Cotton Tree Holiday Park | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Cotton Tree beach

Camping at the mouth of the Maroochy River

Far enough away from the hustle of a major city but still close enough to every facility you could possibly need, Cotton Tree Holiday Park is a destination that caters for everyone from families and couples to grey nomads, campers to caravaners. Just over an hour’s drive from Brisbane, this caravan and camping park is perfectly located at the mouth of the Maroochy River.


Facilities at Cotton Tree Holiday Park

The extensive facilities on site mean you that don’t need to venture too far for anything. They have it all covered, including:

  • Powered and unpowered tent and caravan sites (24 of these being absolute waterfront)
  • 2 bedroom and 1 bedroom deluxe villas
  • A four bedroom beach house
  • BBQ’s and camp kitchen facilities, including fridge, microwave, toaster and kettle
  • Laundry facilities
  • 5 bathroom amenity blocks, including baby baths and change tables
  • LPG, ice and bait for sale on site
  • Wireless internet hotspot


Activities to enjoy around Cotton Tree

Once you’ve pitched your tent, it’s very easy to sit down, relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the location or just watch the kids run around and make friends with other families. But you won’t want to sit down for too long; there is so much to do in and around the caravan park that you are spoilt for choice.

Firstly, there’s the river and beach access. You don’t need to walk too far from anywhere within the caravan park before your feet hit the sand at either the edge of the river or the beach. Great for kids of all ages, the river offers calm waters to paddle around in while the dads can throw a line in and hope to catch a fish. For the more adventurous, hit the water for a kayak or paddle board session. Around the corner, the white sandy patrolled beach is great for all beach activities.

If conditions prevent you from swimming in the river or at the beach, just 400m away is the Cotton Tree Aquatic Centre, excellent for a splash about. Alternatively, hit the park next to the aquatic centre for some playground fun.


Food options close to Cotton Tree Holiday Park

Across the main road at Cotton Tree, there are plethora of cafes and shops. On Sunday mornings there is even a market to stroll around and possibly pick up some local treats. If you’ve forgotten anything or need to stock up on some groceries, five minutes’ drive away is Sunshine Plaza shopping centre.

Eating out is easy, with so many options. Grab an early morning coffee at one of the cafés across the road from the holiday park or dine at one of the numerous restaurants and eateries at Sunshine Plaza. For our family, a lazy fish and chip meal is always on the agenda and it’s easy to pick this up from across the road from the caravan park. The local surf clubs offer a relaxed venue for dining, with both Maroochydore and Alexandra Headland clubs within walking distance.


Once you’ve visited Cotton Tree Holiday Park, one thing is for certain; like our family, you will definitely return. Be it for a disco during the school holidays or just to enjoy a drink while watching the amazing sunset over the Maroochy River—it’s almost a hard place to beat.

Cotton Tree Holiday Park is located on Cotton Tree Parade in Cotton Tree.

Thanks to Toni Lourens for this campsite review!

Take a look at the Brisbane Kids list of Your Favourite Camping Spots for lots more recommended family camp locations to explore. We will have many more campsite reviews coming in the very near future.

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