: 7am - 11am
Sunday: Closed

No Out of Hours service available and no key drop option, vehicle must be collected and returned during operating hours:

Security Bond:

All Rentals require a Security deposit/bond. Atlas does not accept CASH as a security deposit/bond for your rental Vehicle, only Credit Cards – MasterCard & Visa or Visa Debit Cards & MasterCard Debit Cards. The name on the credit card must match the name on the hirer's drivers licence. (Prepaid credit cards are not accepted) The Security Deposit is charged to the card and is refunded up to 10 business after the return of the vehicle if all outstanding amounts have been settled (*Subject to the Terms and Conditions).

The required Security bond amounts are:

Visa / Mastercard Credit Cards $350
Visa / Mastercard Debit Cards $1000

Roadside Assistance:

Call us on 1800 808 122, listen out for the prompt “ Roadside Assistance” – you will need to quote Membership No. 4164978. If you have any issues accessing Roadside assistance via the 1800 number please call +61 3 8832 7970.


ATLAS is your one-stop shop for affordable car rental in Cairns. Pick up your car and get ready to explore Australia’s tropical gateway in your own pace.

For more than 25 years, we’ve been renting leisure and commercial vehicles throughout Australia. Whether you’re keen on of exploring the tropical wonders of the region, dive deep into Aboriginal culture or visit Cairns on a business trip, we are committed to providing all our customers the best vehicles for their needs at the best possible price.

Ready to dive into the stunning world of Tropical North Queensland? Get in touch and book your car rental in Cairns today.


Convenience, full flexibility and ultimate freedom to follow your own schedule are just some of the many advantages of renting your vehicle at our car rental in Cairns. Here are some other reasons why we think you won’t regret booking with us:

  • Low-cost and flexible

  • Short and long term rental packages

  • Excellent customer care

  • Corporate customer options

  • Modern fleet of utes and other vehicles

  • Weekend and weekday deals

  • No hidden fees

Our car rental in Cairns is just a 10 minute taxi ride from the airport in downtown Cairns. Sheridan street is a traveler’s hub with many hotels, shops and just a stone’s throw away from the scenic foreshore Esplanade.


There is no doubt that Cairns is one of Australia’s most unique tourist destinations. Come and soak in the infectious vibe of a city that is the gateway to the magical underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. No matter if you’re up for an unforgettable dive, for tropical adventures in the rainforest, or want to immerse yourself in Australia’s Aboriginal heritage - getting a rental car in Cairns makes all of that possible.

The city of Cairns is cosmopolitan hub, sitting on the east coast of Far North Queensland. It is home to 140,000 inhabitants. Located amidst some of the world’s most famous natural wonders, Cairns is the perfect location for nature lovers and adventure seekers from all around the world.

Best Things to Do in Cairns

Although being a core destination for millions of tourists, the city has a laid-back charm and some great attractions you shouldn’t miss when picking up your rental car in Cairns. Slow down in the tropical heat, experience the warm hospitality of the locals, mingle in one of the bustling bars and eateries, or simply relax by the pool before diving into the stunning natural beauty that Cairns is surrounded with.

Discover the Great Barrier Reef

When you visit Cairns, a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef should definitely be at the top of your list. Being one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, you simply cannot miss it. Marvel at the sheer beauty the world’s largest living ecosystem, which is made up of 3000 coral reefs and 600 islands. Take a catamaran out to snorkel and dive amongst alluring coral gardens and swarms of colorful tropical fish. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot turtles and dolphins.

Taste your way through the foodie scene

With its vibrant café and restaurant scene, downtown Cairns is a great place to indulge. Check out Grafton and Spence streets which are lined with trendy eateries, laneway bars and coffee haunts. A highlight for visitors and locals alike, head to Rusty’s Markets to get your hands on some fresh local produce. From Friday to Sunday, you can taste your way through 180 stalls selling exotic seasonal fruit, scrumptious seafood, farm-fresh honey and other delicacies the region is famous for.

Esplanade Lagoon

Even though Cairns doesn’t have direct beach access, its 4,800 sqm saltwater pool more than makes up for it. Join the sunseekers at this magnificent swimming lagoon, built on the reclaimed foreshore of the city. Stay until dark to take in the beautiful illuminations. If you don’t feel like swimming, follow the 3 km boardwalk that is lined with picnic and barbeque areas, birdwatching spots, skate and bouldering parks and other fun outdoor activities. There are markets, concerts and free fitness classes happening regularly, too.

Top places to visit around Cairns

Picking up a car rental in Cairns will give you the freedom to take in as many highlights of this splendid tropical region. Explore more than 2,000 km of scenic routes on the Great Tropical Drive. This 12 day driving adventure takes you from Cairns to Cooktown, passing World-Heritage listed reefs, lush rainforests and yellow outback savannah.

Before heading off on this epic route, here are some of our favorite things to see within 2 hours of Cairns.

Trek through the Daintree Rainforest

Only two hours north of Cairns, the Daintree Rainforest is a paradise for all nature enthusiasts. Having existed for more than a hundred million years, it is one of the oldest rainforests on earth. No wonder it is home to such an array of rare animal and plant species, some of which can only be found here. Stay overnight in one of the wilderness lodges, get a birds eye view on the Aerial Walkway and cruise down Daintree River to spot saltwater crocodiles and other fascinating wildlife in its natural habitat.


The picturesque mountain village of Kurunda is tucked into the rainforest. It has grown into a vibrant hub for local artisans. Weave your way along market stalls, buy some creative Aboriginal handicrafts and stop for a chat with the friendly local artist community. To get there, you can catch the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway that glides above the stunning rainforest canopy, including scenic stops where you can wind your way through lush palms and giant ferns. Or take the 2-hour journey on the historic Kurunda Scenic Railway, passing rugged mountains and sweeping waterfalls.

Get a Glimpse into Aboriginal Culture

Dating back more than 40,000 years, Aborigines are the oldest living culture on earth. The best place to learn about their rich history and culture is the Mossmann Gorge Centre, 90 minutes north of Cairns. With a strong eye on eco-tourism and protecting indigenous communities, it is a unique opportunity to explore the gorge and dive into the culture of the Kuku Yalanji tribe. For another immersive experience, travel the Bama Way - a trail from Cairns to Cookland is 100% Aboriginal owned. Sharing the pride in their culture and tradition, you can learn to throw a spear or go hunting and gathering in the mangroves.