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Motorhome Rental in Cairns - Road trip in Australia’s tropical paradise

Cairns, home to beautiful blue waters, tropical rainforests, and the Great Barrier Reef, is a must-visit city on Australia’s east coast and a great place to pick up a campervan and start an Australian road trip.

If you’d rather begin your Australia itinerary somewhere else, choose a motorhome rental for Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne.

Beginning your Aussie holiday in Cairns

Situated on the northeast coast of Queensland, Cairns is famous for its accessibility to the world’s largest coral reef and makes for a great starting point to your Australian road trip adventure. With over 21 fleets available, Motorhome Republic has plenty of options for your tropical holiday on wheels. Use our search engine to choose a campervan rental that suits your group size and road trip plans, and book with us to secure an excellent deal. Plus enjoy 24/7 customer service.

Where to go with your Cairns motorhome rental

Explore over 400,000 sq/kms across the Queensland territory in your Cairns motorhome rental or head off on a cross country road trip - many travellers begin or end an east coast adventure in Cairns, while others head west to discover the Outback on their way up to Darwin.


Choose from any itinerary beginning or ending in Cairns and chop and change as you like to make the most of the time you have.


Staying local? There’s no need to go far to see some of Queensland’s best attractions:


  • Swim, snorkel, scuba or sail in one of the two massive coral reefs in the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef. Experience the underwater paradise home to over 1500 species of fish and 300 unique corals thriving with magnificent colors. Book a trip from Cairns or any port city nearby.

  • Relax in the town of Port Douglas, a lovely marina town known for its Macrossan Street shopping area and Four Mile Beach. Drive up to the lookout for a top-notch view of this beautiful beach.

  • A trip to the Daintree National Park Rainforest is a must on your Aussie adventure. Cruise into the park and take one of many trails through the awe-inspiring tropical rainforest. Take it to higher levels and soar in the canopies on a zip-line.


For longer, multiple-day road trips:


  • Head to the Cape York Peninsula with your Cairns motorhome rental. Enjoy the most northern tip of Australia, only four kilometers away from the Pacific island of Papua New Guinea, to experience what the locals call the last frontier.

  • Townsville and Mackay are two seaside towns worth visiting for a few days of relaxation and ocean activities.

  • Drive to Airlie Beach and book a boat tour to the Whitsunday Islands famous for its crystal blue waters and dazzling white sand beaches.

  • Head further down the coast to Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. Swim in over 100 freshwater lakes, climb coloured sand dunes, hike through the rainforest, fish, drive quad bikes, and more.

The right time for your Cairns motorhome hire

Tropical climates similar to Queensland almost always have two seasons, wet and dry. During the “summer” months or wet season, temperatures reach up to 31 degrees Celsius with high humidity. If you enjoy the heat, visit from October to late March. “Winter” months or dry season run from April until September and tend to be a bit cooler. Travelling during these months will still be warm at an average daily temperature of 28 degrees Celsius and will be drier than summer.

Australia is a massive country. If Cairns is not your preferred spot to start your Aussie road trip, check out Melbourne, Darwin, Adelaide or Byron Bay for more Motorhome Republic rental options.

Welcome to Cairns

Situated at the top of Queensland on the east coast, Cairns is a tropical hot spot known for its laidback vibe. It’s Australia’s fifth largest city, home to around 150,000 residents and is a booming tourism town. Book heaps of activities to explore the Great Barrier Reef, get your heart racing with a skydive adventure or choose from many of the other attractions available around this tropical gem.

What you need to know about Cairns

The sunny city of Cairns in Northern Queensland is an international gateway to the region, primarily the Great Barrier Reef. Lazy tropics mix with a vibrant urban scene to create a wonderful holiday destination and paradise for adventure sports lovers. If you’re travelling in a RV/camper, there are numerous stop-off points for those with an active lifestyle.

The heat is a constant presence, making it feel like every day is a holiday. The city has developed quickly over recent decades and has done so gracefully, creating a focal point in the Esplanade where the heart of the city resides. Locals and visitors gather here to stroll, sunbathe, swim, picnic and watch the world go by.

Cairns accommodation options

Thanks to a booming tourism industry, Cairns offers a multitude of places to stay if you fancy a change from your campervan. At the high end are The Lakes Resort and Spa, Shangri-La at the Marina and Sofitel Reef Hotel and Casino - all resort-style luxury developments on the waterfront. Mid-range you will find a variety of hotel chains and many holiday apartments and homes for private rentals.

Backpackers are a favoured style of accommodation and are plentiful, with numerous options for a bed at less than $20 a night. Most are within easy walking distance of the city centre. Those with a rental campervan can find a place to stay in the campgrounds and holiday parks, which are located close to the city.

Festivals, music and yachting in Cairns

Visitors to Cairns can enjoy a vast selection of cultural events. Significant is the annual Cairns Festival, which showcases the best of local dance, music, visual arts and entertainment. There is also an Indigenous Art Fair displaying aboriginal art in all forms, and a Blues Festival with local and international artists.

Sports events go beyond the usual yearly marathons in Cairns. The Yacht Club has numerous highlights on its calendar, but the major celebration is the Anniversary Regatta in January. There’s an Amateurs Racing Carnival with all the fashionable trappings, and various sport fishing events taking place around the region. Just grab yourself a rod and throw it in the back of your campervan rental.

