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Cairns campervan

Driving to Cairns in a campervan? Or collecting a campervan in Cairns and doing the great road trip south along Queensland’s eastern coastline? Either option sounds like a great plan for anyone wanting to travel in Australia, as booking a campervan or motorhome for an epic road trip has always been a great way to holiday. With more Australians now wanting to travel domestically, now is a great time to book your Cairns campervan rental and start exploring.

As the gateway to Tropical North Queensland, Cairns is surrounded by beautiful rainforest, lakes, gardens, and the impressive and world-famous Great Barrier Reef. There are plenty of areas to explore if you are willing to travel including Mission Beach, which is only a short drive away via the Bruce Highway/A1. With an array of different holiday parks, exploring the Cairns region is easy with a campervan.

Motorhome hire tips in Cairns

Make the most out of your campervan rental by keeping these recommendations in mind:

  1. Many people book a campervan rental in Cairns around the Christmas season, so if you are planning to rent one over the holiday period, it’s best to arrange your travels at least a month in advance in order to be sure of securing your preferred camper.
  2. Booking earlier also lets you secure your preferred motorhome model at usually better rates, or before they sell out.
  3. Look into the features of the campervan model you are considering to ensure that it is well-equipped, so that you can have an enjoyable and comfortable trip.
  4. Enjoy the scenery! Cairns offers amazing driving routes you can explore with your campervan.

FAQs about hiring a campervan in Cairns

How much does it cost to rent a campervan in Cairns?

Rates for a motorhome rental will depend on the vehicle type, time of year, and booking duration. For the latest campervan rental prices in Cairns, please try our price comparison tool.

How old do you have to be to rent a campervan in Cairns?

Generally, the minimum age is 21. However, a few rental suppliers may allow people aged 18 with a valid driver’s licence to hire a campervan provided they pay a young driver’s surcharge.

What type of licence do you need to drive a campervan rental in Cairns?

Your full driver licence held for a minimum of 12 months is enough. If it is not written in English, you will need to provide an International Driving Permit (IDP).

Can you park your campervan hire anywhere in Cairns?

No. You need to use designated campervan bays in off-street car parking areas, which can be found on the corner of Kenny and Sheridan streets.

When should I book my campervan for Cairns?

On average, our customers book 50+ days before they intend to collect their Cairns campervan.

What Cairns campervan provider is the most popular to book with?

Since November 2022, most of our customers have collected a campervan from Jucy Campervan Rentals and Spaceships in Cairns.

What is the most popular one-way rental route to drive a campervan from Cairns?

The most popular one-way rental route for our customers is to book a campervan to collect in Cairns and drop off in Brisbane.

How long do most people hire a campervan for in Cairns?

On average our customers hire a campervan for 10 days from  Cairns.

What type of campervan should I look to hire in Cairns?

Most of our customers tend to look at campervans with 2 Berths (including a toilet and shower) or 4 Berth vehicles for Cairns.

Recommended Holiday Parks and Campsites in Cairns

Cairns Holiday Coconut Resort is located at Bruce Highway and Anderson Road. Just fifteen minutes from central Cairns, the resort covers 28 acres of land filled with rainforest areas, tropical gardens, and open space. Its facilities include a disabled and family bathroom, campers kitchen, recreation room, pool table, tour bookings, 24-hour reception, mini-mart, laundromats, dump point, tour buses call, tropical dining cafe, barbecues, gas refills, van storage, and daily housekeeping.

Crystal Cascades Holiday Park can be found along Intake Road in Redlynch. It has three types of campervan camping sites; ensuite sites, powered sites, and unpowered sites. All of the sites are surrounded by beautiful views and have ample facilities. Stay here for a memorable experience.

NRMA Cairns Holiday Park is situated in the centre of Cairns. This is the only spot where two World Heritage-listed areas meet, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. The park has a wide range of great facilities such as a swimming pool, free WiFi, kiosk, air-conditioned TV room, tropical fruit and herb garden, camp kitchen and extensive tour desk.

Top Attractions in Cairns

Cairns Museum can be found within the School of Arts Building, corner Lake and Shields Street. It is an interesting venue that contains a lot of information about Cairns' history, and the story of its people throughout time. Learn about the Aboriginal and Islander locals, as well as details about the arrival of the Chinese. Exploring the museum will open your eyes to how much the city has changed over time.

Daintree Rainforest lies north of Cairns. It is Australia's largest tropical rainforest and forms part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Site. The rainforest was named after the Australian geologist and photographer, Richard Daintree. It homes abundant flora and fauna and a number of leisure facilities that enables everyone to get involved and enjoy nature. See the crocodiles at the Daintree River, the rocks at the Mossman Gorge, go walking through the forest and see the picturesque sights from Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

Lake Placid sits between Cairns and Kuranda, forming part of the Barron Gorge National Park. The lake belongs to the Djabugay people who believe that the water fairy Bannnunda lives within it. Having a picnic on the banks, leisure walking and relaxing are just some of the activities to do while at Lake Placid.

Machans Beach dates back to 1885, making it one of the oldest beachfront communities in Cairns. Its name was taken from Richard and Cristina Machan, the first white settlers in the area. Machans Beach is popular for its friendly locals, picturesque sights as well as watching the moon rise over dinner.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway offers everyone the opportunity to see Australia's World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest from above with its safe and comfortable six-person gondola cabins. Skyrail's Caravonica Terminal is just 15 minutes drive from the city centre.