What's not to love about driving on the sand in your 4WD, going to that out of the way camping place? What helps make it even better is driving with the music playing as the waves lap at the shoreline with the Queensland sun shining brightly giving you a fresh perspective.
This out of the way place, a 35.3 kilometre drive north from the Tewantin ferry up the coast of Noosa North Shore to the Great Sandy National Park is the hidden Freshwater campground.
This Scribbly gum forested hideaway has all the amenities you need, flush toilets, coin operated showers, water (you will have to boil it to drink it) and garbage bins. Sitting underneath the shaded canopy is peaceful and it enables you to free yourself from the stresses of everyday life, something we all need to do occasionally. Sit back and listen to the breeze rustling the leaves while the birds play overhead and the Goannas tromp through the under brush. There are sites for two as well as group sites. Contact www.derm.qld.gov.au and get your permits for camping and driving.
With the roar of the ocean in the distance, a short walk along the forested path brings you to the beach to fish, play cricket, walk the shoreline or you can drive onto the beach and head north to the lighthouse.
Named by Captain Cook for its appearance, Double Island Point is 8 kilometres from Freshwater. Park your 4WD and walk up the path. The view from up here is spectacular and you can see the breathtaking coloured sands of Rainbow beach on the other side, another destination not to be missed.
As one of Australia's 350 lighthouses, Double Island Point has been around since 1884. Its light can be seen 26 nautical miles out to sea. Solar panels feed it energy and the visitor centre is open every day from 10:00am-12:00pm. Sit for a while and watch the dolphins, turtles and even the whales when they pass by between July and November. If you are a painter, writer, photographer or you just want to while away a couple of hours this truly is a magnificent spot.
Back on the beach, two trucks, one selling ice cream and another selling ice, traverse the sand on a daily basis. For convenience it sure doesn't get much better than this.
Check the tidal charts before you go. These can be downloaded from www.bom.gov.au. This helps ensure your drive is a pleasure not a pain. Read up on how to 4WD in the sand and you will have a great time.
With a few days to relax, a little driving know-how and a short drive north of Brisbane you can get a fresh outlook on camping. It's certainly worth the drive to find Freshwater!