Cairns is a popular destination for international travellers, close to the Great Barrier Reef and located in the tropical part of Queensland. There are plenty of options for motorhome hire, with a range of companies from international chains to smaller Australian businesses. You can get anything from a small and simple sleeper-van to a monster RV, and Motorhome Republic is the best way to find the right vehicle. Just enter your search requirements and you can see all the options in an easy comparison view. Companies you can expect to see include Apollo, Britz, CheapaCampa and a variety of smaller Australian companies like Calypso Campervan Rentals, Barefoot Camper Hire and Around Australia Motorhomes.
Campervan tips for motorhome travel around Australia
Driving in Australia presents few challenges, but here are a few things worth keeping in mind for your motorhome rental holiday.
If you head to the Outback, make sure you are well stocked with food and fuel. Petrol and service stations and areas of civilisation can be few and far between.
Travelling with kids? Check your vehicle can hold booster or child seats.
If you plan to go off-road in the more remote parts of Australia, splash out on a 4WD campervan.
Ensure you drive on the correct side! Like the English and their neighbours in New Zealand, Australians drive on the left.
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
Travellers Autobarn and Comet Campervans share a depot at 123-125 Bunda Street, just 7 kilometres - or about 15 minutes by car - from Cairns Airport. The depot here is right in the heart of Cairns and is open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to noon on Saturday. Travellers and Comet are closed on Sundays and public holidays. There are no transfers available so jump on a bus or in a taxi to get there. Comet Campers offers a huge range of two- and three-berth campervans with basics such as air conditioning, gas stoves, fridges and microwaves. The largest van in the Comet range is a high5 camper with two double beds. Travellers Autobarn also specialises in smaller vans with a selection of affordable hitops and campers, and a high5 campervan for small groups. If you are hiring a campervan with Comet or Travellers, be sure to book campgrounds or caravan parks to use the bathrooms on site during your travels. When dropping your rental back at the depot, you get a 59 minute grace period, but after that you will be charged by the hour.
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.