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Townsville Airport Car Rental Tips

If you're flying into Townsville picking up a rental car at the airport when you land is a great idea. It gives you the flexibility and freedom to explore Townsville and the surrounding region at your own pace.

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Avis, Budget, Europcar, Redspot, Thrifty and Hertz all have desks located in the arrivals area of the airport terminal and their vehicles are parked close to the front entrance, next to the drop off zone. If you the depot is closed  when you return you can drop your keys off in the drop-off boxes situated on the rental car counters.

Other rental operators, such as Enterprise and Firefly Car Rentals, are located close to the airport and will transfer you between the terminal and their depot. Although this isn't as convenient, it is often the cheaper way to rent a car from the airport.

Before you go to pick up your vehicle, make sure you have your confirmation eVoucher , a valid driver's license for each of the drivers, a credit card or cash for the deposit and suitable ID.

On your return make sure you drop your rental car off with a full tank of petrol. This will avoid you paying the high price rental companies charge to top up fuel tanks. There are petrol stations close to the airport, including the Coles Express Garbutt petrol station which is situated at 346 Ingham Road. Click here to find petrol stations close to Townsville airport.

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Townsville Attractions

A rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring Townsville and surrounding areas of Northern Queensland. Below are some of our favourite attractions that we know you will love. For more ideas, check out the Townsville Tourism website.

Paluma Range National Park

Just a 45 minute drive from Townsville, Paluma is the perfect spot for a relaxing break from the city. Whether you enjoy taking long, romantic walks across the sandy beaches, or treks through rugged bush-land, Paluma Range National Park is an awe-inspiring wonderland for all to enjoy.

Along the range, Little Crystal Creek and Big Crystal Creek are great places to stop for a picnic lunch or barbecue. You can also stay the night at the designated camping areas, as long as you order a permit in advance. With a large swimming hole and beautiful waterfalls, this is truly a wonderful place to stop for the night.

Hidden Valley is also a great place to stay with daily tours which give you the chance to see platypus and other wild-animals. At night, stay at the Hidden Valley Cabins eco-retreat and enjoy a home-cooked meal, just like Mum would make.

Charters Towers

If you've ever wondered what Australia was like back in the late 1800's, a trip to Charters Towers should give you all the information you need. Just an hour's drive from Townsville, Charters Towers sends you back to the days of the gold-rush, when gold was first discovered in the area back in 1871.

Ravenswood is a small township, with a huge living tribute to the history of the region, which include a wide range of tools and machinery which were used to mine for gold over a century ago. Historical hotels and public buildings have also been restored to give visitors a taste of what it was like to live during the gold-rush.

The person who first discovered that there was gold in the area, was Jupiter, a 12-year-old aboriginal boy who stumbled across a nugget of gold when he was looking for some horses that had bolted after a flash of lightning had frightened them.

Thanks to the gold-rush, Charters Towers quickly became the second largest town in Queensland and was once a prosperous town full of people wanting to make their mark on the landscape. While you are visiting Charters Towers, don't forget to pan for gold at the Miners Cottage or view the town from Towers Hill. You might also want to check out the Charters Towers ghost tours where you can find out more about the ghosts of the heritage trail.

Burdekin Shire

Known as the sugar capital of Australia, thanks to the sugar mills in the region, Burdekin is a bird-watching paradise as well as the perfect spot to view an array of Australian flora and fauna.

As one of the only areas in Australia that still burns cane, prior to harvesting it into sugar, the Burdekin horizon is often bright orange, with the cane fires and a lot of the industry centres around the crops which are the biggest in the country.

The shire's two main towns include Ayr and Home Hill, which both include good cafes, restaurants and public amenities. Both towns are a great place to stay while you enjoy a variety of fun adventures including off-coast reef fishing.

Not only is Burdekin a well-known fishing spot, it is also close to one of the top 10 diving spots in the world. The SS Yongala wreck is home to a variety of manta rays, bull sharks, barracudas and turtles and can be accessed by boat from Alva beach.

The Burdekin River Bridge is also a sight to behold at 1,103 metres long - even longer than the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It spans the river between the towns of Ayr and Home Hill and it is the only bridge that hasn't been built with a firm foothold. Instead the bridge rests on 11 concrete caissons which have been sunk into the river bed.

Just an hour's drive south of Townsville, the region is laid-back, relaxed and perfect for a break away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Magnetic Island

Take your car across from Townsville to Magnetic Island for a relaxing holiday on an island which apparently had a magnetic effect on Captain Cook's ship compass, when he was sailing along the east coast.

Operating eight times a day, the car ferry takes 40 minutes to get to Magnetic Island from Townsville, so you can do a day-trip, however, there is also a wide range of accommodation options on the island for you to enjoy the sights at your own pace.

You can't visit a tropical island without taking a dip in the ocean and the perfect spots for snorkelling and swimming can be found at Nelly Bay and Geoffrey Bay. You can also dive or snorkel the reefs in Arthur or Florence Bays.

With 180 different bird species inhabiting the area, Magnetic island is a bird-spotters dream and the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the beautiful song-birds, amongst the trees.

If you enjoy hiking, make sure you bring sunscreen, insect repellent and enough water to keep you hydrated during the hot, summer days. The Forts Walk is an interesting trip through history, with a two-hour trek through the ruins of a World War II fort, which was designed to protect Townsville. For a shorter and just as picturesque view of the surrounding ocean, you might like to check out Horseshoe Bay beach and take the track along the eastern side of the beach. Track through Radical Bay on to Balding Bay (keep your eyes down if you are easily offended, as this is a nudist beach). Make sure you only take the track at low tide, as the walk becomes inaccessible during high tide.

The island is also home to a variety of art galleries, restaurants, cafes, day spas and all-night Full Moon Down Under raves which can be enjoyed at the Base Magnetic Island when the moon is at its brightest.From the cheaper accommodation backpacker options through to the luxury hotels and resorts on Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island has a good range of places to stay, which will suit every budget.