Tastes of North Queensland

The main dining scene can be found close to the Esplanade, so it is easy to wander around and browse menus to find a suitable restaurant. The suburbs tend more towards small cafes and milkbars. Cairns is a multicultural city and this is reflected in the varied cuisine with a huge number of Asian options. Sushi is a favourite and perfect in the hot Queensland sun! For a more exclusive restaurant with a fresh local menu, try Ochre, which serves delicacies such as kangaroo, crocodile and wallaby. The Esplanade Markets are on every Saturday and have plenty of food stalls with different and interesting international dishes. Lots of stuff to takeaway and enjoy in the camper at your leisure.

A developing culture

The original settlement of Cairns was built over mudflats and mangrove swamps, and these have eventually given way to the lovely waterfront area that is the Cairns Esplanade. There are no swimming beaches in the city itself, but beautiful sandy stretches can be found via a short drive up or down the coast. The wider region of Northern Queensland is spectacular, from the underwater wonderland of the Great Barrier Reef to the beautiful wilderness of the Daintree Rainforest.

From the traditional aboriginal owners of the land to the international visitors and residents of Cairns today, the culture is varied and diverse. It is a melting pot under a hot sun, where life moves at a slightly slower pace and the natural is valued over the man-made. Outdoor recreation is a way of life for residents, and adventure sports are available at every turn. Travellers in Cairns will find it easy to meet and mingle with locals and fellow tourists from all ends of the earth, whether they are in a fancy hotel or a motorhome.

Cairns at a glance - everything you need to know about this tropical city

  • The top must-see attraction in Cairns is the Great Barrier Reef. As one of the seven natural wonders of the world, this marvelous underwater paradise is a favourite amongst tourists. Snorkel from the surface or try out scuba diving for an out of this world experience. There are multiple scuba dive outfits available that offer certification courses, or book a boat ride with a glass bottom if you prefer to stay dry. Regardless of which activity you choose, your Australian holiday will not be complete without a glimpse of life beneath the waves.

  • Unfortunately this area of the ocean is infamous for jellyfish, but the saltwater lagoon next to the beach is a great alternative to soak up some sun without the sandy mess or stings. Walk along the Esplanade passing local cafes and shops and throw some shrimp on the barbie at one of the free BBQs on the promenade.

  • Tjapukai Cultural Park is a great way to understand Cairns’ past and first inhabitants of the area before European settlers arrived. Learn how to throw a boomerang, taste traditional foods and see artifacts at the museum.

  • Another must-visit on your Cairns motorhome holiday is a rainforest exploration. Operating for over 20 years, Wait-a-While Tours have found the best kept secrets amongst the forest. Visit a massive 800-year-old Cathedral Fig Tree and cruise through the Cairns tablelands. See some of Australia’s favourite wildlife like Agile Wallabies, Musky Rat Kangaroos, Boyd’s Forest Dragon, Saw Shelled Turtles and Archerfish while listening to beautiful birdsong from winged rainforest creatures.

How about a view from above?

  • For those adrenaline junkies or those who enjoy flying, take your holiday to new heights and check out GBR Aviation’s Flight Training Centre. No experience necessary for this one of a kind adventure, the well-experienced professional instructors will teach you how to fly a helicopter over amazing landscape in the Atherton Tableland region only one hour inland from Cairns. The training centre is known for top weather conditions and flexible operations, head to 8 Vicary Road, Mareeba, QLD 4880 if this is your idea of fun.

  • Prefer the passenger seat? Join a scenic helicopter ride with GBR for views over the rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef. Create your own tour by choosing the length of the flight and sights to visit. Land at a reef pontoon, hidden waterfalls in the Daintree, or even sandy cays only accessible by flight. The helicopters may also be used for weddings, private charters and conference groups. Take off from the helipad located on the marina in Cairns (Heli Centre, 2 Pier Point Road, Marina Point, Cairns).

Out and about - getting around Cairns

This grid city is easily walkable from anywhere in the town centre. For visiting the surrounding neighborhoods grab a Sunbus for a cheap, convenient ride to visit the northern beaches or nearby cities like Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton and Townsville. Taxis are also available around the clock.


Your Cairns motorhome rental is great for driving wherever, whenever you want to visit Queensland’s favourite spots, but other options are available. Greyhound coach services and shuttles will drop you off at surrounding tourist destinations near Cairns.

In Cairns it’s always summer

Regardless of the time of year, this Queensland city is warm and usually humid. June through October tend to be drier, but we recommend packing a light raincoat, an umbrella and of course a swimsuit.

Choosing the perfect Cairns campervan hire for your holiday

As a hotspot for the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns always has a large selection of motorhome options. When booking with us choose from local outfits or international brands, cars with tents on the roof or RVs that sleep up to six - any ride is possible with Motorhome Republic. Compare brands and vehicle types in seconds with our powerful search engine. Prefer brands you know? Click Apollo, Britz or CheapaCampa on the sidebar to narrow your search. Try out Calypso Campervan Rentals, Barefoot Camper Hire or Around Australia Motorhomes to support a local Aussie company. Let us help you secure a great deal, and enjoy 24/7 customer service.

Aussie driving tips for motorhome rentals

  • Rule number one, drive on the left side!

  • Stay alert and share the driving whenever possible.

  • Aussie wildlife tends to hang out near the roads at night. Try to limit nighttime driving, and when you must be out after daylight hours, use your high-beams and look for animal crossing signs.

  • Check for add-on features like booster seats if you are travelling with children.

