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Camping in Cairns and surrounding area is an experience that everyone should try once – the beautiful, tropical nature and weather is unmatched. However, how do you narrow down where to camp in a place that offers so many great spots to escape for a while? Well, we’ve made it a little bit easier for you by putting together a list of the best camping spots in cairns that are sure to stun you and provide plenty to do, whether you’re having a lovely romantic getaway or a relaxing family break with the kids.

In no particular order, here are 12 of the best camping spots in Cairns and surrounds:

1. Daintree Rainforest Village 

Camp in one of the most beautiful areas in the world, in the middle of the Daintree Rainforest.

2. Ellis Beach

North of Palm Cove, Ellis Beach offers a location relatively close to Cairns while not being too touristy.

3. Lake Tinaroo

A number of campsites are available around the lake. If you love watersports, you’ll love Lake Tinaroo. Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park is a great option if you don’t want to rough it too much. They also have stand up paddleboards, conoes, kayaks, peddle carts and fishing boat hire. 

4. Granite Gorge Nature Park 

Just 12 Kilometres from Mareeba, relax in self-contained cabins or comfortable bush camping sites and explore their trails amongst the huge boulder landscape and handfeed a wild colony of Mareeba rock wallabies

5. Eureka Creek, Dimbulah

Free camping area besides Eureka Creek.

6. Upper Davies Creek, Tablelands

Offering camping spots along Davies Creek in tall open forest, great for swimming.

7. Woodleigh Station, Ravenshoe

Sitting on the border of civilisation and the outback, camp on a working cattle farm at Woodleigh Station.

8. Undara Lava Tubes

Explore a delicate ecosystem. The lava tubes were created when lava spilled through into the river many years ago, making for a spectacular sight to see now.

9. Russell Island, Frankland Islands

Bush camping is available on High and Russell Islands, both of which are part of the Frankland Islands group.

10. Babinda Boulders, Babinda

Free camping area located near the beautiful Babinda Boulders, ideal for swimming.

11. Malanda Falls

Malanda Falls Caravan Park is located right by the beautiful Malanda Falls and fringed by rainforest. 

12. King Reef Resort, Kurrimine Beach

Camp in a stunning location just steps from the beautiful Kurrimine Beach.


It can be tricky to find the place to camp that’s right for you and/or your family, especially with so many seemingly wonderful locations. Hopefully this list helps to narrow it down for you. But, regardless, we promise you’ll love all of them.