The best camping near Gold Coast, Queensland.
Find your perfect Gold Coast campsite, from the glittering coast to the rugged hinterland.
Sun, sand, and surf rule the strip of Queensland coast known as the Gold Coast, the classic Australian vacation destination. Although it's a region better known for its shimmering high rises, camping getaways are becoming ever more accessible, meaning you can pitch a tent or park your van and spend a night under the stars in the region’s many areas of startling beauty. WhetherRead more...
Sun, sand, and surf rule the strip of Queensland coast known as the Gold Coast, the classic Australian vacation destination. Although it's a region better known for its shimmering high rises, camping getaways are becoming ever more accessible, meaning you can pitch a tent or park your van and spend a night under the stars in the region’s many areas of startling beauty. Whether you’re traveling here for the entertainment options, surf breaks, or lush national parks, you’ll find plenty of options, ranging from sprawling holiday parks on the glittering coast to secluded glamping in the remote backcountry.
If it’s the Gold Coast Theme Parks you’re here for, stay as close as possible to the action by opting for a powered or unpowered site at family- and pet-friendly BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park, Helensvale, which even has its own water park on top of plenty of facilities including a kitchen, laundry, and free wifi. Those looking to escape into nature can enjoy the unspoilt beauty of South Stradbroke Island: As you can only reach the island by boat, Tipplers and North and South Currigee campgrounds are limited to tents only.
If you want to stay close to the surf breaks, shopping strip, and endless entertainment options of Surfers Paradise, head for Broadwater Tourist Park, 10 minutes away in Southport. The park has powered camp and caravan sites on the protected shores of the Broadwater—making it ideal for water sport-loving families—and facilities include a tennis court, playground, camp kitchen, and BBQ areas. Just down the coast, Ocean Beach Tourist Park is tucked into the sand dunes of Miami and offers powered and unpowered sites with the comforts of on-site laundry, wifi, and BBQs.
The southern coastal communities of Currumbin and Coolangatta each offer inviting stretches of beach and laid back vibes. You can soak up authentic Aussie surf culture in Coolangatta, home to the epic swells of Kirra Beach, and enjoy watersports and hiking around Currumbin. Just over the New South Wales border, you’ll enjoy direct beach access at Tweed Holiday Parks Fingal Head—where options include powered and unpowered sites, as well as upscale, glamping-style ‘Surfari’ tents—as well as perks such as barbeque facilities, a playground, laundry, and wifi.
Swap the coast for the wild beauty of the Gold Coast Hinterland, home to Lamington and Springbrook National Parks, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites where you can explore ancient rainforests. Nightfall Camp offers a secluded wilderness getaway in Lamington National Park with none of the typical discomforts: This luxury glamping experience features safari tents with twin bathtubs, fireplaces, and rain showers, and includes organic meals with wine served under the stars. A more basic experience is on offer at The Settlement, Springbrook National Park’s only campground: This small site is a short walk from Purling Brook Falls and has toilets, drinking water, and barbecues facilities, but not much else.