RFI: Rental Car for Getting Around Cairns

To: "Dean Portelli" <>, <>
Subject: RFI: Rental Car for Getting Around Cairns
From: "Billinghurst, David (RTATECH)" <>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2008 20:48:40 +1100
> From: Dean Portelli
>  I am planning on spending a week in and around Cairns at the
> end of the month and wonder if an ordinary 2-wheel drive will
> be fine getting around the Atherton Tableland, Mt Lewis and
> the like. Or should I upgrade to a bigger (more expensive) beast?
>  Any comments, welcome.
> Cheers,
> Dean

Should be fine in a 2wd, provided you are sensible.

You need to read the fine print to see exactly where you can take the
Each vendor has different limits and many do not allow a 2wd on dirt
over the Daintree ferry, west and/or north of certain points, etc.  Mt
could be a problem from this aspect.  We went with either Hertz or Avis
which) as they allowed a little bit of dirt on the way to recognised
destinations and accomodation.

I rang the Cairns (Airport) office of each of the vendors before I
booked, after
checking on the web sites, to discuss my planned route with each of
I am glad I did as the car suffered minor damage on the way into Undara
lava tubes. (Clipped a rock with the air dam while avoiding a cow).

Also, many travel insurance policies cover the excess on the hire car at
significantly cheaper rate than the car rental places charge.  I think
cost me around $120 for two weeks for a domestic policy that covered the
for cancellation, theft, hire car etc, etc.  Successfully claimed on it


This email is confidential and may also be privileged.  If you are not the 
intended recipient, please notify us immediately and delete this message from 
your system without first printing or copying it. Any personal data in this 
email (including any attachments) must be handled in accordance with the Rio 
Tinto Group Data Protection Policy and all applicable data protection laws.

To unsubscribe from this mailing list,
send the message:
(in the body of the message, with no Subject line)
<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU