Camping near Cairns

Leave your campsite to explore the Great Barrier Reef, the islands and rainforests around Cairns.

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The Billabong Kuranda

25 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents130 acres · Kuranda, QLD
The Billabong Kuranda is the perfect location for you to explore the surrounding tourism attractions of the Cairns, Kuranda and the Tablelands Region.Reconnect with nature at this unforgettable escape. The Billabong is a campground and events venue sitting on 180 acres of pristine rainforest. We have two gorgeous self-contained tiny homes perched right above our namesake billabong, offering seclusion and comfort, 5 minutes away from the Rainforest village Kuranda.We have the perfect spot waiting for you when you return after a day of sight seeing! Our spacious campgrounds offer plenty of shady and sunny spots perfect for your next stay.The cabins feature a mezzanine level queen bedroom, a kitchenette with microwave, toaster and fridge, a completely open living space with fold out couch for additional guests and a private deck overlooking our beautiful billabong with outdoor shower/bathtub.Easily accessible through the campground entrance, once inside our cabin you will feel totally secluded from the rest of the world: it's just you, the trees and the birds.We have and impressive amount of fire pits around the property and you are welcome to use them throughout your entire stay!Relax and enjoy, we have plenty of space to accommodate your stay.See our friendly campground manager on arrival. See you soon at The Billabong Kuranda!
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Wallaby Nights

2 sites · RVs, Tents4 acres · Cairns, QLD
Our 4 acre property is located a convenient 10 minutes south of the Cairns CBD. The Cairns region has so much to offer. Head out to one of the eateries overlooking the water or chill out on the promenade with its free swimming pool. Take a scenic tour up the mountain to Kuranda and check out their iconic markets. Go snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef or enjoy a boat cruise to an island. The campsite features a large flat grassy area with great access for 2WDs and all types of camping vehicles from caravans to campervans and motorhomes. Plenty of room to turn your vehicle around and a lockable gate means your campsite is secure. We welcome self-contained campers who bring their own camping toilet/shower and drinking water. Our front paddock is visited nightly by lots and lots as wallabies. We have fantastic sunrises and sunsets here. You’ll really love the great views we have towards the east and west. We only take one booking per day/night so you won't be staying in a crowded environment. No campfires or pets please.
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Mirimbi Eco Retreat

14 sites · Lodging, Tents14 acres · Kamerunga, QLD
Welcome to Mirimbi Eco Retreat, a haven of natural beauty and cultural significance nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Barron Gorge National Park Walking Track Network. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of our newly installed Tiny Home, a cozy sanctuary equipped with an ensuite and kitchenette, perfect for singles or couples seeking a serene escape. Take a leisurely stroll to the enchanting Stoney Creek and marvel at the cascading Stoney Creek Falls, a picturesque setting that defines the natural splendor of Mirimbi. Our retreat is strategically located near the world-renowned Kuranda Scenic Railway, offering you a chance to embark on a journey through one of the most extraordinary rail experiences on the planet. Adventure awaits with a plethora of activities at your fingertips, from the thrill of Barron River Rafting to the excitement of Smithfield Mountain Bike Park Trail. Delight in the breathtaking Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, providing a unique perspective of the lush rainforest canopy. Conveniently situated just 15-20 minutes from Cairns International Airport, Cairns CBD, Northern Beaches, and Skyrail, Mirimbi Eco Retreat serves as the perfect gateway to countless attractions. The possibilities for exploration are endless, making your stay with us an unforgettable adventure. Please note that Mirimbi Eco Retreat is an ongoing staged development project, destined to evolve into a high-end luxury haven. While we are in development mode, our facilities cater to basic camping needs. Be aware of building materials and ongoing construction activities on the property. Exercise caution, especially with unfenced drop-offs and cliffs. We kindly request campers to take utmost care and control of pets and young children during their stay. For a limited time, we're thrilled to offer an exclusive half-price opening special—experience the magic of Mirimbi for just $250 per night. Revel in the unique cultural essence of Mirimbi, where every corner tells a story and every view is a masterpiece. Come and experience Mirimbi Eco Retreat—an oasis where nature, culture, and luxury converge in perfect harmony. Book now to seize the opportunity to be among the first to bask in the wonders of Mirimbi at an irresistible half-price opening special rate. Your eco-friendly adventure awaits!
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Rainforest Retreat Hideaway

