In Driving & Caravanning on Thursday 26th Sep, 2019

The hottest caravan spots in the tropical north

Mossman Gorge is one of tropical North Queensland’s most iconic sights. If you’re keen to visit on your next road trip, stay at Newell Beach Caravan Park – a mere 12-minute drive from Mossman Gorge National Park.

While Cairns and Port Douglas are established bastions of tropical tourism, there is so much more to explore if you’re up for the adventure of a self-drive holiday. Whether you have a caravan or a trusty car that’s never let you down on a road trip, these are some of the hottest places to stay if you’re travelling through Tropical North Queensland.

Newell Beach Caravan Park

If you’re keen to explore Mossman Gorge National Park, this caravan park is a great place to stay before or after. It’s near the beach, pet friendly and driving distance from famous places such as Port Douglas, the Mossman markets and the Daintree Village and Rainforest.

NRMA Palm Cove Holiday Park

No Tropical North Queensland trip could be complete without visiting Palm Cove, and if you’re planning to stop for a while why not stay on the beach? Palm Cove Holiday Park is metres from the beach and equipped with conveniences like laundry facilities, LPG gas refills and refuse stations. And of course, it’s pet friendly.

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Kuranda Rainforest Accommodation Park

Located a short distance from Kuranda Village, this peaceful park has powered and unpowered sites as well as cabin accommodation. It also has an on-site restaurant if you are keen to have dinner with no prep after a long day of driving and a pool if you’re visiting in the warm summer months.

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Curtain Fig Motel, Yungaburra

If you’re exploring the Atherton Tablelands and need a place to stay, the quaint village of Yungaburra is centrally positioned and has numerous cafes and restaurants for your gastronomic pleasure. Stay a night or two at the cosy Curtain Fig Motel, which is also pet friendly and a short distance from Yungaburra’s main attractions: the platypus viewing platform, the Avenue of Honour on Lake Tinaroo and the 800-year-old Curtain Fig Tree.

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NRMA Atherton Tablelands Holiday Park

A short distance from Atherton’s town centre, this caravan park has both cabins and campsites available. It is highly regarded for its facilities and value for money, and you can even embark on your own adventure climbing Yabi Mountain from the back of the park. Pets are welcome if you’re camping or caravanning.

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Kurrimine Beach Camping Grounds

Beachfront location, hot water and laundry facilities from $25 a day? If you said ‘yes, please!’ in your head, then this council-run camping ground on the Cassowary Coast is perfect for you. Powered and unpowered sites available, dogs welcome as long as they are tethered or on-leash during your stay.

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Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

If you’re a keen angler and fishing is your true purpose in life, the Gulf of Carpentaria is the destination of a lifetime. Set up base at Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park, which is close to the beach, clean and cheerful. It has all the usual amenities you can expect as well as a fish cleaning area, plus pizza service if you feel like ordering in for a change.

Gilberton Outback Retreat

If you enjoy riding the dirt road and going where no mobile phone reception has gone before, plus the words ‘all-inclusive’ and ‘exclusive’ warm your heart, this could be the outback adventure for you. Venture out to Einasleigh and you could be the sole guests of this luxury retreat overlooking the Gilbert River – the perfect break from roughing it in a motorhome for weeks. All meals, activities and tours are included.

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Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut

You’re likely to end up in Cairns at some stage of your journey, and with so much to do there why not stay a few days in a place that’s close to the town centre’s conveniences and pet friendly? You can even enjoy a massage in your caravan if you’re feeling cramped from lots of driving or loosen up with tennis and aqua aerobics on-site.

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Have you travelled tropical North Queensland on a road trip? What was your favourite part of your journey?

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