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Mini Car Rentals

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Our Rental Fleet

Our diverse range of vehicles contributes to why a Mini Car Rentals hire car is the perfect companion for any party size travel in Cairns.

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Mission Statement

Our Mission

At Mini Car Rentals it’s our style,

To give you great service with a smile,

Because a car is just a car,

To take in the sights near or far,

And with car rental offices galore,

We know the customers are looking for more,

Than just four wheels to go around,

Whether Cape Tribulation or Tablelands bound,

You want reliability and service,

On your travels you don’t want to be nervous,

So to be sure that you get there,

Just rent from the people who care,

Yes, Mini Car Rentals Cairns, my friends,

While you holiday in beautiful Cairns.

– David Lodge

Purchase insurance cover direct through us.

Take the stress out of your holiday car hire. Remove the hassle of claiming funds back if anything goes wrong.

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Why Choose Us

Best value for money car hire experience you will ever have.

Outstanding Services

Local Family Owned Business since 1980 Servicing Far North Queensland. Pioneers in the Industry & Cairns Tourism Award Winner for Outstanding Customer Service.

Name for Quality Vehicles

Our Vehicles Range from Quality Names by the Likes of Hyundai, Kia, Mazda & Great Wall. The Fleet is Maintained to High Standards. Your Road Safety is our Priority.

GPS Available!

Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are Conveniently Available for Hire with Our Rental Vehicles to Navigate on your Travels Through Cairns City and the Surrounds with Ease. The Cairns Car Rental Experts

Baby & Booster Seats

We Cater to the Requirements of Families with Children – Both Baby & Booster Seats Available to Hire with Rental Vehicles. We Fit them on Request and Must be Checked by Customers to Ensure Safety.

Best Car Hire Company 2020 - Far North Queensland
24 Hour Assistance

24 Hour Assistance

All of our Fleet of Vehicles are Covered by 24-hour Roadside Assistance Service Provided by RACQ Fleet Care. The Roadside Assistance Free Call Number is Accessible on All Car Rental Key Tags for Customers Convenience.

Fair pricing

Fair pricing

Despite the car rental market supply or competitors, our prices remain competitive and fair so that we can afford to keep our returning customers coming back each year.

No hidden fees

No hidden fees

All charges are made aware to clients by being clearly listed during contract process, reiterated in booking confirmations and available for viewing on our website under the 'terms' page.

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Clients Reviews

  • 5 star review  Very friendly staff! Paper work is pretty straightforward and price is cheaper than other rental shop. All staff is very nice and friendly. Thank you for pick us up at our... read more

    thumb SS K
  • 5 star review  I am pleased I supported a local business and they in turn looked after me. Easy system catered for my extension with out question and they supplied a good reliable car. Recommend... read more

    thumb Grant Dixon
  • 5 star review  We had a great experience with Mini Car Rentals. Helpful and honest staff, easy after hours drop off and great quality cars. The one we rented still had that new... read more

    thumb Maddi Rochford
  • 5 star review  We rented a few times before and the service has not gone down. Why would it , this is a family business and it is noticeable. So much nicer than... read more

    thumb Vera Scott-Bloxam
  • 5 star review  Excellent family business. Extraordinarily personable service. Good rates, very fair attitude and great people. Don't go anywhere else.

    thumb Nadine Dennison
  • 5 star review  Easy experience of renting car at very good price. As new cars and great mileage on them too. Easily described how to drop of car and keys afterhours time. Security... read more

    thumb Harmit Chadha
  • 5 star review  Highly recommend hiring your car from Mini Car Rentals. Extremely affordable and Staff are wonderful to deal with. We negotiated a great price over the 2 months that we stayed... read more

    thumb Lorraine Mack
  • 5 star review  From the booking to the return, everything went seamlessly. Lisa helped us with all aspects of the hire and was very thorough with the inspection, ,in our presence, of the... read more

    thumb Phil Cleveland
  • 5 star review  I was fortunate enough to discover Mini Car Rentals after arriving in Cairns and not having booked a vehicle with one of the usual big name providers (whom all were... read more

    thumb Sean O'Brien
  • 5 star review  Great customer service, from the booking process to pick up and drop off. Paperwork was handled smoothly, straight forward and no hidden cost. Drop off was available before the shop's... read more

    thumb Pauline 000
  • positive review  Mini car rentals were fantastic. Very efficient under very difficult circumstances. Hardly any cars were available in cairns but this company managed to come up with a vehicle for us and not at such a heavily inflated price as others. They are constantly flat out on the phone and with email enquiries. Despite this they went to a lot of trouble to return a pair of sunglasses to me. I did not even know I had left them in the car until they contacted me. So grateful for the trouble they went to to get them back to me.

