Caravanning itineraries: Tropical North Queensland

The ever-present swaying fields of sugarcane aren’t the only reason Cairns and its surrounds are a great place to visit; the Great Barrier Reef and tropical rainforest are two more excuses to warrant a drop-in – not that you need too many. 

It’s no secret that the city of Cairns, which functions as a major hub for Qld’s tropical north, is exceptionally popular. But that could be because it’s the perfect springboard for a journey throughout the area, discover where to visit when caravanning Cairns and surrounds.

Cape _York Tip View

Things to see when touring Tropical North Queensland

Port Douglas

Port Douglas and Palm Cove are stunning places with sky-high accommodation prices. As a caravanner, though, you can indulge in the spas and drink in the vistas with substantially lower overheads.

Great Barrier Reef

Many people fly many thousands of kilometres to see the Great Barrier Reef, and for good reason: if you have the opportunity to take a cruise out to the reef, duck your head under and have a look around; your life will be incrementally closer to completeness.

Cape York

North of Cairns, through and well past the most exclusive sun-seekers’ enclaves, Cape York Peninsula offers a truly wild wilderness and outback trips, but make sure your vehicle’s up to what you want it to do.

Where to eat

Yes, there are macadamia and coffee plantations to taste your way through, but at Cairns’ Red Ochre Grill, your meal will take inspiration and ingredients literally from the bush, with a range of house-produced condiments and sauces for you to take on the road.

For more information on caravan parks and holiday accommodation near Cairns, visit our Tropical North Queensland region guide.