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8 Best Noosa Camping Grounds

Noosa Shire, a shire of the Sunshine Coast offers some of the best camp sites QLD has to offer, there is literally one for every type of camper. Find the best spot for you.

Noosa shire is approximately 136 kilometers north of Brisbane. Camping in the area is a serious hotspot for all that enjoy surf, sand, sunshine but it’s not always about the beaches. The Noosa Hinterland offers a range of rainforest options as well.

Surrounded by National Parks, Lakes, and of course beaches. These top eight campgrounds will put you in touch with all the area has to offer including the Hinterlands.

What Does Camping Around Noosa Have to Offer

With year-round popularity, the area presents lovely weather even in the winter months. Because of this fact, it’s better to book your stay in advance unless you’re planning on searching for a free spot up in the Hinterland or by the Noosa River.

Some free road stop sites do exist in and around the Bruce highway, but this list will put you in touch with paid sites both on the beach and surrounded by wilderness.

All that is left to decide is what type of Noosa Camping experience you would like to have and what to pack. Hiking boots or sandals? Slide on camper or ground tent? Solo trip or family weekend? With so much to decide, let us help with a few key locations you might not know about.

Pomona Caravan Park
Habitat Noosa Everglades Camp
Upper Noosa River Camping Area
Noosa Heads
Cooroy RV Stopover
Noosa North Shore
Plan C – Noosa Hinterland
Cooloola National Park

Habitat Noosa Everglades Camp

65 Acres of bushland paradise within lakefront access. Habitat Noosa Everglades might be considered by some as a glamping location and they wouldn’t be wrong. Watch Kangaroos bounce down the lakeshore as you wait for your morning coffee to be delivered by the local bistro.

Habitat Noosa Everglades campsites include powered sites and unpowered options as well as pre-set tents and air conditioned cabins. This camp has everything to offer and awaits your arrival, ready to relax and enjoy.

Campsite Details:

  • Powered sites and unpowered sites available
  • Pre Assembled glamping tents available with cots or bunks
  • Cabins available – accommodates 4 people
  • Solar powered caravan sites
  • Motorhomes allowed
  • Caravans allowed
  • Camper trailers allowed
  • Tent camping allowed

Upper Noosa River Camping Area

If you want to get back to nature and immerse yourself in the local flora and fauna, the Upper Noosa River area will fit the bill. This river entry only campsite lies in the Cooloola Recreation Area in the Great Sandy National Park only accessed by the waterway as well.

Nine campsites in total, and operated by Queensland Parks & Wildlife, it is defined by the peace and quiet surrounding the area. Pit toilets are the only amenities you’ll find so be sure to pack accordingly.

Elandra Point, Boreen Point, and Harry’s Hut are your launch points for this camping experience. Non-motorized vessels only for the trip.

Campsite Details:

  • Pit toilets at sites 1-3
  • 9 campsites
  • No powered sites are available

Noosa Heads

Noosa Heads

The vibe at Noosa Head holiday park is chill in its own way. Close to Noosa National Park, a lovely bay, and of course beach. All amenities can be accessed in this location. From shops and groceries to firewood and freshwater.

Noosa’s epic Riverside Holiday Park is well known for the surrounds of natural beauty all while enjoying your set up on either powered sites or unpowered sites. The crystal clear Noosa River water is at the edge of many sites so make sure you call well in advance to book your stay at Noosa Head Holiday Park.

Campsite Details:

  • Powered sites and unpowered sites
  • Within walking distance of most stores, beaches, and gourmet food
  • Caravans allowed
  • Trents allowed
  • RV’s allowed
  • Camper trailers allowed

Amenities:

  • Flush toilets
  • Onsite Showers available
  • Onsite laundry available
  • Camp kitchens available
  • Bbq’s available
  • Fridges available
  • Electrical charging available
  • Sewage dump point available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Potable water available

Additional details:

  • Check in between 1PM-8PM
  • Check out between 8AM-6PM
  • Each guest has to be booked separately
  • One vehicle per site
  • Pets not allowed
  • Open fire not allowed
  • Generators not allowed
  • Please visit site to read any further instruction

Cooroy RV Stopover

If your slide-on camper or caravan is fully stocked then this site is for you! Cooroy Stopover is a minimalistic site without creature comforts so bring all you’ll need for the duration of your stay. A grassy field across from Cooroy’s main street could be your next stop while touring the Sunshine Coast.

