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Top 8 Free Camping Spots on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is a coastal region in South East Queensland and a renowned Australian holiday destination. It is famous for its long sandy beaches, fantastic surfing spots, and inland waterways.

Located 66 kilometers southeast of Brisbane, Gold Coast’s sunny subtropical climate makes it a paradise for surfers and hot weather lovers. In addition to a coastline stretching over 70 kilometers, you can also look forward to hinterland rainforests, stunning skyscrapers, thrilling theme parks, vibrant dining and an unforgettable nightlife experience.

In this article, we will discuss some of the best free camping spots near the Gold Coast. You can use these free camping spots as your base to explore everything the Gold Coast has to offer, from the golden sand on beaches to the ancient rainforests in the heartland.

Is there any free camping on the Gold Coast?

The Gold Coast is a major tourist hub, and it is little surprise that free camping on the coast itself is virtually nonexistent. With suitable camping grounds already at a premium, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite free camping sites, all around the Gold Coast.

If you are headed to the Gold Coast to enjoy the warm climate, commercial center, long sandy beaches or natural rainforests, you’ll have a place to sleep everywhere you go.

Free Camping on the Gold Coast

Hugh Muntz Park

Hugh Muntz Park

Hugh Muntz Park provides parking for self-contained recreational vehicles for up to a maximum of three nights. It is conveniently located off Pacific Motorway M1 at Beenleigh and close to convenient shopping and essential service. It is within walking distance of the Beenleigh Train Station, where you can catch an express train to Brisbane. You can visit Poppy’s Chocolates, Beenleigh Artisan Distillery, the Historical Village Museum, and the Chinese shop in the old shopping centre while in the area.

The camp is only for self-contained vehicles only, and conventional ground tents are not allowed. It is accessible by RV, motorhome, camper trailers, and caravans. Hugh Muntz offers flushing toilets, dump spots, bins, barbecues, drinking water, picnic tables, and WiFi. If you are looking for a conveniently located, pooch-friendly site with lots of amenities, Hugh Muntz is the place for you.

Cost: Free
Directions: Find on Map

Tully Memorial Park

Tully Memorial Park

Tully Park Campground is a gazetted RV rest area allowing only self-contained vehicles. A flat, grassed and shaded area, Tully Park is an excellent spot if you are looking for a nice camping site for a couple of nights, or up to 3 days within any 30-day period.

A dog and pet-friendly site, the campground is located at the end of Beryl Parade North Maclean off Mount Lindesay Highway. Ground tents are not allowed in this campground. It is accessible by RV, motorhomes, camper trailers, buses, caravans, and big rigs. Facilities include a toilet, picnic tables, showers, drinking water, open fire pits, and bins.

Cost: Free
Directions: Find on Map

Mt Joyce Base Camp- Ngumbi Campground

Mt Joyce Base Camp- Ngumbi Campground

Peaceful, secluded, convenient, and still a short distance from Lake Wyaralong. If that matches the description of what you want in a camping ground, then Ngumbi Campground is the place for you.

Nestled at the base of Mt Joyce, Ngumbi Campground has no vehicle access and can only be accessed via trails or the lake. It is the ideal secluded getaway spot for hiking, canoeing, and kayaking. The campground offers six campsites that are on a first-come, first-served basis. Pets and campfires are prohibited at Ngumbi Campground. Take adventurous walks through the bush tracks, watch wildlife, or go swimming; you are never truly out of options at Ngumbi Campground.

Cost: Free
Directions: Find on Map

Binna Burra Rainforest Campsite

Binna Burra Rainforest Campsite

The Binna Burra Rainforest Campsite is located on a ridge surrounded by rainforest and neighbouring Lamington National Park. An authentic heritage listed property, Binna Burra offers you a genuine Australian experience as you enjoy the nice scenery.

It is a perfect spot for families and hikers, and allows you to explore the numerous bush walks the park offers. Guests can also participate in guided activities like archery, yoga, kid activities, presentations, and evening spotlighting. However, dogs are not allowed on this site.

On the bright side, it offers various accommodation options, including powered and unpowered drive-one sites, 2 & 4-person tent sites and 2, 4 & 6-bed permanent tents. The site is accessible by motorbikes, motorhomes, camper trailers and caravans. Amenities include toilets, full showers, power, drinking water, laundry, open fire pits, a camp kitchen and electric barbecues. It has strong reception for Telstra and other mobile networks.

Cost: $15 per person per night
Direction: Find on Map

The Settlement – Springbrook Campground

The Settlement – Springbrook Campground

The only camping site near Springbrook National Park, the Settlement is a paid site that requires camping permits and associated fees. You will need to display a camping tag that shows your booking number at your campsite. The site is located within the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, which protects several threatened species of animals and plants.

The Settlement has 11 well-marked unpowered sites suitable for tents, campervans, camper trailers and small caravans. The site is not ideal for oversize caravans. Open Fires, generators and pets are also not allowed. Instead, fuel stoves are recommended.

Amenities include drinking water, toilets and a cooking shelter with free electric barbecues. Showers and rubbish are not provided. Instead, you are advised to take your rubbish with you. Mobile network coverage in the camping ground is poor. The site links to the top of Purling Brook falls through a walking track. The track also links it to the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.

Cost: $5.45 per person per night; booking is required.
Direction: Find on Map

Bicentennial Park

Bicentennial Park

Bicentennial Park is a free campground where you can stay for up to 24 hours. It is located at 20 Boonah-Fassifern Road, Boonah, Queensland. Camping in tents is not allowed here; you must have a fully self-contained vehicle.

A dog-friendly site, Bicentennial Park is accessible by RVs, motorhomes, camper trailers, and caravans. Facilities include toilets, drinking water, BBQ areas, tables, bins, good internet & TV reception, and walking tracks.

Cost: Free
Directions:  Find on Map

Canungra ShowGround Bush Camping

Canungra ShowGround Bush Camping

Canungra Showground Camping is a pet-friendly site located thirty minutes on Beaudesert Nerang Road, off Pacific Highway. Situated near a creek, Canungra is a scenic camping spot with great views and ambient sounds of water from the creek and chirping birds. It is accessible by RVs, caravans, big rigs, buses, and camper trailers.

The site is located near a swimming hole, and camping in tents is allowed.

Facilities include toilets, coin-operated showers, swimming, powered hookups, and drinking water. The site is wheelchair accessible. It also offers good mobile network coverage, good TV reception, a dump spot, and allows the use of generators. Walking tracks, wildlife viewing, swimming, and fishing are some of the activities that you can engage in at Canungra Showground Bush Camping.

Cost: From $15 per person per night
Directions: Find on Map

Fassifern Reserve

Fassifern Reserve

While technically a rest area, you are permitted to use Fassifern Reserve for overnight stays by the Department of Transport. You can stay here for up to 24 hours. Fassifern Reserve is a large, shady, free rest area located next to the highway. It provides a mix of grass and bitumen sites to choose from when pitching your tent. Fassifern is a dog-friendly site.

 It is accessible by motorbikes, RVs, camper trailers, caravans, and big rigs. Facilities here include toilets, bins, and a picnic table.

Cost: Free
Directions: Find on Map

For more free camping in Queensland, check out our complete Queensland Free Camping Guide.