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13 Coastal Camping Spots in NSW & QLD from $15 a Day

Monday 30th November 2015
By Dave Eddy
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By Dave Eddy
From Narooma on the NSW South Coast up to the Cape York Peninsula in Far North QLD… Here are 13 low cost (but awesome!) camping spots from $15 a day:

1) Cooloola and Inskip Peninsula, QLD, Sunshine Coast

From $5.60 per person per day

Cooloola lies between the coastal towns of Noosa Heads and Rainbow Beach. From Rainbow Beach or Tewantin (near Noosa).

It is about 2 – 3 hour drive north from Brisbane.  This beautiful beach is great for 4WDing, fishing, swimming and surfing. Cooloola offers camping in natural surroundings across a variety of locations from beach to riverside camping.

The most recommended spot is Freshwater camping area. Located 8 km south of Double Island Point along Teewah Beach, the camping is set among woodland about 500m inland from the beach. Sites must be pre-booked at all times of the year.

Booking can be done through the QPWS office at Tewantin. There are hot and cold showers for a gold coin donation. Bring fuel stoves for cooking. Free gas barbeques are provided in the nearby day-use area.

For bookings please visit :

Mungo Brush campground, NSW, Myall Lakes

From $8 per person per day

Mungo Brush, the popular campground is on the north coast of NSW. It’s a great place to take your caravan, motorhome or tent and there are heaps of campsites to choose from. It’s near the beach and the lake; you can go fishing, walking and kayaking, or look for dolphins swimming among the waves.

At Mungo Brush there are picnic tables, barbecue facilities, boat ramps and toilets.

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Boorkoom campground, North Coast NSW

From $11.50 per adult per night

Picture a place at Australia’s edge, where wild rocky shores border quiet beaches. Surf’s up, the fish are biting and eagles soar overhead.

Natural lookouts beckon with beguiling ocean views and all that’s missing is you.

With just 10 clifftop campsites atop the northern end of Wilsons Headland, Boorkoom campground offers an exceptionally secluded stay. The headland is a great spot for watching the annual whale migration.

Swim or surf the pristine waters of the north coast or go fishing for whiting, bream or flathead. Walk the 3km Wilsons Headland walk, enjoying its boardwalks and sweeping sea views en route to a lovely picnic area.

Water is not available at this campground so you’ll need to bring your own supply for drinking and cooking.

Strong rips and currents may be present at the beach – take care in the water and supervise children at all times.

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Tattersalls Campground Karuah National Park in the North Coast Region


Set on the banks of Karuah River and surrounded by beautiful bush land, Tattersalls campground is a delightful riverside camping spot that will leave you feeling refreshed and revived.

Find a campsite and set up your tent, then enjoy bushwalking and birdwatching along the riverbank. Keep on the lookout for glossy black cockatoos feeding on the casuarina stands along the river’s edge.

This is also a great area to explore by water, so why not paddle in by kayak and canoe, or anchor your boat and enjoy a night sleeping under the stars? With barbecues, campfires and picnic tables available, there are plenty of options to enjoy an outdoor dining experience.

Try your luck fishing in the river and cook up your catch. Then snuggle up in your sleeping bag and let the gentle sounds of the river rock you into a peaceful sleep.

Water is not available at this campground, so you’ll need to bring your own supply for cooking and drinking.

This is a remote campground, so please make sure you arrive well-prepared.

Sites are not powered. Generators are permitted to be used in particular areas within this campground


Gillards campground, Narooma South Coast NSW

From $11 per day

Gillards campground is the perfect place for a family camping on holidays. Campsites are near the beach, offering opportunities to go surfing, fishing and walking.

You’ll find this pretty campground nestled between the beach and the bush.  Suitable for caravans, motorhomes, tents and camper trailers; Gillards Beach campground is the perfect weekend getaway for families and small groups alike.

When you’ve set up your campsite, there’s plenty of things to do nearby. Take a refreshing walk along the sandy beach or set up stumps for a game of beach cricket. Remember to bring your fishing rod along – there are some great spots to sink a line and you’ll be able to cook your catch up for dinner on the camp barbecue.

In the evening, be sure to keep your eyes peeled and have your torch handy; you might spot a potoroo or two – they look a little bit like a small kangaroo or bandicoot. When you’re ready to retire for the evening, the sound of the waves crashing nearby is sure to lull you into a peaceful sleep.

