Cairns Campervan Hire FAQ
Note: We compare multiple campervan and motorhome rental companies – each has its own terms and policies. Use the below answers as a general guide, however always check the terms and conditions of your rental, as details can vary from company to company.
Where can I pickup my motorhome?
With most suppliers you will pick up your vehicle at the branch, usually within a few kilometres of both Cairns Airport and the city.
Often the most cost-effective transfer option is a taxi ($15 to $30 from the airport to most depots) or a ride-sharing service. Details of the pickup location can be seen on the vehicle page and during the booking process.
Are one-way rentals available?
Yes, several campervan hire companies offer one way rentals.
Popular routes starting in Cairns include:
- Cairns to Brisbane
- Cairns to Sydney
- Cairns to Airlie Beach
- Cairns to Townsville
Can I rent a campervan in Port Douglas?
Currently we do not list any suppliers offering vehicles in Port Douglas. Most visitors to the region use one of the depots close to Cairns City or Cairns Airport.
What kind of campervans do you have?
We compare a range of different campervans and motorhomes. Popular rental options include:
- sleepervans (2 person campers built on a minivan or station wagon)
- 2 to 4 person campervans built on a van (sometimes with a high roof – either a hi-top or pop-top)
- large motorhomes usually with a toilet, shower which sleep from 2 to 6 passengers.
- 4WD campervans are also available
To help you find the right RV for your needs, search results can be filtered to only show vehicles of a certain size by clicking on the camper icons at the top of the page:
Cairns Road Trip Tips: Attractions & Pit-Stops
Aside from the reef, the second most likely destination you’re likely to explore near Cairns is the Wet Tropics Rainforest, with two of the most popular destinations for a day being Kuranda and Daintree.
Kuranda is a town on the Barron River, 25 km from Cairns, with a scenic train and cableway making for an easy day trip.
Known for its exceptional biodiversity, the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest (which contains Daintree National Park), north of Cairns, is the largest continuous rainforest in the country, as well as the world’s oldest rainforest.
Campervan access: It is possible to self-drive to Kuranda and Daintree from Cairns, though parking can become an issue at tourist hot spots at busy times. Alternatively, many day tours are offered to these areas from Cairns.
One of the most popular waterfalls near Cairns, Josephine Falls is a tiered cascade, with swimming allowed in the lower pool, reached by a walk of 700 metres.
A 75-kilometre trip from Cairns, the 25-metre-tall falls descend from the Atherton Tableland to the foot of Mount Bartle Frere (Queensland’s highest peak) in Wooroonooran National Park and function as a natural waterslide.
Campervan access: Josephine Falls is reached by way of the Bruce Hwy/Hwy 1. A spacious parking lot is available on-site.
Cairns’ Northern Beaches
Spectacular beaches stretch along the coast, a few kilometres north of Cairns. Popular spots include Palm Cove, Clifton Beach and Trinity Beach.
The Great Barrier Reef
When you’re in Cairns, it’s hard to miss the 2,300-km-long World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.
No shortage of tour operators can deliver a day outing by boat, with opportunities to enjoy warm, calm water snorkeling and scuba diving, surrounded by the reef system’s – renowned vibrantly coloured marine life.
There are also glass-bottomed boats and submarine experiences, and options to suit everyone, including pontoons, stationed within the Outer Reef and various islands of the reef.
Campervan access: The Cairns marina has parking on-site and there are additional car parks nearby. Some tour operators may offer a hotel pickup service, eliminating your need to drive to the docks.
Cairns Aquarium opened in 2017 and is dedicated to showcasing exclusively aquatic wildlife from the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest, inclusive of the Gulf Savannah and Cape York regions.
This impressive facility houses ten North Queensland ecosystems and claims over seventy exhibits and 15,000 creatures. A 30-metre-long underwater acrylic viewing tunnel takes you into an open ocean viewing tank with a rare school of Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks.
Campervan access: Parking is limited at the aquarium proper, but it is walkable from the CBD.