Camping grounds & caravan parks

For full details of RV-friendly parking and dump points visit the Campervans and RVs page.

Council welcomes travellers to the region and provides camping grounds and caravan parks (see below) for their use.

Your are not permitted to camp on Council controlled land including roadsides, The Esplanade, cemeteries, public parks, car parks, sporting grounds, drainage reserves and beaches.

Camping includes persons staying overnight in vehicles, campervans, RVs, tents, hammocks and swags.

People found camping illegally can receive a $243 on-the-spot fine.

Bramston Beach Campground

96 Evans Road

About 1 hour south of Cairns, Bramston Beach Campgrounds has:

  • Powered and unpowered sites
  • Ablutions block
  • Laundry
  • Barbecue facilities

Bookings and further information

Contact the caretaker (07) 4067 4121.


Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island, 30km east of Cairns, access via fast cat

Fitzroy Island is surrounded by a reef system that forms part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park making it a base for snorkeling, diving and exploring the reef.  Idyllic white sandy beaches and sheltered waters are great for swimming and water sports as well as yachting and boating.

The camping ground is owned by Council and operated by Fitzroy Island Resort. It has:

  • unpowered tent sites
  • Ablutions
  • Barbecues
  • Covered pergola eating area
  • Access to dining, diving and entertainment through Fitzroy Island Resort

Bookings and further information

Via Fitzroy Island Resort

Fees (scroll down to Campsite)


Council currently offers two, free, RV-friendly campgrounds at Babinda, about 45 minutes south of Cairns.

No bookings are required for these campgrounds. Maximum length of stay is strictly 72 hours after which a person must not return to the camping area to camp within 14 days of departure, and we regularly patrol the campgrounds to ensure compliance.

  • The Boulders – unpowered, basic amenities.
  • Babinda Rotary Park – unpowered, dump point, coin-operated hot showers.

Cairns Holiday Park

12-30 Little Street

Just 3km from the Cairns city centre the award-winning Cairns Holiday Park is a Council-owned facility leased and operated by Australian Tourist Park Management group.

Cairns Holiday Park offers:

  • Budget backpacker accommodation
  • Caravan and camping sites
  • Ensuite studios
  • In-ground pool
  • Laundry
  • Camp kitchen
  • Free wi-fi
  • and a fully fledged Tour desk for information and bookings

Bookings, fees and further information

    Palm Cove Holiday Park

    149 Williams Esplanade

    About 30 minutes north of Cairns, this Council owned facility is leased and operated by Australian Tourist Park Management group. It is a short walk to the beach, jetty, boat ramp and the renowned Palm Cove restaurant and shopping strip.

    The Palm Cove Holiday Park offers:

    • Powered and unpowered camping and caravan sites
    • Ablutions
    • Camp kitchen

    Bookings, fees and further information

Information for camping ground and caravan park operators and those seeking to operate facilities is available in the business section of this website.

Last updated: 03 March 2017