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Caravanning and Camping in the Whitsundays

Camp on the Whitsunday IslandsThe 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.

Caravan Parks Camp on the islands of the Whitsundays. Tents only and only accessible by boat

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


Secure Parking

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.

Helpful Links

Caravan parks in the Whitsundays 
The Ngaro Sea Trail
All Mackay/Whitsunday National Parks info
Conway National Park, Conway Circuit and Campsites Map
Whitsunday Islands Campsites Map
Whitsunday Islands National Park info
Whitsunday Islands National Park Camping info
Mackay Highlands National Parks and Campsites Map
Book a National Park permit online

National Park Camping Info

There are several National Park camping areas in the Whitsundays, both on the coast and on the islands. The island campsites are spread across several National Parks with differing names, so it is worthwhile looking at a map to see the lcoation of each site and which park it is located in. For the location of island campsites, download the Whitsunday Islands Campsites map above. Camping in National Parks in Queensland costs $5.45 per person, per night, with discounts for family groups available at $21.80 for 2 adults and up to 6 children aged 5 - 18 (children under 5 are free).

National Parks with camping in the Whitsundays area are:


Cathu State Forest (south west of Proserpine/Airlie Beach)
Dryander National Park (north of Proserpine/Airlie Beach, south of Hydeaway Bay/Dingo Beach)


Gloucester Islands National Park (north of Hydeaway Bay/Dingo Beach/Airlie Beach, east of Bowen)
Lindeman Islands National Park (south east of Airlie Beach/Hamilton Island, north east of Laguna Quays)
Molle Islands National Park (east of Airlie Beach, north west of Hamilton Island)
Repulse Islands National Park (south of Airlie Beach/Hamilton Island, east of Lagnua Quays)
Whitsunday Islands National Park (east of Airlie Beach, north of Hamilton Island)

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