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Cheap Campervan for Hire in Cairns for the Best Tropical Getaway

Hire Campervan At Lowest Rates & Discover Cairns

Cairns is the tourist capital of Australia and visitors flock to this tropical city all year round. Its climate averages around 26° Celsius in winter and 31° over the summer months. There is just so much to see and do in your rented campervan in Cairns with the Great Barrier Reef, the tropical rainforests and the Coral Sea right at its doorstep.

With Port Douglas and the Daintree Rainforest just a short drive away in your hired campervan. Cairns is the ideal location to start exploring the attractions Tropical North Queensland has to offer in your campervan vehicle. You can start your campervan hire in Cairns and drive down south along the coast to Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne.

Things to Do and See in a Cairns Hired Campervan

Spend a whole day visiting the Great Barrier Reef and have the experience of a lifetime. This area spans south from the northern tip of Queensland to just north of Bundaberg.

  • The Great Barrier Reef - the largest coral reef system in the world with reefs and islands where you can see both soft and hard corals, varieties of fish, whales and dolphins and many more marine life. You will find many tour operators who can arrange transport to the Outer Reef and if you are short of time, try Green Island National Park. Here at the island you can snorkel, scuba dive or take a cruise in a glass-bottomed boat.

    For those looking for an adventure - Do not miss the AJ Hackett Bungy. Try out the various jumps available, and for something different, there is also a night-time bungee jump experience. This attraction is located 15 minutes out of town in the rainforest and from the top you can get magnificent views across the Coral Sea and rainforest mountains.

  • At Port Douglas – there is a natural rainforest habitat where you can experience a tropical forest at bird’s eye level, observing native wildlife from treetop walkways. From here you can take one of the cruise, dive and fishing boats departing for the Great Barrier Reef and enjoy a diving experience there. Plus, you will also find a number of tours and safaris in the coastal and inland regions. The Great Barrier Reef is only 13 km drive in your cost rented campervan off-shore from Port Douglas.

  • Also, try out Pier Market Place – located at the Esplanade in the centre of Cairns. Here you will find many specialty shops with local labels to suit all budgets. There are souvenir shops, fashion houses and art galleries where you are sure to find something of interest. There is also a food court upstairs offering a range of cuisines.

    The biggest drawcard to Mission Beach is the World Heritage rainforests. Located midway from Cairns and Townsville there are 4 main beaches along the stretch of 14 kilometres of the coast. Lepidopterists will be happy to know that 60% of Australia's butterflies can be found here with species including the Birdwing and the Ulysses. This region is also home to the Southern Cassowary, a large flightless black bird.

    You can plan and select a suitable campervan rental for your holiday on our website. Book directly and pick up your Cairns campervan hire and recreational vehicle (RV) at one of our many Cairns branches. We offer one-way rentals from Cairns to other major cities in Australia. If you’ve preference for campervans suppliers or brands you are looking to rent, we’ve got you covered.

    Please call +61 3 9317 4991 or email us with your Cairns campervan rental requirements.

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  • 432-434 Sheridan Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870
  • 2.5km Taxi Fare approx $12
  • 4km Taxi Fare approx $15
  • 03 9317 4991
  • reservations@aussiecampervans.com
  • 8AM to 4:00PM (1 September to 30 April) Close Sundays 8AM to 4:00PM (1 May to 31 August)
  • Toilet, Shower, Internet Facilities, Tourist Information, Lounge area, Luggage storage, Television, Drinks Machine
  • New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Christmas Day and Australia Day
  • Cairns Central Shopping Centre, Cnr Aplin & McLeod
  • National Bank & Commonwealth Bank, Cnr Aplin & McLeod
  • Cairns Villa & Leisure Park Phone: (07) 4053 7133
  • Acacia Court Hotel Phone: (07) 4051 5011

Branch details

  • 419 Sheridan Street Cairns, QLD, 4870
  • 3km Taxi Fare approx $12
  • 4km Taxi fare approx $15
  • 03 9317 4991
  • reservations@aussiecampervans.com
  • 10:00AM to 4:00PM (1 November to 30 April) Close Sundays 7:30AM to 4:00PM (1 May to 31 October) (Vehicles must be collected/returned by 3:30PM)
  • Toilet, Shower, Internet Facilities, Tourist Information, Lounge area, Luggage storage, Television, Drinks Machine
  • New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Christmas Day, Australia Day and Anzac Day
  • Smithfield Shopping Centre, Captain Cook Highway
  • ANZ and Westpac, Cairns Central Shopping Centre
  • BIG 4 - Coconut Caravan Resort Phone: (07) 4054 6644
  • Tropic Sunrise Holiday Units Phone: (07) 4031 5664

Suggested Touring Route: Cairns to Sydney

Pick up your campervan rental that suits your budget in our Cairns depot and start heading south along the east coast of Australia. On this road trip, you will find a wonderful journey of lovely sandy beaches and lush green rain forests. Enjoy the mild weather and friendly Aussie hospitality all along the way.

