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.

After I did posts just like this for Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne I realised that you guys really dig these kind of posts and I thought, well, why not just keep going!

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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