Camping grounds in the Northern Rivers, Gold Coast and Scenic Rim region can range from primitive camp grounds on a farm bush block, through to private tourist parks and council run holiday parks with all the mod cons. You'll also find camp grounds, car camping, tent camping and walk-in camping available in many of the World Heritage listed national parks of the region.
Tariff is indicative only (per night/off peak).
Hosanna offers a range of camping options at our grassy camp ground, including unpowered and powered sites, with or without shared kitchen facilities, and our unique glamping "huts" with power and made up bedding.
Other shared facilities include lounge, laundry, internet access, and a wood fired sauna next to our swimming and kayaking dam. And we're dog friendly! From AUD $12 pp camping to $150 for cabins Day visitors welcome - $.
A traditional family owned seaside caravan park, set in pleasant park like grounds opposite the beach and a nature reserve.
Choose from powered and unpowered caravan sites, and unpowered "bush" camping sites with plenty of shade.
Docile family dogs permitted - camping and caravan park only. From $25-$29 pn for sites
Most beachside holiday parks and tourist parks will by run by the local council, while private campgrounds and holiday parks can be located near the beach or national parks and nature reserves.
Camping grounds and tent camping sites may also be available at country resorts and farmstays, with on-site adventure and nature activities available. Like beachside tourist and holiday parks, most private campgrounds usually provide a campers kitchen and clean, modern amenities.
Please note: There is no beach camping permitted in Ballina, Byron or Tweed Shires, and no beach camping on Gold Coast beaches. (Check out South Stradbroke Island - "Straddie", in Moreton Bay for beach camping options.)
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What is glamping? "Glamorous camping" usually provides safari style luxury tents on raised platforms, or unique and quirky wooden huts, with some or all of the mod cons, including power, real beds and linen, private bathroom (with or without a spa/bath), and outdoor dining with a BBQ, on a verandah with views.
Book selected "Glamping tents" below via Booking.com* or search for more options.
Offering studio style accommodation with kitchenette, separate bathroom w/ shower, and soaking tub positioned for views across the rolling hills and valleys.
Verandah with outdoor furniture and BBQ Minimum 2 night stay.
Take a dip in your private hot tub or crawl into your bed and enjoy beautiful mountain views.
Each adult only eco-friendly, luxury tent is equipped with a kitchenette and a bathroom. Guests can have a relaxing meal with friends and family on their private terrace.
Nestled amongst native bush, lakes and rainforest, guests can enjoy beautiful views of Mount Warning from their private deck.
Set on 40 hecrates (100 acres), this luxurious retreat offers Thai villas and tented suites with wooden floors and Asian-style furnishings. Tents are equipped with chandelier, barbecue, hammock and patio seating.
Set in Rosebank in the Byron hinterland, this tent is set in a garden with a year-round outdoor pool.
Guests have free WiFi and private parking available on site. Towels and bed linen are featured in this self-catering accommodation.
Camping in the World Heritage listed national parks of the region is very popular on weekends and during school holidays, with some locations being walk-in bush camping only. Booking online in advance for QLD National Parks is recommended. At NSW National Parks, it is "first come - best dressed", so you may drive in, and pay your camping fee as directed at self payment stations prior to setting up camp. Please note; firearms and pets are not permitted in national parks*.
*Caravanners please note: Composting toilets are common in most national parks. Please DON'T empty your portaloo waste into them, as the chemicals in portaloos destroy natural processes that make composting toilets an effective eco-friendly option in these places.
Camping in public reserves is usually operated by local community showground trust, progress association or overseen by the general store or garage owner/manager in the local village. There maybe a standard "gold coin" donation or nominal fee for camping at these locations.
Facilities are usually primitive or basic, and depending on the management, it will either be "first come - best dressed" or you may need to book in advance. Like national parks, some locations are popular with the locals on weekends and during school holidays, so you should enquire in advance to avoid disppointment.
State Forests are now few and far between in our region, but free camping is available in State Forest parks (below) where facilities are available. Free camping sites are not common in our region, and in popular coastal locations, it is against local bylaws. In Tweed and Byron Shires in particular, rangers conduct regular patrols, especially along beaches and in nature reserves. If you're found camping in a prohibited place, you will be asked to pack up and move on, and you may also get a fine.
See also our Caravan Parks and Holiday Parks directory for more tourist parks in beach and bush localities.