Queensland's Sunshine Coast has many free & cheap camps. Over the last few months we have been checking them out. Between House sitting and basing ourselves at the Kenilworth Showgrounds we have seen so much. Don’t think you need to pay through the nose to see the hinterland or the beautiful beaches.
5 FREE CAMPS
Obi Obi Camp – Kidman Creek
Obi Obi Creek is a free camp 7km SW of Kenilworth and 11km west of Mapleton. You will find two camps on either side of the old bridge and river. One smaller dirt area with easy access to the river and the other on a long grassy area. One side has toilets and a seating area, the other has bins.
Large rigs OK on one side
Belli Creek Park – Belli Creek
This free camp is 20 minutes from Kenilworth and 10 minutes from Eumundi. A busy camp with mainly camper vans and a couple of smaller full size vans. A large grass area is available for tents. A two minute drive to Sue’s retro dinner and park
Close to Dinner
Little Yabba Park – Cambroon
This is a 24hr free camp is 5km from Kenilworth next to the river. One side of the road there is a smaller parking area but lots of grass. It also has lots of seating. The other side has more parking and is better for bigger vans.
Fig tree walking track
Jowarra Park Area - Glenview
is a basic 24 hour free camp on the Steve Irwin Way, 15 minutes from
Australia Zoo and Caloundra. It’s even less to Aussie World. At the
moment (Nov 2019) major roadworks are happening on the road at this
location but a couple of campers were still here when we checked it
out. At this time I’m not sure I would fully recommend it unless
you don’t mind roughing it a little
There are two areas. One large concrete car park area that will fit vans. The second area is more for campers with smaller vehicles or tents. Two bush walks start here. The Mooloolah River Circuit is a 500m return and the Melaleuca Walk which is 1.3km return.
Close to attractions
Cruice Park - Woodford
Ok it’s not actually classed as the Sunshine Coast but it's on the border so close enough :oP Woodford has two great free & cheap camps.
This is a 20 hour free camp that will fit any size rig. Woodford is 30 minutes south of Maleny and 20 minutes NW of Caboolture.
Choose between grassed areas or parking spots for smaller vehicles. A playground is here for the kids as is undercover seating and toilets. It looked good for a one night stop. A short drive to the small charming shopping area and showgrounds if you want to stay in town a little longer.
Kandanga RV park - Kandanga
This is a 72hr donation camp, 25min south of Gympie and 25min north of Kenilworth. This is large enough for many rigs and all sizes. They have designated gravel spots for your van to park but also a large grass area. Located opposite the shops and walk to the pub or bowling club.
Swimming pool and sports field over the road
Shops at your door
4 CHEAP CAMPS (under $20)
Kandanga Country Club (Bowls Club) - Kandanga
bowls club is a 4 day maximum stay. 25 minutes south of Gympie and 25
minutes north of Kenilworth.
sites are large and grassy and back on to a field with cows on one
side or the green on the on the other. They serve food and have happy
hour. Across the back looks like you can get to the pub and walk to
Cost: Power for $20 or un-powered for $10
Bowls, beer and food
Cooroy RV Stopover - Cooroy
This cheap camp is in walking distance to a lovely little town and only a 10 minute drive from Eumundi. This basic camp has couple of large grassed areas. You have to be fully self contained and self-sufficient. A dump point is here and so are bins. Gates are locked at 7.30pm and re-open again at 7am. Check out our full post on Cooroy RV stopover here
Walk to town
Drive to near by attractions
Eumundi's markets and cafe's are only 8km away
Noosa's beach and Hastings street is 30 minutes away
Ginger Factory and Nut Factory is 20 minutes away
Mooloolaba's beach, shops and cafe's are less than an hour away
Montville and it's beautiful hinterland surrounds are less than an hour away
This showground is the best we have stayed at so far. It’s huge, friendly and in a prime location. You will find it at the end of the small stretch of shop’s in this lovely country town.
The large grass sites fit any size rig. One side of the showgrounds has a swimming pool and a skate park. Both sides have a dump point, toilets and showers. Your a short stroll from the river and in driving distance to the beach or the hinterland
OK I cheated again on this one too but Woodford Showgrounds is only 30 minutes south of Maleny and 20 minutes NW of Caboolture. Well known for its folk festival, this is a lovely little town. With two great free & cheap camps
The Showgrounds are large and in walking distance to the main street and shops. They have power and water sites as well as un-powered sites. Spaces big enough for any size rig and the grass is good for tents or a swag.
Cost: From $10 for a single with no power to $20 for 2 people with power and water
Close to town
Bonus Tip For Free Camping
We did two house/farm sits while in the area. One was on a property with cows, chooks, a beautiful cat and dog. And the other with a fun friendly dog that we loved so much we re-visited after our sit ended.
With both sits we got to see the surroundings areas while living rent free. House sitting is a fantastic way of seeing all of our beautiful sprawling country without paying park fees.