1 site · RV, Tent2 acres · Kuranda, QLD
A secluded and private getaway from the grind of daily responsibilities. Quiet and tranquil, we hope you feel recharged and relaxed. So close to Kuranda Heritage Markets, local waterfalls, swimming holes, Barron river and many tourist attractions. Nothing is too difficult to accommodate. You can borrow kayaks and bikes to explore our beautiful surrounds. We have edible gardens you are welcome to. A seasonal creek at the bottom of our property and protected rainforest to explore. If you want a stay that's quiet and away from other campers then our property is for you. We have an outdoor hot water bath/shower and composting toilet. As well as a caravan kitchen to utilise should you wish. Sorry No pets as we have native wildlife.
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Barron River Getaway at Kuranda

4 sites · RVs, Tents50 acres · Kuranda, QLD
Surrounded by 40,000 acres of world heritage rainforest, 15 minutes outside the village of Kuranda, you will camp next to the mighty Barron River. This place is totally private and you have access to a sandy beach where swimming is safe and completely secluded. It's a great place for kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. There is a 360 degree view from the property, with nothing made by man in the way. When we purchased this property 37 years ago and built our unique home, it was denuded cattle land, and now we are surrounded by the most beautiful rainforest. We planted approximately 8000 trees.! We have 4 sites available all close to the river, and can provide water as well as access to our toilet. We are agile wallaby carers, with the rescued joeys being released back into the forest from here. After a day of kayaking or hiking or exploring the area we also offer a sunset massage (as available ) by a local masseuse who lives on the property. Watch the stars in the night sky at your own campfire.
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Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park

158 sites · RVs, Tents17 acres · Tinaroo, QLD
Sprawled across more than 17 acres and surrounded by lush, native bushland, Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park has a brand new all abilities Splash Pad and Accessible Pool. It is just a stone’s throw from stunning Lake Tinaroo – the heart of adventure on the Atherton Tableland. Indulge in one of the park’s coveted Waterview Villas, opt for the convenience of a Pool-Side Unit, park the van up for a no-fuss stopover or revel in the simplicity of pitching a tent – you can do it all at Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park.
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Panoramic Trails

1 site · RV, Tent89 acres · Speewah, QLD
Ultimate privacy surrounded by nature, relax by the creek or walk the bush trails. Campervans/caravans and camper trailer preferred.We currently only have the one spot (2wd able to access) we like the idea of you having your privacy so we won't be booking any other groups on at the same time. More spots will open up in the future. We are open to larger (group) bookings/events etc with some extra planning before bookings (message me :))Limited phone reception.Pet friendly (well controlled).No amenities so must have own toilet and leave no trace.Fires allowed in a designated fire pit.Follow us on instagram :) #panoramictrails
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The River Ranch

1 site · RV, Tent10 acres · Goldsborough, QLD
Experience the ultimate riverside camping adventure! Our property offers camp sites located right on the riverbank, with manicured lawns extending to the river's edge. It is a child-friendly swimming area, and you can also enjoy rafting and tubing down the river. Jungle Perch fishing is also available, providing you with a unique experience. You can have campfires, which is a great way to end the day with family and friends. The property is located just 45 km from Cairns, providing a perfect weekend or holiday getaway for families, couples, or friends. The beautiful scenery, fun water activities, and relaxation on the riverside will make your camping trip a memorable experience. Book your stay today and enjoy the adventure of riverside camping. Guests must be fully self-contained with their own toilet/shower facilities and must take all waste with them on departure. No pets allowed.
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Bessacarr Grange

2 sites · RVs5 acres · Cairns, QLD
I purchased this land at the end of last century. I lived in a caravan myself for 2 years while I owner built my home. At the time I was full time "flying" for Ansett and fitted the work in by late starts and week-ends away. I designed everything and had many items purpose made in Indonesia, including statues for the garden. It is the gardens themselves that take up my time, landscaping for me means a bobcat or excavator. I am currently subdividing the lower area into two one acre lots, so periodically, max 2 hours week these will arrive and provide some entertainment usually 3.30 to 6pm. Occasionally I will have materials dropped off, such as mulch or rocks, but this should not bother anyone staying on site, naturally I would ask you to move before I dumped a load where you are camping.... just joking ! It is a form of creation and if you spot the odd pile of large rocks in a picture this is the reason. I propagate most plants as I need thousands. There is a level that houses a very large swimming pool, uncompleted project, above the level where camping is possible. It has an island in the middle that is 8m x 6m. My plan is to have this as a natural pond type pool. We are a friendly lot and prefer to know you if that is against your own privacy needs. This is a lovely private acreage in a cleared rainforest setting with wonderful mountain views and directly opposite, across the road, a lovely swimming lagoon of Crystal Cascades, being 2km up the road. The photos show the view, the lagoon, a section of the river, the street, the house and a few potential level areas for parking your caravan. I sentimentally named it after my mothers birth home in Yorkshire, UK, given I don't plan to build anymore homes, having built or worked extensively on 12 others.
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Twitcher’s Hill

