Noosa North Shore Beach Campground
Camping at Noosa
Want to wake up to the sound of rolling ocean waves hitting the shore, the peaceful sound of tropical birds chirping away from the tops of the trees, or the annoying sound of the kids yelling and playing on their bikes along the gravel road?
Noosa North Shore Beach Campground is a great place to relax with the whole family or a bunch of mates. Its desirable location, large grassy campground and easy access to a white, sandy beach make this a secret local hideaway.
The campground is located just 150km north of Brisbane on The Sunshine Coast, a two and a half hour drive along the M1 and across the Noosa River on a ferry.
The unpowered sites are $27 per night, per tent or caravan.
The powered sites are $35 per night, per tent or caravan.
The facilities at Noosa North Shore Beach Campground are minimal, that’s for sure, but if you are equipped and experienced campers you won’t even notice. There is rain & bore water, NOT advised for drinking but suitable for a rinse off shower and washing.
The amenities include male and female flush toilets, hot showers ($1 for four minutes) and two coin operated washing machines. The reception office doubles as a kiosk where basic food and camping items can be bought.
For those campers who like to ‘glamp‘, if you book early you can secure one of eight powered campsites. Otherwise, for the rest of us happy campers, when you arrive you can take your pick of an unpowered campsite from the three designated areas. Let me explain:
Designated Area A – Shady, private campsites of varying sizes amongst the trees, some suit just one tent while others suit large groups. The upside is great protection from the weather and plenty of trees to hang your hammock; the downside is the mosquitoes also prefer this area.
Designated Area B – A small area amongst the sand dunes with just a handful of trees for shade. The upside is these sites are the closest to the beach and gain the best view; the downside is little shade, no privacy and it’s a slightly cramped area because it’s so popular.
Designated Area C – A large, grassy field behind the sand dunes. The upside is lots of chatty friendly fellow campers and lots of room for the kids to run around and play; the downside is absolutely no shade, weather protection or privacy.
Unless you are like me and happy with a good book and a hammock or a deck of cards, you are probably wondering what there is to do all day.
My suggestions and research include swimming, walking along the beach, beach fishing and 4WDing along the beach all the way up to Fraser Island.
I hear you say ‘WHAT, THAT’S IT?‘, but to be perfectly frank, Noosa North Shore Campground is loved because it is simply a quiet place for people to escape to.
Tips and Advice
- If you like a nice hot shower after a long day on the beach in the sun, I suggest you stock pile $1 coins before you come; the kiosk and the ferry staff don’t take too kindly to be asked for change in $1 coins.
- If you didn’t already know, the Noosa River car ferry costs $7 per vehicle each way to cross. (cost varies when towing but check the prices here)
- Bring plenty of your own drinking water and food, or you can add $14 onto your grocery bill just getting across the ferry to the store and back.
- No fires are permitted, so make sure you bring your gas stoves and BBQs.
- The beach next to the campground is not patrolled by lifesavers, so be careful of strong currents and rips.
- Keep your tent zipped up to avoid any unwanted guests inside including flies, mosquitoes, goannas and even kangaroos!
Thanks for reading and as always I hope you found this helpful. We had a ball camping here at Noosa North Shore Beach Campground and would happily revisit. Hopefully next time with a whole bunch of people to share this great place with.