Easter is just around the corner and most of us are hoping to get away for a few days of R & R. If camping is your preference for a relaxing holiday in a beautiful location, we are spoilt for choice on the Sunshine Coast. From rainforests and mountain streams, river side or beach front, close to amenities or quieter and more isolated, there are no shortage of options.
Here are some of our favourite spots to camp.
Charlie Moreland camping area
Situated in the Imbil State Forest, 150 km north of Brisbane and inland from Kenilworth, this picturesque campsite is set on the banks of Little Yabba Creek. Open eucalypt forest and nearby rainforest provide plenty of shade for the grassy campsites. Take a dip in the creek or go bushwalking. At night, sit back and enjoy the serenity around a campfire in one of the designated fire pits.
If you just can’t make it through the long weekend without a good coffee, the quaint country town on Kenilworth is only a 20 min drive. Must visit spots there include the Kenilworth Cheese Factory (open for tastings!) and the Kenilworth Country Bakery, famous for its enormous donuts.
Situated in a National Park, you will need a permit and to pre-pay for your camp site to secure it.
Boreen Point Campground
This council run caravan park on the shores of Lake Cootharaba has the perfect mix of good facilities within a natural setting. Lake Cootharaba is the largest of the lakes within the Noosa River Lake system. Aside from the ambiance the waterfront location provides, the warm, shallow water is ideal for boating, swimming, fishing, kayaking/canoeing or SUP. There are powered sites, gas or woodburning BBQs, a childrens’ playground, hot showers and flushing toilets.
Boreen Point township is a peaceful community with a rural feel. While there is no ‘shopping’ precinct in the town, it is still possible to go out for a good coffee and meal. The Coffee Tribe Café is popular for good reason and the historic Apollonian Hotel offers quality counter meals in an iconic Australian pub setting.
Situated 30 mins north of Noosa Heads, the campground is easily accessible yet you will feel like the bustle of urban life is far, far away.
Book online or ring 07 5485 3244.
Cotton Tree Holiday Park
If you are picturing the perfect beachside camping spot with all the benefits of a commercial hub just down the road, then you can’t go past Cotton Tree Holiday Park. Situated at the corner of Maroochydore Beach and the Maroochy River, the setting could not be more ideal. You have the choice of a surf beach or protected calm water river access literally on your doorstep. The tropical setting complete with palm trees, an expansive white sandy beach and crystal clear blue water provides the perfect backdrop for a day of water sports or just relaxing.
Shopping and dining options are vast and all within a short walk or drive.
Book online via the Sunshine Coast Holiday Parks website or ring 07 5459 9070.
Booloumba Creek Camping Areas
For 4WD enthusiasts who prefer a genuine camping experience without all the comforts of home, Booloumba Creek camping areas offer 4 choices of campgrounds.
Situated in the Conondale National Park, the camping areas are only accessible via creek crossings so require a high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle for access. Grassy camp sites are located in dense rainforest and open forest settings alongside a picturesque stream which runs through the Booloumba Gorge. Booloumba Falls and multiple walking trails are close by.
Access via the Kenilworth–Maleny Road about half way between Kenilworth and Conondale townships. Toilets, non-drinkable water and fire-rings are provided. All rubbish must be removed when you leave. Book online via the Qld National Parks website.
Coolum Beach Holiday Park
In an era when the number of the beachside caravan parks and campgrounds around Australia has been reduced, it is comforting to still find a quintessential beachfront caravan and camping ground like Coolum Beach Holiday Park. An essential part of the local landscape, this holiday park has been home for generations of holidays makers. The park is set on ten acres of pristine beachfront land with direct access to the surf club patrolled beach.
With three amenity blocks including baby facilities, free Wi-Fi and a modern camp kitchen complete with fridge, the park provides all the facilities you need to camp in comfort. Tickle Park with its large playground is next door and shopping and dining options are directly across the road. The Surf Club, Bowls Club and Coolum Beach Hotel are all a short stroll away.
Book online or ring 07 5446 1474.
Camping at Easter is always a busy time, so make sure you book before setting out. But even if you’ve left it too late for this Easter, put one of these camping trips on your to do list. You won’t regret it!
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