Home to golden sands and blue seas, Queensland’s Fraser Coast is the perfect spot to camp and enjoy a holiday with friends and family. It offers swimming, fishing, water sports, and fun beach activities, no matter what the season.
Hervey Bay, known as the ‘whale watching capital of the world’ is an area of beautiful scenery, great bars and restaurants, and unique activities which can’t be done anywhere else. Hervey Bay is the perfect camping destination for anyone and everyone -- families, couples, backpackers, even for a girl’s or bloke’s trip. Rainfall is low, the beaches beautiful, and with plenty of things to do, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Hervey Bay.
No matter what kind of experience you’re after — this list of camping sites will provide you with options that cover all tastes and styles, from the adventurous types to the more laid-back holiday makers.
Camping in Hervey Bay
Esplanade, Scarness, QLD 4655
Scarness is a backpacker-friendly caravan park situated on the waterfront on Charlton Esplanade. For sheer proximity to the water, it can’t be beaten. Calm waters front the park, making it safe for children and an ideal location for sailing, water skiing, swimming, snorkelling, or watching the waves. The camping rates are reasonable but take note that like most other holiday destinations, rates increase slightly during Christmas, Easter, and school holidays.
Scarness is well equipped with facilities and modern amenities, including free BBQs, camp kitchens, laundry facilities, a boat ramp, picnic areas, shops nearby, tourist information, disabled facilities, a TV room, and Wifi connection. Pets aren’t allowed.
If you’re backpacking, there are bus pick-ups which can take you on tours of Fraser Island, Lady Elliot Island and whale watching (during whale season in July-November). As an added bonus, it’s only a couple of streets away from restaurants and shops, including our own Pialba Place! It’s also the nearest on this list by foot to the town centre, including the RSL and residential areas.
Esplanade, Torquay, QLD 4655
Situated on the foreshore and overlooking the pristine waters of Hervey Bay, Torquay is an incredible option for beachfront camping accommodation. It’s owned and operated by the same group as Scarness, so the prices are the same. And just like Scarness, Torquay is located in the heart of one of Hervey Bay’s most lively areas, making it ideal to use as a central base for a variety of day trips. The park also offers booking facilities and bus pick-ups for Fraser Island and Lady Elliot Island tours year round, and Whale Watch trips July-November.
At Torquay Caravan Park, water enthusiasts can take advantage of the nearby boat ramp and sailing club, and there’s a beach hire kiosk if you’re looking for a day out on a jet ski or mini catamaran. There’s also a 14km scenic path along the esplanade that’s perfect for walking and cycling.
Torquay also offers the same conveniences as Scarness in terms of proximity to shops, hotels, cafes, and restaurants.
91 Exeter St, Torquay QLD 4655
Moving a little further inland, Lazy Acres is located away from the hustle and bustle, but is still comfortably within reach of everything that Hervey Bay has to offer. Whale watching, 4WD tours, and fishing charters can all be organised through the staff, with complimentary pick-ups and returns included.
Lazy Acres offer seven accommodation options including family villas, deluxe cabins, ensuite cabins, disabled units, ensuite sites, and powered and unpowered sites. If you’re booking a cabin, you’ll find them comfortable, clean and well facilitated. If you’re pitching a tent or parking a caravan, you still have access to the modern amenities block and BBQ areas. Lazy Acres is a pet friendly site, however pets are not welcome inside cabins.
In terms of facilities, Lazy Acres also includes a playground for kids, a huge saltwater swimming pool, BBQs, and a laundromat. If being straight on the waterfront isn’t a high priority (it’s still only a short walk from the beach!), then this is a very convincing choice.
Facilities include, a large saltwater swimming pool with tropical surrounds, free gas BBQ’s and fully equipped camp kitchen, modern amenities, laundromat facilities, pet-friendly camping sites, tourist information advice and tour bookings, playground, ice available, and secured entry.
105 Truro St, Torquay QLD 4655
Packed with things to do before you even leave the site, the Happy Wanderer village is a 4.5 star holiday park situated a few streets off of the Esplanade.
Choose between their wide accommodation range, featuring 3-bedroom superior cabins, 2-bedroom villas, 1-bedroom superior cabins, studio units, budget cabin range, and disabled-friendly accommodation — all set in beautifully landscaped, sub-tropical gardens. When it comes to the sites, whether you choose the super ensuite site or the grassed site, powered or unpowered, you can be assured Happy Wanderer Village has something to suit your needs and budget.
Happy Wanderer Village is situated roughly in between Torquay and Lazy Acres. Not quite on the waterside, but very closeby. The best of both worlds if budget isn’t your concern.
Happy Wanderer Village offers:
- Free Wifi
- A multilevel pool
- Laundry and BBQ services
- Movie Nights during the holiday season
- Multiple playgrounds, including a Giant Chess\Checkers set, Bocce, a Spider playground, Small Kids’ Zone, slides, and a multi-game
- Bike and fishing hire
- Laptop hire
Camping on Fraser Island
As a holiday destination, Fraser Island is ideal for those looking for a real laid-back trip. Fraser offers freedom and a choice of a number of public and private camping grounds. It’s important to note that you must first obtain a permit from the Department of Environment and Resource Management before entering Fraser. Fraser Island has seven main camping areas, five of which are managed by the Department, the other two are operated privately. Camping permits are required and fees apply.
When it comes to more developed camping areas, these are located at Central Stations, Lake McKenzie, Lake Boomanjin, Waady Point, Dundubara, and Wathumba. These generally feature basic facilities such as showers, toilets, BBQs, and picnic tables. While wood supplies are sometimes available, that’s not always the case.
Beach camping zones
Commercial camping grounds are located at Cathedral Beach and Dilli Village and usually have similar facilities, however, they can be more private and secure, especially when it comes to dingoes, as the private campgrounds are fenced. Learn more about camping in Fraser here.
These are informal camping areas with no facilities, behind the foredunes on the eastern beach. You may only camp where permitted, at least 50m from watercourses. Car access is by formed entrance tracks only.
Formal campgrounds feature basic facilities, including tap water and toilets. Some even have have BBQ's and washing up facilities. The main camp grounds include Central Station, Dundubara, and Waddy Point. Note that generators are not permitted.
Here’s a list of a few formal campgrounds on Fraser:
Cathedrals on Fraser is the only private and fenced camping ground on Fraser Island, providing a lush and relaxing environment where guests can enjoy all the natural beauty without sacrificing convenience. This also means that a Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service camping permit is not required. Cathedrals on Fraser is also fenced to protect the area from dingoes scavenging your tent and food.
There’s also a wide array of facilities and accomodation types to suit every need and budget — such as a fully-stocked shop with hot food and coffee, fuel station, laundry facilities, hot showers, permanently-erect canvas tents, cabins, and powered or unpowered camping sites.
Located in Orchid Beach Road, Waddy Point Top campground features 20 tents sites, six camper sites and one large group site. Waddy Point Top campground is a dingo-free area, with coin-operated showers and with communal fire rings provided — however you must bring your own firewood. Camper sites must be booked and are accessible by high clearance 4WD campers and vehicles only.
Dundubara campground is situated on the central east coast of the Island, north of Eli Creek and Maheno Wrecks. The location is a great central base for exploring some of the key attractions of the island, such as 75 Mile Beach.
The campground is very well equipped and maintained, think flushing toilets, shower blocks, dish washing area with hot water, clean gas BBQs, fire rings for communal campfires, information booth, payphone, and post box. Dundubara campground is also fenced.
When you’re on Fraser Island, come check out Pialba Place and see what’s on. Take a look around the shops and have a bite to eat
22 / 06 / 2018