Free Camps & Camping near the Sunshine Coast

For those camping on the cheap, here are some great campsites we found near Sunshine Coast.

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.

  • Cost: Free
  • Toilets, Electric BBQ’s, Dogs OK, Bins, Seating, Fig tree walking track, River, 2WD accessible

Jowarra Park Area – Glenview

This is a basic 24 hour free camp on the Steve Irwin Way, 15 minutes from Australia Zoo and Caloundra. 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.

  • Cost: Free
  • Toilets, Undercover seating, Dogs Ok, Walking tracks, Close to attractions

Obi Obi – Kidman Creek

Unfortunately this is NO LONGER A CAMP, but is still a rest area for day use.
Obi Obi Creek is a free camp Rest Area 7km SW of Kenilworth and 11km west of Mapleton. 

  • Bins, Seating, Toilets, Creek, Dogs OK, Large rigs, 2WD accessible

Belli Creek Park – Belli Creek

Unfortunately this is NO LONGER A CAMP, but is still a rest area for day use.

This Rest area is 20 minutes from Kenilworth and 10 minutes from Eumundi.
A two minute drive to Sue’s retro dinner and park

  • Bins, Seating, Toilets, Creek, Dogs OK, Close to Dinner, 2WD Accessible

Cruice Park – Woodford

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.

  • Cost: Free
  • Toilets, Undercover seating, Bins, Playground, Dogs OK

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.

  • Cost: Donation
  • Toilets, Electric BBQ’s, Playground, Swimming pool and sports field over the road, Shops at your door, Seating,  Bins, Fire pit, Dogs OK

Research Street Park, Coolum Beach

Free overnight parking,
No facilities, Quiet area in an Industrial Estate.
Be aware it can be subject to flooding with alot of rain.

Carters Ridge RV Camp

Free camping area located o the corner of Cnr Poulsen & Jubilee Rd – Carters Ridge opposite Mary Fereday park)
Toilets and playground located across the road within Mary Fereday Park grounds.

Max Stay 72 hours
Grey water must be contained.
No Facilities Provided
Dogs Allowed
No camping in tents or swags.

Six Mile Creek Rest Area – Glanmire

Roadside rest area located along the Bruce Highway South of Gympie.

Max Stay 20 hrs
Toilets, picnic tables, bins and Dump Point.

Little Yabba Park East

This free campground offers swimming and dog friendly.
Camping in tents is allowed and you can stay for up to 24hrs.

Bins, Tables, Shade