These are our views and opinions on the caravan parks and campsites that we stayed on during our roadie along East Coast Australia. Our expectations and requirements may well be different to yours so please use this as a guide only. We rate each caravan park with stars to a maximum of 5 stars.

Our camper van for the trip was a Toyota Hiace Hitop hired from Travel Wheels. This was booked through RatPack Travel who are awesome.


Ellis Beach
Ellis Beach Oceanfront Caravan Park – 1 night

Pros:

  • direct access to beach
  • beautiful shaded pitches with mango trees
  • swimming pool
  • a short walk from a restaurant and bar
  • great alternative to central Cairns/ city

Cons:

  • next to main road
  • very small and limited camp kitchen
  • ablutions dated and in need of tlc
  • a bit pricey

Price – A$41 per night
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 3✭


Cape Tribulation
Cape Tribulation Caravan Park – 2 nights 

Pros:

  • direct access to beach
  • set in a national park  where rainforest meets beach
  • eco camp
  • relaxed, laid back vibe
  • restaurant/ bar with wood fired pizzas

Cons:

  • pitches can be cramped
  • basic facilities
  • no mobile network coverage
  • only paid wifi available
  • expensive

Price – A$44 per night
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 4✭


Malanda
Malanda Falls Caravan Park – 1 night

Pros:

  • direct access to Malanda Falls
  • animal farm with pigs, cow, sheep, goats, small horse and poultry
  • large grassy sites
  • well priced
  • camp kitchen basic but well equipped
  • fire pits available
  • good location for visiting tablelands and waterfalls

Cons:

  • some pitches uneven
  • no mobile network coverage
  • no wifi

Price – A$28 per night
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 4✭


Etty Bay
Etty Bay Caravan Park – 1 night

Pros:

  • direct access to beach
  • beautiful setting
  • the only accommodation in Etty Bay
  • probable Cassowary sightings on the beach

Cons:

  • no camp kitchen
  • ablutions blocks dated and limited for the amount of pitches
  • pitches a bit cramped
  • no mobile network coverage

Price – A$35 per night
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 3.5✭

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Mission Beach
Mission Beach Camping and Caravan Park – 2 night

Pros:

  • direct access to beach
  • great value
  • free wifi at information centre 200m away
  • great community atmosphere
  • right next to local community Sunday market
  • 2 minute walk to town

Cons:

  • no mobile network coverage
  • no wifi
  • toilets open to public use
  • no hobs in camp kitchen

Price – A$26 per night
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 4✭


Magnetic Island
Bungalow Bay Koala Village

Pros:

  • woodland setting with lots of local wildlife
  • well equipped camp kitchen
  • only caravan park on the island
  • short walk from Horseshoe Bay
  • restaurant/bar/ lounge area
  • freshwater swimming pool
  • free rainbow lorikeet feeding each afternoon
  • limited wifi available at bar area

Cons:

  • ablutions poorly maintained
  • no mobile network coverage
  • pitches unmarked
  • lack of camp grounds information provided at check in

Price – A$40 per night
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 3✭


Airlie Beach
Island Gateway Holiday Park

Pros:

  • only 20min walk into town
  • swimming pool and playground
  • ablutions relatively new, in great condition and clean
  • free wifi available limited to 500 mb (use during the day when everyone is out for better service)
  • free rainbow lorikeet feeding each afternoon
  • large camp kitchen
  • bike hire available

Cons:

  • pitch lights on electricity poles really bright

Price – A$36 per night (with 10% camper van discount)
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 4✭


Yeppoon
Beachside Caravan Park 

Pros:

  • direct access to beach
  • good value
  • walking distance to town and shops
  • well equipped bbq kitchen as well as camp kitchen
  • large grassed pitches, most with concrete slab

Cons:

  • next to the road (cars not noisy but people on early morning walks loudly chatty!)
  • no wifi

Price – A$32 per night (roadside pitch)
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 3.5✭


Agnes Water
Kangaroo Sanctuary

Pros:

  • pitches in amongst kangaroos
  • eco friendly camp
  • well equipped camp kitchen
  • quiet rural setting
  • camp fees goes towards rehabilitation of kangaroos
  • great recycling options
  • option to have a ‘kangaroo experience’ for $10

Cons:

  • only two shower/ toilet rooms

Price – A$30 per night
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 4✭


Elliot Heads
Elliot Heads Holiday Park

Pros:

  • large new ablution block
  • large grassed pitches with concrete slab
  • direct access to beach
  • well priced

Cons:

  • no wifi
  • camp kitchen limited

Price – A$31 per night
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 3.5✭


Hervey Bay/ Torquay
Lazy Acres Holiday Park

Pros:

  • within walking distance to town and beach
  • grassed pitches with concrete slab
  • good ablution block with huge shower cubicle
  • swimming pool
  • good budget option considering price of beachfront caravan parks

Cons:

  • no wifi
  • basic camp kitchen – no hobs

Price – A$33per night
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 4✭


Noosa
Ingenia Holidays Noosa

Pros:

  • opposite bus stop into town
  • grassed pitches with concrete slabs
  • good wifi limited to 500mb per day
  • swimming pool, hairdresser and fish & chip shop on site
  • good recreation room with various games

Cons:

  • pitches small
  • not walkable to town

Price – A$35.10 per night with rental van discount
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 4✭


Landsborough
Landsborough Pines Caravan Park (near Australia Zoo)

Pros:

  • close to Australia Zoo
  • clean, relatively new yet small ablutions
  • well equipped kitchen but small
  • separate covered bbq area with tables and chairs

Cons:

  • floods easily during heavy rain
  • no wifi

Price – A$35 per night
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 3✭


Brisbane
Newmarket Gardens

Pros:

  • close to Brisbane city
  • well located for walking tracks

Cons:

  • overpriced
  • some pitches include a tiled floor next to concrete slab. Totally unsafe in the wet!
  • no hand wash in toilets
  • basic camp kitchen

Price – A$45 per night
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 2✭


Gold Coast 
Nobby Beach Holiday Park

Pros:

  • 10 minute walk to the beach
  • regular shuttle to large shopping centre
  • new large ablution blocks
  • swimming pool with water slide and playground
  • large modern outdoor kitchen

Cons:

  • expensive
  • out of the way
  • no community feel

Price – A$47 per night
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 3.5✭


Murwillumbah
Greenhills Caravan Park (for access to Springbrook NP)

Pro:

  • cheap
  • well located for Springbrook National Park

Con:

  • council estate feel – unemployed permanent residents with many dogs
  • amenities in need of some tlc
  • kitchen very dirty and extremely basic
  • no wifi

Price – A$30 per night
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 2✭


Springbrook NP
Springbrook NP camping grounds

Pro:

  • situated in the heart of the national park
  • clean outdoor bbq area
  • clean composting toilets
  • cheap

Con:

  • no showers
  • no electricity
  • be aware – limited mobile coverage

Price – A$13 per night
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 3.5✭


Nimbin
Nimbin Crystal Tourist Park

Pro:

  • walking distance to town
  • ablutions very clean
  • reasonably priced
  • large public swimming pool
  • herb garden for campers use

Con:

  • park a little tired
  • a few interesting characters about who definitely “lived” through the 70s
  • no wifi

Price – A$34 per night
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 3✭


Byron Bay
Clarke’s Beach North Coast Holiday Parks 

Pro:

  • ablutions new, large and very clean
  • right on the beach – perfect
  • walking distance to town and the lighthouse
  • couple of bbq areas and a camp kitchen
  • two lounge and lookout areas
  • tv room
  • free wifi but limited

Con:

  • pitches are cramped and small
  • expensive – the most expensive on our trip to date

Price – A$55 per night
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 4✭


Red Rock
Red Rock North Coast Holiday Parks

Pro:

  • direct access to beach
  • ablutions new and clean with various blocks
  • kitchen modern and large with tv
  • resident domestic chickens named Salt & Pepper with fresh eggs available
  • free wifi but limited

Con:

  • isolated

Price – A$35 per night
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 4✭


Nambucca Heads
Nambucca Heads North Coast Holiday Parks 

Pro:

  • within walking distance of beach
  • large grassed pitches
  • dog bath!
  • herb garden
  • free wifi but limited

Con:

  • camp kitchen somewhat limited

Price – A$34 per night
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 3✭


Port Macquarie
Flynn’s Beach Caravan Park

Pro:

  • AMAZING wifi – unlimited and very fast
  • walking distance to the beach
  • rustic outdoor kitchen with hobs and hot plates
  • well priced
  • swimming pool and playground

Con:

  • far from town

Price – A$32 per night
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 3.5✭


Seal Rocks
Seal Rocks North Coasts Holiday Parks

Pro:

  • two ablution blocks which were new, large and clean
  • indoor modern camp kitchen with tv
  • across the road from the beach
  • large grassed pitches
  • wifi available but limited

Con:

  • expensive

Price – A$46 per night
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 4✭


Port Stephens – One Mile Beach
Ingenia Holiday Park

Pro:

  • direct access to beach
  • wifi available but limited
  • swimming pool and playground
  • promotion price fantastic

Con:

  • no hobs in camp kitchen
  • not in walking distance of town
  • a little unloved

Price – A$24.50 (promotion – usually $35) per night
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 3✭


Hunter Valley
Wine Country Tourist Park

Pro:

  • great access to wine region
  • pub and vineyard in walking distance
  • nice community feel
  • herb garden
  • well priced for week days
  • swimming pool

Con:

  • park a little tired – investment needed
  • limited ablutions for number of pitches

Price – $30 ($40 for weekends) per night
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 3.5✭


Blue Mountains
Katoomba Falls Caravan Park

Pro:

  • within walking distance of Echo Point and Three Sisters
  • 20 minute walk to town
  • concrete slab and grass pitches
  • ablutions relatively new and clean
  • wifi available but either extremely slow or non-existent
  • large grass woodland setting
  • camp kitchen with 4 hot plates, 3 sinks and tv room

Con:

  • single electric hobs only available from reception on request

Price – A$ 41 per night
Beans-On-Tour Rating = 3.5✭

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