  • If you are planning to explore remote areas, look into booking a 4WD campervan and fill up on supplies like fuel, water and food beforehand.

  • For more on-the-road advice check out our Australia driving guide.

  • Download our handy app to help you locate campsites, fuel stops and much more - it’s free!

Cairns Campervan Rental Brands

Jucy Campervan Hire

Jucy Rentals is one of the most well known campervan hire companies in Australia, and has a small but fun fleet of rental vehicles. You’ve got the two-person el cheapo van that skips the frills and gets you on the road for less. The Jucy Crib is also two-person van with a few handy basics such as a fridge, has cooker and DVD player. Next up is the Jucy Grande, a four-berth compact van with a handful of fun features and creature comforts. Jucy’s largest and most comfy campervan is the Jucy Condo, a four-berth Nissan Caravan fitted with a simple kitchenette and cassette toilet and shower. All vehicles are available to drivers aged 18 or over, and all rentals come with special deals on local attractions. When you arrive at Cairns Airport, you’ll need to make your way to 55 Dutton Street in St Portsmith. Just grab a ride from Cairns Taxis (a Jucy partner) for the 7.5 kilometre (15 minute) trip, and it will cost you just $20 one way - just be sure to tell them you are a Jucy customer. The depot is open 9am to 4pm weekdays and 9am to 2pm on weekends. Drop offs must be made before 2pm.


Hippie Campers, Apollo Motorhome Hire, Star RV, Real Value RV, Cheapa Campers

With so many leading motorhome hire companies in one place, there’s no style or budget that can’t be met at 432-434 Sheridan Street in Cairns. Plus, this packed depot is only 5 minutes down the road from Cairns Airport and 10 minutes from the city centre. There are no transfers available for either the city or airport, but a taxi will only cost you roughly $15 either way. The depot is open seven days a week from 8am to 4.30pm, but is closed on Sundays between November and the end of April, and on public holidays. Star RV is the only motorhome company that guarantees every one of its vehicles is less than a year old, and every single Pegasus, Hercules, Phoenix and Aquila RV is fitted with all the mod cons to make your trip as luxurious as possible. At the other end of the scale, Hippie Campers offers the basics in the form of two-person hitops and campervans, skipping the extras for a low daily cost. Cheapa Campers and Real Value RV both offer a large range of very affordable vans and motorhomes for any sized group, and Apollo Motorhome Hire has a large selection of middle-range campervans, motorhomes and 4WDs.


Kea Campers, Mighty Campers, Maui Campervans and Britz Motorhomes

Kea Campers is all about the luxury, no matter what size RV you need. They have motorhomes suited to groups of two, three, four and six, and even the smallest of these latest-model rentals have toilet and shower facilities on board. Mighty Campers gives you a selection of no-frills campervans and luxurious campervans, as well as motorhomes for larger groups. Maui has two- and three-berth campers, as well as compact motorhomes for four or six. Britz has the largest selection of the lot, with 4WDs, compact hitops, and comfortable RVs. The Cairns depot for these leading brands is found at 419 Sheridan Street, only 4 kilometres from the airport, which will cost you roughly $15. It has bathrooms with showers, Internet facilities, luggage storage, a TV, piles of tourist information, and the nearest supermarket is at the Cairns Central Shopping Centre just 10 minutes down the road. The depot is open daily from 7.30am to 4pm from May to the end of October, then 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday from November to the end of April. There’s a bit of paperwork to sign off on when picking up or dropping off, so be sure to arrive before 3.30pm either way to allow time.


Travellers Autobarn and Comet Campervans

Both Travellers Autobarn and Comet Campervans are high-rated rental companies in the Cairns region. Sharing a depot at 123-125 Bunda St, these rental offices are only a 15-minute drive from the airport in downtown Cairns city. Airport shuttles are uncommon in this area, grab a taxi or public bus to the depot. Offices are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm and on Saturday from 9am to noon. Please note both companies are closed on Sundays and public holidays. From camping station wagons to Hi5 campervans, Comet motorhomes has a fleet for any occasion. Book for up to five adults in two and three-berth vans which include air con, gas stoves, fridges and microwaves for cooking on the go. Travellers Autobarn rental company is a favourite amongst roadtrippers, check out their range of top-notch vans that can fit up to five adults. These Cairns motorhome hires also include all kitchen necessities and offer add-ons like camping chairs, exterior awnings and GPS navigation systems. Be sure to book caravan parks or campgrounds when hiring a Comet or Travellers vehicle as toilets and showers are not available with these rental companies. Plan out your route beforehand to ensure enough time on the road - additional charges will be applied for late returns. Both companies allow a 59 minute grace period when dropping off.


Spaceships Rentals

Spaceships is known for its bright orange vans and bargain rentals. At the heart of its brand are three campervans; the original Alpha 2 Berth, the newer model Beta 2 Berth, and the nondescript and more spacious Beta 2S. All three share basic features such as a two-burner cooker, a fridge/freezer, dinnerware and a table. All three are auto transmission Toyota Estimas with power steering, ABS and air con. When you book with Spaceships for 21 days or longer, you also get a free transfer from Cairns Airport. And better yet, if your flight comes in later or earlier than their usual office hours, they not only offer after hours pick ups and drop offs, but that’s free too. Their usual hours are Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm, then 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. The depot is located at 3/52 Fearnley Street in Portsmith, which is around 15 minutes from the airport and right in Cairns city, so close to petrol stations and supermarkets.


