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Camping Teewah Beach: Top Spots To Maximise Holiday Experience

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Part of the Great Sandy National Park, the Teewah Beach camping area extends from Double Island Point in the Cooloola Recreation Area through the Noosa North Shore. With roughly 14 kilometres of camp-worthy beach, it can become a bit daunting to find the spot right for you. There are 7 separately defined camping grounds you can choose to stay at. 

Throughout this article, we’ll share everything we know about the Teewah Beach Camping Zones and throw in a few camping pro-tips to help you have the most enjoyable beach camping holidays, whether it’s short weekend trips or a week-or-longer adventure.

Before Starting Your Holiday

The Teewah Beach Camping Zones are a popular holiday destination, so it is best to avoid disappointment and make advance bookings. You will need camping and vehicle permits to stay in any of the 7 different camping zones located within the Teewah area. 

Stop by the Queensland Gov Parks & Forest website to get set up and pick out your slice of the Teewah Beach Camping area. 

4×4 Vehicle Access Permits

Vehicle Access permits are also required for your trek up the beach to your camping site. Your vehicle access permit can be purchased on the same site listed above or picked up at the ranger’s office just before entering the area. Either way, it is a good idea to stop by the ranger station before you head out to see if there are any new warnings or park alerts. You can also pick up a map to make it easier to find things like picnic tables, drinking water, or the nearest toilets.

All the Teewah beach camping zones are only accessible by high clearance 4WD vehicles. Ensure your four-wheel drive vehicle is well equipped and prepared for the sand tracks. Even though we do not recommend venturing into the sand alone it is always a good idea to practice self-recovery because your buddies may not always be around.

Is Teewah Beach Pet Friendly?

The beach is a no pet area because it is a National Park. National Parks in Australia prohibit dogs outside of specifically designated areas. You can check with the ranger station to find designated pet-friendly areas on the Cooloola recreational area. However, the rule of thumb is, no pets.

Getting To Teewah Beach Camping Area

Plan on taking the Noosa Car Ferry from Tewantin to Great Sandy National Park Teewah Beach Camping Zone or Double Island Point. If you miss the ferry have no fear, two different ferries leave port every 10 minutes. 

Booking is only required if you are over 25 tonnes. Bring exact cash to and from Noosa North Shore. A short 2-minute cable ride across the water and you’re on your way.

Below are the price listings as of the date of this article:

  • Motorbike – Each Way – $4.00 
  • Cars – To 5.50m –  $10.00 (each way)
  • Cars (ONLY) *– Over 5.5 Metres – $12.00 (each way)
  • Caravans/Trailers – To  5.50m – $10.00 (each way)
  • Caravans/Trailers – To  9.75m – $12.00 (each way)
  • Caravans/Trailers – Over 9.75m – $12 + $1.00 per m over 10m (each way)

Teewah Beach Camping Facilities

The theme you should keep in your mind is to bring everything you might need to Teewah Beach. As you may have guessed, there are no facilities at the Teewah Beach camping area. That is why it is very important to have all the camping equipment you might need. Don’t forget to pack essentials like insect repellent or portable toilets. 

Keep in mind your Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) when loading for the trip. It’s better to have something and not need it than to need it and not have it. So spend some time planning your packing list carefully.

There’s an option of running back to the store to get a few bits if needed. There is a shop located roughly 10 minutes away (on Great Sandy National Park) depending on where you’re camped. 

This drive time can vary greatly depending on if it’s high tide but is still manageable. Across the water, there will be plenty of shops in Tewantin to restock your camp if you don’t mind the ferry ride to get there.

Toilets and Waste Facilities

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) have established waste facilities for you to dispose of your waste properly. Therefore, every campsite must have a portable toilet on site and utilise the provided waste points listed below:

  • Clarkson Drive – at Rainbow Beach
  • Freshwater Camping Area – at Beach Camper Service Bay
  • Second Cutting – at Noosa North Shore

Use the mantra Pack It In – Pack It Out and help contribute to keeping the Teewah Beach camping area nice and tidy for years to come.

Getting The Most Out Of Your Teewah Camping Trip

As we mentioned earlier, it’s important to keep your GVM in the forefront of your mind to minimise extra wear and tear on your ute and be safe on the drive. Being versed in things like changing a tyre, adjusting tire pressure, packing for evenly distributed weight, and having the essentials for the duration of your trip are all things that will help you have a safe and memorable time in the great outdoors.

There are many details that are easy to forget and pre-planning will make all the difference. Below we have given you a head start on the packing side of things:

Essential Packing List:

  • Toilet paper 
  • A well-thought-out first aid kit
  • 1 to 2 litres of water per person, per day of camping
  • A gas or fuel stove along with fuel or gas to operate it
  • A portable toilet and any accessories for the toilet to operate
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Garbage bags to maintain your rubbish

Additional Tips for Teewah Beach:

  • Bring cash for the roaming ice trucks and ferry costs
  • Only low decibel generators are permitted from 7 AM – 9 PM
  • Keep a watchful eye out for 4×4 vehicles on the beach, specially if you are bringing the kids along

Things to Do at Teewah Beach

At Noosa North Shore horseriding on Cooloola's southern beach you can enjoy a great day ride by Rob Cameron QLD GOVT

Teewah beach will not disappoint with activities and fun things to do. Start the day early and watch the sunrise over the ocean followed by plenty of sandy off-roading, fishing, surfing and tons of space to have fun in the sun all day long.

