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Car Hire Options at Townsville Airport

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.

There are over 11 rental car brands at Townsville Airport competing for your business. If you’re looking for the best car hire deals that’s a lot of websites to check out...

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At Townsville Airport, all car rental companies including  AvisBudgetEuropcar, Alamo, Thrifty, Enterprise, Keddy, National, SIXT and Hertz are located “on-airport”  and you can find their desks in the arrivals area. Townsville Airport is small, and finding your way around is easy. Rental cars can be picked up and dropped off in the rental car park which you’ll find at the arrivals end of the airport terminal.

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

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On-Airport Rental Brands

“On-airport” means these rental companies have check-in desks within the Townsville Airport terminal.

The big advantage of this for you is convenience and speed. Once you’ve checked in you can jump in your car and get going. No waiting around for transfer vans.

When you’re flying into Townsville Airport, you’ll find car rental counters in the arrivals area.

Use our price comparison search tool to find the best prices for these on-airport car hire brands at Townsville Airport:

  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Europcar
  • Alamo
  • National
  • Hertz
  • Thrifty
  • Keddy
  • Enterprise
  • SIXT

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Townsville Airport Car Hire Tips

Ways to save money on Townsville Airport car hire

Don’t hire a bigger rental car than you require and consider if you really need all the extras you’ll be offered, such as a GPS. Google Maps on your phone will normally do the trick, provided phone data charges aren’t an issue.

With lengthy distances and long travel times between major cities, petrol stops are likely to be frequent. Fuel prices can vary widely from place to the next, so if you want to spend less at the pump use a mobile app like MotorMouth to find the best prices.

Driving in Townsville

Even by Australian standards, Townsville is a small city and its casual coastal lifestyle makes driving here a breeze. Drive slowly and take your time, because getting to most places nearby isn't going to take you long. From Townsville Airport into the city is just 15 minutes and, even better, once you get there you should have no trouble finding a parking spot.

If you’re heading north from Townsville into the outback, however, the same relaxed outlook could land you in a world of trouble. You need to be prepared for driving long distances, where the next petrol station, supermarket, restaurant and café may be hours away. Mobile phone coverage is likely to come and go, and you don’t want to be caught out wishing you had stopped at the last petrol station when you had the opportunity.

In Australia, you’ll need to drive on the left-hand side — if you’re not already used to it, you might find it difficult to adjust. Unless otherwise signposted, the speed limit in urban and suburban areas is 50km/h, and on highways the default limit is 100km/h. When driving your hire car, all occupants must wear seatbelts or an approved child restraint (a child safety seat or booster seat depending on the child’s size).

Return with a full tank

On your return make sure you drop your rental car off with a full tank of petrol. This will avoid your having to pay the high price rental companies charge to top up fuel tanks. There are petrol stations close to Townsville Airport, including the Shell 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

Buildings on Flinders Street, Townsville.

Flinders St, Townsville / CC-SA 4.0

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

Paluma Range tropical rainforest, clearing with forest stream

Paluma Range National Park tropical rainforest / CC-SA 3.0

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 bushland, 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 (or longer).

Hidden Valley is also a great place to stay and you can also get  daily tours to see platypuses and other wild animals. Stay at the Hidden Valley Cabins eco-retreat and you can enjoy a home-cooked meal, just like Mum would make.

Charters Towers

Exploring Charters Towers on horse and wagon

Explore historic Charters Towers on a horse and wagon tour

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 goldrush, when gold was first discovered in the area back in 1871.

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 goldrush, 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 after dark ghost tours where you will walk the town’s streets while hearing about great crimes and tragedies and, of course, goldrush ghosts and hauntings.

Further on, Ravenswood is a small township, and like Charters Towers was originally a gold mining settlement. Today, it’s a living tribute to the region’s history, its old hotels and buildings fully restored so as to give visitors a taste of what it was like to live during the goldrush. This well-preserved town once had a population of over 5,000, and more than 50 pubs; today you'll find a couple of pubs, and a general store along with other small businesses. The best way to take it all in is to park your hire car and walk amongst the historic buildings and heritage-listed sites, the old mining shafts, mullock heaps, and rusting machinery.

Burdekin Shire

Sunrise over sugarcane fields near Townsville, Queensland

Sunrise over a sugarcane field plantation near Townsville

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 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 are Ayr and Home Hill, both great places 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 among the world’s top diving spots. From Alva Beach, divers can explore the wreck of the SS Yongala, home to a variety of manta rays, bull sharks, barracudas and turtles.

At 1,103 metres, the Burdekin River Bridge is nearly as long as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and spans the river between the towns of Ayr and Home Hill. The bridge rests on 11 concrete caissons which have been sunk into the river bed, and is the only bridge in Australia built on sand.

Just an hour’s drive south of Townsville, the region is laid-back, relaxed and perfect for a break away it all.

Magnetic Island

Looking out to sea from Magnetic Island

Worth the day trip or an overnight stay — Magnetic Island

When you’re in Townsville, you simply must go to Magnetic Island, so named because it 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 (or stay longer, if you want). From cheap accommodation for backpackers to Nelly Bay’s luxury hotels and resorts, Magnetic Island has places to stay to suit every budget.

You can’t visit a tropical island without taking a dip in the ocean and for snorkelling and swimming the best spots are Nelly Bay and Geoffrey Bay. You can also dive or snorkel the reefs in Arthur or Florence Bays.

Home to 180 different bird species, Magnetic island is a bird-spotters dream. If you enjoy hiking, the Forts Walk is an easy two-hour trek leading to the ruins of a World War II fort designed to protect Townsville. For a shorter and just as picturesque view of the surrounding ocean, take the track along the eastern side of Horseshoe Bay. You can walk to Radical Bay and on to secluded Balding Bay (but note that this is a nudist beach). Make sure you only take the track at low tide, as the walk becomes inaccessible during high tide.

Last Updated on November 9, 2023