26 July, 2018
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Cairns is easy to access for roadtrippers looking to explore Australia. The Cairns Airport is home to Air New Zealand, Air Niugini, Air North, Alliance Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines, Jetstar, Qantas, Silkair, Tigerair, Virgin Australia to name a few airlines that service Cairns airport!
Arriving in Cairns: useful info & tips
This international airport is the seventh busiest airport in Australia with direct flights available for 30 domestic destinations as well as 18 international destinations for general flights. It is especially connected to the Asia-Pacific where you can easily access from anywhere in the world. The airport used to house the Australian Airlines but now stays highly connected to a number of other companies. Finally, it serves as the base for Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia and various search and rescue helicopters that serve the State Emergency Service.
Not only is Cairns a great access point to Australia because its airport is so easy to use for millions of people annually, but the city itself is also a fantastic place to visit. Cairns is located in Queensland and is home to three major icons: The Great Barrier Reef, Daintree & Cape Tribulation Rainforest, and Kuranda. While in Cairns, you can access these attractions and many more through a variety of tours, dives, hikes, rafting excursions, and even fishing trips. In addition, the campervan hire Cairns offers means you can easily travel between the many points Cairns has to offer, all from the comfort of your home on wheels!
Things to do in Cairns: relax first & have fun
There are so many things to do in Cairns, you hardly know where to start! So why not check out some things first that are cheap or even totally free? First of all, markets are a great place to explore what a city has to offer from the produce to the people. You can find enough produce at the market to make a cheap and fresh breakfast. There are also plenty of samples to taste as you walk around!
Campervan hire in Cairns: a scenic start of your road trip | photo: denisbin (Flickr)
While on the Esplanade waterfront, there are also many unique - and typically free - activities that you can check out. Swim in the lagoon if you'd like. Sometimes there are exercise classes you can join. Maybe you want to do yoga in the morning, or are interested in joining in on a beach volleyball game. It's a great place to see what's happening and get a little outdoor exercise in at the same time! Maybe you can even try something new. Some other things you can check out is the art galleries around Cairns, such as the Cairns Regional Gallery located in the town centre.
Of course, there are so many things to do that involve exploring the Great Barrier Reef or beautiful rainforest. You don't have to drive far out of the city to find the world's tallest natural pyramid known as Walsh's Pyramid. Hiking clear to the top of the mountain will take approximately 4 to 6 hours to complete. Looking out from the top will give you a 360-view of the city and environs. Check out the waterfall called Crystal Cascades and even drive to the Atherton Tablelands to get a glimpse of the Millaa Millaa Falls. These views are especially easy to access if you go with the campervan hire Cairns has to offer. Who knows? You might even catch a glimpse of some wild platypus while you're out and about!
Time to pick up your Spaceship campervan
So much to and see in Cairns, aye. But there's another reason you travelled all the way to Australia. It's time to pick upi you campervan and start your road trip. Check out the info about where to find the Spaceships depot in Cairns.
You already booked a great campervan that comes with heaps included, like unlimited kilometres, all sleeping & cooking gear and 24-hour roadside assistance. But what would be the name of your Spaceship? It's always a surprise. Each Spaceships campervan has a unique and sci-fi or space-related name. It could be a name from Star Wars, Star Trek, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or any other awesome movie. Check out the other Spaceships when roadtripping in Australia.
All systems are go: it's road trip time!
Now that you know where to pick up your campervan hire in Cairns, it's time to plan that Australian road trip. Which way will you go from Cairns? It's good to know that it doesn't matter where you'll end your road trip as long as there's a Spaceships depot. There are no one-way fees so you can easily drop off your campervan at another Australian depot. Just make sure you have booked it in.
Have a look at our travel blog for inspiration and see the routes you can take from Cairns. See for instance "5 Fantastic days roadtripping in the Cairns area" or check out this great road trip to Brisbane (you just need to read it from the end to the top :)... At Spaceships, we like to make your campervan hire in Cairns as easy as possible. Our travel blog is packed with road trip inspiration and more posts will be added. It's your one-stop Aussie travel inspiration stop.