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.
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
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
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
lava tubes. (Clipped a rock with the air dam while avoiding a cow).
Also, many travel insurance policies cover the excess on the hire
significantly cheaper rate than the car rental places charge. I think
cost me around $120 for two weeks for a domestic policy that covered
for cancellation, theft, hire car etc, etc. Successfully claimed on
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