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Teewah Beach camping area

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Teewah Beach camping area

Tent camping No tent camping
Caravan camping No caravan camping
Campervan camping No campervan camping
Motorhome camping No motorhome camping
Camper trailer camping No camper trailer camping
Toilets No toilets
No showers
Camp fires allowed (conditions apply) No camp fires
No barbecues
Generators allowed (conditions apply) No generators
Picnic tables No picnic tables
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access

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Tent camping No tent camping
Caravan camping No caravan camping
Campervan camping No campervan camping
Motorhome camping No motorhome camping
Camper trailer camping No camper trailer camping
Toilets No toilets
No showers
Camp fires allowed (conditions apply) No camp fires
No barbecues
Generators allowed (conditions apply) No generators
Picnic tables No picnic tables
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
World Heritage Area

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

Pull up a chair, relax by the camp fire and listen to the waves lapping against the shore when you camp on  beautiful Teewah Beach.
Pull up a chair, relax by the camp fire and listen to the waves lapping against the shore when you camp on beautiful Teewah Beach. © MJL Photography
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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.

At a glance

Camping layout: Open area without defined sites
Number of camp sites: If separate sites, specify how many here in numerals
Site surface: Sand and/or grass
Camp sites are suitable for: Tent camping beside car; camper trailer; caravan
Facilities: camp fires allowed generators allowed bins

The nearest portable toilet waste disposal facility is located opposite the Freshwater day-use area.

Permits and fees: camping permits

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 drive from 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.

Road conditions

  • Cooloola's beaches are suitable only for high-clearance 4WDs with low range gears. They are not suitable for caravans, campervans and motorhomes. Off-road camper trailers must have good clearance.
  • Mudlo Rocks (in front of Rainbow Beach township) and the ongoing erosion to the sand cliffs between Rainbow Beach and Double Island Point may impede travel.
  • Freshwater Road past Bymien day-use area is a rough sandy track suitable only for high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles with low range gears. They are not suitable for caravans, campervans and motorhomes. Off-road camper trailers must have good clearance.
  • Check the Cooloola Recreation Area conditions report prior to arrival for any park closures, fire prohibitions, warnings, tide times and beach and track conditions. Subscribe to the RSS feed to receive automated updates. (About RSS feeds).

  • See traffic and travel information for road and travel conditions.

Parking

Park beside your tent.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

When to 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.

Climate and weather

Cooloola enjoys a mild, sub-tropical climate. The average daily temperature range is 22–30°C in summer and 12–22°C in winter. The mean annual rainfall for the area is approximately 1400mm with the driest times between July and September.

Permits and fees

Vehicle access permits

Organised events

  • If you are planning a school excursion or organising a group event such as a wedding, fun run or adventure training, you may need an organised event permit. Maximum group sizes and other conditions apply depending on location and activity type.

Pets

Domestic animals are not allowed here.

Staying in touch

Mobile phone coverage

None. Check with your service provider for more information.

Tourism information

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Be prepared

  • Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.
  • Read stay safe and visit with care for important general information about safety, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.

  • Check the Cooloola Recreation Area conditions report prior to arrival for any park closures, fire prohibitions, warnings, tide times and beach and track conditions. Subscribe to the RSS feed to receive automated updates. (About RSS feeds).

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

Camping

  • Camping is only permitted within the signposted 15km camping area, behind the foredunes.
  • Keep noise to a minimum, especially after 9pm.
  • Camping structures belonging to all people registered under a tag must be no more than 3m apart.
  • Reserving or roping off of areas is not permitted.
  • The maximum length of stay is 29 nights.
  • Use established vehicle tracks to access beach camp sites; don't drive or park on vegetated dunes.
  • A beach camper service facility opposite the nearby Freshwater day-use area provides cold outdoor showers; and the Freshwater camping area offers hot showers, operated by $1 coins for 4 minutes.
  • Generators are permitted between 7am–9pm; and must have a sound rating of less than 65 decibels (2.0Kva).
  • Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.

Drinking water

  • Drinking water is not provided. Bring your own drinking water.
  • Tap water is available at nearby Freshwater day-use area. Treat all water before use.
  • Never drink, cook with, swim in or bathe with water collected from creeks, pools or sub-surface flows along the beach.
  • The use of portable sand spears to collect sub-surface water from the foredune area of Teewah Beach camping area is not permitted.

Open fires

  • Camp fires are allowed in existing fire scars on the ground in the camping area.
  • We recommend a gas or fuel stove for cooking.
  • Bring clean milled and untreated wood from home as you can't collect bush wood (including leaves and twigs).
  • Ensure camp fires are put out properly with water not sand, before retiring for the night or leaving your camp site.
  • Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.

Rubbish

  • Pack your rubbish securely in rubbish bags and carry out of the recreation area.
  • Four bulk rubbish bins are provided throughout the 15km beach camping area. Please take all steel, wood, chairs or bulky items home with you for disposal.

Dump points

  • The nearest toilet facility is located at Freshwater day-use area
  • Preferably bring a portable chemical toilet, or pack a trowel and toilet paper.
  • A portable toilet waste disposal facility is located inside the recreation area near the southern beach, opposite the Freshwater day-use area.