The Noosa Council established a dump point for the site but this is the only available amenity and will be shared with the public. A pet-friendly area within walking distance to everything you might need, it’s the perfect spot to break up a long day of driving.

Campsite Details:

  • On-site dump station
  • Grassy parking areas
  • No fires allowed
  • Dog friendly
  • Bookings online
  • Checkout time 10AM

Noosa North Shore Beach Campground

Noosa North Shore Beach Campground is an iconic campground at the entrance to the famous Cooloola Coast National Park. You get to this campground in a 2WD vehicle with a short drive from Tewantin over the ferry. This campground has something for everyone and serves as an ideal base for a family from multiple households. If any one has a 4WD, you can also drive on the beach if you have a beach permit. It’s suitable for Caravans, Tents and Camper Trailers.

Campsite Details:

  • Tents, vans, truck campers, and camper trailers allowed
  • 1 Vehicle permitted per site, guest parking outside
  • Visitors welcome, must check in
  • Surface is grass or field
  • Level sites
  • Powered sites, with 15A plugs
  • Generators not allowed
  • Grey water dumping not allowed

Amenities:

  • Campfires not allowed
  • Toilets available
  • No pets allowed
  • Fresh water available
  • Communal kitchen available
  • Showers available
  • Recycle and rubbish bins available
  • No laundry

Additional details:

  • Check-in after 11am
  • Check-out is before 10AM
  • Cancellation policy: Refund at least 28 days notice required

Plan C – Noosa Hinterland

Coupled by the grassy knoll of the dam and close enough to have your coffee with the cows, this privacy driven location has birds and kangaroos abound. Only one booking per site is taken to ensure you have the most privacy and enjoy your stay.

If you’re tired of the hustle and bustle of caravan parks and want to enjoy the peace and quiet. During the wet months it is highly recommended that you bring the 4WD or AWD because it gets a bit slippery. Not suitable for caravans or large soft floor campers.

Contact Jamie C on Facebook Messenger for booking details $25AUD / night*
*pricing as of the date of article. Subject to change.

Campsite Details:

  • Tents, vans, truck campers, and camper trailers allowed
  • 4 guests per site
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Campfires allowed
  • Pets allowed – on leash
  • No toilet available
  • Pull-in site
  • Max length 20ft
  • The surface is grass or field
  • Unlevel surface
  • No electrical hookup
  • No water hookup
  • No sewage hookup
  • No TV hookup
  • Generators not allowed
  • Does not accommodate slide-outs

Amenities:

  • Potable water available
  • Outdoor shower available
  • No kitchen available
  • No picnic table available
  • No WiFi available
  • Pack it in pack it out – no bins available
  • No onsite laundry

Additional Details:

  • Check in after 2PM
  • Check out before 10AM
  • Minimum 1 night stay
  • Accepts bookings 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount is 20%

Cooloola National Park / Noosa North Shore

Beach camping at Noosa is done within the Cooloola national park, accessible by the ferry at Tewantin. These sites are for 4WDs only and are spread along kilometers of beach front all the way up to Rainbow Beach and are suitable for self-sufficient campers.

If you want something a bit more civilised than camping on the beach. There are also great family camping sites with essential amenities like the Freshwater site. Just be sure to book a camping AND vehicle permit well in advance.

Freshwater tent site with a relaxing night’s sleep and the local birds singing with you in the morning. This Upper Noosa River area is surrounded by Gum Woodland. A high clearance 4WD is required to access this site.

A popular bush area perfect for reconnecting with nature and the family. Just behind Teewah Beach and close to the Freshwater day-use area. The woodlands will be a nice wind break for those windy nights.

