Cairns, Australia, is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the most fascinating natural wonders in the world. It is also a good place to stay and visit the beautiful scenery near Kuranda and the Daintree National Park. Caravan Parks in Cairns provide inexpensive, convenient accommodation for travellers who want to visit the Tropical Far North, Queensland.

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  1. BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut
  2. NRMA Cairns Holiday Park
  3. Tasman Holiday Parks – Cairns Cool Waters
  4. Lake Placid Rainforest Retreat
  5. Upper Davies Creek Campground
  6. Malanda Falls Caravan Park
  7. Babinda Boulders Campground

BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut

Woree, QLD

Campervan on road through rainforest in Queensland, Australia

Immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut, a renowned kid’s paradise nestled in the heart of Tropical North Queensland. This 11-hectare award-winning tropical oasis boasts an unbeatable location just seven minutes from Cairns CBD, making it an ideal starting point for exploring the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, Atherton Tablelands, and Wet Tropics Rainforest.

Offering a variety of accommodations, including cabins, condos, villas, powered and unpowered sites, and camping grounds, guests can enjoy access to world-class facilities that have earned Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut a gold medal in the Queensland Tourism Awards.

Plan your visit during the school holidays to take advantage of the exciting in-park activities designed to keep kids entertained while parents enjoy some well-deserved relaxation.


  • Available accommodation options
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Camp kitchen
  • Two swimming pools
  • Splash park
  • Pedal cars
  • In-park activities
  • Private bathroom
  • Tennis court

NRMA Cairns Holiday Park

Manunda, QLD

Cairns Esplanade, Australia

Experience an unforgettable holiday at NRMA Cairns Holiday Park, where you can indulge in balmy mid-winter days by the sparkling saltwater pool, snorkel with sea turtles in coral reefs, and immerse yourself in ancient culture within a World Heritage rainforest. This park is designed for making memories, bringing people together through a variety of activities that cater to all budgets, including pet-friendly accommodations.

NRMA Cairns Holiday Park not only offers a perfect base to explore Tropical North Queensland but also provides modern comforts without breaking the bank. Enjoy top-notch amenities such as free WiFi, an Internet café, laundry facilities, barbecue pits, and even a free herb and vegetable garden. The park’s tour desk can help plan exciting local adventures, while its excellent location near the esplanade has garnered praise from travellers for the outstanding customer service and clean site.


  • Pet-friendly park sites
  • Saltwater swimming pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Camp kitchen
  • BBQ
  • Kiosk
  • Dump point

Tasman Holiday Parks – Cairns Cool Waters

Brinsmead, QLD

Rare & elusive australian duck billed platypus in rainforest creek, Queensland, Australia

Dive into the tropical oasis of Tasman Holiday Parks – Cairns Cool Waters, a destination that truly lives up to its name with warm hospitality and refreshing aquatic amenities. Encircled by lush rainforest and majestic mountains, this holiday park is an idyllic retreat for couples and families craving the best of Far North Queensland, without compromising on contemporary comforts.

As a four-star caravan park, Cool Waters offers serenity just seven minutes from Cairns and within easy reach of the picturesque Kuranda Rail Freshwater Station and the awe-inspiring Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Immerse yourself in fantastic amenities such as a revitalising swimming pool, soothing spa, free WiFi, sizzling barbecues, a camp kitchen, and laundry facilities.

Set out on a platypus and turtle discovery expedition in the sparkling freshwater creek or simply kick back and soak in the delightful atmosphere. With top-notch customer service and a touch of wit, Cairns Cool Waters guarantees an unforgettable, professionally polished tropical escape.


  • Turtle sanctuary
  • Rainforest creek walk
  • Swimming pool and spa
  • On-site cafe
  • Indoor recreation room
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry
  • Pet-friendly
  • Camp kitchen with TV
  • Playground
  • Scenic BBQ area

Lake Placid Rainforest Retreat

Caravonica, QLD

Aerial View of Noah Beach in the Daintree area of tropical far north Queensland. In this beautiful section of coast the rainforest meets the sea.

Going bananas for a nature-filled adventure? Look no further than the enchanting Lake Placid Rainforest Retreat, where you’ll find both tranquillity and excitement in equal measure. Tucked away in 14-acre lush tropical rainforest and just a hop, skip, and a jump from the pure, clear waters of Barron River Gorge National Park and Lake Placid, this retreat is your serene oasis, while still being within arm’s reach of Cairns’ top tourist attractions like Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway, and the northern beaches.

Offering a variety of accommodation options to suit every taste and budget, Lake Placid Rainforest Retreat features budget caravan sites, tent sites, and luxury cabins amidst its idyllic setting. Guests can enjoy amenities such as a park shop, Internet access, Wi-Fi, barbecue facilities, a swimming pool, and a spacious camp kitchen with a freezer and fridge.