Energi Motorhomes, Calypso Campervan Rentals and Camperman

Energi, Calypso and Camperman Campervans share a Cairns motorhome depot at 440 Sheridan Street just 3 kilometres from Cairns Airport - a drive of roughly 5 minutes. Office hours here run from 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday and 9am to noon on Saturdays, and are closed on Sundays and public holidays. Camperman Campervans has an absolutely massive range of campers, including a Paradise hitop that sleeps five people and has an on-board toilet and shower, as well as multiple three- and five-berth standard campers. Camperman also allows drivers aged 19 and over, and offers 24 hour roadside assistance and unlimited kilometres. Rentals from Calypso include a two-berth, two options for groups of three, and the largest of the lot - The Hume - fit for four sleepers. Energi Motorhomes offers the same campers as Calypso at competitive prices. Around Australia Motorhomes Around Australia Motorhomes ticks all the boxes for campervan and RV rental in Cairns. For couples, pairs or small groups, the hitop campers sleep two adults and one child and have basic amenities, and the three-berth Cruiser has all the comforts of a motorhome in the shape of a campervan. The RV selection includes a two-berth Voyager, a four-berth Wanderer, a five-berth Traveller, and a six-berth Grand Tourer. These motorhomes are luxurious and spacious for a trip around Australia as comfortable as it is adventurous. The Cairns depot is a 15 minute drive from the airport just 8 kilometres away at 54 Fearnley Street in Portsmith, close to the city centre. You’ll need to make your own way here where the office hours are 8.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday. You can arrange a pick up or drop off during the weekend or on a public holiday by calling at least 48 hours ahead.


Driveabout Campers, Barefoot Camper Hire and Kangaroo Campers

Located at 410 Sheridan Street on the corner of Sheridan and Airport Avenue, Driveabout, Barefoot and Kangaroo Campers is less than 3 kilometres from Cairns Airport. To make the process as easy as possible, these dealers will pick you up and drop you off at the airport for free when you hire your campervan for five days or more. The depot is open weekdays from 8am to 5pm, on Saturdays from 8am to 11am, and is closed on Sundays and public holidays. However, if your flight doesn’t get in until later, you may be able to organise after hours pick up for an extra fee. Driveabout Campers offers large Winnebago motorhomes, five-berth RVs, budget-friendly campervans and hitop vans. Barefoot adds its selection of a three-berth motorhome, a maxi van plus, a standard campervan and a Toyota hitop. Kangaroo Campervans adds the options of more hitops and vans, as well as a deluxe six-berth RV and a micro deluxe four-berth campervan with an on-board bathroom.


Awesome Camper Hire

Awesome Campers truly are awesome, having been custom designed and painted with epic graphics to stand out on the road and add a little extra something to your Queensland holiday. They stick to offering two-person vans, so have a classic version, a deluxe version, a super deluxe version and an el grande version. All four come with air con, roadside assistance, power steering, a kitchen, a sink, a gas cooker, and table and chairs. The deluxe ones get you a little more room and a few extra handy features, although none of them offer showers or toilets so you’ll need to head to a campground for those facilities. The depot is right on the waterfront in Cairns just 10 minutes from the airport, so is a quick taxi or bus ride away as there are no transfers with this service. Open hours are 9am to 3pm on weekdays, 9am to noon on Saturdays and closed on Sundays. There are after hours pick ups and drop offs available for a fee of $175 and at the discretion of the provider.

Plan your motorhome road trip from Cairns

Welcome to balmy Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and one of the best locations to start your holiday in Queensland, Australia. After selecting the perfect vacation home on wheels, it’s time to start planning your adventure.


Where are the top attractions in Cairns? What is there to do? Well.. a lot! This city caters to tourists in every way so there is an abundance of activities and experiences to choose from. Read on as we cover events, activities, and itineraries to help refine your options and plan your route.


For information on motorhome campsites, dump stations, rest stops and other motorhome travel tips, take advantage of our ‘On the Road’ tab to the right of this page.


Let the planning begin!



The subtropical city of Cairns not only provides access to the Great Barrier Reef, but also to a range of road trip opportunities.


Itineraries beginning or ending in Cairns

Where does your adventure begin? Pick up in Cairns or wrap up your trip in the tropical Queensland city using our itinerary guides to help plan your route.


East Coast Bliss: Sydney to Cairns (or Cairns to Sydney)


Wake up every morning on Australia’s east coast on this road trip in tropical paradise. Start in either Sydney or Cairns and make your way up or down New South Wales and Queensland. In two to three weeks, visit unparalleled beaches, national parks, a Koala Hospital, luscious rainforests, waterfalls and more. Hang out in the hippie surf town of Byron Bay and swing through Brisbane, the cosmopolitan capital city of Queensland.


Don’t miss:Airlie Beach for a boat trip to Whitsunday Island, famous for its pristine, white sand beaches.


Seas, Trees and Deserts: Cairns to Darwin (or Darwin to Cairns)


Take the road less travelled when you take your home on wheels from Cairns to Darwin. Cruise south towards Townsville to experience the Great Barrier Reef and fly above the treetops on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Head inland stopping by aquariums, mining towns, horse ranches, national parks and more. Enjoy an aboriginal cultural experience and explore Nitmiluk National Park for a chance to hike, kayak, camp and swim in the awe-inspiring Katherine Gorge. Wrap up the trip in colourful Darwin, a waterfront city sprawling with beaches, green parks and museums. The trip takes anywhere from 12 to 25 days and can be customised to your preferences.


