RFI: Rental Car for Getting Around Cairns

To: "Billinghurst, David \(RTATECH\)" <>
Subject: RFI: Rental Car for Getting Around Cairns
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2008 06:11:03 +1000
Europcar rents Subaru Foresters which are just the thing for anything you might want to do in the area. Europcar don't have problems with you driving on unsealed roads ...

On 07/10/2008, at 7:48 PM, Billinghurst, David (RTATECH) wrote:

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 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


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