There are some great resources for finding campsites, whether you’re after a holiday park with all the facilities or a quiet bush retreat. One of our favourite things about road trips is discovering new places so here is a shortlist of our tried and tested Sunshine Coast campsites plus some apps and websites to find more.
The WikiCamps app was indispensable when we were living on the road and holds a database of campsites you can search on a map. You can filter search results by facilities (such as whether there are showers), distance from you and price per night. Photos and user reviews help to shortlist and you can save favourites to go back to. The app works offline so you can use it even in the middle of nowhere with no signal – just make sure you download the map before you head off. It costs to download but it is also the best resource for finding free campsites; stay for one night at a free spot and you’ve made your money back!
The best way to describe Youcamp is that it’s like AirBnb but for land. Private land is available to camp on, often beautiful farmland or acreages in the hinterland, and you can stay for a fraction of the cost of holiday parks. The website is user-friendly and offers plenty of images of each property. There is an emphasis on eco-tourism and natural retreats so if you’re after somewhere peaceful this is the place to look. Be aware some of the properties are 4WD access only and require self-contained amenities so our vans may not be suitable – always read the description carefully and look at user reviews to be sure.
DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL PARKS
Run by the State Governments, the websites for QLD Parks & Forests and NSW National Parks list camp spots available in some of the most beautiful spots around. You must book before turning up as space can be limited. In Queensland, a camping permit costs $6.35 and you can either print the permit and place in your windscreen or pick up a permit tag on entry (normally next to the info board). Be aware some of the sites are 4WD only and you won’t be able to access them in our vans. Also, check amenities as many sites offer long drop toilets but no showers – this is bush camping at its finest and sometimes it’s worth skipping the shower to be surrounded by friendly kangaroos and freshwater creeks!