    thumb Kerry Gray
  • positive review  Due to issues with travel through Victoria I was forced to cancel my trip to Cairns, and duly my car rental at short notice, as well as make several changes prior to that. The team at Mini Car Rentals went out of their way to help me, absolutely faultless. I implore anyone looking to rent a car in Cairns, try those guys first. Five star service, thanks

    thumb David Page
  • positive review  We hired a car from Mini Car rentals a few weeks ago and we had no issues at all! Would definitely rent from them again and recommend them to others! Very competitive price also ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    thumb Angela Woods
  • positive review  We had a fantastic experience with Mini Car Rentals! The staff were very helpful, knowledgeable and professional. We had a problem free trip and will definitely be recommending Mini Car Rentals to any friends who go on holiday to cairns! We even received a bottle of champagne as we were on our honeymoon. Thanks Mike, Anne & Phoebe!

    thumb Stacie Kennett
  • positive review  Had a great experience renting a car for our holiday in Cairns last week! Everyone was so lovely and helpful. We will definitely be using the team at Mini Car Rentals again when we are back in Cairns ☺️ Thanks again guys!!

    thumb Samantha Fadlallah
  • positive review  Great to deal with. Appreciate the effort they went to in finding us a vehicle when everywhere was booked out. Picked us up from the motel. A great family business. Would use again 😊

    thumb Jenni Fern
  • positive review  We hired the mustang and what a fantastic car. Service was great and Lisa was very helpful and efficient. Highly recommend and will be using again when we come back. Blyth’s -Brisbane

    thumb Chris Blyth
  • positive review  Very friendly and efficient service. Great quality vehicles in excellent condition and at a reasonable price. Will definitely use again and highly recommend.

    thumb Shirley Schell
  • positive review  Mini Car Rentals were recommended to us by a local. What a superb family business! Staff went out of their way to accommodate us. Highly recommend this business.

    thumb Dee Stone
  • positive review  Great local company, good car, staff really helpful.

    thumb Stacy Wood
Mini Car Rentals

Frequently Asked Questions

Drivers must present an up-to-date and valid driver’s licence for at least one year, have credit card to provide payment for security bond.

As per the insurance company, the minimum age to be able to rent a car is 21 years old & the maximum age is 75 years old.

Low cost and affordable: Car rentals mean that you don’t need to buy a car if you’re only going to use it for a shorter period of time. You’ll be saved from registering and servicing costs.

Freedom: Depending on the contractual agreement, you’ll be able to drive to areas that you wouldn’t be able to on a bus or train. You can choose what route you want to take, where to stop, and for how long.

Find a car that meets your needs: You can choose a vehicle that is family-friendly or just for yourself. Whether it’s a minibus or a convertible, or you’re in need of a van for a small group, we have vehicles available to suit your specific needs.

When comparign car rental quotes, the cost per day can be calculated to include many beneficial factors, these include:

  • Insurance excess
  • Bond amount
  • Kilometers Allowance
  • Driving radius
  • Extra's charges
  • Fee's
  • Pickup/Drop-off Service


However, some factors of a car rental are invaluable and something we strive to offer is a Personalised Service including desktop tours, free maps, discounts to local attractions and much more! - You won't get this anywhere else.

All standard rates advertised include Unlimited Klms and Basic Insurance Protection. Unless stated otherwise.

Yes, the standard security bond is AUD$1000 which is frozen as a pre-authorisation on a credit card, unless extra insurance cover is purchased.

Certainly. As long as you have your booking confirmation ready, and a description of the changes you’d like to make. We cannot, however, guarantee that your amendments will be the same prices as the initial booking as rates often change.

Feel free to add drivers to your booking. The additional driver needs to share their driver’s licence with us and sign the rental agreement. They’ll also need to pay an additional cost of a once off fee of $5 per driver.

You can make changes to both the pick-up and drop-off times and dates. Again, we cannot guarantee that the prices will stay the same. But we will do our best to accommodate you as we offer car rental services at competitive prices.

Give our friendly team a call or drop us an email, and we’ll advise you accordingly. You can also read the cancellation policy on our website for more information.

The international driver’s licence is a document that is recognised worldwide, which is used to identify the person as a licenced driver in countries that don’t have the same language as the one you’re driving in. You need a national driver’s licence alongside this for it to be accepted.

We try and hold whatever belongings that have been left behind in our lost property. If this happens, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office so that we can return the item to you.

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