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Best caravan parks on the Sunshine Coast

Find a place to call home for the night along one of Queensland’s favourite stretches of tropical coastline.

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From surfing aficionados to beach bums, hiking enthusiasts to families with young ones, the 60-kilometre stretch of Sunshine Coast caters to every type of holidaymaker. We’ve put together our selection of the top caravan parks in the region. Expect to find heated pools, children’s clubs and sunset views to set you up for a memorable vacation on the Sunshine Coast.

Best caravan parks on the Sunshine Coast

noosa caravan park

Noosa Caravan Park

Just steps away from tea-coloured everglades, a rugged national park and sweeping beaches, Noosa Caravan Park is well-placed for an unbeatable holiday experience filled with just the right amount of relaxation and adventure.

  • Types of sites available: Powered sites, cabins and villas.
  • Any vehicle restrictions? No.
  • Facilities: Camp kitchen, BBQ area, TV and lounge, games room, Wi-Fi, heated swimming pool, kid's playground, table tennis room, laundry facilities, convenience store and boat ramp.
  • Nearby: Noosa Everglades, Tewantin National Park, Aussie World, Eumundi Markets and Australia Zoo.
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mooloolaba beach holiday park

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Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park

Having undergone an impressive $3.8 million upgrade in 2019, the Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park is flush with modern amenities. It sits just moments away from the lively Mooloolaba-Maroochydore surf strip, which is bursting with restaurants, clubs and bars.

  • Types of sites available: Fully serviced powered slab sites.
  • Any vehicle restrictions? No.
  • Facilities: Communal toilet and shower blocks, laundry facilities, camp kitchen with fridge, microwave and toasters, BBQ area and free Wi-Fi.
  • Nearby: Mooloolaba Beach Surf Club, Sea Life Aquarium, Ginger Factory, Eumundi Markets, Ex-HMAS Brisbane shipwreck and Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre.
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alex beach cabins

Alex Beach Cabins and Tourist Park, Alexandra Headland

Want to experience the quieter side of the Sunshine Coast? Alexandra Headland has the same stunning beaches, just with fewer crowds; all whilst being a short walk away from the bright lights of Mooloolaba.

  • Types of sites available: Powered motorhome sites, ensuite sites, cabins and deluxe villas.
  • Any vehicle restrictions? No.
  • Facilities: Heated pool, covered BBQ area, pizza oven, children's playground, games room, free Wi-Fi and coin-operated laundry facilities.
  • Nearby: Alex Beach, Alexandra Headland Surf Club, Sunshine Plaza, Australia Zoo, Sea Life Aquarium Mooloolaba and Eumundi Markets.
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big4 ingenia holidays noosa

BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Noosa

After a long day exploring the sights of Noosa, you can find your home away from home in this well-equipped BIG4 just outside of Noosa. With kids entertainment galore (and a little something for the adults as well), Ingenia Holidays Noosa might just put the cherry on top of your getaway.

  • Types of sites available: Powered sites, unpowered sites, ensuite sites, cabins and villas.
  • Any vehicle restrictions? No.
  • Facilities: Outdoor pool, splash park, jumping pillow, BBQ area, games room, camp kitchen, laundry facilities, outdoor movie screen, basketball court, cafe, kid's club and TV room.
  • Nearby: Tewantin National Park, Noosa River, Noosa Everglades, Noosa National Park, Australia Zoo and Eumundi Markets.
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coolum beach holiday park

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Coolum Beach Holiday Park

It may look simple, but Coolum Beach Holiday Park has all of the makings of a great time on the Sunshine Coast, including easy access to some of the best surf in the area.

  • Types of sites available: Powered caravan sites and deluxe villas.
  • Any vehicle restrictions? No.
  • Facilities: Modern camp kitchen, free Wi-Fi, three amenity buildings, laundry facilities and tourist information desk.
  • Nearby: Coolum Beach, Coolum Beach Bowls, Mount Coolum and Coolum Surf Club.
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big4 forest glen holiday resort

BIG4 Forest Glen Holiday Resort

Take a step back from the coast and head into the leafy village of Forest Glen. Shrouded by rainforest, but still boasting easy access to the sights and attractions of the Sunshine Coast, this is perfect for those hoping to get back to nature.

  • Types of sites available: Powered sites, ensuite sites, cabins and forest villas.
  • Any vehicle restrictions? No.
  • Facilities: Jumping pillow, heated pool, waterslide, covered play area, kids club, BBQ area, games room, laundry facilities, tennis courts, kiosk and movie theatre.
  • Nearby: NightQuarter, Sunshine Coast Jazz and Brew Fest, Tanawha Tourist Drive and Buderim Forest Park.
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BIG4 Caloundra Holiday Park

Around an hour's drive north of Brisbane, you'll get your first taste of the Sunshine Coast in the town of Caloundra. Take in the town's pristine coastline and grab a coffee from one of the many renowned cafes in town before finding your spot in the BIG4 holiday park.

