There’s so much more to discover in Cairns than the famous Great Barrier Reef, and hiring a campervan is the best way to explore the hidden treasures of North Queensland. Book a cheap motorhome to ensure that you do not miss any of the wonderful attractions in this vast region. VroomVroomVroom can help you compare campervan rental deals in Cairns from Australia's leading providers, including Britz, Apollo, Jucy, Maui, and Real Value. We also compare Cairns Car Hire deals if you prefer a smaller vehicle.
As the gateway to Tropical North Queensland, Cairns is surrounded by beautiful rainforest, lakes, gardens, and the impressive 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 Bruce Highway/A1. With an array of different holiday parks, exploring the Cairns region is easy with a campervan.
Some of our favourite things to do year-round in Cairns are:
Summer (December, January, February): If you're looking for a perfect place to relax and cool off, the Crystal Cascades is only a 25-minute drive from Cairns. Surrounded by a series of waterfalls and magnificent boulders, this secluded paradise can be found in Tropical North Queensland. This is also the ideal time to take the scenic route through the magnificent Atherton Tablelands, which is less than 2 hours away from Cairns via the Kuranda Range.
Autumn (March, April, May): Most visitors flock to Tropical North Queensland to snorkel or scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef. April and May are considered the ideal months to see and experience the world’s famous reef. If this is on your bucket list, don’t miss a day trip from Cairns. Spend the day snorkelling over the reef or get up close with marine animals. You can also choose to combine a trip to the reef with a visit to Green Island.
Winter (June, July, August): Whale watching is one of the popular winter activities in Cairns. It is at its peak from July to September. You can choose to head out on the boat and wait for the impressive mammals to pass by or try the Reef Magic whale watching cruise for an unforgettable experience. Winter is also the best time to get your hiking boots on because it’s not too hot and the tracks are easier to follow.
Spring (September, October, November): Known as the 'Village in the Rainforest', Kuranda is less than an hour's drive from Cairns. The town features wonderful markets, boutique shops, local cafes, and wildlife parks. There are also several hiking trails around Kuranda, and it is only a 5-minute drive to Barron Falls. Water sport activities such as parasailing and jet skiing can also be best enjoyed from September to October.
Year-Round: If you are looking to experience the best of Queensland, the road trip from Cairns to Brisbane will take you through the spectacular coastal towns, fabulous island beaches, unique hinterland, and lush rainforests. Of course, a trip to Cairns is never complete without a visit to Cairns Botanical Gardens, Rusty's Markets, Cairns Art Gallery, Aqua Park, and Daintree Rainforest.
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 Wi-Fi, kiosk, air-conditioned TV room, tropical fruit and herb garden, camp kitchen and extensive tour desk.
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.
Generally, the minimum age is 21. However, 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. You can get more information here.
Your full driver’s 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).
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You don’t need to worry as there are no toll rolls in or around Cairns.
No. You can use designated campervan bays in the off-street car park, which can be found on the corner of Kenny and Sheridan streets. More information can be found here.