Cairns, the entrance to Queensland’s tropical north, is a popular stop for travellers off due to its tropical climate and laid back vibe. Located about 1,700km north of Brisbane, it’s a renowned backpacker hotspot that should most definitely be on your campervan route around Australia.
Whether you’re looking to kick back and enjoy beach life, trek through tropical rainforests or go on an underwater adventure, Cairns has it all!
Here are some of the best things to do in Cairns
We put a list of tips together for you that we think should help you out on the road and generally make life a little bit easier for you!
The A-Z of roadtrippin’ tips you should not leave home without!
A – ADAPT
You’re in Australia now, so it may take you some time to adapt to it. Depending on where you’ve come from there will be different things you have to adapt to. Time difference, climate, change of pace, having to budget… etc, it’s okay to let yourself take some time to adapt to these things, but from experience it’s easier to embrace it all and try to get used to it as soon as possible. Every second counts in Australia!
Fridge vs no fridge – lots of space vs not so much space – proper camper vs jellybox van….decisions decisions decisions. Buying or renting a car or camper for the first time can be pretty daunting and with so many options out there it is sometimes a little bit confusing what the best option for you is.
We hope the below helps make things a bit easier for you, because we remember our first time too!
How good is it to drive in your own car/campervan along the coast or the outback exploring the wonderful Australia? You have to agree it would be even better if it wasn’t for those annoying petrol costs! Check out our hints and tips below on how to save BIG bucks on your petrol costs around Australia.
After all, less money spent on petrol = more beer money.
1. Choose the right day to refuel
One relatively unknown fact is that, generally speaking, if you buy your petrol on a Tuesday you can expect to pay 5% to 15% less than on other days. If a Tuesday isn’t convenient, go on a Wednesday! So if you want to save the pennies tank up on one of those days and definitely avoid the weekends. Plan ahead guys and reap the rewards!
As of the 1st of September 2014 Travellers Autobarn are defleeting their Ex-rental Vans – the BUDGIE VAN – all around the country! These vans are top off the line and will make you look like a real flash-backpacker.
The flash-vans are all equipped with:
- Build-in kitchenette
- Large seating area with table
- Comfy bed
- Very cool artwork (can be removed if requested)
- 240 V power plugs so you can charge your phone/tablets at a power camp side
- Inclusive of all pots, pans, cutlery & linen.
- Fully serviced & new/near-new tyres
- And much-much more