Camping is not permitted on Council controlled land in Cairns, 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 $261 on-the-spot fine.
Legal camp sites
Campers and self-drive travellers will find affordable overnight accommodation at the region's many commercially operated caravan and tourist parks.
Council also provides three free overnight camping facilities at Babinda Boulders and Babinda Rotary Park. Campers can stay at these camp grounds for no more than 3 consecutive nights.