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Top Caravan Parks in the Whitsundays

Updated Wed 09 Aug 2023

A Whitsunday sunset

Hitting Australia’s east coast in your caravan for a long-awaited journey across the stretching highways of the sunshine state? It’s time to get behind the driver’s seat, and get adventuring from one great Queensland getaway destination to the next! 

As one of Australia’s top holiday destinations, the Whitsundays offers endless sandy shorelines, gleaming jewel-coloured waters, exotic tropical islands, and an abundance of caravan parks on the mainland!

Here in the laid-back hub of Airlie Beach, we know how to do relaxing, and in style! From family friendly parks, low-cost sites, poolside extras, and seaside bliss there is a caravan park for every type of avid travel chaser!

Let the locals fill you in on all the perks of the best caravan parks on the Whitsunday mainland!

1.   NRMA Airlie Beach Holiday Park

Perks: Proximity to Airlie Beach, swimming pool, pet-friendly

A shot of a girl with long brown hair and a hat hanging out the window of a white caravanPhoto: NRMA Airlie Beach Holiday Park

If you're looking for a holiday park filled with lush sites of swaying palm trees and stretching beachfront Coral Sea horizons, then the NRMA Airlie Beach Holiday Park is the place for you to set up camp! Located just a short 2-minute drive from Airlie Beach’s main street, opposite Cannonvale Beach, the NRMA Holiday Park is ideally suited for those eager to adventure around the islands, indulge in modern perks on the mainland, and set up your camp chair for a sun-kissed day of reading and snoozing! An all-around favourite on the Whitsunday mainland!

Boasting a resort pool, plasma TV in the camp kitchen, and holiday activities timetable, the NRMA Holiday Park is well-suited for children, being a top favourite in the Whitsundays amongst families!

Accommodation for caravan-goers in the NRMA Airlie Beach Holiday Park includes shady powered and unpowered campsites starting from $38 per night. A spacious camp kitchen, BBQ options, laundry facilities, resort pool, wifi, and reception desk are all available for guest comfort.

2.   BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort

Perks: Waterslide park, onsite park activities for families

Waterslides in a caravan parkPhoto: Big4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort

Nothing will entertain the kids, and the adults, more than the mega Waterslide Park and 32-metre lagoon-style swimming pool at the BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort! But wait, that’s not all! The BIG4 Adventure Resort really is a holiday destination in itself, boasting an 18 hole mini-golf course, tennis court, 4.5-metre outdoor cinema, animal park, exercise classes, bike hire and seasonal Kids Club. Set over 26 tropical acres, the BIG4 Adventure Resort is perfect for those families or groups searching for an all-inclusive holiday accommodation option in Airlie Beach - simply set up camp, and let the park do the talking!

The BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort is ideally suited for those looking for endless fun-filled holiday activities at their doorstep, whilst still being conveniently located a short 8-minute drive away from the hub of Airlie Beach.

Accommodation for caravan owners in the BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort ranges from regular powered sites to deluxe ensuite powered sites, starting from $45 per night. Comfortable and modern condos, cottages, cabins, villas, and studios are also available within the resort.

3.   Tasman Holiday Parks Airlie Beach

Perks: Swimming pool, dog-friendly sites

A girl with long brown hair and a hat hanging out the drivers window of a caravan

Another popular caravan park in Airlie Beach is the Tasman Holiday Park, a delightful home away from home, located just a 4-minute drive from the centre of town. Refresh after a day exploring in the balmy tropical temperatures with a dip in the onsite swimming pool, start a good read on the sun lounges, get up close and personal with Whitsunday birdlife at the daily feeding and play a game of tennis - there’s something for every family, couple, or solo!

Dog-friendly sites are available at Tasman Holiday Parks, so your furry friend can come along for the adventure as well! Laundry facilities, a modern kitchen, BBQ areas, and a kiosk selling holiday essentials are available onsite. 

Tasman Holiday Parks Airlie Beach offers regular powered sites and ensuite powered sites starting from $40 per night. Comfortable and spacious cabins, villas, and motel rooms are also available at Tasman Holiday Park.

