November 16, 2018
The 2018 Sunshine Coast Camping Guide: Exclusive Spots You Need To Know
We’ve searched high and low for the top Sunshine Coast camping spots. Find out where you should take your next camping trip, whether it’s on absolute beachfront, by the river or in the Hinterland.
Top Sunshine Coast camping sites and holiday parks
Situated on the banks of lake Cootharaba, Boreen point is known as a top Sunshine Coast camping spot for fishing and sailing. There are free camping spots available in some areas and powered sites for caravans, camper vans and RVs. You can also apply to bring your dog to join in on all the fun. The waters of lake Cootharaba are shallow, so it’s great for kids, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. Boreen point is also close enough to Noosa to be able to enjoy a day on Hastings street.
From luxury cabins to camping setups, the Caloundra Waterfront Holiday park is perfect for families. Situated on the edge of the Pumicestone Passage, it’s an idyllic location and because it’s a Big4 park, it has all the amenities you could ask for.
The North Shore Beach Campground, located on the north shore of the Noosa River has the basic amenities to suit the more self-sufficient camper. Situated on the beach and surrounded by National Park, it’s a picturesque camping spot for fishing, beach activities, bushwalking, and four-wheel-driving. If you are a four-wheel-driving enthusiast, be sure to locate the beach access just north of the campgrounds, which takes you to Double Island Point.
This popular holiday park is ideal for all types of campers and you can choose from slabbed, powered and waterfront sites. There’s a guest kitchen equipped with barbecues and appliances, but the most important part is the Noosa river shoreline.
The Cotton Tree Holiday Park offers that secluded beach feeling even though you’re right in the centre of it all. With the river on one side and the beach on the other, you can try your hand at a plethora of beach activities. Offering barbecue facilities, all the amenities you need, plus the opportunity to watch the sun set over the Maroochy river, it’s got pretty much everything.
On the other side of the Maroochy river you’ll find the Mudjimba Beach Holiday park. With it’s perfectly manicured lawns and private sites, it’s a tranquil setting away from the hustle and bustle. There’s a covered pool area as well as being close to the great surf of Mudjimba beach. Best of all they allow dogs on application.
With practically nothing between you and the ocean, the Maroochydore Beach Holiday Park is another beach-lovers favourite in close proximity to shops and restaurants. A short walk to the Maroochy river makes this park another one that’s perfect for families. Boating, water-skiing and fishing is also wonderful in the area.
Situated in the Beerwah State Forest, Coochin Creek is a fishing and boating dream. Accessible by conventional vehicle, there are spots for every type of camper. There are great vantage points for fishing and water activities like canoeing. The NPSR site recommends insect repellant for sandflies and mosquitos.
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Double Island Point of Cooloola is a serious favourite for locals. Offering four-wheel-driving, beach fishing and the beautiful coloured sands the area is known for, it’s a secluded location that lets you get back to nature. It’s the perfect place to explore, whether by foot or by four-wheel-drive.
Bribie Island offers three awesome camping spots each with its own unique features.
- Gallagher Point
Offers bush camping in its purest form. There are a limited number of sites and no toilets or facilities, so it’s truly back-to-basics style of camping, but beautiful nonetheless.
- Poverty Creek
Don’t let the name deter you. Poverty Creek is a stunning campsite with plenty of room and manicured sites under shady trees. There are toilets and showers available, but the water is not suitable for drinking, so be sure to bring the essentials.
- Ocean Beach
Camp amongst the dunes at Ocean Beach campsite. The secluded location offers toilets and showers but again the water is not suitable for drinking, so come prepared.
Offering camping and caravan sites as well as studio units, the Dicky Beach Family Holiday Park has something for everyone. As well as being located on the beachfront, there’s also a swimming pool, full size tennis court, children’s playground, BBQs and the recreation room. Enjoy fishing and biking in the area and visit Dicky Beach Surf Club if you’re over your camp food.
