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Best Spots For Camping On The Sunshine Coast
Queensland boasts a huge variety of awesome camping spots, whether you prefer camping on the beach, at a camping ground or up in the mountains. From lush green rainforests up in the hinterland at Amamoor to the golden sandy beaches of Maroochydore and Noosa, some of the best ways to discover the beauty of Queensland can be easily found when camping on the Sunshine Coast (known as the 'Sunny Coast' by locals).
Featuring gushing waterfalls, glistening tropical beaches, picturesque forests, quaint little country towns to visit and the home of the iconic Australia Zoo in Beerwah, the Sunshine Coast is Queensland's not-so-secret camping wonderland. And since there is an abundance of great locations to set up camp, we've created a list of where to find the best spots for camping on the Sunshine Coast for your next camping adventure.
- Most Commonly Asked Questions
- Amamoor Creek Camping Area
- Cobb & Co Nine Mile Camping Grounds
- Big4 Caloundra Holiday Park
- Habitat Noosa
- Teewah Beach Camping Area
- Maroochydore Beach Holiday Park
- Kenilworth Bluff Creek Campground
- Cotton Tree Holiday Park
- Noosa North Shore Beachfront Campground
Most Commonly Asked Questions
Can you have fires at Noosa North Shore camping?
Campers are only allowed to have a fire at Noosa North Shore Campground as long as it is for the purpose of cooking in a brazier from the park management itself or in a fire brazier that has been approved by the park management. When there is a fire, it must be kept small, supervised and kept under control at all times.
Can you free camp in Noosa?
According to the Noosa Council, unfortunately, camping for free is not allowed within the Noosa Shire. If you are caught camping in a caravan, tent or vehicle, you will be asked to relocate to a regulated campground and possibly face a fine of up to $2,660.
Is there phone reception at Amamoor Creek Camping Area?
The Amamoor Creek Camping Area unfortunately does not have mobile phone reception available. However, the nearest reliable mobile phone reception is at the Amama day-use area, which is about 10.5km from Amamoor Creek Camping Area. But having a quality satellite communicator from our communication range won't make this an issue.
How far is the hinterland from Sunshine Coast?
Even though the change in landscape might make it seem like it's a world away, the hinterland is in fact roughly about a 30-minute drive from the beaches of the Sunshine Coast. This is great because even though you might be camping down at Maroochydore Beach Holiday Park, the lush greenery of the hinterlands is only half an hour's drive away.
Amamoor Creek Camping Area, Amamoor State Forest
Starting off with one of the best campsites on the Sunshine Coast is the Amamoor Creek Camping Area. Located in the Amamoor State Forest, it is home to a gorgeous variety of trees such as fig trees, bunya pines and red cedar trees, over 120 bird species, diverse wildlife and trickling creeks and streams. If you're travelling to Amamoor Creek from the Sunshine Coast, simply head straight for just over an hour on the Bruce Highway.
Once you've arrived, you can easily find a nice grassy area surrounded by blue gum and ironbark trees to set up your tent and get settled in. The Amamoor Creek Camping Area has access to flushing toilets, but you'll need to bring along some firewood, a camping stove with fuel, drinking water and everything else you might need.
Apart from also offering access to camper trailer, caravan and motorhome camping, there are plenty of nearby walks for exploring Anamoor State Forest including spotting platypus from the viewing platform at Platypus Walk and discovering the surrounding area and wildlife along Rainforest Walk.
Address: Amamoor Creek Rd, Amamoor Creek QLD 4570
Cobb & Co Nine Mile Camping Grounds, Tandur
This iconic destination for camping on the Sunshine Coast was built from scratch by owners Katherine and Sean O'Hanlon, and is another great example of just how beautiful it can be when camping in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. The Cobb & Co Nine Mile Camping Grounds is situated on 50 acres and has a rich history, originally being the horse change stables in 1878 for stagecoaches travelling from Noosa to Gympie.
You can choose to pitch your own tent at one of the many camping areas or camp in style in their luxury tents available, which feature LED solar lighting, queen-size beds, all your linen included and more. The campsite also offers facilities including flushing toilets, a playground for kids, camp kitchens in case you forgot to bring the grill along, hot water showers and much more.
There's also plenty to see and do, making it the perfect family-friendly camping destination on the Sunshine Coast. You can explore the surrounding walking tracks, go kayaking or stand up paddle boarding at Six Mile Creek, get up close and personal with the many animals down at Cobbs Farm Yard, ride the nearby BMX tracks and even go for a horse and carriage ride!
Address: 1484 Noosa Rd, Tandur QLD 4570
Big4 Caloundra Holiday Park, Caloundra
If you are searching for another great family-friendly camping spot that is smack bang in the middle of the Sunshine Coast, then Big4 Caloundra Holiday Park is a top choice. Nestled along the Pumicestone Passage, it's packed with a wide variety of amenities such as its own pizza bar, espresso van for the perfect morning coffee, a huge heated pool, a massive jumping pillow and pedal carts for the kids, a BBQ area, hot showers, toilets and so much more.
If that isn't enough, you'll also be right in the heart of Caloundra, which is home to the gorgeous Golden Beach, the rock pools at Shelly Beach, and the many restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues on Bulcock Beach Boulevard, which is the main street in Caloundra.
You can set up your own tent at one of their camping sites, pull up in your caravan or treat yourself by staying at their premium powered camping sites or air-conditioned cabins. Whether you prefer to rough it or glamp in style, Big4 Caloundra Holiday Park caters to every type of camper and budget, making it one of the best spots for camping in Caloundra.