Don’t miss:Kakadu National Park, one of Australia’s most loved parks for its wide range of bird species and mammals. It’s a wildlife experience, you’ll never forget.


Local events in Cairns

After booking your motorhome rental, check out what events are happening when you are in town. Here’s a few of Cairns’ biggest annual events worth checking out:


This annual celebration brings the entire city together for a weeklong party showcasing the city’s diverse culture through music, art, parades and more.


Celebrate the indigenous culture with art exhibits across the city by emerging Indigenous Australian artists.


Cairns hosts some of the best local and international blues artists for one day of nonstop live blues music.


Three days of fun, fashion, food and entertainment for two days of horse racing


Big fan of Rugby? This October, the Rugby League World Cup comes to Cairns with 3 big matches played at Barlow Park.



The Great Barrier Reef is teeming with life, and Cairns is a perfect place to start your Great Barrier experience.


Action-packed activities in and around Cairns

Queensland is an outdoor playground full of adrenaline junkie activities, sightseeing tours and underwater exploration. Anything a traveller could imagine can happen in Cairns. Choose from numerous attractions and see all you can in this tropical gem - it’s easy to spend several days here!


Underwater experiences


Book a tour out to Australia’s most incredible underwater ecosystem. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living thing on Earth and you have the chance to experience it. Take a glass bottom boat tour if you prefer to stay dry or swim through the reefs with thousands of different species. The city is full of snorkeling and scuba diving outfits that will take you to this underworld paradise. You might also wish to get your scuba PADI if you have a few extra days.


Fly High


Rather heading below sea level, fly above! Helicopter and plane tours travel above the Great Barrier Reef, rainforest and coastline. Take a serene hot air balloon tour, floating alongside the GBR and above the Atherton tablelands.


Rainforest exploration


Wander through one of the longest standing surviving rainforests on earth. Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway above the Barron Gorge National Park, book a tour through the rainforest to see exotic critters in their natural habitat or head north to Daintree National Park for heaps of hiking treks and zipline trips through the dense tropical rainforest.


Swimming in Cairns


Beat the heat with a trip to the local water park. Try your turn at wakeboarding or kneeboarding, available for beginners and advanced. Plus enjoy the Cairns Aqua Park, a water playground for kids and adults. Most tourists head to the local swimming pool - a free lagoon at the Esplanade. You can chill out here for an afternoon and fire up the Barbie.


Wildlife Adventure


Check out one of the wildlife parks for a close encounter with Australia’s largest reptiles. Most tours include a show, boat cruise, plus opportunities to meet some of the more friendly locals. Hold a koala, spot endangered birds, see kangaroos, snakes and more. Head to ZOOM to zip line above the trees and rope climb inside the wildlife dome.



What to do in Cairns

The Crystal Caves


This museum attraction is one of those places which showcases a passion. René Boissevain has spent decades travelling the world in search of the biggest, brightest and most spectacular crystals, fossils and gemstones, and brought them back to Atherton, a town near Cairns, to be displayed in an incredible grotto of tunnels and caves specially built for the purpose. Pick up a motorhome rental from Cairns and make your way to The Crystal Caves for some geological amazement. The incredible crystals and other mineral formations are sourced from all over the globe, and the beautiful way they are displayed will leave you feeling like you wandered into a subterranean paradise. As well as the museum, there is a gift shop where you can buy lovely crystals and gems in various forms and set into jewellery and other items. There is also a branch of the shop in Cairns itself.

Where: 69 Main St, Atherton QLD 4883, Australia
Opening Hours: Weekdays - 9am to 5pm, weekends - 9am to 4pm.


Cairns Ninebot Tours


Segways are a fantastic way to see a city: fast, easy to master, and generally a fun and novel experience for those using them. Get on one of these modern contraptions and see the best of Cairns with Cairns Ninebot Tours, the only operator of its kind there and a locally owned company with expertise in both using segways and showing visitors the eco-tourism highlights of the city. There are two options for the fun, affordable and informative tours: a morning session beginning at 9:30am and an afternoon one at 3:30pm. They visit the mangroves, botanic gardens and Centenary Lakes, with the opportunity to spot plenty of native flora and fauna. Training and safety gear is provided. Segway tours are a great way to begin your Cairns motorhome rental holiday!

Where: Corner of Smith Street and Cairns Esplanade
Opening Hours: Tour times 9:30am and 3:30pm


What’SUP Cairns


You can see Cairns from the tropical Northern Queensland waters with What’SUP. They are the number one adventure paddle board company in the region, now offering sea kayaking tours as well as a variety of different tours and activities on Stand Up Paddle boards. Visit Fitzroy Island by board or kayak, embark on a river and rainforest SUP adventure, try a trip to Double Island by SUP, explore the Goldsborough Valley and more. What’SUP also offers SUP yoga courses, activities for adventurous hens and bucks, and equipment for sale at their shop in Cairns. The team of three experienced guides will help you experience what Queensland has to offer, taking advantage of the many waterways to get amongst it all.