Camp under Coolum Beach’s famous Pandanus trees at the absolute beachfront of the Coolum Beach Holiday Park. With sites that have direct access to the patrolled surf it’s one of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular camping destinations. There’s plenty to do in the area from climbing Mt Coolum to golfing, fishing and dining out. This site is also dog-friendly on application, so bring your pooch along for some R&R.
Top Camping spots across the Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Bordering the Mt Mee state forest and in close proximity to Lake Somerset, the Stanley River and Woodford, Neurum creek is a stunning country/hinterland campground. There’s bike tracks for the kids and the grounds are dog-friendly. Plus there are plenty of amenities and facilities in the campgrounds.
Starting at the Baroon Pocket Entrance point near Montville is the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk. Encompassing three campgrounds, the walk is 58.8km in total and offers access to waterfalls, rock pools, gorges and stunning views of the area. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it is incredible.
- Flaxton walkers’ Camp
The first stop on the trail is Flaxton Walkers’ Camp. Set within tall forest with a fern understory, it’s 16.1km into the Great Walk. There are 12 campsites on offer and a platform seat toilet. Essentials to bring according to the NSPR website: Fuel or gas stove, adequate drinking water, insect repellent, washing up basin, ground sheet to place under your tent to prevent wear, warm clothes and wet weather gear.
- Ubajee walkers’ camp
Set within Blackbutt Eucalyptus, Pilularis forest and situated at the edge of the Gheerulla Valley is the second site of the Great Walk. There are magnificent views across the valley from the Ubajee viewpoint, 50m from the walkers’ camp. Again, a toilet is available but you’ll need to bring everything else.
- Thilba Thalba walkers’ camp
The final stop on the trail is the Thilba Thilba camp, set within the scribbly gum forest. It’s 13.5km from the Ubajee Walkers’ Camp has only 10 campsites. Again, bring all the essentials. More information about these hikes can be found on the NPSR website.
Charlie Moreland camping area is accessed via Sunday Creek Road, off the Kenilworth–Maleny Road about 7km south of Kenilworth. Camping area features an open forest, grassy setting and is close to Little Yabba Creek and native pine plantations.
About 105km north of Brisbane, near Mapleton township at the northern end of the Blackall Range you’ll find Mapleton National Park. With mountain scenery, numerous creeks, small waterfalls, rocky outcrops with expansive views, and diverse forests.
Kenilworth Homestead is a privately run outdoor education, family camping and function centre, right on the bank of the beautiful Mary River and just 2km from the township of Kenilworth. All types of camping are welcomed at the Homestead, but it’s only open for Camping on the weekends and Queensland school holidays.
Starting with a passion for camping and a love of open space the Johnson family founded Bluff Creek Campgrounds at Kenilworth with a simple philosophy – Have a beautiful site, great amenities, surrounded by wonderful attractions with as much privacy for each group as possible.
Top Sunshine Coast Glamping Spots
Situated on the banks of the Maroochy River, in the heart of the Sunshine Coast is the Rivershore Resort. While they offer caravan sites and camping, it’s their safari tents that appeal to the more discerning camper. There’s a fully-licensed restaurant onsite as well as a heated swimming pool and river views – luxe!
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Located 25 minutes north of Noosa, Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp is Queensland’s most exciting eco-tourism product. The much-loved camping ground on 65 acres of natural bushland has undergone extensive revitalisation to provide onsite cabin, camping, motorhome and glamping accommodation, along with renovated amenities.
Cobb and Co Nine Mile Camping Grounds offers 50 acres of camping bliss on the Six Mile Creek south of Gympie. As the site of the old Cobb and Co Horse Change Stables, it’s a historic location with remnants of the original site from 1878. There are plenty of amenities and activities to enjoy on the site but it’s the luxury camping that’s the most noteworthy.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your tent, grab your family, and in some cases grab your loo paper and shovel, and enjoy your backyard at its absolute best with this extensive list of top camping spots on the Sunshine Coast.
Image Credit: Cotton Tree Holiday Park