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Everyone loves a vacay, but it can be hard to leave our fur babies behind while we take a break. Fortunately, there is pet friendly accommodation in Cairns and the surrounding areas that make life a little easier – so you can spend quality holiday time with your pet in the tropics and share the experience.

Here are just a few of the options for pet friendly, family accommodation in Cairns and surrounds:

1. BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut Resort

Cairns Coconut Resort is a tropical oasis of ultimate family fun, located just a few minutes drive from the city centre. The Park features include Splash Park, an 18 hole mini-golf course, tennis court, pedal carts, water slides, swimming pool,  adventure playground, Kidz Zone (games room) and even a dog agility park for your pooches! Pet friendly accommodation includes both camping sites and cabins.

A 23 – 51 Anderson Rd, Woree

P 4054 6644

2. Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park 

Literally a stone’s throw from the famous Lake Tinaroo  – you and your family can enjoy the convenience of the lakeside location to enjoy all the fishing, boating and water sports action. Don’t have your own – don’t worry -they have fishing boats, canoes, paddle boards and kayaks available to hire. The kids will love the jumping pillow and the pool, take a dip or enjoy lounging in one of their poolside hammocks.  They also have barbeques, fire pits, a basketball court, camp kitchen, cafe, a corner store and even fuel and gas! It is a park that really has it all. Pets are welcome at the Park too, check out their Pet Policy for more information.

A 4 – 28 Tinaroo Falls Dam Road, Tinaroo

P 4095 8232


3. BIG4 Cairns Crystal Cascades Holiday Park

The whole family can enjoy rest and relaxation at this quiet holiday park, conveniently located near the beautiful Crystal Cascades along Freshwater Creek. Park Features include a tennis court, saltwater pool and playground for the kids to have a blast on, as well as available bike hire, board games, movies, and much more. Pets can stay on powered sites and ensuite powered sites only. Contact them for more information.

A The Rocks Rd, Cairns

P 4039 1036

 4. King Reef Resort

You’ll find yourself relaxed and happy at the award-winning King Reef Resort. Have fun beachcombing, fishing, taking a dip in their pool or the kids may love to check out their inflatable slide. The resort offers dining and entertainment while providing pet friendly unpowered and powered sites (2 dogs max). Plus, the beach is right there – the perfect place to take your dog for a stroll!

A 75 Jacobs Rd, Kurrimine Beach

P 4065 6144


5. NRMA Palm Cove Holiday Park

Take in Tropical North Queensland whilst enjoying your stay in an affordable pet friendly caravan or camping site in the popular Palm Cove village, only meters from the beach.  Palm Cove is renowned for its relaxing environment and amazing dining options. You and your four-legged friend will love walking along the palm-lined esplanade and soaking in this slice of paradise. This park is only 30 minutes from Cairns City and a mere 40 minutes drive from Port Douglas. Pets allowed include dogs (max: 2), cats and birds, on both powered and unpowered sites.

A 149 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove

P 07 4055 3824


6.  NRMA Cairns Holiday Park

Enjoy the beautiful outdoors at NRMA Cairns Holiday Park, with all the amenities you could want and plenty to do, located just 3km from Cairns city centre. When you’re not booking a tour, going for a swim or exploring Cairns you can hang out with your four-legged friend in unpowered sites and ensuite sites for great prices.

A 12 – 30 Little St, Cairns

P 1800 259 977

7. Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park

Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park is your home away from home with a view, located less than 100m from the beautiful Kurrimine Beach. Enjoy the Park’s facilities and entertainment options available,  including a Water Park, swimming pool with inflatable toys and a playroom with a ping pong table.  This park goes above and beyond for fur babies; you can wash your dog in the dog hydrobath and even use a special washing machine for pets bedding.

Dogs can stay on unpowered and powered sites but must be left on the deck/patio area if you’re staying in a cabin.

A 9 Coyle St, Kurrimine Beach

P 4065 6157


8. Cool Waters Holiday Park

Cool Waters is located in a convenient and quiet location, under a 10 minutes drive from Cairns City. With the surrounding nature and tourist attractions close by, this is a great place to stay with your pet.  The popular dog-friendly Goomboora Park is just down the road, where your dog will love to run around off-leash or take a dip in the creek.

This holiday park offers the Daintree Cabin, a great option for families that is close to the swimming pool and with some of the cabins allowing pets. Pets are also allowed on the powered and unpowered camping spots upon request when booking.

A 2 Shale St, Brinsmead

P 1800 223 411


9. Lake Placid Tourist Park

Travelling with your best friend is made easy at Lake Placid Tourist Park, offering camping, caravan and self-contained pet friendly holiday options. 2 pets are allowed on each site. Surrounded by 14 acres of lush tropical rainforest, this tranquil park is a great, quiet place to get away while not being too far from everything the city has to offer.

A 82 – 100 Lake Placid Rd, Cairns

P 4039 2509



10. Barrier Reef Tourist Park

Nestled in a tropical setting and just 15 minutes South of Cairns city is Barrier Reef Tourist Park, a quiet and affordable park that the whole family can enjoy. Pets are allowed on ensuite caravan sites so you can share your holiday with your fur baby. This park is close to Sugarworld Adventure Park, a great local waterpark for the kids to enjoy.

A 69 Bruce Highway, Edmonton

P 4055 4544



11. BIG 4 NRMA Atherton Tablelands Holiday Park 

Enjoy the laid-back tropical vibes at BIG4 NRMA Atherton Tablelands Holiday Park.  A perfect location to take in all the Tablelands has to offer including waterfalls, nature reserves and foodie trails. Set amongst lush rainforest, this eco-certified holiday park is only 1.5 hours from Cairns. They encourage you to bring your furry friend along  and have pet-friendly accommodation options ranging from an Ensuite Cabin to a Superior Family Cottage. Book directly with the park, when you want to make a booking with a pet.

A 141 Herberton Road, Atherton

P 1800 041 441


12. Curtain Fig Tree

Centrally located in the heart of the historical village of Yungaburra, the Curtain Fig Tree Motel is the perfect place to unwind with your pet. The heritage style motel is within driving distance of waterfalls, crater lakes, the famous Curtain Fig Tree, and Lake Tinaroo. Platypuses can be viewed at a local viewing platform or by walking along Petersen Creek, which has much of botanical interest. Come an enjoy a warm welcome at this affordable, friendly, country style accommodation where nothing is too much trouble. The motel is both child and pet friendly, licensed, and offers home cooked meals.

A 28 Gillies Highway, Yungaburra

P 4095 3168


13. There are also these little holiday home gems we found:

The Red Sparrow 2 – a 2 bedroom, holiday home in the heart of Cairns – only 700 meters from the Cairns Performing Arts Centre, close to the esplanade to take your pooch for a walk. The facility also has free WiFi, private parking and offers a continental or buffet breakfast.

Luxury Pool Side Apartment in Beachfront Resort – The apartment has 3 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, an equipped kitchen, washing machine, and 2 bathrooms with a hot tub! The resort has 3 swimming pools to enjoy and a games room. In the heart of the city, you are close to all the action.

We hope you and your family (the furry and non-furry kind) enjoy your time in this beautiful part of the world.