REVEALED: Cheapest way to do a Coast holiday
IT HAPPENS four times a year.
Schools close, kids return home and parents plot where and how they'll spend the school holidays.
The Coast is usually the beneficiary of those looking to holiday at home or interstate families trekking north for the warmth.
Before we know it the September school holidays will be kicking off so we've taken a look at what's around at the moment for families looking to enjoy a Sunshine Coast vacation.
A scan over a selection of caravan parks around the region shows you're looking to pay at least $50 per night if you're lucky enough to score a powered camp site.
So a minimum for two-adult, two-child families would be an outlay of about $400 for a week's stay from September 17-24.
A stay in a villa or cabin in a holiday park around here is likely to have you staring at something closer to $1000 for the week.
So how does it stack up? Does it make more sense to hit a hotel or try your hand at Airbnb?
SCROLL DOWN: For an interactive map on Coast camping hot spots
An ocean-front Kings Beach unit on Airbnb accommodating five will set you back a touch over $1300.
You could jag a four-person, self-contained apartment at Tewantin for about $1275, or for those looking for a more tasteful time off, $4586 will score you a week in a three-bedroom waterfront home on Noosa Sound.
About $900 will get you a week in a Buddina beach house or a rural retreat at a Doonan property.
Trying to find a two-bedroom unit for anywhere from $75 per night to $299 per night shows cheaper-priced quality is scarce when searching lastminute.com.au.
It all depends on whether the creature comforts are a need or a want when it comes to holiday-making.
For $1568 you could score seven nights at the Alex Beach Cabins.
At just under $2000 there are options in Caloundra while about $2400 will score you a week at a range of places including Nambour Heights Motel, Dockside Mooloolaba or Sundancer Holiday Apartments in Noosa.
Cost of Camping:
Here's a snapshot of availability on the Coast from September 17-24 for two adults and two kids for a camping holiday.
Or check out our interactive map
Noosa Caravan Park, 143 Moorindil St, Tewantin:
• Powered grass/slab sites still available for $65 per night ($455 weekly)
• Two-bedroom villas available from $161 per night ($1127 weekly)
Noosa River Holiday Park, 4 Russell St, Noosaville:
• You're fresh out of luck here, the powered caravan sites are fully booked. Next available is October 3-4 for $60 per night
Coolum Beach Holiday Park, 1827 David Low Way, Coolum Beach:
• Deluxe two-bedroom villas (no dogs) booked out until September 24, from $204-$215 per night ($13 each per extra child or adult)
• Deluxe one-bedroom villas (no dogs) available for $160-$180 per night ($13 each per extra child or adult)
• Powered caravan sites (maximum size of 24-feet) available from $46-$50 per night ($10 each per extra child or adult)
• Powered tent sites available between $46-$50 per night ($10 each per extra child or adult)
Mudjimba Beach Holiday Park, Cottonwood St, Mudjimba:
• Powered caravan sites available from $47-$50 per night ($10 each per extra child or adult)
• Powered tent sites available from $46-$50 per night ($10 each per extra child or adult)
• Unpowered tent sites available from $40-$45 per night ($10 each per extra child or adult)
• Deluxe one-bedroom villas available from $163-$180 per night ($13 each per extra child or adult)
• Deluxe two-bedroom villas available from September 19-24 from $207-$215 per night ($13 each per extra child or adult)
Maroochydore Beach Holiday Park, 1 Melrose Pde, Maroochydore
• Deluxe two-bedroom villas limited availability from $201-$230 per night ($13 each per extra child or adult)
• Deluxe one-bedroom villas available from $181-$186 per night ($13 each per extra child or adult)
• Powered sites available from $66-$70 per night ($10 each per extra child or adult)
Cotton Tree Holiday Park, Cotton Tree Pde, Cotton Tree
• Powered and Unpowered sites all sold out, next available date is October 1, ranging from $66-$70 per night (powered) and $60-$65 per night (Unpowered) with a $10 charge for each extra adult or child
Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park, Parkyn Pde, Mooloolaba
• Powered van sites limited availability from $66-$70 per night ($10 each per extra child or adult)
• Powered sites at Mooloolaba Esplanade and back row at Esplanade- sold out
Caloundra Waterfront Holiday Park, 44 Maloja Ave, Caloundra
• Powered small van/camping sites, a few left for $91 per night
• Cabins still available ranging from $194 per night to $290 per night
Golden Beach Holiday Park, 9 Onslow St, Golden Beach
• Powered sites available from $70 per night ($50 for two adults, $10 each per child)
• Holiday units available from $850 per week for two people with $10 charge per extra person
• Two-bedroom family units available from $1185 per week, sleeps up to seven people
Dicky Beach Family Holiday Park, Beerburrum St, Dicky Beach
• Studio units available from $109-$127 per night ($13 each per extra child or adult)
• Unpowered camping sites available from $60-$65 per night ($10 each per extra child or adult)
• Powered slab beach sites- sold out
• Powered camping sites- sold out
• Powered slab sites- sold out
Landsborough Pines Holiday Park, Steve Irwin Way, Landsborough
• Varying availability for a range of units, cabins and villas from $120-$155 per night
Mapleton Cabins and Caravan Park, 85 Obi Obi Rd, Mapleton
• Range of options including cottages, villas and cabins from $85-$145 per night
Rainforest Holiday Village, 557 Nambour Connection Rd, Woombye (dog friendly)
• Villas available from $93-$114 per night
• Powered caravan or tent sites from $47-$50 per night
• Cabins from $72-$104 per night
• Bungalows from $107-$126 per night