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5 of the best beachside camping spots on the Sunshine Coast

5 of the best beachside camping spots on the Sunshine Coast

When it comes to jaw-dropping beaches, they don’t get much better than here on the Sunshine Coast.

5 of the best beachside camping spots on the Sunshine Coast
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Cotton Tree, Maroochydore

And if a day spent relaxing on the sugar-white sand and floating in the sparkling water just isn’t quite enough, then beachside camping is an absolute must. Fortunately, the Sunshine Coast boasts an array of stunning seaside spots for you to pitch your tent at.

Campers assemble, these are the best beachside camping spots on the Sunshine Coast.

Cotton Tree Holiday Park, Cotton Tree

Situated on the banks of the sparkling Maroochy River, Cotton Tree Holiday Park is where beachside camping dreams are made of. Wake up in the morning to uninterrupted views of the water, before spending your days stand-up paddle boarding on the calm waters, cycling along the coastal paths or playing beach cricket. Nearby Cotton Tree village is perfect for your morning coffee and brunch, while the next door Boat Shed restaurant is the place to be for sunset drinks. With a mix of powered and unpowered sites and villas, it’s the perfect family escape.

Cotton Tree Caravan Park, Cotton Tree
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Cotton Tree Caravan Park, Cotton Tree

Dicky Beach | Caloundra

With one of the Sunshine Coast’s most beautiful beaches mere metres away, you’ll want to set yourself up at Dicky Beach Holiday Park for your next vacay. Located just north of the bustling Caloundra, you’ve got the convenience of local shops and cafes (for that all important morning coffee) behind you, while the waves are crashing in front. The park offers powered tourist caravan sites, un-powered tent sites and if you really need it, 12 self-contained motel style units. There’s also a swimming pool, full size tennis court, kid’s playground, BBQs and a camp kitchen so you never have to leave.

Teewah Beach | Great Sandy National Park

If you own or can get your hands on a 4WD for a weekend, then cruising up the coast along the sand and setting up camp on Teewah Beach is an absolute must do. Situated in the Cooloola Recreation Area in the Great Sandy National Park, there’s 14kms of remote beach for you to set your camp up at offering uninterrupted, sweeping views of the ocean. With a backdrop of rugged cliffs, rolling sand dunes and banksias, this breathtaking spot allows tents, campers and generators and is best accessed via the southern entrance on Noosa North Shore or the northern beach entrance at Rainbow Beach.

Camping Under The Stars On Teerwah Beach, Great Sandy National Park
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Camping Under The Stars On Teerwah Beach, Great Sandy National Park

Mooloolaba Beach | Mooloolaba

Offering one of the best beachside camping locations in Queensland, put Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park to the top of your holiday to-do list. Located on the edge of the ocean, and conveniently next to the surf club (a local’s fave), you’ll have direct access to the soft white sand, gentle wavebreak and rock pools of Mooloolaba beach. The holiday park, which was redeveloped in 2019, offers fully serviced powered slab sites, plus laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi and a modern camp kitchen with fridge, microwave, toaster and BBQ facilities.

Mooloolaba Spit Beach, Sunshine Coast
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Mooloolaba Spit Beach, Sunshine Coast

Noosa North Shore Beach Campground | Noosa

It’s hard to pick a favourite but if natural, rugged beauty that takes your breath away is how you’d describe your ideal camp set-up then Noosa North Shore Campground is for you. There are powered and unpowered sites, all nestled amongst the natural vegetation right on the beachfront. You’ll need to take your own drinking water, but there is a small kiosk down the road for when you run out of ice, as well as an amenities block. But the key thing here is that you get to wake up to the sound of crashing waves and can get away with a morning swim in place of your usual morning shower. Looking for the best beachside camping in Queensland, you’ve found it.