“The Sunshine Coast has it all! The only thing more refreshing than the water is the lifestyle.” – Visit Sunshine Coast

Welcome to our Sunshine Coast Staycation blog post.

Recently our co-founder Emma headed to the Sunny Coast with her dog and her partner in tow for a bit of a Queensland ‘staycation’. Read all about the trip and the Campervan she hired below!

Mudjimba Beach Sunshine Coast

After 2020 decide to cancel all 3 of my overseas trips this year, I decided a little getaway was just what I needed to cheer myself up. Thankfully, I’m lucky enough to live in Queensland (Australia) where our COVID numbers are ‘under control’ (*touch wood*) so we are able to travel freely within our state. That means Queenslanders are able to travel to some of the East Coast’s most beautiful destinations like the Whitsundays, Fraser Island and The Great Barrier Reef. On this particular trip we were short on time, so decided on a visit to The Sunshine Coast which is only a couple of hours’ drive away.

The aptly named Sunshine Coast is a stunning region of Australia’s East Coast with lush hinterland and vast stretches of sparkling coastline – home to some well-known spots such as Noosa, Maroochydore and Rainbow Beach.

Most of the year the Sunshine Coast has lovely, sunny weather which makes it a great spot to visit for watersports, hiking, alfresco dining and beach hangs!

My partner and I like to go camping and fishing, and as we are into Spring now we thought it would be a great time to hire a campervan. During the summer months it can get pretty hot spending the night in your car or campervan – or a tent for that matter!

Being proud dog parents to Rocky, aka ‘The Mindul Mutt’, it’s sometimes a struggle for us to find dog-friendly holiday accommodation. Luckily, I struck gold when I found Camplify – an awesome website that allows you to rent campervans, caravans, trailers and even permanent glamping style set-ups. It’s like Airbnb for ‘camping’ options. Even better, quite a few of the options are pet friendly!

That’s when I came across Hank – an adorable, converted Mitsubishi Express van from The Little Camper Co. I fell in love immediately and made a booking for 3 nights, after they confirmed that they were happy for us to bring the dog. Campervan secured, it was time to find a campsite!

Little Camper Co Campervan
Camping Staycation

The Little Camper Co. campervans are built to allow for off-grid camping for up to 3 days (and longer with a little recharge!) but we wanted a more permanent set up for our gazebo, and a nice clean shower block guaranteed.

There are quite a few campgrounds on the Sunny Coast to choose from but having been to Coolum and Mooloolaba before, we opted for Mudjimba which is close to Maroochydore airport. It's pet-friendly, closeby to some beautiful beaches and fishing spots, and even has a swimming pool!

Our favourite thing about the Mudjimba Beach Holiday Park was its proximity to Mudjimba Beach and the cafes along the Esplanade. It really was only a 3 minute walk to the beach!

Once we'd arrived we set up camp, which took all of about 15 minutes thanks to the equipment provided with the Little Camper Co van. Every Little Camper Co campervan comes complete with tables, chairs, awning, pots, pans, the full works...

The campervan awning was quick and easy to set up, and we also packed our own gazebo for some extra storage space. Once we were all set up we headed straight to the beach and to the Mudjimba Esplanade to explore. The beach was gloriously quiet - we met a couple of others walking their dogs, and we stayed to watch the sunset before heading back to camp.

The campervan has a fully functional kitchen including a 55 litre fridge/freezer, sink, fresh water supply, gas stove and all utensils so it was easy peasy to cook up a storm in the form of sausage sandwiches.

The bed is permanently set up in the van which means no faffing about with folding up tables and pulling out floorboards. All we had to do was lay back and relax with a beer and a good book - heaven!

Sunshine Coast Staycation Campervan
Sunshine Coast Camping

Over the next couple of days we headed to Mudjimba Beach and North Shore Dog beach and spent time fishing at the river mouth just south of Twin Waters - a truly stunning spot that's almost a doppelgänger for Lake McKenzie at Fraser Island!

We picked up daily coffees at The Island Surf & Espresso, had a delicious Italian dinner at Florentina's Trattoria and my personal favourite - jaffles for breakfast from The Mudjimba Store. The best part? They were all on the same street - just a stone's throw from our campground! Too easy.

Before we knew it our 3 nights were up and it was time to head home. Check out and return of the campervan was a breeze and we finished our staycation feeling like we needed to immediately purchase and convert a campervan of our own. A girl can dream, I suppose!

We can't recommend The Little Camper Co enough - Hank the Campervan truly was the highlight of our trip. We had a couple of questions for the team while we were away and they were quick to respond and super helpful! Here's some more reasons to love The Little Camper Co...

ECO FRIENDLY, SELF-SUSTAINABLE SOLAR SYSTEM - With a fully self-sustainable solar power system, you can travel off the grid avoiding campsite fees and the need for electric-powered sites. The campervans are fully equipped with mood lighting, USB ports, and 2 accessory ports to keep you going.

INCLUDES ALL THE EXTRAS - Lots of campervan companies may seem like a bargain but once you start to add camping chairs and table, cookware etc it all starts to add up! At Little Camper Co there are no hidden fees for equipment. Every campervan hire comes complete with tables, chairs, awning, pots, pans, cutlery and more.

FREE INSURANCE & 24HR ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE - We were required to pay a $500 bond before pick up of the campervan which is normal - especially when traveling with pets! Little Camper Co. campervan hire includes a full insurance policy with 24/7 roadside assistance, all included in your daily rental fee so you can rest assured knowing if you breakdown or have an accident, you'll be in safe hands!

QUICK & EASY SELF CHECK IN/PICK UP - The online self check-in system offers a quick, convenient and flexible way for guests to pick up their campervans and an equally easy drop off at the end of your trip.

Little Camper Co Van

UNLIMITED KMs - With unlimited kilometres included in your rental, the only person stopping you from exploring will be yourself! The vans can go pretty much anywhere (except 4x4 off-road and islands).

SMALL BUSINESS - Little Camper Co. was created in 2019 by two travel junkies who met exploring Australia and living on the Gold Coast. They love the outdoors and adventure and wanted to offer their fellow nomads the chance to freely explore Australia and all its beauty. Their campervan rentals are affordable and convenient and all they ask is that you bring their little pride and joy back in one piece.

There's so much to see - let's get exploring! Contact us today to start planning your own getaway!


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