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amping, glamping, off-the-beaten-track venturing – whatever your preference, there is nothing quite like an adventure to the great outdoors! Camping is all about torch-lit nights, the smell of roasting marshmallows, lying on a picnic blanket under the stars, the slow sizzle of a barbeque, twang of a tent being unzipped and scent of the fresh dawn air drying out on the dewy grass. Whether you are planning a family adventure, a weekend away with mates or the girls, or a romantic holiday, camping is the perfect escape! This classic Aussie holiday is rapidly increasing in popularity, with an array of camping equipment to suit every camp site, and with so many amazing campground locations on the Sunshine Coast, Profile magazine has done all the hard work in planning for your next camping trip thanks to our fun-filled camping destination guide.
DOUBLE ISLAND POINT Starting from the ferry crossing over beautiful Noosa River, to the kilometres of sand and dunes stretching into the distance, to waking up to the sound of crystal clear waves crashing just metres outside your tent, this camping destination has to be one of the Sunshine Coast’s best! Double Island Point offers spectacular scenery from towering cliffs, rainforests and coloured sand dunes, four wheel driving, sun, surf, sea and sand! Drive up to the northern point to visit the lighthouse, with the view from the headland offering a fantastic vantage point to watch the surfers and dolphins frolic in the break below. Suitable for: Adventurous campers, large groups and families with older children. Location: North of Noosa, within the Cooloola region and part of the Great Sandy National Park
DICKY BEACH FAMILY HOLIDAY PARK
The sunny shores of Caloundra set the scene for a holiday park with everything needed for that perfect camping getaway! Cast a line, explore the beaches of Caloundra, or enjoy the recreational activities on offer in the grounds of the holiday park. Family fun awaits! Who is it suited for: Families will love this holiday park! Directions: Veer off Nicklin Way towards Dicky Beach, and follow the sound of waves until you arrive on the foreshore of Caloundra. Facilities: Camping sites, caravan sites and studio units are accommodation options. Swimming pool, tennis court, playground, wireless internet, camp kitchen, laundry and barbeque facilities on site.
Facilities: The bare minimum is available, however with the sheer distance of beach to camp on, you will more than make up for it! Waste disposal bins are provided at certain points. Cost: You will need to purchase a permit for about $11 per day, with weekly, monthly and long- term permits also available. What will I need to bring? A reliable four wheel drive vehicle to navigate onto the beach is a must! There are no bathroom or cooking facilities along the beach until you reach the north point, so a full camping set-up is suggested, including toilet paper and a portable shower. Tip: Don’t forget some loose change to pay for the ferry crossing!
Published on Jun 1, 2014