There are some exceptional sights around the Sunshine State, and in the north lies the beautiful city of Cairns. Fly in, pick up your hire car and get exploring to some of these great locations. There really is something for everyone around this fabulous region, and the gorgeous drive up the coast to Port Douglas in your family hire car opens up a world of opportunity for you and your loved ones.

Getting out of the big city

More than 600 tours depart the city everyday to make the most of what this natural paradise has to offer.

Cairns is a lovely, peaceful city, but if you're travelling from a similar lifestyle of your own, then this holiday might involve more active, outdoor activities instead of the shopping and city sights. Cairns is, after all, Australia's gateway to the tropical north of the east coast, and you can access it all with East Coast Car Rentals.

The Daintree Rainforest and world-renowned Great Barrier Reef are just two of the exciting locations you could visit. The CBD is just 10 minutes from the airport and there are a range of hotels to choose from. More than 600 tours depart from Cairns everyday to make the most of the amazing sights and sounds that this natural paradise has to offer, so there will be no shortage of things to do.

Nature as it was meant to be

The Daintree Rainforest is the world's oldest tropical rainforest, estimated to be around 135 million years in the making. It is also home to the largest range of wildlife of any one forest in the world, including 430 birds, with 13 that are unique to the Daintree alone. Any aspiring bird-watchers will rejoice at that news.

Delve a little deeper and you'll find yourself at the only point on the planet where two World Heritage sites meet – the Great Barrier Reef touching the edge of the Daintree Rainforest.

More than 2,000 kilometres of underwater wonders can be explored off the coast of Cairns, or even further north at the tranquil Port Douglas. Wherever you decide to base your family trip, you'll be able to make the most of what Queensland has for everyone. You'll snorkel or dive with schools of technicolour fish, incredible reef systems and maybe even the odd ray or shark if you're lucky!

Get out and see the real Australia – the natural country with all of its wonders. It'll keep your kids away from their screens for a few days at least. You'll have experiences together that you'll never forget, so get in touch with East Coast Car Rentals today and get exploring.