Campgrounds and caravan parks

COVID-19 update

Council campgrounds have reopened with COVID-19 restrictions in place.

Babinda Boulders
Limit of 15 sites. Visitors must provide contact tracing details using the sign-in sheet in the amenities block.

Babinda Rotary park
Limit of 60 sites. Book online.

Greenpatch, Gordonvale (NOTE: Greenpatch will be closed between 1 November 2020 and 30 April 2021 due to the increased risk of flash flooding)
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imit of 50 sites. Book online.

To ensure fair use of our campgrounds, stays are limited to 72 hours and guests can not return to the same campground within 14 days of their last stay.

Bookings

Our free campgrounds normally operate on a first-in basis. Bookings are now needed to meet Queensland Health requirements for COVID-19 contact tracing.

For the booking system to work, we've had to introduce a few new rules:

  • Visitors need to arrive between 10.30am and 6pm
  • Visitors need to depart by 10am
  • Bookings can only be made 14 days in advance
  • If you do not attend on the first day of a multi-day booking, your entire booking will be cancelled

If you can't attend during your booked days, please cancel your booking using the link in your booking confirmation email, so the site is available to other visitors.

Read the Conditions of Use.

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

Visitors 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 $266 on-the-spot fine.

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.

Babinda (RV Friendly)

See COVID-19 Conditions of Use and booking requirements at the top of this page.

Babinda, 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.Babinda is an official RV Friendly town

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

To ensure fair use, stays at each campground are limited to 72 hours and you may not return to the same campground within 14 days.

Bramston Beach Campground

96 Evans Road

About 1 hour south of Cairns, Bramston Beach Campground has:
  • Powered and unpowered sites
  • Ablutions block
  • Laundry
  • Barbecue facilities

Bookings and further information

NRMA Cairns Holiday Park

12-30 Little Street

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

NRMA Cairns Holiday Park offers:

  • Budget backpacker accommodation
  • Caravan and camping sites
  • Ensuite studios
  • In-ground pool
  • Laundry
  • Camp kitchen

Bookings, fees and further information

Fitzroy Island

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

Surrounded by a reef system that forms part of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Fitzroy Island is 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

Greenpatch Campground (Gordonvale)

Greenpatch will be closed between 2 November 2020 and 30 April 2021 due to the increased risk of flash flooding.

See COVID-19 Conditions of Use and booking requirements at the top of this page.

This is a free, short stay campground located at the township of Gordonvale, about 30 minutes south of Cairns.

Facilities include:

  • Dump point
  • Coin-operated hot showers
  • Unpowered sites.

Weather warning

On the banks of the Mulgrave River, Greenpatch will be closed if there is a risk of flash flooding. Historically, flood waters have risen more than 17.5m (above the level of the toilet block).

Council recommends all visitors to the campground monitor weather conditions and emergency warnings via the Cairns Disaster Dashboard.

NRMA Palm Cove Holiday Park

149 Williams Esplanade

About 30 minutes north of Cairns city, the NRMA Palm Cove Holiday Park is a Council-owned facility 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.

NRMA 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.

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Last updated: 30 October 2020