Where: Oceana Walk Arcade, Shop, 4/55 Lake St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
Opening Hours: Tours by arrangement


Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures


There’s nothing quite like seeing a crocodile in action: all leather skin, sharp teeth, sneaky swimming and amazing power. At Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, you can visit them properly in a replica of their natural tropical habitat, along with other critters such as birds, invertebrates and reptiles of different kinds. There is plenty to do here for all tastes, thanks to various attractions including the Hartley’s Lagoon full of crocs, a wildlife discovery trail, and the Gondwana Gateway educational exhibit.
The Big Croc Experience allows you to get even closer, and even personally pole-feed one of the mammoth crocodiles. You’ll certainly need your souvenir photo to remember that one! Hartley’s is less than an hour from Cairns on the Captain Cook Highway, easy to get to once you pick up your Cairns motorhome rental.


Where: Captain Cook Hwy, Wangetti QLD 4879, Australia
Opening Hours: 8:30am to 5pm daily (closed Christmas day)


Birdworld Kuranda


With a Cairns motorhome rental, you will find it easy to experience a unique wildlife encounter in Australia’s beautiful Northern Queensland region: Birdworld Kuranda. Upon entry to this vast rainforest aviary, you will discover a fantastic array of birds flying freely - around 75 different species, many of which are Australian natives. At Birdworld you can hand-feed parrots, have your photo taken with cockatoos, and feast your eyes on the splashy colours of so many different feathered friends together in one place. As they are so well used to human contact, many of the birds allow visitors to get quite close.
The aviary itself is an attraction, beautifully landscaped with waterfalls and ponds to replicate the birds’ natural habitats. Guided tours are offered daily by expert bird keepers, and many visitors combine a visit to Birdworld with calling in to the neighbouring Kuranda Koala Gardens and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary for the full wildlife experience. Seen it all? Head even farther north to Darwin for a motorhome road trip adventure.

Where: 8 Rob Veivers Dr, Kuranda QLD 4881, Australia
Opening Hours: Daily 9am to 4pm, closed on Christmas day.

Kuranda Koala Gardens


Cuddling a koala is on any Australia bucket list, and you can easily tick it off when you pick up a Cairns motorhome rental. The Kuranda Koala Gardens is a popular wildlife attraction just 30 kilometres from the city, and it focuses on the most adorable of marsupials. Visitors can really cuddle a koala, and get a photo to mark the occasion. The Gardens is one of a handful of places where people are allowed to actually hold koalas, and they operate under a strict government-regulated code of practice to prevent any harm to people and animals alike.
There is more, however, than just koalas and cuddling to make your visit to Kuranda interesting. At the Gardens you will also find kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, freshwater crocodiles and other reptiles. Combine the Koala Gardens Experience with a visit to nearby Birdworld and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary for a trio of wildlife hotspots during your visit to Cairns.

Where: 2-4 Rob Veivers Dr, Kuranda QLD 4881, Australia
Opening Hours: Daily 9am to 4pm

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary


With their fluttering wings flashing bright colours, butterflies are quite a sight to behold - and even more so when they are viewed en masse! Head out from Cairns to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, located near sister attractions Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld in Kuranda, and visit the largest butterfly sanctuary and exhibit in the southern hemisphere. It is home to more than 200 butterfly species all flying around together, so there is always something different to see.
As well as wandering amidst the wonderful and vibrant winged insects, visitors can learn more about them thanks to educational exhibits and a butterfly museum, get on a guided tour, visit the laboratory to see caterpillars and chrysalises in different stages of development, and then swing by the gift shop to grab a souvenir of time spent in butterfly utopia. Pick up a motorhome rental from Cairns and prepare to be amazed by the fauna of Queensland!

Where: 8 Rob Veivers Dr, Kuranda QLD 4881, Australia
Opening Hours: Daily from 9:45am to 4pm. Closed Christmas day.


Rainforestation Nature Park


Pick up your Cairns motorhome rental and head out to discover the best of Northern Queensland’s amazing flora and fauna at the Rainforestation Nature Park. Just 20-30 minutes’ drive from the city in Kuranda, the park’s experiences include many different activities such as tours of the rainforest in amphibious vehicles called “Army Ducks”, cultural shows, photos with koalas and crocodiles, and very informative and interesting “Bush Tucka” walks with aboriginal guides.
Visitors can also learn about the park’s volunteer program, and walk amongst the animals who dwell in the koala and wildlife park. A choice of several restaurants means you won’t go hungry during your visit, and there is also a gift shop so you can take a memory of the park home with you.

Where: 1030 Kennedy Highway, Kuranda QLD 4881, Australia
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 4pm. Closed Christmas Day


Wildlife Habitat (CaPTA Group) 


This attraction in Port Douglas is essentially a zoo, but one that’s different to most. Wildlife Habitat lets you get up close and (almost) personal with its critters, kitted out with boardwalks allowing visitors to walk through themed “Rainforest,” “Savannah and Woodlands” and “Wetlands” environments and check out the wildlife in their own natural habitats. Prepare to see snakes, crocodiles, koalas, kangaroos and a huge variety of birds which fly around the place freely.
The Wildlife Habitat offers a range of specialised experiences to make your visit extra interesting: picnics with parrots, lunch with lorikeets, guided tours, presentations which include feedings of various critters, and photos with the animals too. Of particular interest for many people is the Wildnight Nocturnal Tour, a fantastic activity for those willing to return in the evening to get a different perspective on some of the flora and fauna. Pick up a Cairns motorhome rental, make your way to beautiful Port Douglas and experience this unique zoo.