  • Types of sites available: Powered sites, unpowered sites, tent sites.
  • Any vehicle restrictions? No.
  • Facilities: BBQ area, camp kitchen, family bathrooms, giant jumping pillow, boat ramp, laundry facilities, outdoor movies and a heated pool.
  • Nearby: Twilight Markets, Caloundra Lighthouse, Bulcock Beach, Queensland Air Museum, Australia Zoo and Glass House Mountains National Park.
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mapleton cabins and caravan park

Mapleton Cabins and Caravan Park, Mapleton

If you're more of a hiker than a beach bum, then heading to the inland village of Mapleton will put you in the thick of the Sunshine Coast's underrated Hinterland. Waiting for you will be a spot at the peaceful Mapleton Cabins and Caravan Park.

  • Types of sites available: Powered sites, unpowered sites, cabins and villas.
  • Any vehicle restrictions? No.
  • Facilities: Free Wi-Fi, pizza oven, BBQ and picnic area, toilet and shower block, laundry facilities and giant chess.
  • Nearby: Mapleton Falls National Park, Kondalilla National Park, Mapleton Lilyponds, Mapleton Observatory and Peregrine Lookout.
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Rainbow Beach Holiday Park

Known primarily as a jumping-off point for the great Fraser Island, Rainbow Beach is a popular holiday spot along the Sunshine Coast and home to a BIG4 caravan park. Family and pet friendly, Rainbow Beach Holiday Park calls on every type of holidaymaker.

  • Types of sites available: Powered sites, unpowered sites, tent sites and cabins.
  • Any vehicle restrictions? No.
  • Facilities: Jumping pillow, laundry facilities, children's playground, Swap & Go Gas, BBQ areas, amenities blocks, tourist information desk, dump point, boat ramp and fish cleaning table.
  • Nearby: Fraser Island, Carlo Sand Blow, The Coloured Sands, Rainbow Beach, Wolf Rock Dive Centre and Cooloola National Park.
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big4 maroochy river

BIG4 Maroochy River

King of watersports activities, staying at the BIG4 Maroochy River will put you in prime position to enjoy a holiday full of kayaking, fishing, boating and adventuring. Plus, you'll have a comfortable spot to snuggle up in, come nighttime.

  • Types of sites available: Powered sites and cabins.
  • Any vehicle restrictions? No.
  • Facilities: Camp kitchen, saltwater pool, firepits, BBQ area, laundry facilities, jumping pad, pedal cart hire, children's playground, outdoor movie screen, cafe, lending library, free Wi-Fi and tourist information desk.
  • Nearby: Thrill Hill, Chambers Island, Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden, Maroochy Wetland Sanctuary, Goat Island and Cotton Tree Markets.
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Frequently asked questions

Which caravan parks on the Sunshine Coast have cabins?

You’ll find that the majority of caravan parks on the Sunshine Coast offer up a range of accommodation including cabins. Here are a few to look out for:

Are there BIG4 caravan parks on the Sunshine Coast?

There are seven caravan parks owned or linked with the BIG4 brand along the Sunshine Coast. These include:

Where should I stay on the Sunshine Coast in a caravan park?

  • Best for surfing: Coolum Beach
  • Best for hiking: Mapleton
  • Best for families: Noosa
  • Best for low budgets: Mooloolaba

How much does it cost to stay in a caravan park on the Sunshine Coast?

Spanning across more than 1,600km2, prices vary significantly across the Sunshine Coast.

In tourist hot spots including Rainbow Beach and Noosa, prices sit at the higher end of the scale. Unpowered sites start from $37 a night, powered sites from $48 and cabins from $110 per night.

Quieter towns, including Maroochy River and spots along the Alexandra Headlands, tend to demand lower rates. Prices start at $30 for an unpowered site, $40 for a powered site and you can find bargain ensuite cabins for as little as $90 a night.

How long can I stay in a caravan park on the Sunshine Coast?

The majority of caravan parks along the Sunshine Coast will allow you to stay for a maximum of 28 days. There are a handful of long-term caravan sites available, usually away from the tourist hotspots, including Riverside Caravan Park, Bli Bli and Palmwoods Tropical Village.

What should I consider when choosing a caravan park on the Sunshine Coast?

There’s plenty to see along the Sunshine Coast, but it is relatively spread out. Before you book a caravan park, make sure you research the top sites you’d like to visit and stay somewhere that’s nearby. Rather than driving long distances, you may find it easier to stay in two or three different spots during your vacation. For example, Noosa, Coolum and Mapleton will provide you with a varied and interesting getaway.

Where can I park a campervan overnight on the Sunshine Coast?

When it comes to sleeping in your car, the Sunshine State has some of the strictest rules in the country. In fact, it’s illegal to sleep in your car anywhere in Queensland, so you’ll need to find a caravan park to base yourself from. Caravan parks have plenty of advantages including toilet and shower amenities, laundry facilities and family friendly entertainment.

You’ll also find a number of privately run camps and free camps scattered throughout the Sunshine Coast. While privately run camps may be basic, they generally come complete with hot showers and toilet facilities. Free camps, on the other hand, are run by the state and can be as simple as a road-side spot with benches and a drop toilet.

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