The Sunshine Coast is blessed with a diverse landscape and, whilst everyone knows there are beaches aplenty, there’s also so much more to explore if you drive inland. Just 5 minutes from the coast and you can climb Mount Coolum, 15 minutes and there’s waterfalls in Buderim and 30 minutes will get you into the hinterland towns of Montville and Maleny complete with cute tea rooms, quirky shops and wineries.
It’s no surprise there’s ample camping in the area too and if you’re not sure where to start, here’s our top picks;
Noosa North Shore Beachfront Campground
To get to the North Shore you take a short ferry ride across the Noosa river at Tewantin and suddenly it can feel like your miles away from civilisation – in a good way. The campground is truly beachfront and you can park your van with a view better than any 5* hotel. Choose a spot at the top of the campground, furthest away from reception, to wake up to the sound of waves or tuck into the bushland behind the beach for a bit more seclusion and the high chance you’ll be neighbours with a friendly Goanna.
$28 for an unpowered site, hot showers and flushing toilets. $7 each way for the ferry.
240 Wilderness Track, Noosa North Shore QLD 4565
- Borumba Deer Park
There’s plenty of space at the deer park and you can choose to camp on the grassy area near the entrance and amenities or down right next to Yabba Creek. The creek is the highlight of the park, perfect to cool down in on a hot day. Kayaks are available for hire if you fancy a paddle or just float along on your giant inflatable unicorn and take in the views. Most camp sites have fire pits, there’s wild deer and even mini-golf so you’ll be entertained all weekend! It’s is popular with families during school holidays so check the dates if you’re after some quiet time.
$15 per adult per night, hot showers and flushing toilets.
1133 Yabba Creek Road, Imbil QLD 4570
- Amamoor State Forest
There are two camping areas in the Amamoor State Forest, Cedar Grove and Amamoor Creek. Located within minutes of each other along an unsealed road (suitable for our vans) they provide grassy areas for camping next to the tall rainforest and the creek. You can have fires in the fire rings provided but you must bring your own wood. There are some easy walking tracks to follow around the forest area and plenty of wildlife to spot – look out for platypus. There’s no shop and the sites so bring everything you need and both camping areas have toilets but no showers – this is bush camping at its best!
$6.35 per person per night, you must pre-book online and fill out a tag for your dashboard upon entry (there is no reception). Toilets only.
Amamoor-Kandanga Road, 1km south of Amamoor Township.
- Cotton Tree Holiday Park
If a holiday park is more your thing, you can’t go wrong with this beautiful spot at Cotton Tree. Situated at the Maroochy River mouth it has access to the calm water in the river and Maroochydore beach. It’s a great spot for surfing, even for beginners, and if you fancy swimming some laps there’s a pool right next door. It’s the best of both worlds here – the beach is swathed with palm trees that can feel like a tropical island but with plenty of shops and cafes just across the road in Cotton Tree, a skinny iced latte is never too far away!
$41 for an unpowered site. Hot showers and flushing toilets.
Cotton Tree Parade, Cotton Tree QLD 4558
- Bluff Creek Campground
One hundred acres of campground means you can find your own private spot with views for miles and direct access to the Mary River. The river is great for swimming, fishing and kayaking plus there’s some good long walking tracks to explore. If it’s a clear night, you’ll see more stars than you can remember and fires are allowed so you can stay warm whilst stargazing. If you like your own space, head here!
$24 for an unpowered site. Hot showers, flushing toilets and free wifi in certain areas.
44 Wilcox Road, Kenilworth QLD 4574