Campervans and RV parking

Overnight parking

Overnight parking is not permitted on roadsides and other public land in Cairns. Illegal overnight parkers face a $252 on-the-spot fine.

Self-drive travellers will find affordable overnight accommodation at the region's many commercially-operated caravan and tourist parks.

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

Cairns Regional Council welcomes travellers to our region. We provide a number of camping grounds and caravan parks (see below) for their use.

You 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.

Babinda (RV Friendly)

Babinda is an official RV Friendly townBabinda, located 60km (45 minutes) south of Cairns city, has been officially recognised as RV Friendly by the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia.

Council provides two free RV-friendly campgrounds at Babinda. 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.  Please note that Babinda Rotary Park camping area will be closed for annual maintenance from Monday 5 February 2018 and will reopen Saturday 3 March 2018.

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.

Fees ( PDF, 0.21 MB )

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

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 World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, making it an ideal base for snorkelling, 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 Cairns Regional Council and operated by Fitzroy Island Resort. It has:

  • unpowered tent sites (at least 6 x 6m large, generously spaced)
  • showers and toilets
  • barbecues
  • covered pergola eating area
  • access to dining, diving and entertainment through Fitzroy Island Resort

Bookings and further information

Via Fitzroy Island Resort

Palm Cove Holiday Park

149 Williams Esplanade

About 30 minutes north of Cairns city, 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.

RV dump points

RV travellers can deposit their wastewater (sewage) from caravans and RVs at either of Council's dumping sites:

  • Manunda:  8-38 Macnamara Street. This site is available 7am to 4pm seven days a week, excluding public holidays.
  • Babinda:  Rotary Park, Howard Kennedy Drive.
Last updated: 12 December 2017