Driving

  • Dogs are not permitted in vehicles while traversing Cooloola's beaches and beach access tracks on the way to Inskip. Detour via Cooloola Way or the Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach roads.
  • Consider carrying a Personal Locator Beacon especially if travelling into remote areas with no mobile phone reception.
  • Unless otherwise signed, maximum speeds are:
    • 80km/hr on beaches
    • 50km/hr along beaches adjacent to camping and day-use areas
    • 20km/hr on all other inland roads
    • 20km/hr within camping areas
  • Avoid travelling at night; washouts and rocks can be difficult to see.
  • The best time for driving on the beach is two hours either side of low tide. Be aware of tides as they rise quickly and if you become stuck, it will be many hours before you can drive out safely.
  • Stay on the formed tracks and do not drive or park on the fragile foredunes. The dunes may be soft and unstable, collapsing under the weight of a vehicle.
  • The beach is exposed to seasonal larger-than-normal tides. Large winds and/or ocean swells can push water further up the beach causing beach erosion.
  • Deep washouts can happen at any time, particularly after heavy rain and large ocean swells. Debris, such as tree trunks and coffee rock, is often exposed in the intertidal zone—between high and low tide marks—following severe weather events.
  • Mudlo Rocks, just south of the beach ramp at Rainbow Beach, are generally impassable at high tide and often at low tide as well, depending on conditions. Use extreme caution; only experienced drivers should attempt the crossing. Conditions change daily. Always check first. Use Freshwater Road as an alternate route.
  • Leisha Track northern entrance is subjected to continuing natural erosion and at times this can impede travel. The track may become totally inaccessible on or around high tide so plan to travel at or near low tide. Due to traffic congestion, do not park on the Leisha Track.
  • Do not drive on the foredunes. They are fragile, are damaged easily and are nesting sites for shorebirds. For this reason, do not travel on the high tide! Drive slowly around (not through) flocks of birds. They are resting after long, exhausting migration flights.

  • After periods of severe weather scouring the beach sand, outcrops of coffee rock can be exposed on the beach between the third beach access cutting to Teewah township, and in other random areas, that can impede beach driving times.
  • Be aware that the road entry points on the beach at the third cutting, Freshwater Road and the Leisha track is often very soft powdery sand.
  • After periods of severe weather scouring the beach sand, metal fragments of the removed Cherry Venture shipwreck north of the Freshwater Road entrance, can be exposed.
  • The lagoon on the northern beach, between the Leisha track and the rocky headland, changes on a daily basis and at rare times, vehicle access can be difficult.
  • Driving on the section of beach from Double Island Point to Middle Rocks is extremely hazardous at times, and only experienced drivers should attempt this beach drive. Take Freshwater Road as an alternative route to Rainbow Beach.
  • Middle Rocks, approximately 4km south of Rainbow Beach, can be impassable at times, depending on conditions.
  • Remember all vehicles must be registered, drivers must be licensed and all Queensland road rules apply, even on beaches.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Walking

    • Stay alert when walking on the beach. Approaching vehicles are difficult to hear over the sounds of the surf and wind. Keep children close and remain alert.
    • Best walking times are two hours either side of low tide. On some high tides there is no beach to walk on.
    • Exposed coastal sand dunes and sand cliffs are unstable and can collapse without warning. Climbing on, sliding down or digging into them is dangerous and can lead to serious injury or death. Never allow children to play near or on sand dunes and sand cliffs.
  • Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.

Boating and fishing

  • Coastal waters north of Double Island Point (including the headland) and the Tin Can Inlet are in the Great Sandy Marine Park.
  • If you're heading out on the water make sure you know your zones so you can follow the rules.
  • Fishing restrictions apply to the protected coastal waters north of Double Island Point and including the Tin Can Inlet.
  • Fisheries regulations apply. You can obtain information on bag and size limits, restricted species and seasonal closures from Fisheries Queensland.
  • Read boat and fish with care for tips on boating and fishing safety and caring for parks.

Around water

    • Swimming is not recommended because visitors have been seriously injured or killed diving or jumping into water. All water bodies have hidden dangers that cannot be seen and may contain swift currents.
    • The river system, lakes and coastal beaches are not patrolled. The nearest patrolled beaches are at Rainbow Beach and Noosa Heads.
    • Rips occur frequently and sharks are common in the ocean.
    • Bluebottles (a species of marine stinger) are prevalent during spells of northerly winds.
    • For health reasons, do not dam or swim in creeks or soaks along the beach.
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  • Read be wildlife aware for important information about dangerous animals and plants.

  • Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.

Bad weather and emergencies

  • For all life threatening emergencies (police, fire, ambulance), phone Triple Zero (000).
  • Tsunami, cyclones and extremely high tides may occur along coastal areas.
  • The Noosa River is also susceptible to flooding, cutting off escape routes.
  • Tune into a local radio station for updated warnings and advice. Be aware that an emergency alert may be received at any time.

Last updated: 22 March 2018
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