Scenic self drives throughout Cairns & North Queensland
Our friendly staff is always here to offer advice and recommendations on the many areas and activities on offer

Exploring the many beautiful regions of the North Queensland Wet Tropics with a hire car from A1 Car Rentals is the perfect solution to getting the most from your holiday.

By planning out your own itinerary based on our common self-drive circuits listed below, you will be able to stop, relax and thoroughly enjoy the many locations and activities along the way, in your own time.

Choose to combine two or more to plan your own adventure.

There is fun to be had every day in Tropical North Queensland with a car hire from A1 Car Rental.

Reef, Rainforest & Tablelands
Travel Distance - Approx 276km

Driving up from Cairns to the Daintree along the Captain Cook Highway will undoubtably be one of the most beautiful coastal drives you will experience in Australia. With the rainforest on one side and the oceans and white sandy beaches on the other, it is a drive to really take in. Once you have taken in the highlights of the highway and arrived at Port Douglas you will begin to feel far away from the hustle and bustle of Cairns.

Winding your way slowly through to stunning Cape Tribulation is worth the time and will allow you to enjoy all the highlights along the way. Continue up the Rex range and down the Atherton Tablelands, this circuit will help you take in some of the best of everything the region has to offer including waterfalls, gorgeous scenery and tasting the flavours of the Tablelands wine and food before heading back to Cairns.

Sightseeing links
Daintree Circuit - Visit Cooktown
Travel Distance - Approx 392km

If you hire our 4x4 you'll be able to do the full circuit from Port Douglas driving up through the Daintree Rainforest to Cape Tribulation, stopping for lunch at the famous Lions Den Hotel.

Alternatively, if you don't have a 4x4 you can reach Cooktown via the Mulligan Highway (fully sealed). After lunch continue through to Cooktown to explore the history of Captain James Cook and treasures of Cooktown. Stay overnight or camp for a few days fishing before making your way back to Port Douglas via the inland road.

Sightseeing links

Grassy Hill / Lookout
James Cook Museum
Cooktown Historic Centre
Fishing Charters & Tours
Heritage Walks
Nature's Powerhouse

Waterfall Circuit
Travel Distance - Approx 300km

The Waterfalls Trail is a great day trip as it takes you from the city centre of Cairns and climbs through the coastal ranges, past sugar cane fields and up to the Atherton Tablelands. This circuit takes you to some of the biggest and beautiful waterfalls the region has to offer, including the official 'Waterfalls Circuit' at Millaa Millaa.

Waterfalls on this circuit

Barron Falls
Dinner Falls
Millaa Millaa Falls
Zillie Falls
Ellinjaa Falls

Pepina Falls
Mungalli Falls
Malanda Falls
Nandroya Falls

Tchupalla Falls
Wallicher Falls
Millstream Falls
Josephine Falls

Canecutter Way
Travel Distance - Approx 392km

Just 90 minutes south of Cairns is a 52 km scenic drive that is rich in history, character and stunning North Queensland scenery. Starting at either Art Deco styled Innisfail or beautiful Kurramine Beach, the trail winds it's way through mountains and over creeks surrounded with cane fields, romantic ruins, historic architecture and provides opportunity to visit many of the regions attractions to suit many tastes. This trail is popular and can be done at any time of year.

Sightseeing links

Stevo's Fruit and Chocolate
Paronella Park

Tully & Mission Beach
Travel Distance - Approx 310km

Beautiful laid back Mission Beach is located approximately 140 km from Cairns. Where the Rainforest meets the gorgeous waters of the Great Barrier Reef, it is a place to relax, explore and have fun. Mission Beach is famous for it's stunning sandy beach, ancient rainforest and is the closest point of Queensland's coastline to the Great Barrier Reef. Once in Mission Beach you can visit the Great Barrier Reef, ancient Rainforests, and Dunk Island.

Sightseeing Links

Charley's Chocolate Factory
Mission Beach
Sky Diving
Croc and Wildlife Tours

Mission Beach

Tully Gorge
White Water Rafting
The Golden Gumboot





The perfect vehicle for your next holiday. Whether it’s a romantic getaway for you and your partner, or you’re taking that big family holiday you’ve been talking about for years, A1 Car Rental has got just the thing in our Cairns garage to get you around in comfort and style.


There’s no experience on earth quite like driving down one of Far North Queensland’s beautiful coastal highways in an open-top car. Get a lung full of sea breeze and warm yourself in the sunshine while enjoying all the comfort and luxury that our convertible cars have to offer.


Our fleet features a number of new model SUV's delivering the perfect mix of comfort and adventure for your next holiday. Featuring only the best from respected manufacturers, these vehicles are prized for their safety, ensuring that you have an easy drive, no matter where you go.


Go the road less travelled and see more of our state than ever before. A1 Car Rentals offers a range of 4-wheel drives for hire ideal for getting out there and doing some good old-fashioned exploring. Each one rugged and dependable while still offering a comfortable and gentle drive.

Some of the Cairns attractions you can explore with one of our rental cars include
Plus get 10% off any tour booking made with your car rental!



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