Caravanning and Camping in the Whitsundays
The Whitsundays are the ideal location to bring your car or caravan on holidays and are superbly equipped for caravanners, campers and other self-guided travellers.
The Whitsundays is located a short driving distance from many popular tourist spots along the Queensland coast, with Queensland’s major road connecting Brisbane to Cairns, the Bruce Highway, running directly through the region at Proserpine and Bowen. Local holiday parks across the Whitsunday Coast offer all manner of sites from basic unpowered tent sites to ensuite and drive-through caravan plots and cabins (rated up to a luxurious four stars) in a range of tropical surroundings. The convenience of having a vehicle to explore the region means you can discover some of the ‘off the beaten’ track hidden gems of the Whitsunday Coast, from secluded beaches to picturesque hinterland and spectacular waterfalls and rainforest.
You can camp or park at a holiday park by night and explore the many different drive trails throughout the region by day, or leave the car or van in secure parking facilities and head out on the water for a day or two to explore the islands.
Alternatively, you might prefer to rough it and sleep under a million stars at one of the many designated camping sites on the Whitsunday islands all with beautiful views of the ocean. Most are located on deserted islands and have small maximum numbers, so you may be lucky enough to have the entire place to yourself. Permits are very inexpensive and easy to apply for, and there are excellent services to drop you off on the beach and pick you up if you aren’t travelling in your own boat. Facilities vary, but many sites have toilet facilities and camp tables. Explore beautiful tropical rainforest bush walks, sheltered beaches, spectacular fringing coral reefs and the serenity of a deserted island all to yourself. Be sure to pick up a local tide chart and fishing zone map before you go.
Free camping sites are also available at the Collinsville Showgrounds for up to 73 hours. The camping ground offers space for up to 15 campers. Right across the Showgrounds, you can find the popular Workers Club which has shower and toilet facilities that you are welcome to use free of charge. A coin operators laundry facility, a clean water tap for drinking water and a free dump point are also available. To book or for further information contact the Collinsville Information Centre on (07) 4785 5795. Alternatively,, the Collinsville Weir also has free camping facilities located only 26km from Collinsville.
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort More info
BIG4 Airlie Cove Resort and Van Park More info
Island Gateway Holiday Park More info
Proserpine Tourist Park More info
Island Camping Drop-off Service
"Scamper", Whitsunday Island Camping Connection More info
Shute Harbour Parking & Storage (yes, they can even store cars with large caravans!) More info
Drive Trail Map
Tourism Whitsundays have developed a Whitsunday Coast Drive Trail Map with 6 different trails to help you explore the beauty of the Whitsunday Coast. All drives are achievable in 1 day from Airlie Beach, but most also have facilities for camping and/or traditional accommodation at the destination.
Download the Whitsunday Drive Trail Map.