Cairns is Australia’s laid-back city in tropical North Queensland, and gateway to the world’s largest coral reef system – the Great Barrier Reef! What an inspiring place to get a campervan hire Cairns and catch a ferry to go island-hopping!
Nestled between the Coral Sea and the Great Dividing Range, you can also trek through tropical rainforest at World-Heritage-listed Daintree, just 2 hour’s drive north. Some of the most diverse tropical plants and animals on the planet live within this vast ecosystem, including saltwater crocodiles, the endangered Cassowary and the rare Tree Kangaroo. Take a meditative, self-guided wilderness tour or traverse a 125-metre long, Aerial Walkway!
At Cape Tribulation, rainforest meets the reef, where you can lose track of time walking along stretches of white sand as you exit lowland, tropical forest. Kayaking between isolated beaches can be a nice way to pass some peaceful time, too! Your motorhome hire Cairns is convenient for this quick getaway.
Thrill-seeking travellers who get a RV hire Cairns can attempt white-water rafting on the Tully or Barron River rapids to get their hearts racing! Tandem sky-diving is also on offer, along with bungee jumping, quad-biking and hang-gliding. Travel north by campervan hire Cairns to Cooktown or Somerset, south into Townsville, or inland into the Northern Territory for an outback adventure to Uluru!
Best Campervan Hire Cairns
For a tropical getaway famous for fresh seafood, relaxed and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander culture, Cairns will beckon your motorhome hire at Cruisin’ Motorhomes! Our friendly reservations team will be able to assist you with choosing the perfect campervan hire Cairns for your needs and can be contacted at 1300 664 485.
Upon renting your campervan hire from our Cruisin’ Motorhomes Cairns branch, you might like to consider spending your first few nights at nearby Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort, while you become accustomed to your motorhome hire Cairns and get acquainted with the Cairns area.
If this is your first time driving around Cairns in a campervan we recommend this 7 Days Cairns Motorhome Hire Round Trip itinerary!
Cruisin Motorhomes has one of the largest fleets of latest, well maintained campervans and motorhomes for hire in Cairns. Whether you are a couple, a group of friends, a family with kids or a solo adventurer, we have a campervan that suits your needs. Check out our range of best campervans hire Cairnsto find the perfect campervan for you!
Still looking for some inspiration to explore Cairns and surrounding areas? Check out our campervan itineraries and our campervan blog for some exciting travel ideas.
Weather in Cairns
Cairns has a Tropical climate, with generally high temperatures throughout the year. The summers are hot & humid and winter is mild and dry. The hottest weather comes in January where the average temperature is 27.5 °C.
Best time to visit Cairns
June-August is known for the best weather, so that is peak season in Cairns meaning prices can be higher and places busier. The warmer months are November to March, when winds drop, and beaches are a vibrant blue. Temperatures drop during April-October, so this will be the best time to visit if you don’t cope well with tropical heat.
Cairns Indigenous Art Fair – Cairns has a vibrant and important aboriginal and Torres strait islander culture that is respectfully acknowledged. Every year, Cairns hosts an incredible festival celebrating the culture, with ethical art markets, performances and excellent pathways for emerging artists. This is Australia’s premier indigenous art fair and usually runs for a week in November.
Carnival On Collins – If you’re travelling to Cairns for Father’s Day, this is an exciting way to spend the day! This vibrant festival showcases all the sights, sounds and tastes of the region. There are market stalls, live music and surprises around every corner.
Rumble on the Reef – An action-filled sports event held along the Great Barrier Reef Coastline. Catch some of the country’s best skateboarding, wakeboarding and hydro foiling, as well as food and live music.
Moomba Festival – Australia’s largest community festival, Moomba has something for everyone! BMX competitions, kids’ yoga, pop up concerts and carnival rides are just the start of this epic event. An exciting Labour Day long weekend that boasts a variety of ticketed and free events.
Cairns Ecofiesta – The state’s leading sustainability festival hosts an abundance of extraordinary events on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest. A diverse environmental expo that is also a music, food and children’s festival.
You will find many supermarkets and fine dining restaurants serving Kangaroo in Cairns, as well as emu and crocodile. The streets are also abundant with multi-cultural dining. Locals especially love their Japanese, Malaysian and Indian cuisine. Cairns is unsurprisingly an ideal spot to try as much fresh seafood as you can.
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Famous Landmarks in Cairns
Cairns is the gateway to The Great Barrier Reef – named one of the world’s seven wonders and is the only living thing on earth visible from space. From charming seaside villages to lush rainforests, this Queensland city is a tropical wonderland full of surprises.
Bushwalks in Cairns
Bushwalking in Cairns is a truly remarkable experience. Tropical rainforests, tarns & waterfalls are all around providing you with a scenic reward on every walk. Always be on the lookout for tropical wildlife especially the local Southern Cassowary.
- Glacier Rock Lookout
- Earl Hill Conservation Park
- Ivan Evans Walk
- Undara Lava Tubes
- Tchupala Falls Walk
- Dinner Falls Track
- Secret Garden walk
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Hiking and walking trails
National Parks in Cairns
Holiday Parks and Caravan Parks in Cairns
There are so many exciting holiday parks in and around Cairns that are close to all the popular destinations. Try and find parks near the water or with scenic views! With the warm weather, you’ll be keen to be dine alfresco-style as much as you can.
- First City Caravilla Caravan Park
- NRMA Palm Cove Holiday Park
- Cape Tribulation Camping
- Tropic Breeze Caravan Park
- Cooktown Caravan Park
- BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut
A list of all holiday parks in Cairns can be found on the Caravanning Queensland website.
Motorhome friendly free camping in Cairns
Cairns has some beautiful low cost and free camping. Research ahead of time to make sure your vehicle and the surrounding terrain is appropriate. Some camp spots that campers have previously recommended are:
- Babinda Rotary Park, Babinda
- Babinda Boulders, Babinda
- Ringers Rest Park, Mareeba
- Greenpatch Reserve, Gordonvale Cairns
- Lake Tinaroo, Atherton Tablelands
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