Campsite Details:

  • Payphone on site
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Cold showers – free
  • Flush toilets
  • Tent camping allowed
  • Camper Trailers camping allowed
  • Tent camping beside car allowed
  • Camper vans allowed
  • Water station
  • Hot showers – paid
  • Open fires not allowed
  • generator s not allowed
  • Pets not allowed

Additional details:

  • Open 24 hours a day
  • Check in after 2PM
  • Check out by 11AM
  • 59 sites available including group areas
  • Surface is sand

Pomona Caravan Park

Situated on the Noosa Showgrounds, it’s the perfect place to set up your home base for the holiday. About 30 minutes from the beaches, this hinterland escape is clad with helpful staff that’ll even help you set up should you need assistance. This is a particularly great spot for long term stays, with a max stay of 42 days. A great lay over spot to wait for borders to open or to have a break from the big lap of Australia. But short term stays are also welcome.

A dog-friendly quiet place to camp within walking distance to town and plenty of room for your caravan, camper trailers, or slide-on camper.

Campsite Details:

  • Powered sites
  • Cement pads
  • Metered electricity
  • Max stay at tent sites 7 days
  • Showground sites:
  • Grass sites
  • RV and 5th wheeler sites are available
  • 15A power available
  • Water at sites available
  • Pets allowed
  • Max stay at showgrounds 42 day

Amenities:

  • Hot showers
  • Shared camp kitchen
  • Shared social areas
  • Washing and drying machines
  • Sewage dump point
  • Tennis court for hire
  • Squash court for hire

Additional details:

Powered Sites

  • $25 per night, 1 person
  • $30 per night 2 people
  • $165 per week, 1 person
  • $198 per week, 2 people

Non-Powered Sites

  • $20 per night, 1 person
  • $25 per night, 2 people
  • $130 per week, 1 person
  • $165 per week, 2 people

The Best Way To Camp At Noosa

Camping is a personal choice and how you do it can be as personal as it gets. As for the style of camping it all depends on two things:

  • What is your budget
  • And what sort of comfort level do you prefer

These two things go hand in hand and will ultimately demand your attention. For most of us we start out on a small budget and work our way from there. A simple tent and sleeping bag or blanket set to begin and you will quickly realise which is going to be taxed, your comfort or your wallet.

For the newcomers to camping, we suggest to keep it simple and figure out what you like and don’t like before you take on the nicer tent with air mattress and all the creature comforts of home. Remember that it all needs to be set up and can get quite extensive quickly. Especially if you have to accommodate a whole family.

Recommendations for the seasoned camper

If you’ve been at it for some time, or are unable to go on that international trip to France you had planned because of lockdowns have the means to better accommodations we highly suggest investing in a camper. If you are not that keen on towing, then may we recommend a slide on camper like our Trayon Camper. You slide it onto the back of a 4WD ute and it gives you your full home away from home.

The benefits list is quite lengthy and just to name a few:

  • Easy set up compared to a tent
  • No complications of having a large caravan or camper
  • Go to remote locations that are restricted to trailers
  • Less wear and tear on your vehicle
  • leep high off the ground, away from creepy crawlies
  • More secure than a canvas tent
  • Plenty of storage

Camping can be as simple or as complicated as you desire, we take the less is more approach. The less you need to set up and pack up the more time you can spend reaping the benefits of camping.

Noosa Camping Summary

Noosa has plenty of untouched nature and outdoor adventures to be experienced. Within reach of beautiful beaches, shopping a short drive away, and the raw Hinterland to escape to, Noosa and all it has to offer will fill your schedule with plenty of fun.

So the real question is what type of camping do you want to enjoy? Tent camping with the kids, relaxing in your slide on camper and 4WD right on the beach? The options are bountiful and your worries will melt away at the first sunset.

At Trayon Campers, we love escaping with a camper up into the Cooloola National Park and camp right on the beach. The camper helps us be completely self-sufficient, yet have all the comforts from home right next to the ocean. It’s perhaps one of our favourite camping destinations.

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