  • Cairns - Plan a day trip to Kuranda Rainforest village and enjoy The Skyrail ride to the top. Spend some time visiting Butterfly Sanctuary and Birdworld, the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia. You will be amazed with the impressive collection of butterflies and host of native and exotic birds. Make sure you do not miss the delightful Kuranda Markets open each day from 9:30 to 3:00pm)

    Most visitors choose to take the Skyrail in one direction and the Scenic Railway in the other. On your railway trip, the line passes through rainforest, rivers and waterfalls and offers magnificent views over the treetops. You can alight at a number of stops and walk the boardwalk trails through the rainforest.

  • Port Douglas - A short drive north of Cairns in your rented campervan and you will find Port Douglas the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef (13 km offshore). Visitors flock to this international tourist destination to experience the Great Barrier Reef and the tropical rainforests. Here you can head out to the reef to swim or snorkel or even take a ride in a glass-bottomed boat to experience a spectacular tropical underwater garden. If you are travelling inland in your hired campervan, you will find the Daintree National Park some 20 kilometres west till you will reach Mossman (a sugar industry town). Take a guided walk with the local indigenous people in the Daintree National Park or sample some tropical fruit wine.

  • Atherton - In Atherton, you will find the World Heritage listed rainforest with abundant bird watching & rare wildlife including tree Kangaroos. Remember to bring out your camera and photograph the tropical flora and fauna. For a fun-filled afternoon you can swim, camp and fish in the nearby rivers plus do not forget to explore the ancient volcanic crater lakes.

  • Mission Beach - is the natural mid-way point between Townsville and Cairns. Drive along the 4 beach villages linked by 14 kilometres of golden beach. Camp at Mission Beach for the night to relax and explore this unspoilt environment where two World Heritage areas – the Wet Tropics rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef – meet.

  • Airlie Beach - the gateway to the Whitsundays. From Shute Harbour you can hire a catamaran or boat to one of the many islands and the reef. Visitors travel here each year to snorkel the reef and explore the islands. Anchor your boat and walk on the white sandy beach of Whitehaven Beach, or take the walking trails in the subtropical rainforest - the choices are just limitless

  • Fraser Island - located 450 km from Airlie Beach on the southern coast is the largest sand island in the world. You will find pristine white sandy beaches and ever evolving coloured sand cliffs. Suggest you take a 4WD tour with a local company to discover the Great Sandy Strait, beaches and sand tracks in Fraser Island.

  • Lamington - Visitors can explore the many walking tracks along the McPherson Range. Stop your campervan rental at one of the great lookouts providing panoramic views over the coast from SE QLD to NSW.

  • Byron Bay - approximately 30 minutes from Ballina Airport you will find this surf haven where millions flock to visit each year. Drive your campervan hire along the coast and enjoy the views or head off to the beach for surfing or kayaking. Stroll along the beach and visit Byron Bay Lighthouse and finish the day with a cold beer and dinner at a local pub.

  • Sydney - after 2 weeks on the road you now arrive in Sydney the capital of New South Wales. In this city, you will find the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Hop on the Red Explorer bus and take a couple of days to enjoy this vibrant city. Visit the Koala Park Sanctuary where you will see Australian native animals and native birds including koalas, wombats and kangaroos, etc.

Aussie Campervans also offers motorhome rental in Cairns and 4WD hire in Cairns; start booking the vehicle suiting your budget and destination.

Campervan Hire Cairns to Brisbane (Gold Coast)

Another popular route to take in your rented campervan is to drive from Cairns to Brisbane. One of the hottest routes around, the campervan drive from Cairns to the Gold Cost is a chance for an adventure of a lifetime. 

Day 1: Hire a Cairns campervan and start off with exploring Cairns, including the Great Barrier Reef. 

Day 2: Cairns to Mission Beach

Drive your hired campervan to Mission Beach and enjoy the pristine coastline. There are several cool walking trails surrounding the area including Bicton Hill, Licuala Fan Palm Walk, Edmund Kennedy Walking Track and Lacey’s Creek.

Day 3: Mission Beach to Townsville and Magnetic Island 

Another famed hotspot, Magnetic Island is where you will enjoy the stunning views of waters. There is a huge sleepy koala population here and is the perfect spot for a hired campervan drive that is just 20 minutes off the coast. 

