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Car hire from Cairns to Brisbane, or bus?

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Car hire from Cairns to Brisbane, or bus?

Hi,

My wife and I are going round in circles trying to decide between car or bus. We are travelling from Cairns to Brisbane between the 9th Dec and 26th Dec and due to the short time we have wondering if we should bus or car.

I know bus is handy as someone else is doing the driving - but our own method of getting around might be most suitable to allow for flexibility and finding cheaper places to stay out of town etc..

Thoughts on this, and car hire rec's would be very welcome.

Thanks

Matt

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1. Re: Car hire from Cairns to Brisbane, or bus?

It is a very long way (2000 km) and you appear to have plenty of time so here is another suggestion.

Some of the most interesting places and scenery are in the north between Cairns and the Whitsundays (Airlie Beach) - further south the road gets VERY boring until you reach Hervey Bay and the Sunshine Coast just north of Brisbane. So how about hiring a car from Cairns to Airlie Beach so you can explore the nicer region at leisure, then take the bus to Brisbane and then hire another car from there to explore all the areas in the south-east - Hervey Bay, Sunshine and Gold Coasts and the beautiful hinterland.

When we drive the whole way we take three fairly comfortable days, enjoying the first day ... and dreading the next two!

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2. Re: Car hire from Cairns to Brisbane, or bus?

if you want to stop of and see things drive .....its about a 20 hour drive !!!!! would look at flying ... if you have no plans of stopping off any wheres

Edited: 10 June 2012, 00:10
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3. Re: Car hire from Cairns to Brisbane, or bus?

What a good idea, will consider that properly thanks.

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4. Re: Car hire from Cairns to Brisbane, or bus?

What a good idea, will consider that properly thanks.

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5. Re: Car hire from Cairns to Brisbane, or bus?

What a good idea, will consider that properly thanks.

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6. Re: Car hire from Cairns to Brisbane, or bus?

A car or flying would be your best option. For additional info please read the link below regarding driving this coastal route.

tripadvisor.com.au/GoListDetail-i18251-Brisb…

If time is limited consider flying from Brisbane to Whitsundays & hiring a car to drive up to Cairns.

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7. Re: Car hire from Cairns to Brisbane, or bus?

Just clicked on that link Ellemay and many congratulations, a really good guide for anyone considering the Brisbane-Cairns drive, or vice versa.

I've so far only skimmed through but couldn't help noticing your mention of Dunk Island which sadly, since the cyclone, is no longer operating so you may want to amend that bit.

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