Cairns & Great Barrier Reef

Whether it’s scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef, dodging cassowaries in the mystical Daintree Rainforest or wading into the crystalline waters of Atherton Tablelands’ crater lakes, when you visit Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef you’re guaranteed to see great and leave greater. 

This region is one of Australia’s premier road trip destinations and the perfect place for connecting with nature. Make the most of hot days and balmy nights by exploring the region by road and take the CamperMate app along for the ride so you can find your way and book your campsite or caravan park hassle-free.

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Stories from the road

There’s nothing like the lived experiences of others to help you decide which route is best for you. Check out these travellers tales before you hit the road.

The Atherton Tableland is a tropical wonderland

Sprawled across the tropical highlands above Cairns lies a volcanically-carved haven of tumbling waterfalls, lush rainforest, unique wildlife, charming towns and historic culture. The Atherton Tableland is certainly a place worth devoting a few days to.


Boodjamulla National Park: Queensland’s outback paradise


Amidst rocky hills, dry grasslands and dusty plains, this vibrant oasis can be a sight for sore eyes when travelling through the dull palette of tans, greys and browns that paint savannah country. It’s a little chunk of tropical paradise hidden in Queensland’s north-west, rich in wildlife, scenery, and natural history.

Daintree Rainforest: land of the green dinosaurs

It is a part of Australia so intensely green. So luscious and full of vibrant life. Plants that would normally grow knee high in the suburbs, tower over you in a tall canopy. Grasshoppers longer than your hand. And rain, lots and lots of rain in the misty mountains. It is the Daintree Rainforest.

Great Barrier Reef Drive: Cairns to Cape Tribulation

There’s only one place in the world where two world heritage sites sit side by side, and it lies at the end of one hell of a scenic drive! Taking in Daintree rainforest, jewel-like waterholes and a cruise through croc and cassowary country, this three-hour road trip is all the proof you need that far north Queensland has as much happening on land as it does beneath the sea.

The Call of Cairns

I consider myself a seasoned traveller, always exploring Australia’s lesser-known destinations. But in trying to stay away from the hotspots, I’m finding that I am missing out on so much. While up on Queensland’s far north coast, it was a random decision to explore the popular city of Cairns, but one I’m glad I made. Using the CamperMate app, I headed to the Cairns First City Caravilla Park for a few days.

Kurrimine Beach & the Cassowary Coast

Every now and then we all need some beach time. You know, sand in between the toes, the smell of salt water on the breeze and wind-swept hair. It was time to look into a little hidden spot called Kurrimine Beach not far south from Innisfail on Queensland’s far north coast.

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Download the free CamperMate app

So what the hell is CamperMate? We’re  basically a bunch of travel addicts who love the outdoors, which is why we’ve created one place where you can book caravan parks, rent campervans, as well as share your experiences and stories. Whether you’re planning your next Australian road trip or camping adventure don’t forget to download our free app before you go, to find everything you need when you’re on the road.

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