4WD Hire in Cairns and Cape York

On this page you have some ideas for 4WD hire up here.

If you are from overseas, or an Aussie who has no reason to own a four wheel drive but want to do a Cape York trip properly, here are some ideas for you.

Your options are rentng or buying, and if you do want to rent, put some thought into which kind of rental is best for your needs.

Renting vs Buying

Your best option of all on this page is actually to buy a cheap one. Why? Read here.

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If you still do want to rent...

Renting a Van vs Renting a 4WD Vehicle

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Most overseas travellers straight away think of renting a van - even in case you need a four wheel drive one, like for a trip in Cape York.

While it is true that it is much more comfortable with a kitchen sink and a bed in the back, renting a four wheel drive vehicle costs you about half the price compared to a van.

In the van, you also do have the equipment such as an outdoors table and chairs.

But you pay for the rent for each item, and they are not cheap.

In most cases you can go and buy the table and chairs cheaper, unless you want the absolute top quality.

The 4WD Hire Companies

So what are the main companies in Cairns that hire four wheel drive vehicles, and what kind are they?

Starting with the ones with less choice when it comes to four wheel drives - Avis and
Hertz mostly have 2WDs, but also some four wheel drives.

Maui and Thrifty have all kind, and they have more four wheel drives (Thrifty rental is nowadays also in Weipa).

The next one up when it comes to the amount of choices in the 4WDs is
1300 Meteor.

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And the most choice to my knowledge, if you are looking for renting a 4WD vehicle for your Cape York trip, have
Britz and Apollo.

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And in case you fly up to Cape York, there are also rentals in a few different places other than Cairns, including Weipa and Cooktown.
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As with all the rental vehicles, always ask the company where do they allow you to go.

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Do they allow you to do the Old Telegraph Track, or are you going to miss out the best fun in Cape York if you rent from them?

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