There is nothing better than sitting around a campfire on a chilly Winter’s night. Toasting marshmallows and swapping stories under the stars is one of the best things about camping. We’ve put together our top picks for the best campgrounds on the Sunshine Coast that allow campfires.
- Check for current fire bans before booking campsites to ensure you are permitted to light fires.
- Bring your own clean milled timber along if you are planning to have a campfire. Do not collect wood, trees or branches from the campground or surrounding area.
Nestled beside the Amamoor Creek and set among woodlands of iron barks and blue gums, this spacious grassy camping area is popular during the annual Gympie Music Muster, held during the last week of August. This camping area is also busy over the school and public holidays but at other times it’s ideal for peaceful camping and star gazing on clear nights. It is also the only national park campground in the region that allows dogs.
If you like a little extra space when you’re camping, you’ll love the campgrounds at Brooloo Park with spacious sites spread out across the 270 acre farm. Each spot is private and secluded so you’ll hardly notice if there are any other campers around. With horse riding also available on site and plenty of farm animals to meet, you’re sure for an enjoyable experience at this beautiful campground.
Sleep under the stars and toast marshmallows over a campfire in the fire rings provided. The open grassy area amongst red cedar and bunya pines is the perfect camping spot and a great base for your Amamoor adventure. Take a stroll along the Rainforest walk or tackle a longer walk on the Cedar Grove hiking trail.
Just south of Gympie is another local favourite, Cobb & Co Nine Mile Camping Grounds. Set on the site of the old Cobb and Co Horse Change Stables at Six Mile Creek, these campgrounds feature just about everything you could want from a farm-style camping adventure. The campground also offers luxury tents to hire if you don’t have your own gear.
Note: Ground fires are not permitted – all fires must be contained in own brazier, Webber etc.
This one is for the nature lovers. Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp (previously Elanda Point) is uniquely located in the National Park adjoining the Noosa Everglades. The 65 acre property backs directly onto the Noosa River and offers a wilderness experience like no other. There is a variety of nature walks accessible from the ecocamp and the site also offers a free shuttle bus to and from Noosa.
In the Hinterland
The privately-owned Bluff Creek Campground in Kenilworth is a fantastic spot for a long weekend escape. There are campsites suitable for couples, families and larger groups with each being located nearby the beautiful clear creek with swimming holes and plenty of fish. There is lots to do in the area, or you can just enjoy the peace and quiet on this beautiful property.
An absolute favourite among Sunshine Coast locals, Booloumba Creek is a fantastic spot to escape away to. There are 3 different camping areas to choose from: area 1 and 3 are tucked away in the rainforest, and area 4 is an open area suitable for caravans and camper trailers. With lookouts, waterfalls, walking tracks and crystal-clear creeks, there is plenty to keep you occupied.
This family owned and operated caravan park is the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy. There is heaps to see and do with fishing and kayaking in Yabba Creek and plenty of walking tracks and park grounds to explore. They even have deer feeding along the fence adjoining the nearby forestry.
The open grassy camping area at Charlie Moreland is the perfect place for a family trip or getaway with friends. There is plenty do with nearby walking, mountain bike and horse riding trails. Or simply enjoy getting away from it all relaxing by a campfire listening to the sounds of nature.
Pack the fishing rod and kayak, this spot is perfect for those who like to cast a line or go for a paddle upstream. There’s also a boat ramp nearby to launch a small boat. The large shady sites at Coochin Creek are perfect for families or groups with plenty of open grassy areas.
Formerly known as Island Reach Camping Resort, now with new owners and under new management, Imbil Camping Retreat reopened in June 2018. This 12 acre, family & pet-friendly campground is a favourite among local campers. The grounds have been refreshed and are looking fantastic, this spot is definitely worth checking out if you are after a country escape.
Another local favourite in the hinterland, this privately-owned campground is also a fully operational dairy farm. With creekside camping spots and plenty of grounds to explore it’s a great location for you’re a family adventure. Whether you go for a swim, kayak, bike ride or check one of their dairy tours everyone is sure to enjoy themselves.
This stunning private property is situated right on the banks of the beautiful Mary River and just 2km from Kenilworth township. The campground offers both powered and non-powered sites and even has a couple vintage caravans you can hire. They also have a spa cabin for those who want a little more luxury on their getaway.
Far from your traditional caravan park, a stay at Kookaburra Park (formerly Cambroon Caravan Park) is an experience like no other. The new owners took over the campgrounds in September 2019, so it’s still a work in progress, but it is already shaping up to be a fantastic spot. You can spend some time getting to know the 4 legged residents of the park with deers to feed, pigs to belly-scratch and guinea pigs to cuddle. There’s also backyard games, swimming spots nearby and even a hiking trail on-site.
With wide open spaces and plenty of room to explore, Running Creek is fast becoming a local favourite. There are basic amenities on-site, but bringing your own is also recommended as to minimise the impact on the local environment. Spend your time wandering the grounds, hit the new bike track and even feed the resident farm animals on weekends.