Address: 44 Maloja Ave, Caloundra, Queensland
Habitat Noosa, Elanda Point
Just over a half an hour drive from the north of Noosa Main beach is Habitat Noosa, an eco campsite tucked away in the stunning Noosa Everglades. Located on the edge of Lake Cootharaba and with over 65 acres of the Great Sandy National Park to explore, Habitat Noosa provides a unique experience of camping on the Sunshine Coast.
You can easily find a camping spot for your motorhome, scout some flat grassland to pitch a tent or opt for their glamping options for something special. Habitat Noosa offers plenty of facilities such as a camp kitchen, hot showers, flushing toilets, laundry area, and even a bar and bistro that showcases just how great the local produce can taste.
Bring along your kayak, stand up paddle board or canoe and explore the many waterways along the Noosa Everglades, strap on your running shoes and explore the many surrounding walking treks, keep an eye out for the various wildlife roaming about or kick back and relax with a round of golf. There's plenty to see and do at Habitat Noosa.
Address: 204 Lake Flat Rd, Boreen Point QLD 4565
Teewah Beach Camping Area, Great Sandy National Park
Only two hours' drive from the north of the Sunshine Coast (three if you're coming from Brisbane) is the breathtaking Teewah Beach Camping Area, another awesome camping spot that's located in the picturesque Great Sandy National Park.
The entrance can be accessed via Cooloola Beach Drive and head behind the foredunes when you see the sign, but keep in mind that Teewah Beach itself is only accessible to high-clearance 4WDs. It's a great spot for beach camping on the Sunshine Coast, providing access to amenities such as flushing toilets, BBQ areas, showers, picnic tables and a freshwater day-use area.
As Teewah Beach Camping Area is right on the beach, you will be spending most of your day fishing, with Mackerel, Tuna, Golden Trevally and Jewfish being plentiful in the summer, swimming in the glistening water or relaxing while soaking up the warm Sunny Coast sun. There's also plenty of wildlife to spot in the sky and in the ocean, with lots of humpback whales migrating during winter!
Address: Cooloola, QLD 4580
Maroochydore Beach Holiday Park, Maroochydore
As a popular spot for both locals and tourists when it comes to Maroochydore camping, Maroochydore Beach Holiday Park is discreetly tucked away amongst the sand dunes of Maroochydore Beach - just a stone's throw away from the nearby restaurants and shops yet right on the beach and offering privacy.
It offers both unpowered and powered campsites for both caravans and tent camping options, and they also offer six villas to choose from if you prefer to stay in a cabin. Maroochydore Beach Holiday Park provides free Wi-Fi, washing machines and dryers, toilets, showers and a modern camp kitchen area complete with BBQs and picnic tables.
With plenty of restaurants, cafes and bars along Aerodrome Rd, the main road of Maroochydore, and the pleasant sounds of waves crashing against the shoreline at night, camping in Maroochydore doesn't get better than this.
Address: 1 Melrose Parade, Maroochydore QLD 4558
Cotton Tree Holiday Park, Cotton Tree
Situated between Maroochydore and Mooloolaba is Cotton Tree Holiday Park, another beautiful spot when looking for the best campsites on the Sunshine Coast. Tucked between Maroochy River on one side and Maroochydore Beach on the other, Cotton Street is a paradise on Earth for those who can't get enough of their water sports.
Head down to Cotton Tree Beach to enjoy a bit of surfing, kayaking, boating or stand up paddle boarding, and then treat yourself to a delicious lunch at the Maroochy Surf Club or one of the many surrounding restaurants. Cotton Tree Holiday Park offers both unpowered and powered waterfront camping sites, as well as plenty of cabin options too. If you prefer to cook at camp, they've got BBQ areas with tables including hot showers, toilets and laundry facilities that'll have all your needs covered.
Address: Cotton Tree Parade, Maroochydore QLD 4558
Noosa North Shore Beachfront Campground, Noosa
When you are searching for the best spot for Noosa Beach camping, no place does it better than the Noosa North Shore Beachfront Campground. Located on the Cooloola Coast, you can enjoy relaxing at camp with the stunning views of Noosa Beach right in front of you while the sun sets over the hinterland in the distance.
Noosa North Shore Beachfront Campground is mainly accessed by 4WD although you can access it with 2WD vehicles as well. There are plenty of powered and unpowered campsite options to choose from including caravan areas, and is the perfect Sunshine Coast camping destination for fishing and beach lovers.
This family-friendly camping spot on the Sunshine Coast is also accessible via vehicle barge on Moorindi Street in Tewantin. You will have access to hot showers, flushing toilets, laundry facilities and a wide variety of nearby bush walks, surf spots and even camel and horse rides!
Address: 240 Wilderness Track, Noosa North Shore QLD 4565
Whether you prefer to camp high up in the hinterlands surrounded by rainforest or down on the sandy beaches near the water, camping on the Sunshine Coast has something for everyone. Check out some of these amazing camping sites on the Sunshine Coast and discover the many unique experiences they offer for yourself.
Before you head out, make sure you have everything you need by exploring our massive camping and hiking range at Anaconda. If you are not too sure about what you'll be needing, then check out our camping essentials guide for more information. And for plenty more tips on where to camp, fishing tips, camping guides and much more, our Adventure Centre has all your outdoor adventure needs covered.