So, you’re looking for places to camp near Cairns? Well, you’re in the right spot, all of the sites on this list are within three and a half hours drive of Cairns.
There’s no way I can get around and review all of these places personally in the near future, so this is more about doing some of that legwork for you and making it easier for you to choose the place that suits your needs.
Use the links to go directly to the website (if they have one) for each place to check it out in further detail before you make a decision.
All of these places have either been recommended or they looked good to me when I was researching and I would want to head there myself.
I’ll try and make sure there is a mixture of both caravan parks and free/offroad/remote camps so that there is hopefully something to suit everyone.
I’d love to hear your feedback about any of these spots and also hear about any that aren’t on the list that you think should be.
Also, feel free to leave your reviews (good or bad) in the comments below to help the next person out.
Keep in mind that depending on what traffic was doing when I googled distance, drive time may vary slightly, but all the places on this list came in at under three and a half hours drive for me.
Remember, if you are on the hunt for places to camp near Cairns, or anywhere else, there are heaps of apps that can help you out. Check out handy apps for road tripping & camping for some more great options when it comes to finding the right spot for you.
|Town||Place/Site||Distance from Cairns|
|Babinda||Babinda Boulders||1 hour drive|
|South Mission Beach||Big4 Beachcomber Holiday Park||2 hours drive|
|Bramston Beach||Bramston Beach||1 hour 10 minutes drive|
|Mt Molloy||Bustard Downs||1 hour 45 minutes drive|
|Cairns||Cool Waters Holiday Park||15 minutes drive|
|Cairns||Big 4 Crystal Cascades Caravan Park||20 minutes|
|Mission Beach||Dunk Island View Caravan Park||2 hours drive|
|Ellis Beach||Ellis Beach Caravan Park||35 minutes drive|
|Speewah||Etteleah Park||45 minutes drive|
|Etty Bay||Etty Bay Caravan Park||1.5 hours drive|
|Fishery Falls||Fishery Falls Holiday Park||40 minutes drive|
|Port Douglas||Glengarry Caravan Park||1 hour drive|
|Wooroonoorin NP||Goldsborough Valley||1 hour 10 minutes drive|
|Gordonvale||Gordonvale Rest Area||30 minutes drive|
|Mareeba||Granite Gorge||1 hour 10 minutes drive|
|Kurramine Beach||Kurramine Beach Holiday Park||1 hour 45 minutes drive|
|Tinaroo Falls||Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park||1.5 hours drive|
|Mareeba||Lower Davies Creek Campground||1 hour drive|
|Malanda||Malanda Falls Caravan Park||1 hour 20 minutes drive|
|Mount Carbine||Mt Carbine Caravan Park||1 hour 45 minutes drive|
|Newell||Newell Beach Caravan Park||1 hour 20 minutes drive|
|Palm Cove||Palm Cove Camping Park||30 minutes drive|
|Mena Creek||Paronella Park||1.5 hours drive|
|Mt Molloy||Rifle Creek Rest Area||1.5 hours drive|
|Mareeba||Ringers Rest||1 hour drive|
|Atherton Tablelands||Rocky Creek War Memorial Park Rest Area||1 hour 15 minutes drive|
|Rollingstone||Rollingstone Beach Caravan Resort||3.5 hours drive|
|School Point||School Point Campground||1.5 hours drive|
|Cairns||Sunland Leisure Park||10 minutes drive|
|Port Douglas||Tropic Breeze Caravan Park||1 hour 10 minutes drive|
|Savannah Way||Undara Lava Lodge & Campground||3.5 hours drive|
|Walkamin||Walkamin Central Van Park||1 hour 10 minutes drive|
|Herberton||Wild River Caravan Park||1 hour 35 minutes drive|
|Ravenshoe||Woodleigh Station||2 hours 10 minutes drive|
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