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Take a road trip to remember with a camper hire from Cairns

With a campervan rental from Cairns, the wild and wonderful destinations of Northern Queensland await. Hit the highways and you’ll soon find tropical rainforests, palm-fringed beaches, notable National Parks, wildlife, adventure activities, and more. The freedom of having your own wheels is priceless in this unique and balmy part of Australia.

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Campervan rental in Cairns: pick up locations

While many people arrive in Cairns via the busy international airport and pick up their vehicle there, that’s far from the only option. With a wide range of motorhome rental suppliers in the city catering to travellers of all types, there are multiple pick-up locations to choose from.

Prefer to get your bearings and spend some time in urban exploration before picking up your motorhome in Cairns? No problem. Take a look at the map below to see the motorhome rental depots scattered throughout the area.

All you need to know for your Cairns campervan adventure

A guide to driving your camper in Cairns 

Chinamans Creek waterfront in the afternoon.A safe road trip is a good road trip. Those driving in Australia for the first time will have plenty to learn. Domestic visitors may also need some advice that’s unique to the roads of Cairns and Northern Queensland. Here are some tips and pointers to get you started.

  • First and foremost, listen carefully to the orientation you receive when picking up your vehicle. Write down the most important points. The staff at the depot are the experts on the vehicle!
  • Remember that in Australia, traffic drives to the left. If you’re used to driving on the right, you may wish to practice on quieter streets before hitting the highways to begin your journey.
  • The speed limit in most residential areas is 50 kilometres per hour, but there is a limit of 40kph in the CBD. Most open roads have a limit of 100kph.
  • Heading north from Cairns, you may enter more remote regions. Always have plenty of food and water in case of a breakdown, and keep a sharp eye out for kangaroos and other wildlife on roads.
  • Beware of cane trains in the region! These run on a dedicated narrow-gauge railway network around Queensland and other states during the crushing season from June to November. Some road crossings are marked with signs but no barriers. Always give way to the trains.
  • Cairns and the surrounding region are hot, particularly in summer. Always have spare water for both the vehicle and the people in it.

What to do and see with a motorhome hire from Cairns

Two fishes in the Cairns Aquarium.Many campervans leave Cairns every day in search of adventure—and it’s not hard to find! Northern Queensland is filled with incredible flora, fauna, and landscapes. Fantastic destinations lie in all directions. With a motorhome that combines transport and accommodation in one tidy package, you can embark on a road trip to remember.

Here are a few ideas to get your itinerary planning underway.

Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef

Should you choose to head south from Cairns, you’ll come across the spectacular Whitsundays region within a day’s drive—although you may like to stop in at Townsville along the way. We recommend this trip for anyone who loves the sun, sand, and sea. This group of idyllic islands has all of it in spades, and is a popular access spot for trips to the iconic Great Barrier Reef. In fact, you can access the reef from places all along the coast south of Cairns.

Atherton Tablelands

This region just inland from Cairns is known for its variety of landscapes, waterfalls and volcanic rock formations, coffee plantations, and a vibrant foodie culture. There’s lots to see, do, and taste! Visit a local farmers market to stock up your campervan with provisions, kayak one of the many creeks or rivers, watch for wildlife, try a local coffee, and enjoy the many top-notch.

Daintree Rainforest

Discover more of nature at the Daintree Rainforest. This natural wonder is the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest on the Australian continent, part of the oldest surviving tropical rainforest in the world. It’s an extraordinary place, located just a few hours north of Cairns. Here you can explore on foot, take guided wildlife tours, hear from Aboriginal custodians of the land, and enjoy unmatched birdwatching. The Daintree Discovery Centre is a good place to start.

Cape York

This destination comes with a disclaimer: it’s an intrepid trip to make, and you’ll need a 4WD camper—check that your rental company permits you to drive on the roads there before you book. Once prepared with the vehicle you’ll need, you are in for a treat. This remote and wild part of Australia has amazing landscapes, small coastal towns, beaches, islands, waterholes, wildlife, and an array of unforgettable tracks to walk or drive.

Australia is a massive country. If Cairns is not your preferred pick up location to start your campervan rental Australia road trip, check out BrisbaneMelbourne or Adelaide. There is a reason Australia is rated as one of the best destinations for a motorhome holiday. With GoSee, we've got you covered. 

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Cairns campervan hire: Frequently asked questions

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Which campervan providers are available in Cairns?

You can hire a camper in Cairns from a variety of great suppliers including (but not limited to) Jucy, Hippie Campers, Apollo, Star RV, Real Value RV, Cheapa Campers, Kea Campers, Mighty Campers, Maui Campervans, Britz, Travellers Autobarn, Comet Campervans, Spaceships Rentals, Energi Motorhomes, Calypso Campers, Camperman, Driveabout Campers, Barefoot Camper Hire, Kangaroo Campers, and Awesome Campers.

How much does a campervan in Cairns cost to hire?

A small sleepervan rental from Cairns could cost as little as $AUD45 per day excluding any extras, while a big 6-berth RV with all the creature comforts might cost up to AUD$550 per day. There are options for all budgets, so use the filters on our simple search engine to find the motorhome that suits your plans.

How old do you have to be to rent a campervan in Cairns?

In general, motorhome suppliers rent only to customers 21 years of age or older. Some may rent to those aged 18 plus, but there may be stipulations attached. Ask us if you have any questions!

Do we need a special licence to rent a campervan in Cairns?

No, you can drive a campervan with your full, valid licence from your home country. If the licence is not written in English, you will need an accredited translation or an International Driving Permit in addition to the licence.

When's the best time to rent a campervan in Cairns?

The dry season in Queensland runs from April to November, and many people prefer to travel at this time. However, the “green” season from November to March is fantastic for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. There’s no bad time to rent a motorhome in Cairns!

Can I hire a campervan in Cairns with a toilet and shower?

Yes, there are plenty of Cairns campervan rentals available with showers and toilets! These are often certified self-contained (although you should confirm this when booking) which is an asset for an adventurous road tripper. If you want these features, select them in the “Features” filter tool to the left of your GoSee search results.

What type of campervans can I rent in Cairns?

Just about anything you like! With a range of motorhome rental suppliers, Cairns offers travellers everything from huge RVs with all the bells and whistles to small, affordable campervans and sleepervans that just provide wheels and a place to sleep at night. Use the handy filters available as part of the GoSee search engine to narrow down your options and find the motorhome that fits your requirements.

Can I collect a campervan in Cairns and drop it off in another city?

Yes, many suppliers with locations in other cities will allow you to embark on a one-way trip. Make sure to confirm that this is OK before you book. One-way fees may apply.

Where's the closest place to fill up with fuel before returning my campervan?

This depends on the location of your campervan hire depot, but Cairns has plenty of petrol stations. If in doubt, call your supplier to ask where the best place to fill up is. This may also be included in your rental documentation.

How long does it take to drive a campervan from Cairns to Sydney?

The trip from Cairns to Sydney in a motorhome would take around 27-30 hours of solid driving, depending on whether you take an inland or coastal route. It is recommended that you take at least five days to a week to make this epic journey—and see the many sights along the way.