Find your perfect Gold Coast campsite, from the water to the rugged hinterland.
Sun, sand, and surf rule the strip of Queensland known as the Gold Coast, the classic Australian vacation spot. Although it's best known for its 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 beauty spots. Whether you’re here for the entertainment, surf breaks, or national parks, you’ll find plenty of options, ranging from sprawling coastal holiday parks 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 staying in Helensvale. 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, North, and South Currigee campgrounds are limited to tents only.
To stay close to the surf breaks, shopping strip, and entertainment in Surfers Paradise, consider the Southport area, home to many family-friendly spots. Just down the coast, more campgrounds are tucked into the sand dunes of Miami.
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 find more campgrounds with direct beach access.
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 extras comforts—this luxury glamping experience features safari tents with bathtubs, fireplaces, rain showers, and organic meals. 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 just toilets, drinking water, and barbecues facilities.