Cooloola Recreation Area, Great Sandy National Park Sunshine Coast

Enjoy ocean views from your camp site at Teewah Beach camping area. Photo credit: © Lise Pedersen

Four-wheel drive past towering coastal sand cliffs and coloured sands in the paradise of Cooloola Recreation Area. Photo credit: © Tomek Z Genek

Teewah Beach camping area

Watch the sunrise over the ocean from your tent and revel in the freedom of many happy hours exploring this remote beach.

Accessible by

  • High clearance 4WD
  • Trail bike

Campground facilities

  • Campfires allowed (conditions apply)
  • Generators allowed (conditions apply)
  • Tent camping
  • Caravan camping
  • Camper trailer camping
  • Tent camping beside car
  • Short walk to tent
  • Walking
  • Scenic drive
  • Cultural and historic sites
  • Fishing

Sleep behind the dunes on this scenic sweeping beach, with a backdrop of she-oaks, banksias and pandanus palms and steep, coloured-sand cliffs. Spend long days fishing for bream and flathead, walking the shore at low tide, and watching shorebirds resting along the beach. Keep your eyes on the sky, too, as birds of prey are often soaring overhead. During the winter months, look out to sea for humpback whales migrating along the coastline.

Explore further afield by 4WD on the Cooloola beach drive or the nearby Freshwater Road or Kings Bore circuit. Take advantage of beach camper service facility near the Freshwater day-use area.

Getting there and getting around

Teewah Beach camping area is in Cooloola Recreation Area, Great Sandy National Park, on the Sunshine Coast between Noosa Heads and Rainbow Beach (155–240km north of Brisbane).

  • The 15km long camping area extends along Cooloola's eastern beach and can be reached via the Cooloola beach drive.
  • You can access the Cooloola beach drivefrom the southern entrance on Noosa North Shore, and the northern beach entrance at Rainbow Beach.
  • You need a high-clearance 4WD to drive on Cooloola's beaches.
  • The camping area can also be reached via the inland Freshwater Road, from Rainbow Beach.
  • Remember all vehicles must be registered, drivers must be licensed and all Queensland road rules apply, even on beaches.
  • A vehicle access permit must be purchased. Display the permit on your windscreen before driving in the recreation area.
  • At the northern beach access, visit the Manta Ray barge office, Shell service station, Rainbow Beach caravan park (BP service station) or the Rainbow Beach Tourist Information Centre for vehicle access permits, also camping permits and other information (business hours only).
  • At the southern beach access, visit the Great Sandy Information Centre, located near the Noosa River ferry on Moorindil Street for vehicle access permits, also camping permits and other information (business hours only).
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

From the south

  • From Brisbane drive 135km north on the Bruce Highway or the Sunshine Motorway to Tewantin; or from Gympie drive 58km south and east on the Bruce Highway to Tewantin.
  • In Tewantin, follow Moorindil Street to the Noosa River ferry, cross the river to Noosa North Shore, and drive 2.2km on Maximillian Road.
  • Turn right onto Beach Road and drive 2.1km on the bitumen road.
  • Turn sharply to the left (past the first beach access cutting) and head north on the Wilderness Track.
  • Drive 2.8km to the end of the bitumen road and turn onto the 4WD-accessible third beach cutting sand track. You must enter and exit the beach via this track.
  • Drive 20km north from the third beach cutting to the southern end of the 15km long camping area.

From the north

  • From Brisbane, drive about 160km north on the Bruce Highway towards Gympie. At the southern edge of Gympie, turn onto Tin Can Bay Road and drive 42km, then turn right onto Rainbow Beach Road.
  • From Maryborough, drive 57km south on the Cooloola Coast Road, then turn left onto Tin Can Bay Road and drive 3.5km, then turn right onto Rainbow Beach Road.
  • Drive 29km along Rainbow Beach Road into Rainbow Beach township.
  • At the end of Rainbow Beach Road turn left onto Kirchner Avenue, drive 300m, turn right onto Griffin Esplanade and follow this road to the council car park and vehicle access ramp to the beach.
  • Drive south along the beach for 10km, drive 1km inland on the Leisha track, then travel a further 5.5km south on the beach to the northern end of the15km long camping area.

Via Freshwater Road

  • From Brisbane, drive about 160km north on the Bruce Highway towards Gympie. At the southern edge of Gympie, turn onto Tin Can Bay Road and drive 42km, then turn right onto Rainbow Beach Road.
  • From Maryborough, drive 57km south on the Cooloola Coast Road, then turn left onto Tin Can Bay Road and drive 3.5km, then turn right onto Rainbow Beach Road.
  • Drive 25km along Rainbow Beach Road towards Rainbow Beach township, then turn right into Freshwater Road.
  • Drive 3km to Bymien day-use area and continue 12km on the sand road to Teewah Beach.
  • Drive 2.5km south to the northern boundary of Teewah Beach camping area.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Teewah Beach camping area is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Use existing camp sites and access tracks to reduce visitor impact. Bring sand pegs and do not tie ropes to trees. Photo: René Burgess, Queensland Government

Use existing camp sites and access tracks to reduce visitor impact. Bring sand pegs and do not tie ropes to trees. Photo: René Burgess, Queensland Government

Features: Teewah Beach camping area offers beach camping without formally defined sites.

Location: Along Teewah Beach in a 15km zone between the Sunshine Coast Regional Council boundary and Little Freshwater Creek; 20km north of 3rd cutting on the Noosa North Shore.

Maps:

No. sites: Open area without separately defined sites. Only use existing access tracks and camp behind vegetated foredunes.

Access: The beach camping area can be reached by 4WD only. Vehicle access permits are required to access this camping area. Access campsites via formed tracks only. Vehicles, tents and camping equipment are not permitted on the foredunes for area protection.

Suitable for: Tent camping beside a vehicle; walk-in camping; off-road caravans and camper trailers with high clearance.

Surface: Sand and/or grass.

Facilities: Bulk rubbish bins. Campers should bring a portable toilet for hygiene reasons. The nearest toilets are located at Freshwater day-use area (just north of Teewah Beach camping zone). Located opposite Freshwater day-use area is a QPWS beach camper service facility that offers a portable toilet waste disposal facility, untreated tap water and cold outdoor showers.

Open fires: Permitted (except when fire bans or prohibitions apply). Refer to the Cooloola Conditions Report (PDF, 1.2MB) and park alerts for updates. Fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: Only low decibel generators up to 2.0Kva are permitted between 7am and 9pm. Consider neighbours especially at night. Please turn generators off at 9pm.

Essentials: Drinking water*, fuel or gas stove, rubbish bags, first-aid kit, insect repellent, sunscreen, sand pegs and clean firewood** such as untreated mill off-cuts, not bush wood. Portable toilets are preferred.

* Fresh water obtained from pools, creeks or from sub-surface supplies on Teewah Beach is not suitable for drinking, cooking, showering or swimming. The use of portable sand spears to collect sub-surface water from the foredune areas is not permitted. Fresh water (untreated) is available at Freshwater day-use area. Treat water before drinking.

** Collecting and burning wood (including leaves and twigs for kindling) from the recreation area is illegal.

Mobile phone coverage: Not available. There is a pay phone at Freshwater camping area, just north of Teewah Beach camping area.

Bookings: Advance bookings required for holiday periods including long weekends and public holidays.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Cooloola Recreation Area safely and camp with care.