Where: Port Douglas Rd, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia
Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day)


Australian Armour & Artillery Museum


Calling all history lovers; this one is for you. The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum is the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere, and holds an incredible collection of World War II military artefacts. Visit the sleek, modern building just 10-minutes drive from Cairns Airport.
Wander through the halls and view over a hundred armoured vehicles, tanks, armours, guns and so much more. You can even take a ride in a genuine decommissioned armoured vehicle, or take your aim at the shooting gallery as you fire an authentic WWII firearm.
For visitors curious about the country’s military past, the Australian Armour and Artillery Museum is a must-do. With a car park just outside, it’s the perfect place to drive up to with your motorhome rental and spend a few hours.

Where: 2 Skyrail Drive, Smithfield 4878
Phone: +61 07 4038 1665

Jungle Surfing


Soar through the tree tops with the fabulous team at Jungle Surfing, and experience the Daintree Rainforest in northern Queensland like never before.
You’ll be taken on a 2-hour tour through the trees, venturing through six different platforms in the jungle canopy, zooming down seven ziplines, and stepping into the world’s very first Human Hamster Wheel cable lift. Your tour guide is with you every step of the way, as they lead you through the lofty heights of the forest, down to the flowing streams which run straight to the Great Barrier Reef, telling you all about the ecology of the jungle as they go.
An expedition for all ages, pull up in your Cairns motorhome rental and take the Jungle Surfing tour for an adventure you’ll never forget.

Where: Camelot Close, Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia
Open: 7 days, 8:00am – 5:30pm


Thala Beach


Sitting between the tropical rainforest of north Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef, Thala Beach offers four different private accommodation options, all tucked away in the surrounding Australian bush, with wide views over the sparkling Coral Sea. A vast array of on-site activities await you, such as guided tours of the area, nature walks, and stargazing in the observatory.
Whether you’re staying for a few nights, or dining in at the delicious Osprey’s Restaurant, you’ll find it hard to tear yourself away. Just a stone’s throw away from private beaches, and the coastal town of Port Douglas, head to Thala Beach in your motorhome rental from Cairns Airport and be there in under an hour.

Where: Captain Cook Highway, Oak Beach, Queensland, Australia
Phone: +61 07 4098 5700


Where to Stay in Cairns

In the far north of tropical Queensland lies the city of Cairns. A thriving hub of activity all year round, there are myriad activities, fantastic accommodation options and delicious restaurants ready to delight visitors and entice them back. Browse our recommended list of hot spots to help you plan your Cairns motorhome holiday.


Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel and Resort


You don’t have to be a backpacker to enjoy a stay at Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel and Resort. They may have budget hotel prices, but the service and rooms are anything but. Varying configurations of rooms are available to suit your needs and budget. Enjoy lively themed nights of entertainment, weekly functions, and an onsite swimming pool and theatre. Located in the heart of the city, Gilligan’s is close to great shopping, parks, restaurants and bars. Enjoy the resort-like grounds in a cost-effective environment before setting off in your Cairns motorhome rental.


Where: 57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, 4870, Queensland, Australia
Phone: +61 7 4041 6566


Island Views Palm Cove


Wake up to the sparkling waters of the Coral Sea and white sand beaches stretching for miles when you book a room at Island Views Palm Cove on the coast of Queensland. Located right on the waterfront, the Island Views apartments are fresh and modern, with elegant furnishings and exquisite design. Each apartment has its own theme, but no matter which one you book, you’ll have a beautiful private balcony overlooking the sea, and a separate lounge area for watching a movie or lounging with your holiday companions. Take a break from your Cairns motorhome rental and book an apartment with Island Views in Palm Cove.


Where: 137 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, Queensland, 4879, Australia
Opening hours: Daily from 8.00 am – 6.00 pm and after hours by arrangement


Cairns Sheridan Hotel


They pride themselves on affordable luxury, and with beautiful rooms at modest prices, the Cairns Sheridan Hotel delivers that and much more. With multiple suites to choose from, guests will enjoy air conditioning, WiFi, a mini bar, in-house movies and TV, and the ever important tea and coffee facilities. Enjoy dining out or an evening drink at the Palms Restaurant and Cocktail bar, work off your delicious dinner at the hotel gym, or take a dip in the pool. The Cairns Sheridan Hotel is in close proximity to the Cairns Airport, local beach, and the city centre. Stay a night or two before heading out to explore the area in your Cairns motorhome rental.


Where: 295 Sheridan Street, Cairns, Queensland, 4870, Australia
Phone: +61 07 4031 6500


Foxwell Park


Whether you’re planning on staying a night or two in the incredible accommodations, or just dining at the fantastic restaurant, Foxwell Park has something to offer all visitors to northern Queensland. There are multiple accommodation options at Foxwell Park, beginning with the Homestead, a beautiful 3-bedroom home with central living area and a gorgeous veranda for those relaxing summer nights. The Fairways Suites are another room option, featuring a private deck and a large spa to soak away the evening. The beautiful estate gardens offer a stunning backdrop for weddings and other large functions, such as family gatherings or anniversaries. Nearby are numerous outdoor attractions, including tropical rainforest and volcanic crater lakes with cascading waterfalls waiting to be explored. Just over an hour’s drive from Cairns in your motorhome rental, Foxwell Park is located in prime position for day trips out to experience the Tablelands of Queensland.