A major surfing area is the main attraction but there are a lot of other activities across Rainbow Beach and Double Island Point. Many hiking trails are not too far from the beach and of course, there are plenty of high sand dunes and inland tracks for 4×4 driving up and down the coastline if you want to test your utes limits.

There is also one-of-a-kind coastal wildlife to be spotted on the sunshine coast. You might be able to find dolphins and whales on the horizon. Or, you can explore the freshwater lakes present in the area and look for several bird species facing inland. The ever-present kangaroo will be roaming about as well.

Sandy 4×4 Driving Guide

Driving in the sand is a whole different experience if you’ve never done it before. It takes a bit of practice but can be quite a lot of fun. Here are some things to remember while driving down the formed tracks along the coloured sands, as well as some Queensland rules to keep in mind:

  • Check the weather to see if the sand has received any rain. The rain will make the surface harder and you won’t need to lower your tyre pressure as much
  • Before getting out in the sand, walk around a bit and test the sand with your feet. The softer the sand, the less tyre pressure you’ll need
    • Lowering your tyre pressure spreads out your tyre contact patch allowing you to have more traction and float on top of the surface
  • Keeping your momentum up while driving will help you not get stuck. Maintain a good distance from the vehicle in front of you so you can keep the tyres rolling
  • Use a low gear setting for slow speeds and 4-HIGH for higher speeds. If driving a manual transmission, maintain a higher gear setting if possible so you don’t have to shift gears as much. Use the clutch to keep RPMs higher and the transmission to slow you down.
  • Carry traction boards with you because you will eventually get stuck. When you get stuck, simply dig out the front or rear of the tyre (whichever way you are trying to go) and set the traction board down to allow you to get up to speed. Once you’re clear of the situation, go back for your traction boards
  • Sand dunes are a different animal and can go from bad to worse quickly if you’re not prepared. If you treat the dunes like water, surfing the turns and flow with the sand helps keep your momentum up. Do not try to fight the sand especially if your ute is heavy. Look far ahead and anticipate your next move always
  • Try to keep your gear mounted securely and as low as possible, tipping over can become a problem real quick in the sand. It might look cool to have all your gear mounted to the roof rack, just remember you’re affecting your centre of gravity by storing anything above seat height
  • Keep in mind that towing a trailer does increase the risk of getting stuck in the loose sand. As your vehicle is hauling an extra vehicle through loose stuff, increasing friction and potential wheel spin. If you do have a trailer, keep to the hard stuff as much as possible. Another option is to use a ute camper like a Trayon Camper to keep your rig lightweight.

This is not the end all be all guide to sand driving and there’s always something to learn, but the most important part is to get out there and experience. Don’t jump in over your head and try cresting dunes immediately, but get the sand beneath your tyres and learn how your rig behaves.

Camping Zone 1

With the popularity of the ocean needing no introduction, expect camping zone one to be filled with caravans, camper trailers and slide-on tray campers, especially during peak periods. It usually fills the reservations soonest simply due to the proximity of the ferry making it easy to access campsites. Be sure to arrive early because the beach gets busy fast.

This 1.1km long zone is a stone’s throw from the beach so when booking your camp spot there’s no need to try and book a spot right on the water. They are all close to the ocean in zone one. In this zone, you will have access to untreated tap water and cold outdoor showers. 

We suggest choosing a piece of the beach further down to have a bit of peace away from the chaos. There is no mobile phone coverage, but there is a payphone available if needed. 

Facilities at Teewah Camp Zone One Include:

  • Fishing
  • Walking
  • Short distance to the ocean
  • Tent camp near car allowed
  • Camper trailer camping allowed
  • Tray camper camping allowed
  • Generators allowed (with restrictions)
  • Cultural and historical sites nearby

Camping Zone 2

This section of the 15km long Teewah Beach area is a short drive from the ferry point, yet feels like you’re all alone in this big ol’ world. With a remote feeling, there is a remnant of previous travellers. Rubbish can be found almost everywhere along the beach and it’s important to note this zone is exceptional. 

When camping in such a beautiful area you shouldn’t have to pick up after the previous camper. Queensland parks are a vital refuge for people and wildlife. That being said, it is a good time to remind all campers that you should pack out what you pack in. Take your rubbish home to be disposed of properly.  

Enjoying the Teewah Beach areas is a privilege and we should all do our part to take care of it. If you have the time collect some of the rubbish and place it in the bulk rubbish bins. 

Very close to the exit/entry point of the Freshwater Track, this area can be a bit hectic during peak times but nonetheless is a campers paradise. This zone is perfect for getting a close look at the coloured sands of Rainbow beach. 

