Teewah Beach Camping Area | Double Island


Camping in Cooloola

Double Island Point / Teewah Beach is just past Noosa, approximately two and a half hour drive from Brisbane.

Before you go, you need to book your campsite through http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/ . You can also purchase your 4WD vehicle permit at the same time, or there is a ranger’s office right before you hop on the ferry where you can purchase it. The ranger’s office can also supply a number of maps and information about the area.

To get to Teewah Beach, you drive onto the Noosa Car Ferry cable ferry from Tewantin, where it is a two minute cable ride to the island. There is no need to book the cable ferry, as they are open opened from Sunday to Thursday 5:30am to 10:30pm and Friday and Saturday 5:30am to 12:30am. The ferry runs every six minutes. Make sure you bring cash for the ferry though as there is no EFTPOS.

Once you are on the island you follow the signs to Teewah Beach and drive approximately 20 kilometres north of the 3rd cutting along the sand to the camping section. Driving on the beach is best done within 3 hours either side of low tide.

Teewah Beach camping

There are no set campsites, so pick an area and set up. Once set up you can relax and enjoy the lovely view from your campsite.

We spent three nights at this gorgeous location with another family between the Christmas / New Year period. We spent our days sitting around our campsite enjoying the beautiful view while the children played.

We rarely left our campsite, as we would stock up on ice when the ice vans came along each day. During the day we would set up an umbrella on the beach and play in the sand and ocean. At dusk we would fish in the ocean and an actual fish was caught! The sand dunes also provided fun jumping off them or sliding down on the boogie boards!! Each night after dinner we would light sparklers to entertain the children.

Teewah Beach relaxing

The kids had such a great time and made their own fun in and around the campsite. It is such a beautiful location that we cannot wait to go to Teewah Beach again.

Facilities at Teewah Beach Camping Area

  • As this is beach camping, there are no facilities, so make sure you bring everything!
  • If you do forget anything, there is a shop on Noosa North Shore which is only 10 minutes away at low tide, longer at high tide or you can always catch the ferry back to Tewantin where this are a wide range of shops.
  • There are also 3 or so ice trucks that drive along the beach daily selling ice, newspapers, ice creams, drinks, hot pies etc.
  • Also note there is no mobile phone coverage


Activities to enjoy at Teewah Beach Camping Area

  • The beach is literally right at your doorstep.
  • Double Island Point and Rainbow Beach is an hour drive up the beach, Freshwater, Red Canyon the Cherry Venture Memorial and Double Island Lighthouse are all good visiting sites. As well as a short trip over to Fraser Island. For the shoppers, a day trip into Noosa is always an option too.
  • Other activities also include:
    • Dune tobogganing
    • Beach swimming/surfing
    • Fishing
    • Beach 4WDing


How to make the most of your stay at Teewah Beach Camping Area

  • As it is a 4WD accessible area, it pays to watch your children very carefully on the beach as the cars tend to go fast.
  • Some essential to include are:
    • Drinking water
    • First aid kit
    • Toilet paper
    • Fuel or gas stove
    • Insect repellent etc.
    • Portable toilet
  • Only low decibel generators up to 2.0Kva are permitted between 7am and 9pm.
  • It would pay to also bring cash for the ice trucks and ferry.


Teewah Beach Camping Area is located along Teewah Beach in a 15km zone between the Sunshine Coast Regional Council boundary and Little Freshwater Creek; 20km north of 3rd cutting on the Noosa North Shore.

Please visit their website for more information – http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/cooloola/camping.html#teewah_beach_camping_area

Thanks to Lisa for this camp site review!

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

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6 responses to “Teewah Beach Camping Area | Double Island”

  1. Dana Deverson says:

    In September 2015, our family of 5 tried beach camping for the first time at Teewah Beach, the 15km stretch in the Cooloola National Park. We enjoyed our trip, but upon returning, I feel that I just had to mention the state of the camping area. I couldn’t find anywhere else to write it so here goes …
    It’s a magical place to camp and have a holiday but the sheer amount of rubbish on the beach was just dreadful. We regularly saw bottles and cans and god knows what else along the beach. Furthermore, the campsites were also messy and the fact that some people don’t use a proper portable toilet is a bit of a worry. I was told in no uncertain terms by the rangers that any run-off from the camping areas should be considered unsanitary. Also we found fish bones everywhere because people are too lazy the clean up after themselves. If you intend on going in school holidays …. I wouldn’t. The traffic on the beach is just ridiculous. I really think that there needs to be stricter controls on numbers and more active inspections of the campsites. Everyone should use a portable toilet, no exceptions. We have camped in other National Parks such as Girraween and everyone is respectful of taking all their rubbish home etc. It;s’ so disappointing that people do not treat such a beautiful area with respect. I hope that more people who find this area disappointing review it and something is done about it before the area is completely ruined.

    • Richard Cheese says:

      You shouldn’t tell people that they should do things. The chemicals from portable toilets do far more harm than someone backing one out as god intended. It’s up to people to bury their turds.

  2. Fred Stapleton says:

    With the annual fees the national parks could have a full time caretaker ranger with a galvanized mobile toilet . This could be pumped out treated at the closest poo plant. If not ; why not.

  3. Caroline says:

    These camping areas sound a little backward. Noosa Council need to get their butts into gear and provide some services, essentials like toilets should be without question. I travelled the Nullabor a few years back, we pulled off the road into a camping area, no designated sites but there was a coin operated amenities block and it was CLEAN. In the middle of nowhere, with an obvious water shortage, there was this oasis. Queensland’s tourism is destroying the environment, because councils are too lazy to put things like rubbish bins, toilets, showers, basic necessities. Maybe I’ll head back to W.A. for my next holiday!

  4. Todd says:

    I have been going to DI for 45 years and as a tour guide I have seen it at it’s best and worst. Up until the late 90’s early 2000’s campers where great.Looking after the place taking rubbish home,digging deep holes for toilets and helping people out when bogged ,which does still happen a bit and NO generators there is so much 12v stuff no need .With 4wd’s becoming the must have vehicle for the city foke a lot of the people that go there are very uneducated on driving on the beach,camping and the rules . After reading this it just shows how much people don’t know from this story and the replys. The beach is classed as a road and all road rules apply,people give way to cars at all times. Riding boggie boards down sand dunes big no no creates erosion.You are not to drive on any vegetation or for dunes creates erosion. But the big one getting ferry onto the island ? You are crossing the Noosa river there is no island. So people that write storys like this telling people what they can do please get the story right. This is camping at DI no toilets no water you provide for yourself, if you want toilets and taps go somewhere else .

  5. glenn sparkes says:

    You are so right Todd i have been going there since i was 14 iam now 67 the people of today dont care they have no idea what it was like in those days the fishing was great the people were helpfull and looked a

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