The maximum length of stay is two weeks during school holiday periods and four weeks at other times.

Water is not available at this campground so you’ll need to bring your own supply for cooking and drinking.

Strong rips and currents may be present at Gillards Beach so swimming is not encouraged. There are many safe swimming beaches in nearby areas, including Tathra, Bermagui and Merimbula. Free gas barbecues are available in nearby picnic areas.

For bookings please visit:


Camping in Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park, Far North Queensland

From $5.95 per person per night

Camp within Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park at Noah Beach camping area. The camping area is in coastal lowland forest adjacent to Noah Beach.

This camping area sits 50m from the beach beneath the forest canopy, giving protection from both the sea breeze and the harsh sun. Situated between reef and rainforest, it is central for exploration of Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park.

It is located 25km north of the Daintree ferry and 8km south of Cape Tribulation village.

The camping area can be reached by conventional vehicles and boat. Due to overhanging trees and tight turns, it is not accessible for caravans, large or high campervans or buses.

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Moreton Island, Brisbane Area, Queensland

From $5.95 per person per night

Tall sand dunes, miles of sandy beaches, crystal clear creeks and lagoons, coastal heath, rocky headlands and abundant wildflowers make Moreton Island a jewel in Moreton Bay.

Moreton Island is a 38 kilometres long, 9 kilometres wide, wedge-shaped, sand island located 40 kilometres from Brisbane. Along with North Stradbroke and South Stradbroke islands, Moreton Island forms the eastern boundary of Moreton Bay — a large, shallow, biologically diverse expanse of water.

Walking is one of the best ways to appreciate the features of the island and to discover some of the island’s various wildlife habitats. A quiet observation with binoculars or a camera can be rewarding.

The main barge landing point for Moreton Island ferries, this popular campground has various medium-sized, defined sites set next to a sheltered bay. This campground is suitable for campers without vehicles as it is within walking distance to Tangalooma Resort.

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Burrum Point Camping Area

From $5.95 per person per night

Flowering heaths, quiet beaches and abundant wildlife make this park a place to retreat and relax. Several walking tracks provide excellent opportunities to explore diverse coastal habitats.

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Byfield National Park, Capricorn Coast Queensland

From $5.95 per person per night

Outstanding coastal scenery, massive sand dunes, rugged pinnacles and remote camping opportunities are the highlights of a visit to Byfield National Park and Regional Park.

Picturesque recreation areas surrounded by rainforest-edged creeks, rugged mountains, pine plantations and ancient cycads are also great reasons to enjoy the Byfield State Forest.

For bookings please visit:


Captain Billy Landing Camping Area, Cape York Queensland

From $5.95 per person per night

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Captain Billy Landing nestles in the corner of a small headland.  The coast is fringed by white sand and bushland and it is a most attractive place to spend a couple of days where the fishing is amazing!

Facilities include hybrid toilet, individual and communal fire rings, picnic tables and a shelter. Essentials to bring are adequate food and drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, screened tents or mosquito nets, fuel stove, adequate fuel and spare parts for your vehicle. Take note that there is no mobile phone coverage in the area.

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Bristol Point Camping Area, Jervis Bay South Coast NSW

From $11 per person per night


Set among mature bushland, all campsites are walk-in and either standard or large and suitable for larger groups. Please note Bristol Point is not suitable for caravans or camper-trailers.

Amenities include male and female toilets, hot and cold showers, fresh water & wood fireplaces. Barbecues are available at this camping area but it is advisable to bring along a personal gas barbecue as well. Parking is no more than 50 metres from the sites.


Hungry Gate Camping Ground Hat Head  Mid North Coast NSW

From $5 per night


Hat Head National Park on the mid-north coast of NSW near South West Rocks is a natural paradise. Explore the lighthouse, camp by the beach and go fishing and swimming.

There is an open, grassy campground behind the sand dunes, just south of Hat Head. The campground is fairly open with some shade around the edges provided by paperbarks. A short walk takes you to the beach, or you can walk through to Hat Head. Just north of the campground is 4WD access to the beach. There’s plenty of bird life, goannas and kangaroos.

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Bents Basin Campground, New South Wales

From $10 per adult


A great family camping spot in Sydney, Bents Basin campground offers sites for tents, trailers and caravans in a scenic location by the water – go fishing and kayaking.

Amenities include picnic tables, barbecue facilities, drinking water, showers and toilets.

For bookings please visit:


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