Facilities at Teewah Camp Zone Two Include:

  • Grassy areas for setting up camp
  • Very close to the water
  • Tent camping beside cars allowed
  • Generators allowed (with restrictions)
  • Caravan camping allowed
  • Tray camper camping allowed
  • Scenic drives
  • Cultural and historic sites

Camping Zone 3

Centrally located along the Teewah Beach camping area, you’ll get the most unobstructed view of the sunrise in the early morning. Camping behind dunes and tucked away, you will be able to get that secluded feeling during your stay.

Zone three is approximately 2.7km long and full of adventure. Much like the other camp zones, you find plenty of 4×4 activity along the Cooloola Beach Drive or Kings Bore Circuit

The entire stretch of Teewah Beach will require a high-clearance 4×4 due to the loamy sand so be sure to lower your tyre pressure before entering the area.

Without formally defined sites, camping zone three is more of a first come first served area, be sure to arrive early to claim your little piece of paradise. Also, make sure to leave as little natural impact as possible by using sand pegs at your campsite and not damaging the local trees while staying for long weekends.

Facilities at Teewah Camp Zone Three Include:

  • Generators allowed (restrictions apply)
  • Walking and fishing allowed
  • Tent camp next to car allowed
  • Caravan camping allowed
  • Tray campers allowed
  • Camper trailers allowed
  • Cultural and historic sites nearby
  • Trail bikes allowed

Camping Zone 4

With camping spots tucked away within the She-Oak trees, camp zone four is a nice retreat from the sun. It is a short walk to the water but you can have your own slice of paradise for the holiday. Nearby trails and dunes to climb will entertain the kids for hours during school holidays.

Reeling in dinner straight from the ocean or taking a low-tide walk, you can enjoy a sunset drive and explore the tracks to wind down the evening. If you’re visiting during the winter months be sure to keep your eyes on the horizon and you might see the Humpback Whale migration.

Facilities at Teewah Camp Zone Four Include:

  • Generators allowed (restrictions apply)
  • Walking and fishing allowed
  • Tent camping next to car allowed
  • Caravan camping allowed
  • Tray campers allowed
  • Camper trailers allowed
  • Cultural and historic sites nearby
  • Trail bikes allowed

Camping Zone 5

By the time you reach beach camping zone five, you can have full confidence the number of people will have been reduced dramatically. Most camper crowds will remain near the first three camp zones due to their popularity. This remote camping area is the seclusion you might be looking for.

Roughly 200 metres long, camp zone five is an open campsite without designated campsites. Be sure to physically reserve your spot early so you can rest easy having your piece of the beach secured.

You will have access to bulk rubbish bins, cold outdoor showers, and freshwater. Keep in mind that the fresh water is not suitable for drinking, so bring your own or treat the water before drinking. 

Facilities at Teewah Camp Zone Five Include:

  • Generators allowed (restrictions apply)
  • Walking and fishing allowed
  • Tent camping next to car allowed
  • Caravan camping allowed
  • Tray campers allowed
  • Camper trailers allowed
  • Cultural and historic sites nearby
  • Trail bikes allowed

Camping Zone 6

Camp zone six is a bit different from the others in that it is a bigger stretch of beach at 340 metres long, but offers fewer reservable campsites. This can be a blessing and a curse. You might not get a reservation, but if you do your neighbours won’t be as close as in the other camp zones.

Look up while in this area to see birds of prey cruising the coastline while you take a nice walk down the beach. Camping within the foredunes will be a nice treat after your journey down the Teewah Beach Track. It can get a bit hectic driving around but fun nonetheless.

Facilities at Teewah Camp Zone Six Include:

  • Generators allowed (restrictions apply)
  • Walking and fishing allowed
  • Tent camping next to car allowed
  • Caravan camping allowed
  • Tray campers allowed
  • Camper trailers allowed
  • Cultural and historic sites nearby
  • Trail bikes allowed

Camping Zone 7

Last, but not certainly least, camp zone seven is at the south end of the Teewah camping zone just before you enter the no-camping zone. At this end of the beach, you will find a portable toilet waste disposal facility for dumping but that is pretty much it for this 200 metre stretch of beach.

Visit the camp zone map to see exactly where camp zone seven is and just how secluded you’ll be. Open camping, much like that of the rest of Teewah, you’ll need to arrive early to secure your locale.

Facilities at Teewah Camp Zone Seven Include:

  • Generators allowed (restrictions apply)
  • Walking and fishing allowed
  • Tent camping next to car allowed
  • Caravan camping allowed
  • Tray campers allowed
  • Camper trailers allowed
  • Cultural and historic sites nearby
  • Trail bikes allowed

Have A Great Holiday

Whether you’re out for public holidays or an extended stay, Teewah Beach Camping Zone, Double Island Point, and the Freshwater Camping Area will facilitate your escape from city life. With dunes and sandy beaches, 4×4 tracks and ocean life, there’s no shortage of things to do. Just be sure to remember to pack accordingly because amenities are scarce.

The entire Teewah Beach Area is a protected natural reserve with designated areas for camping. Observe warnings and follow the rules so we leave as little impact on the environment as possible and are allowed to enjoy this area for years to come.
If your looking for surrounding areas to camp, check out our Noosa Camping guide and if you are willing to increase your travel radius, check out our full Camping Queensland guides.

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