The knowledgeable staff will happily arrange tours to local attractions like Trinity Inlet wildlife cruises and unforgettable excursions to the Great Barrier Reef. So go ahead, unleash your inner Tarzan (or Jane) and explore all that Lake Placid Rainforest Retreat has to offer.


  • Saltwater swimming pool
  • Self-contained camp kitchen
  • Newly renovated amenities block
  • Fridge & freezer
  • Walking tracks
  • BBQ area
  • Ensuite sites
  • Laundry
  • Free WiFi
  • Motorhome friendly sites

Upper Davies Creek Campground

Mareeba, QLD

At the Crystal Cascades near Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Once a gold mine in the 1900s, this golden spot now offers campers an immersive experience amidst hiking trails, waterfalls, and lookouts, all while sharing the campground with friendly wallabies and mini kangaroos called bettongs. Tucked away in the wetter eucalypt forest west of Cairns, this popular campground provides a peaceful and tranquil escape, perfect for swimming, hiking, and exploring the pristine freshwater system of Davies Creek, thanks to its World Heritage and National Park status.

Upper Davies Creek Campground is the top choice among the two primary campgrounds in the area, offering eight campsites sorted into two groups for added privacy and easy accessibility for campervans and conventional cars. The campsites feature creekside camping, with some nestled right against the creek, and are surrounded by rare, threatened, and endangered flora and fauna.

Enjoy grassy tent areas with ample shade, and wood-fired barbecues (bring your own wood), and make sure to respect the park’s rules and regulations. Don’t miss out on this highly recommended campground – just remember to book an e-permit properly, take ALL your rubbish, and appreciate the beauty and significance of this incredible park.


  • Tent camping
  • Campfires allowed (conditions apply)
  • Camper trailer camping
  • Toilets
  • Scenic drive
  • Walking tracks
  • 8 separate and numbered sites

Malanda Falls Caravan Park

Malanda, QLD

Waterfall in the Atherton Tablelands in North Queensland, Australia

Uniquely situated in the Cairns Highlands next to the enchanting Malanda Falls Environmental Park, Malanda Falls Caravan Park is home to a plethora of wildlife, including turtles, platypi, and the rare Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo. The virgin rainforest surrounding the park is teeming with birdlife and serves as natural air-conditioning, ensuring a comfortable and refreshing stay for all visitors.

Whether you’re new to camping or a seasoned adventurer, Malanda Falls Caravan Park caters to all with its slabbed or grass-powered caravan sites, abundant camping areas, and self-contained villas or units. Enjoy park facilities such as laundry amenities, hot showers, and a camp kitchen while being just three minutes away from shops for last-minute supplies.

When the day heats up, take a short 300-meter stroll to cool off in the beautiful Malanda Falls. Experience the unparalleled wilderness and rainforest adventures that only the Cairns Highlands and Atherton Tablelands can offer at Malanda Falls Caravan Park.


  • Huge green oval space
  • Equipped camp kitchen
  • 3 Electric BBQs
  • Animal nursery
  • Laundry facilities
  • Private access to the Malanda Falls
  • Bushwalk and wildlife
  • Hot showers

Babinda Boulders Campground

Babinda, QLD

Walking through a rainforest in Queensland, Australia

You’re in for a treat with the fantastic value of free camping at Babinda Boulders Campground! Picture yourself setting up camp among 13 individual sites, all enveloped by the shade of towering trees, offering a truly captivating nature experience. Situated within the Wooroonooran National Park, the campground is just a short stroll away from the awe-inspiring Babinda Boulders. Plus, the flat gravel sites can comfortably accommodate rigs of various sizes, ensuring you’ll find the perfect spot.

While staying at Babinda Boulders Campground, you’ll love the easy access to swimming spots and walking trails. Be sure to check out the highly recommended bush track to Babinda Falls – the scenery is simply stunning.

During the day, take the opportunity to cool off with a swim in the refreshing river waters or kick back and relax by the charming pools. With a clean and well-maintained campsite, you can fully embrace the tranquillity of your surroundings, making for an unforgettable nature escape.


  • Toilets
  • Cold showers
  • BBQs
  • Access to the Babinda boulders
  • Bush track to Babinda Falls

If you need a cheap campervan hire, feel free to visit the Travellers Autobarn Cairns Campervan office.

If you want to read more of our Cairns adventures, come and explore the dedicated Cairns Road Trips. And if you want to learn more about the best campgrounds to visit in Australia, read our Top Campgrounds in Australia article! Happy Exploring!

About the Author

Bastian Graf

Bastian is the Sales & Marketing Manager here at Travellers Autobarn. He holds a Master of Commerce in Marketing and International Business Management, and 20+ years experience in campervan hire, road trips and travel.

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