The best camping near Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
From sparkling seaside to raw hinterland, the Sunshine Coast is a place of astonishing beauty.
Australia’s most appealingly named strip of coast, the Sunshine Coast, QLD is a laid-back, sun-kissed destination packed with golden beaches, superb surf breaks, and lush hinterland. With options ranging from holiday parks set right on the beach and rainforest campgrounds to glamping tents on the edge of pristine wetlands, you’ll have no problem finding a place to fallRead more...
Australia’s most appealingly named strip of coast, the Sunshine Coast, QLD is a laid-back, sun-kissed destination packed with golden beaches, superb surf breaks, and lush hinterland. With options ranging from holiday parks set right on the beach and rainforest campgrounds to glamping tents on the edge of pristine wetlands, you’ll have no problem finding a place to fall asleep under the stars. The Sunshine Coast is a popular year-round destination, but you can avoid the biggest crowds—and highest temperatures and heaviest rainfall—but visiting outside of the Australian summer (December through February).
Where to Go
About an hour's drive north of Brisbane, Caloundra is a seaside town that is home to some of Queensland’s best beaches. Kings Beach is a favorite for its oceanfront saltwater pool and walking tracks that lead around the Caloundra headland. In the heart of Caloundra, on the Pumicestone Passage, BIG4 Caloundra offers a range of accommodation options from camping and caravan sites to oceanfront cabins and glamping tents, all with access to a swimming pool, laundry, and free wifi.
Half an hour up the coast, Maroochydore is considered the heart of the Sunshine Coast. You can easily spend all your time in the main town, catching waves off its beaches and enjoying the bars and restaurants that line its lively esplanade, but it’s also a prime spot for embarking on tours, especially diving and snorkeling trips. At the corner of Maroochydore Beach and the Maroochy River, Cotton Tree Holiday Park has powered sites and cabins with free wifi, laundry, and bbqs, and is a family favorite with easy access to watersports.
Coolum is a perennially popular getaway for its beautiful beaches, golf courses, and carefree atmosphere. You can explore the rocky headlands of Point Perry and Point Arkwright and even tackle the climb to the peak of Mount Coolum: The view from the top is well worth the effort. Back down at sea level, the oceanfront Coolum Beach Holiday Park has powered van and camping spots with direct access to the beach, as well as such perks as free wifi, laundry, and a camp kitchen.
Surrounded by national parks, sparkling beaches, and lush hinterland, Noosa's spectacular natural beauty makes it the jewel in the Sunshine Coast’s crown. Adventure abounds here: You can soak up the turquoise waters of Noosa Main Beach, spot wildlife in Noosa National Park, paddle through the pristine wetlands of the Noosa Everglades, and head from Noosa North Shore to Rainbow Beach and into the Great Sandy National Park, home to the famed Fraser Island. Set on the Everglades, Habitat Noosa is an eco-camp that offers cabin, camping, van, and glamping options with perks including a tour operator and bistro on site.
Head into Sunshine Coast’s Hinterland and discover the lush rainforest of Kondalilla National Park, the ancient volcanic peaks of the Glass House Mountains, and bohemian atmosphere of the Eumundi Markets. You can wake up to mountain views and the sounds of a burbling creek at Kenilworth Bluff Creek Campgrounds. Its unpowered sites all have hot showers and firepits, as well as easy access to swimming holes that are perfect for cooling off.