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Rent a car in Townsville

Renowned for its picturesque beaches, rich heritage, and close proximity to some of Queensland's most popular attractions, Townsville is a city best explored by renting a vehicle. Whether you're travelling with family or planning a road trip with friends, car hire in Townsville unlocks the best of north-eastern Queensland.

As the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Townsville is a sprawling coastal city surrounded by must-see attractions best explored behind the wheel of your own ride. Plus, Townsville is a popular road trip destination, with multi-day itineraries connecting you to the Gold Coast, Cairns and even Sydney. With a wide range of cars to choose from and a simple booking process, Turo can help make your trip to Townsville your best trip yet.

Townsville car hire: How it works

Hiring a car in Townsville is your ticket to discovering the best of this tropical oasis. Zip along the coastline, take a day trip to The Wet Tropics or venture to the best beaches and rockpools along the North Queensland coastline. Browse online, book in minutes and set your own custom pick-up location, rather than trekking it to the office of a traditional Townsville car rental company.

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Find your car: 

Enter a date and location in Townsville (or beyond) and browse thousands of cars shared by local hosts.

Book with Turo: 

Book on the Turo app or online, choose a protection plan, and say hi to your host! Cancel for free up to 24 hours before your trip, and get discounts if you book early or for a longer duration!

Hit the roads of Townsville:

Have the car delivered or pick it up from your host. Check-in with the app, grab the keys, and hit the roads of Townsville!

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Things to do and places to see in Townsville

Situated in Northern Queensland, Townsville is brimming with incredible things to do and unforgettable places to see. Here are a few to consider visiting when you're in the area.

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Billabong Sanctuary

An 18 minutes' drive from Townsville City, Billabong Sanctuary is a unique wildlife park offering some of the best interactive animal experiences Australia offers. From feeding a crocodile to playing with a dingo, there's much to see and do at Billabong Sanctuary.

The Strand

The Strand is a seaside foreshore in Townsville famous for its relaxed yet energetic vibe, as well as beautiful scenic beach views. A fun combination of natural beaches and custom-built play areas, it's the perfect place to explore with family, as well as take yourself on a solo date to enjoy the seaside wonder.

Magnetic Island

Just a short ferry ride from Townsville, Magnetic Island is a hidden local gem that's an unforgettable place of serenity and natural beauty. Every nature lover's favourite, the island is filled with granite boulders, hoop pines, and sandy beaches that make for a picturesque landscape you can't see anywhere else.

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BMW 3 Series 2012

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BMW Z4 2021

Easier than big box car rental companies.

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Ford Mustang 2019

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Chrysler 200 2011

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FIAT 500 2012

American Motors is by FAR the best car rental agency I’ve ever dealt with!

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Toyota Corolla 2017

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Hyundai Elantra 2023

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Toyota Camry 2022

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Nissan Altima 2016

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Hyundai Elantra 2013

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Mazda Mazda3 2016

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Toyota Corolla 2017

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Lexus GS 2014

The car was very comfortable and clean.

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Ford Mustang 2014

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Toyota Camry 2023

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Chevrolet Corvette 2021

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Kia Spectra 2009

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Kia Forte 2023

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Nissan Altima 2020

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2018

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Porsche 718 Boxster 2019

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Toyota Prius 2022

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Tesla Model 3 2022

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Chevrolet Corvette 2023

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Toyota Corolla 2020

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Luis R.
Toyota Corolla 2017

Great car, easy rental process.

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Molly K.
Hyundai Elantra 2020

The rental process (from reservation to return) was super easy and communication was quick.

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Honda Civic 2022

I was so happy with the rental process and vehicle.

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Tesla MODEL 3 2023

The best first experience ever!!!

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Ford Mustang 2019

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Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2016

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Porsche 718 Boxster 2017

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Tesla Model 3 2023

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Honda Accord 2021

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Kia Forte 2023

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Hyundai Elantra 2023

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Robert F.
Kia Optima 2017

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Chrysler 300 2016

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Tesla Model 3 2022

Much better service than all other official car rental companies.

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Tesla Model 3 2023

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Toyota Prius Prime 2017

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Tina M.
Kia Forte 2017

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Toyota Corolla 2023

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Cadillac CT5-V 2023

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Toyota Corolla 2022

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Ford Fusion 2019

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Tomica Z.
Hyundai Elantra 2020

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Toyota Corolla 2022

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Nissan Altima 2020

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Honda Accord 2020

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Toyota Prius 2022

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BMW 3 Series 2015

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Volkswagen Golf GTI 2023

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Nissan Sentra 2022

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Audi A6 2019

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Tesla Model 3 2023

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Tesla Model 3 2022

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Dodge Avenger 2013

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Toyota Corolla 2020

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Find deals on all kinds of drives in Townsville and throughout Australia - from the everyday to the extraordinary - complete with a better, more convenient experience versus rental car companies. Find the perfect vehicle for your budget.

Free cancellation

Cancel for a full refund up to 24 hours before your Townsville trip starts. Because life happens and it helps to be flexible when it does.

Convenient delivery options, wherever you are in Townsville:

Skip the Townsville car rental line and get your car delivered right to you or wherever you’re going. Many hosts offer delivery to custom locations or popular points of interest in Townsville, like airports, train stations, and hotels.

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Top tips for hiring a car in Townsville


About to hire a car in Townsville? Here are a few top tips to keep in mind.


Townsville road rules and driving conditions


The road rules in Townsville are similar to any other city in Queensland - this applies to seat belt and booster seat regulations. Children under seven must be restrained with an appropriate, approved child restraint (such as a booster or baby seat). You can easily add this to your booking with Turo to make it easy to comply with local laws.

As for driving speeds, make sure to stick to the 50km/h speed limit in built-up areas and 100km/h outside of built-up areas.

However, you may need to be wary of roaming wild animals while driving at night (especially in rural and remote areas in Queensland). Slow down and drive cautiously at dawn, dusk and after dark to avoid collisions.


Townsville's rush hour, busiest roads and toll roads


Rush hour in Townsville is usually between 8am to 10am and 4pm to 6pm. Although there are no toll roads in the city, you may need to be mindful of busy and traffic-prone roads such as Townsville Ring Road and Sturt St while driving in the city.


Parking in Townsville


Curious about where to park in Townsville? You'll find a lot of timed street parking in Townsville, as well as shopping centre car parks with free (time-limited) parking. The biggest car parks in Townsville are Walker Street Carpark as well as the Wilson Parking stations at 45 Flinders Street and Central Village.

There are also many car parks in suburban neighbourhoods that offer timed parking.


Petrol stations and EV chargers in Townsville


Rest assured, there are many petrol stations and EV chargers littered around Townsville. Head to Palmer Street to recharge at an EV charging station or the Tesla Destination Charger on Woolcock Street Currajong (if you've booked a Tesla car for your trip).


For petrol cars, head to the Caltex West End, Breakwater Marina's petrol station or the Ampol at Railway Estate to refuel.


Do I need to hire a car in Townsville?


Although not completely necessary, a car is the ideal way to explore Townsville, considering its limited public transport. Not only does it make exploring the beaches and attractions of Townsville a breeze, but it also unlocks day trips to the neighbouring sights and suburbs of North Queensland.

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