Cairns, officially founded in 1876 following the discovery of gold in the surrounding areas, is a city in tropical North Queensland and is considered the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Being situation at the top of the East Coast and with lots of activities to keep yourself occupied, Cairns is great place to either begin or end your campervan road trip.
There is something for everyone in Cairns, from party lovers to adrenaline junkies to tropical explorers. Here’s our pick of the best bits.
Of course, it wouldn’t be roadtrippers guide to Cairns if we didn’t mention the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living thing on Earth and is one of Australia’s most incredible natural wonders. Fun fact: you can see The Great Barrier Reef all the way from outer space! The spectacular 2,300 km long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. It’s home to thousands of different fish species, starfish, molluscs, turtles, dolphins and sharks. There are many ways to experience The Great Barrier Reef with various trips and tours, all available to book from Cairns.
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a thrill seeker, why not try a bungee jumping whilst staying in Cairns? Cairns is home to Australia’s one and only Bungy Tower and Giant Minjin Jungle Swing. Conveniently located in the rainforest just 20 minutes drive northwest of the city centre.
If jumping from a 50 metre tower isn’t enough for you, why not try jumping 14,000ft from a plane! Cairns is known as one of the best spots for skydiving in Australia, and it’s not hard to see why. The Great Barrier Reef and the lush tropical rainforest provide an incredible backdrop for your fall from the sky.
If you’ve got a love for heights but prefer to not jump off or out of things, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a great option for you. With the highest tower standing at 40.5 metres, the cableway is 7.5 km (4.7 miles) long. Here you can go 545 m above sea level, as you reach Red Peak, the cableways’ highest station. The ableway is only 20 mins drive northwest of the city centre.
Of course Carin’s isn’t just about thrill seeking, it’s home to some beautiful parks and natural wonders too. Just 30 min drive northwest of Cairns city centre and you will find yourself at Rainforestation Nature Park. Rainforestation Nature Park is a wonderful sanctuary for wildlife including birds, reptiles and mammals and you can even get up close and personal with the animals in the koala and wildlife park! With three restaurants and a juice bar to choose from alongside onsite parking, it’s a great place to visit for the day in your campervan.
Barron Falls is natural wonder which is definitely worth seeing if you’re in the area, just 30 mins drive north of Cairns and not too far from the Rainforestation Nature Park. The Barron Falls is steep tiered cascade waterfall on the Barron River and is particularly impressive during wet season. The falls can be viewed and accessed by road via the Kennedy Highway that crosses the Barron River upstream of the falls, near Kuranda, and is easily accessible in your camper.
As like most towns and cities in Australia, Cairns is well equipped with free to use public beach and park BBQ’s. The public BBQ’s are easy to use, simply press the ON button, wait for the green light and off you go! A great way to enjoy a cheap and easy BBQ at the beach in the comforts of your campervan.
Cairns,, experiences hot and humid summers and mild, dry winters. Summer (December to February) sees daily highs of 32°C with lows only dropping to 24°C but there can be up to 14 days of rainfall per month. Winter in Cairns (June to August) brings slightly cooler temperatures and lower humidity, with daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C making it the peak tourist season.
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- NRMA Cairns Holiday Park – closest caravan park to the Cairns city centre
- Cairns’ Crystal Cascades – with 360 degree views of the World Heritage Rainforest it’s a little slice of paradise
- Cool Waters Holiday Park – located on the banks of Freshwater Creek in Brinsmead Cairns with a wide range of facilities
- BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut – peaceful tropical paradise set amongst beautifully landscaped grounds just seven minutes drive from the centre of town
- Cairns Sunland Leisure Park – ideally located approximately 4 km from both the Cairns Domestic and International Airports and 4 km from the Cairns CBD
- Fusion Art, Bar & Tapas – serving great food, wine and coffee. Artistic and eclectic
- JaffleHead – local coffee shop with tasty salads and sandwiches
- Snoogies – a selection of fresh salads, healthy smoothies and juices
- The Apex Milk Bar – super tasty and super satisfying burgers
- Prawn Star – known as the best seafood in town