Where: 336 Foxwell Road, Peeramon, Queensland, 4885, Australia
Phone: +61 07 4096 6183


Cairns Reef’ n Rainforest BnB


Rest up and relax for the night amidst luxuriant native rainforest at the Cairns Reef’ n Rainforest Bed and Breakfast. Located just outside of the central city in Bayview Heights, it is a fantastic place to spend a night or two before or after you embark on a Cairns motorhome rental adventure. The beautiful surroundings and gorgeous facilities of this friendly retreat make for a blissful experience.
The two rooms, Reef and Rainforest, are balinese-style bungalows amongst the beautiful tropical gardens with private balconies, en-suites with spas, air conditioning and plasma TVs. There is a saltwater swimming pool, and tropical breakfasts served al fresco each morning. Various massage treatments are available in-house. This BnB is an oasis of calm, and a perfect place from which to set out on the outdoor adventures for which Cairns and Northern Queensland are famous.


Where: 176 Sydney St, Bayview Heights QLD 4868, Australia
Opening Hours: Open year-round


Coral Tree Inn

Searching for cosy, modern accommodation just a hop, skip and a jump away from all the great Cairns hotspots? Look no further than Coral Tree Inn. Bright, modern rooms with air conditioning, balconies, free WiFi and more make up the Coral Tree Inn, and with the fantastic facilities such as a free BBQ area, delicious restaurant and salt water swimming pool, you have everything you need and more for a comfortable stay. Plus, the Cairns zoo, beautiful parks, and multiple restaurants and bars are all within easy walking distance. The Coral Tree Inn has parking available for your Cairns motorhome rental, so you can enjoy the comfort of the hotel for a night or two and walk to the nearby attractions. 

Where: 166-172 Grafton Street, Cairns City, 4870, Queensland, Australia
Phone: +61 7 4031 3744


Dining in Cairns

The Swedish Shop

You don’t have to travel to Sweden to experience the delicious flavours of this Scandinavian country. The Swedish Shop in the heart of Cairns offers an extensive range of spectacular Swedish products, which can be picked up in store or shipped anywhere in Australia.
It was 2010 when the idea for The Swedish Shop began, and since then it has grown into a fantastically stocked international grocery store and Swedish cafe. Enjoy a taste of Sweden at the Cafe Fika, and then pick up a few products to bring on the road. Sample crisp bread, jams and pickles, pick and mix sweets, Swedish liquorice, and so much more.
Pick up your motorhome rental at Cairns airport and head just 11 minutes into the heart of the city to start your Swedish shopping.

Where: 111-115 Grafton Street, Cairns City, Queensland, 4870, Australia
Open: Monday-Friday between 7 am to 4 pm and Saturdays 9am-2pm


Ochre Restaurant and Catering


Top award winning restaurant, Ochre Restaurant and Catering will tantalise the tastebuds of all guests with its range of elegantly served culinary delights. Unique cocktails infused with Australian fruit and spices, and a list of over 80 different wines are reason enough to visit, but this waterfront restaurant's main event is the food. For more than 23 years, Ochre Restaurant and Catering has been using local produce and fresh seasonal ingredients to create delectable dishes, beautifully presented and matched with the perfect wine. You really can’t visit Cairns in your motorhome rental and not spend at least one evening at this wonderful restaurant.


Where: 6/1 Marlin Parade, Cairns, Queensland, 4870, Australia
Opening hours: Open 7 days, including public holidays.
Lunch: 11.30 - 2.30 pm
Dinner: 5:30 - 9.30pm


Salt House


For those times you want a meal that’s also a true dining experience, don’t go past the beautiful Salt House bar and restaurant. It has a stunning location right on the water in the middle of all the Cairns action, yet feels quite secluded with water on three sides and a lovely garden setting for the unique bar area. Relax with a drink and tapas on daybeds surrounded by ponds and tropical vegetation. On the restaurant side of things, you can enjoy views of mountain and ocean - and the workings of the kitchen too, thanks to the open-plan design. The menu is packed with fresh local produce, changed up according to the season. Seafood is a star component, but there are dishes for all tastes. Salt House also hosts live music, events and specials throughout the year, so check the calendar to see if you can catch some entertainment during your Cairns motorhome rental journey.


Where: Marina Point, 6/2 Pierpoint Road, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 11am to 2am, Sat to Sun: 11am to 2am.


Cairns Indigenous Art Fair


Discover the beauty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. With a vision of providing opportunities for Queensland indigenous artists to share their talent, history and stories, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair exhibits the work of local artists. The festival draws thousands from far and wide every year, and with a focus on community and cultural connections, this vibrant fair should only grow in popularity. Roll up in your Cairns motorhome rental and enjoy three days of art and culture at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.

Where: Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, corner of Lake Street and Wharf Street, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Phone: +61 07 4050 7712

Kuranda Riverboat


Treat yourself to a relaxing cruise along the beautiful waterways of Barron River with Kuranda Riverboat tours. What began as a small company in 1982 has grown into one of the most excellent riverboat tours in Kuranda. The 45-minute boat tour will have you spotting a variety of incredible wildlife including turtles, water dragons, fish, the famous freshwater crocodile, and over a hundred species of tropical birds. The Kuranda Riverboat cruise is perfect for those who want to get into nature, and a great day out for the family (children under five ride for free!). Take a mini road trip in your Cairns motorhome rental and venture 40 minutes north to Kuranda to step onto your riverboat cruise. 

Where: Across the Kuranda Railway Station footbridge to the river, Kuranda, Queensland, 4881, Australia
Email: tours@kurandariverboat.com.au



Kakadu National Park is closer to Darwin than Cairns, but there’s an excellent road trip following the bullock trails west to this remarkable place.


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