Townsville on the other hand, is home to the Australian Institute of Marine Science. It is here where important research into Australia’s marine environments is carried out. You can join a free tour of the Cape Ferguson Facility every Friday in the months of March to November.

Day 4: Townsville to Airlie Beach and Whitsunday Island 

Head your hired campervan from Cairns down to Whitsunday Island. However, you will have to go through the township of Airlie Beach to get there. No regrets. The beach with its turquoise water will certainly leave you breathless. You can snorkel in one of the famed spots or just relax and soak up all the stunning views.

Day 5: Arlie Beach to Agnes Water and 1770

In 1770, Captain James Cook made his second landing in Australia in the town of 1770. Other than pristine beaches, interesting markets and a chance to go for day trip to Lady Musgrave Island, you can also explore the Bustard Head lighthouse which is just a 20 minute drive in your cosy hired campervan. 

Day 6: Agnes Water to Bundaberg 

The highlight in Bundaberg is the Bundaberg Rum Distillery to tour the factory and taste all the products that are made with local sugarcane. You will also have a chance to see turtles laying their eggs, if you are on a campervan holiday in November to January. Other than that, in January to March, the turtle baby hatchlings will make their way out to sea. 

Day 7: Bundaberg to Hervey Bay

Harvey Bay is a wonderful spot for a campervan holiday. There are freshwater lakes, rainforest treks and tranquil bushwalks to participate in. 

Day 8: Hervey Bay to Noosa

Relax not just in your hired campervan but also in Michelin-star dining and swanky cafes along Hastings St. You can also take the opportunity to treat yourself to world-class bushwalk tracks and rockpool swimming opportunities at Noosa National Park.

Day 9: Noosa to Brisbane

In the final leg of your Cairns to Brisbane campervan trip, head to Brisbane and drop off your hired campervan at any of our branches to complete it! 

Recommended Campsites in Cairns:

Attraction Campgrounds Nearby

Cairns Central Business District (CBD)

NRMA Cairns Holiday Park
Address: 12-30 Little St, Manunda QLD 4870, Australia
Phone: +61 1800 259 977
Website: https://www.nrmaparksandresorts.com.au/cairns/

Tasman Holiday Parks - Cairns Cool Waters
Address: 2/14 Shale St, Brinsmead QLD 4870, Australia
Phone: +61 7 4034 1949
Website: https://tasmanholidayparks.com/au/caravan-parks/cairns-cool-waters

Behana Gorge Road

Mission Beach Campervan & Caravan Park
Address: 53 Porter Promenade Mission Beach, Queensland, 4852
Phone: (07) 4210 6078
Website: https://www.missionbeachcampingandcaravanpark.com.au/

BIG4 NRMA Atherton Tablelands Holiday Park
Address: Bartle Frere Goldfield Road, Queensland, 4861
Phone: 1800 041 441
Website: https://www.big4.com.au/caravan-parks/qld/tropical-north/atherton-tablelands-holiday-park

Bingil Bay & Girringun National Park

Inghum Tourist Park
Address: 49450 Bruce Highway Ingham
Phone: 07 47762403
Website: inghamtouristpark.com.au

Wallaman Falls Campground
Address: Wallaman Falls Road, Wallaman QLD 4850
Website: http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/great-walks-wet-tropics-wallaman/camping.html#wallaman_falls_camping_area

Daintree National Park

Daintree Riverview Lodges & Van Park
Address: 2 Stewart St, Daintree QLD 4873, Australia
Phone: +61 409 627 434
Website: http://www.daintreeriverview.com/

Pinnacle Village Holiday Park
Address: Vixies Rd, Wonga QLD 4873, Australia
Phone: +61 1800 222 728
Website: http://www.pinnaclevillage.com/

Port Douglas

Tropic Breeze Caravan Park
Address: 24 Davidson St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia
Phone: +61 7 4099 5299
Website: http://www.tropicbreeze.com.au/

Pandanus Caravan Park
Address: 97-107 Davidson St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia
Phone: +61 7 4099 5944
Website: http://www.pandanuscp.com.au/

Cape York

Loyalty Beach Campground & Fishing Lodge
Address: Cape York, 1 Loyalty Beach Road, New Mapoon QLD 4876, Australia
Phone: +61 7 4069 3372
Website: http://www.loyaltybeach.com/

Seisia Holiday Park
Address: 6 Koraba Rd, Seisia QLD 4876, Australia
Phone: +61 7 4203 0992
Website: http://www.seisiaholidaypark.com/