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Camping at Freshwater: Review

If you want to explore Rainbow Beach and the Cooloola section of Great Sandy National Park, you’ve got plenty of options for camping.

You can beach camp along Teewah Beach, behind the dunes near Inskip Point or close to Double Island Point at Freshwater camping area with facilities. That’s where we stayed during our recent Rainbow Beach weekend away.

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Camping near Rainbow Beach: Freshwater Camping Area

The Freshwater camping area has quite a few sites (around 60) but you don’t book a specific site here. We drove around the campground a couple of times before settling on the one we like: Close to the toilets but still somewhat away from other people. Being there outside of school holidays meant that it wasn’t really all that busy, except for a steady stream of cars in the morning and evening to use the toilets and showers.


Relaxing in a shady camp site

Rainbow Beach (Freshwater) Campground at a glance

PROS: Camp sites with lots of shade; toilets and hot showers (for $$); away from the strong winds of the main beach; clean, flush toilets

CONS: Steady morning and evening traffic of people wanting to use toilets and showers; would be insanely busy during holiday season

We didn’t have any trouble with biting insects but we were there in September. I can imagine that later in the year or during the wet season the situation might be less pleasant.

Not sure what the tents and mozzies mean? Learn more about my tents and mozzies guide.


For more information on campground facilities, check out Great Sandy National Park Freshwater camping area.

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