Whether it be hiking in the hinterland, kayaking through the everglades, cruising along the mighty Maroochy River, casting a line in Caloundra, or exploring the Great Sandy National Park by 4WD – Australia’s Sunshine Coast is the ultimate camping and outdoor adventure destination! The best bit? The region has some of the most breathtaking beachfront camping spots Australia has to offer. Here are just some of our top picks.
Teewah Beach – Great Sandy National Park
Where Toolara State Forest meets the Pacific Ocean – Great Sandy National Park is a nature lover’s paradise! Camp amongst towering sand dunes, hit the surf, take a dip in a freshwater lake, kayak or canoe along Noosa River, or check out the park’s abundance of beach and inland 4WD trails. Teewah Beach campground offers seven beachfront campsites in the Cooloola Recreation Area. The site can be reached by taking the Noosa River Ferry from Tewantin, and you will need a high clearance 4WD to get there (4WD camper trailers and caravans are permitted). If you’re looking to get further off the beaten track, there are also a number of camping spots located along Noosa River that can only be accessed by kayak or canoe.
Noosa North Shore
This secret slice of wilderness is the ideal camping destination for those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of Noosa’s Main Beach. The campground is accessible by both 2WD and 4WD vehicles, with more than 90 powered and unpowered sites available. The campground can be reached by taking the Noosa River Ferry from Tewantin, or via the many inland and beach 4WD trails that extend between Noosa River and Double Island Point. Whether it be bushwalking, surfing, fishing or simply soaking in the sun from this spectacular stretch of beach – this campsite is a pleaser!
Ocean Beach – Bribie Island
Located just south of the Sunshine Coast, Ocean Beach campground sits upon the northern tip of Bribie Island – a great spot for fishing, boating, bushwalking, swimming or exploring the infamous ruins of Fort Bribie. Just 34km in length, Bribie Island is the smallest of the three sand islands in Moreton Bay, which means the island is also a great location for off road driving with most of the island’s beaches accessible by 4WD.
While this campsite is not technically located on a beach, it is well worth a mention! Why? Because, it sits upon the shores of the Noosa Everglades – just one of two everglades systems in the world. What makes it even more special? It’s the only everglades system that you can safely swim in! Surrounded by glistening waterways and dense bushland, Habitat HQ is an eco-camp with a range of options to suit any camper – including solar powered bush sites, unpowered waterfront sites, glamping tents and cabins.
Family-friendly beachfront holiday parks
If you’re looking for extra comfort on your road trip, Sunshine Coast Council has a range of beachfront holiday parks offering both powered and unpowered sites for camper trailers, caravans and tents (as well as cabins if you need a little break from the outdoors). Most of the parks are located a short walk from local cafes and restaurants, as well as offering boat ramp access and entertainment for the kids. There are six holiday parks scattered across the Sunshine Coast in Cotton Tree, Dicky Beach, Mooloolaba Beach, Mudjimba Beach, Coolum Beach and Maroochydore Beach.
Ready to hit the road?
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