2 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Julatten, QLD
Twitcher's Hill camping area is situated on a quiet road, away from noise. Guests can pitch a tent or park their accommodation and enjoy the morning chorus of birds while breakfasting with a stunning mountain view. Guests will have access to a fire pit during their stay, along with spring water, tennis court and swimming pool. We have an outdoor septic toilet and a rustic camp shower which campers will have access to throughout their stay. Telsta has coverage in this area and the closest convenience store is 14km (Nine Mile Store) or Woolworths shopping centre, Mossman 25km. Pets are welcome but must be kept on a leash whilst on the property as we have chooks and cattle. Our property is suitable for a quiet, relaxing, nature lovers get away, 450m above sea level at the northern most end of the Atherton Tableland, offering an ideal relaxing climate.
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Mowbray Spring Creek Camp

9 sites · RVs3 acres · Mowbray, QLD
Located just 15 minutes from Port Douglas and 30 minutes from Palm Cove our property is the perfect base to explore all the beauty this region has to offer. We have close access to some beautiful nearby creeks and walking trails. With Four Mile beach, Spring Creek Falls, Mowbray Falls all at your door step there is endless adventures to be had. The property is right near the Mowbray National Park and the Bump Track which is a popular and memorable mountain-biking experience for those who love to ride. This 6km trail climbs from sea level to almost 400m within just a couple of kilometres, allowing riders to experience one of the biggest downhill thrills in the region. You might also like to explore further and do a day trip up to the Daintree. Your friendly host is always happy to share local knowledge so you can get the best out of your trip. Campers will need to be self sufficient with their own toilet/shower facilities and must take all waste and rubbish with them on departure. Pets are welcome but must be kept under your control at all times. Sorry, no campfires allowed.
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Hartleys Creek retreat

2 sites · RVs, Tents7 acres · Wangetti, QLD
A beautiful property nestled between Port Douglas and Cairns. Hartleys creek runs all year round and is part of the property. It is also directly opposite the stunning Wangetti beach which is 5 kilometres long and overlooks the islands. Ten minutes to shops. 20 minutes to Port Douglas and 35 minutes to Cairns.
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Camping near Cairns guide

Overview

Cairns is the only place where two World Heritage-listed sites meet. Here, the Wet Tropics Rainforest meets the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, and this tropical city is a great base for campers to see both. Join a day trip to the Outer Reef or laze beside the city’s man-made lagoon on the Cairns esplanade. There’s no beach in Cairns city, but the northern beaches begin just 15 minutes’ drive north of the city centre, one of the loveliest being Palm Cove. Don’t miss a visit to the Cairns Aquarium, a great introduction to the wonders of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island is the closest island to Cairns, only 45 minutes by ferry, and camping sites are right next to the beach, a five-minute walk from the jetty. You can hire snorkelling and diving equipment, take glass-bottom boat rides, or hike the rainforest trails or to the old lighthouse. The Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on the island is also well worth visiting.

Kuranda

is a rainforest village in the mountains near

. It has two campgrounds, perfect for hikers, birdwatchers and nature lovers. Easy walking trails let you explore the Barron Falls and river and the rainforest. Other attractions will introduce you to koalas, butterflies and birds. A little further away is

, with granite boulders and swimming holes.

Ellis Beach

Beach camping with stunning views of the Coral Sea and islands is found at Ellis Beach, about half-way between Cairns and Port Douglas is an hour’s drive north of Cairns, on one of Queensland’s most spectacular coastal roads. Swaying palms surround you, and there are great facilities, including a restaurant across the street. No bookings are required; just turn up and pitch your tent.

Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation's only national park camping area is near beautiful Noah Beach, where you can pitch your tent in a sheltered site under shady trees. This park is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, and is closed January to Good Friday. Wildlife abounds: you’re likely to see giant lace monitors (goannas) and perhaps crocodiles as you cross the Daintree River on the ferry.

When to go

April to November is the best time to visit Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef and the tropical north. Any other time, it’s hot and humid. It’s also the time of year when water visibility for snorkelling and diving is at its best. Summer is less popular, due to the heat, hence camping areas will be less crowded. May to September is the peak camping season.

Know before you go

  • Remember to pack sunscreen; the north Queensland sun can be fierce. Check out sunscreens that won’t damage the coral reefs (those that don’t contain oxybenzone or BP-3).
  • Camping permits are required for all Queensland parks, forest and reserves and must be booked online and paid for before arrival.
  • Despite its name, Nudey Beach on Fitzroy Island isn’t for those who want to bare all. In fact, nude beaches are banned in Queensland.
  • Boat transfers are available to the two free campsites on Russell Island in the Frankland Group National Park, just south of Cairns.

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