4.   BIG4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort

Perks: Eco-friendly, jumping pillow, onsite park activities for families

BIG4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort

Nestled in 7 acres of serene, exotic tropical rainforest is the BIG4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort that is ideally suited for families with a huge range of exciting onsite park activities and fun! Boasting a giant jumping pillow, gleaming swimming pool, kids play area, seasonal Tropical Treats Cafe, and Ninja Challenge inflatable obstacle course the kids are sure to be entertained! Now it’s your time to put your feet up and unwind to the laid-back Whitsunday vibe!

Surrounded by the Conway National Park, the BIG4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort is a 7-minute drive from the hub of Airlie Beach restaurants and marinas and offers a secluded all-inclusive respite from the crowds. Kids Club is available during school holidays, and regular social events such as Happy Hour, live entertainment, outdoor movie nights, and weekly spit roasts are hosted during peak season.

The BIG4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort offers unpowered and powered caravan sites, starting from $36 per night. A limited number of pet-friendly accommodation options are available at an additional cost. Eco lodges, apartments, studios, and villas are also available at the resort.

5.   Hydeaway Bay Caravan and Camping Park

Perks: Proximity to Hydeaway Bay, off the beaten track, dog-friendly

Hydeaway BayHydeaway Bay is located a 5-minute walk from Hydeaway Bay Caravan and Camping Park.

Searching for a tranquil spot located along the Whitsunday coastline to simply kick your feet up and hide away from the crowds? Hydeaway Bay Caravan and Camping Park is the ideal location to fill your days with beachcombing along rocky foreshores, fishing abundance, and sunbathing in peace! Located in a serene bush setting Hydeaway Bay Park is just a 5-minute walk to the secluded beachfront, creating a perfect getaway for east coast travellers looking to get off the beaten track!

From wallabies to kangaroos, there is a plethora of wildlife that calls the park home. Restrained pets however are welcome in the park!

Hydeaway Bay Caravan and Camping Park offer both unpowered and powered sites for vans and campers, starting from $34 per night. The quiet bush setting park has an onsite kiosk with ice, hot water, cold drinks, bait, and basic grocery supplies offered, in addition to a coin-operated laundry and BBQ camp kitchen.

6.   Proserpine 48 hour RV Park

Perks: Free accommodation for fully self-contained vehicles

A couple cooking and relaxing by their caravan under an awning

Proserpine, located a 25-minute drive southwest from Airlie Beach, is home to art-deco inspired buildings, charming country pubs, and a free RV park for travellers and nomads to enjoy! No permit is required to stay, however, time is limited to 48 hours. The ideal accommodation for those on an east coast trip, with a low-cost budget - save on accommodation, and have more in your pocket for Whitsunday Islands adventures!

The Proserpine 48 hours RV Park is located adjacent to St Catherine’s Church in Proserpine Main Street, opposite Pioneer Park. There is no showers and power at the park, hence only fully self-contained vehicles are allowed to enter. Public toilets are available across the road at Pioneer Park. Pets are allowed in the Prosperine RV Park on a leash.

Note that the Proserpine 48 hours RV Park is temporarily closed annually during the wet season (approx. 1 December - 31 March).

7.   NRMA Bowen Beachfront Holiday Park

Perks: Beachfront sites, swimming pool

A group of people sitting in camping chairs on the waters edge of a caravan parkImage source: NRMA Bowen Beachfront Holiday Park

For those avid adventurers travelling further north on the Whitsunday coastline, the NRMA Bowen Beachfront Holiday Park cannot be missed! A beachfront paradise that offers plenty of space and swaying palm trees, the NRMA Bowen Park is perfect for every type of traveller - families, solos, and grey nomads! 

Located in the centre of town, the iconic Horseshoe Bay can be found just a minute drive around the headland and Airlie Beach is a swift 40-minute drive south. For families with kids, the park features school holiday activities, an outdoor cinema and a swimming pool. From picturesque bays in Bowen to postcard-perfect views from your caravan site, ultimate bliss can be found here!

NRMA Bowen Beachfront Holiday Park offers regular and beachfront caravan sites, both of which are powered, in addition to seaside cabins and villas. The park welcomes pets in the low season only, with a limit of two dogs per site. Laundry facilities, wifi, a fully equipped camp kitchen, kiosk, and shaded BBQ areas are available onsite.

Travelling to the Whitsunday region and curious about how to get there, where to stay, and what adventures you want to add to your itinerary? Be sure to check out our Official Guide to the Whitsundays and Airlie Beach.

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