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Cairns Motorhome Rental

Cairns is the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and one of Queensland’s most stunning cities. 

Hiring a motorhome in Cairns

Cairns is 1,700 kilometres up the coast from Queensland’s capital, Brisbane. The city is the closest to the Great Barrier Reef, which is the largest in the world at 2,011 kilometres in length and 72 kilometres in width. Once you pick up your motorhome in Cairns, you are perfectly placed to begin exploring Tropical North Queensland, an area that’s approximately 400,000 square kilometres in size. There are only roughly 165,000 people living in Cairns, making for a relaxed atmosphere away from the bustling cities. With 21 fleets in Cairns, Motorhome Republic has plenty of choice when it comes to holidaying in Queensland on wheels. 

Trips from Cairns in your motorhome

Port Douglas makes for an easy first stop, just 66 kilometres – or around an hour’s drive – from Cairns. This is the home of Four Mile Beach (one of the best in Australia), the Macrossan Street shopping district, and an enchanting marina. 
A further 1.5 hours up the coast from Port Douglas is Daintree National Park, a beautiful, lush expanse of World Heritage-listed rainforest. The area is believed to be one of the oldest rainforests in the world which makes it all the more special as you cruise its rivers, zipline through the canopies, walk beneath the towering trees and drive the scenic routes through this natural wonder.
The Great Barrier Reef is arguably the largest drawcard in Queensland for both visitors and locals alike. It’s another World Heritage-listed site (Queensland is the only place in the world with two right next to each other!), and is home to approximately 1,500 species of fish, 4,000 species of mollusk, 400 species of sponges and 300 species of corals. In all, it’s simply stunning. 
For something further afield, you could take your Cairns motorhome hire all the way to the tip of Queensland up to Cape York Peninsula. This trip is 950 kilometres one-way and will take four or five days. This area is remarkably close to Papua New Guinea, and has a climate to match. 
Another fantastic idea for a road trip from Cairns is to head south and stop in Townsville for a night or two before continuing on to Mackay, which is another short day’s drive away. Both are beautiful seaside townships that offer relaxed, sunny holidays with plenty of opportunities to jump on a boat and visit the reef in Townsville and more oceanic adventures to be had in Mackay. 

Best time for Cairns motorhome travel

Cairns typically has just two seasons – the winter season from April to September, and the summer season from October to March. Throughout summer, temperatures often soar to averages of around 31 degrees Celsius by day and remain in the high 20s at night, with high humidity and plenty of rain throughout this ‘wet season’.
Those who prefer drier climates may wish to visit in ‘winter’, when temperatures are still warm – around 28 degrees Celsius by day and 21 degrees Celsius at night – but when it is also much drier and clearer. 

Consider other alternatives besides Cairns for your Australia motorhome hire excursion. Popular options include a campervan rental from Melbourne, a Tasmania campervan hire and locations like Brisbane, Adelaide and Byron Bay.
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Cairns Motorhome Facts

Average rental length
January16 days
April13 days
July12 days
October18 days
Average 2 berth rental price

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