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Tipplers South Stradbroke Island
Tipplers South Stradbroke Island
Water views from your tent in a pristine natural setting…
There are some places in this world that leave a lasting impression and Tipplers Campground is one of them. While we always welcome new guests to our island paradise, most visitors who experience a camping trip at South Stradbroke Island vow to visit again…. and again.
The entire island is a natural reserve – no high rise hotels, no noisy traffic or busy streets. Just a sky full of stars, a crackling campfire and the soothing rhythm of waves lapping at the shore outside your tent.
South Stradbroke offers calm waterways on one side, virtually untouched natural bushland through the centre and 22km of pristine surf beach on the ocean side, with barely a soul in sight. Between June and October it’s a stunning spot to catch glimpses of humpback whales on their annual migration north to breed. You might also get a visit from inquisitive wallabies at your campsite!
Tipplers is only accessible by boat which creates a very restful atmosphere at the campground but means you’ll need to be self-sufficient. If you don’t have your own boat, you can hire or charter one, or book a water taxi to transport you to this piece of paradise. Onsite tents are a great option for those who want to travel light.
Tipplers Licensed Café serves up superb meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner and Tipplers Kiosk provides basic groceries and camping essentials like ice and firewood (campfires on the beach are all part of the charm!).
With well managed and maintained facilities that have been recently upgraded, friendly staff and island rangers on hand to ensure your stay is extraordinary, and so much natural beauty surrounding you, Tipplers is guaranteed to be remembered as one of the best holiday you’ve ever had.
Please help us to protect the wildlife found naturally in this pristine area by not bringing your dogs or generators onto the island. Dogs are prohibited within the Conservation Park (managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services) and all three campgrounds managed by the City of Gold Coast.
Tipplers South Stradbroke Island - Accessibility guide
At Gold Coast Tourist Parks we are committed to creating extraordinary holiday experiences for everyday people. We aim to welcome guests with the highest level of customer service and hospitality, regardless of their individual needs.
We are committed to ensuring everyone is able to enjoy their holiday and have the best knowledge to make an informed decision on their stay. In the spirit of inclusion and equal access, we are providing the following information that accurately describes the accessibility of the facilities provided at our campgrounds.
Access to the island is exclusively by boat
South Stradbroke Island is the 15th largest sand island in the world. Access is exclusively by boat. Visit this beautiful Gold Coast island by private boat, water taxi, boat hire, sea plane, jet ski safari or local cruise boat.
The boat ride across to Tipplers is approximately 30 minutes from the Runaway Bay Marina. Other departure options include Sanctuary Cove Marina and Marina Mirage at Main Beach.
Vehicle and trailer parking is also available at these Gold Coast boat ramps :
Ray Street Boat Ramp, Runaway Bay
Howard Street Boat Ramp, Runaway Bay
Jasmine Avenue Boat Ramp, Hollywell
Paradise Point Boat Harbour Boat Ramp, Donald Avenue, Paradise Point
Alternatively, the friendly Water Taxi skippers will transport you and your camping gear over to the island. You’ll be dropped on the beach in front of your camp site.
Check with our friendly campground managers if you need further advice in relation to transport to the island.
Access to the campgrounds – Remote soft sand island camping
The camping grounds are completely surrounded by native bushland, with white sand dunes facing the blue Pacific Ocean on the eastern side of the Island and the magnificent Broadwater on the western side.
Tipplers Campground features a pontoon. However, the gangway is narrow and not D.D.A. compliant.
The campground amenities block is a 40 year old building. It features one ambulant toilet in both the Gents and Ladies.
Tipplers Kiosk and Café
Tipplers Café features a pontoon. However, the gangway is narrow and not D.D.A. compliant. The pathway leading from the gangway is D.D.A. compliant. The Café features a D.D.A. compliant toilet.
City of Gold Coast Mobility Maps
The City’s mobility maps are designed to provide accessibility information to assist residents and visitors to plan their stay and move around the city safely. Map information includes the location of accessible toilets, change facilities, accessible car parking spaces, pathway gradients, location of kerb ramps and key buildings and services. Transport information for light rail stations, bus stops and bus routes is also featured.
Printed and electronic mobility maps are now available for Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads, Surfers Paradise, Southport Central Business District (CBD) and Broadwater Parklands. Visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/mobilitymaps for more information.
Tipplers South Stradbroke Island - Guest information
We hope you enjoy your stay with us…
Activities and Items for hire
Fishing, crabbing, swimming in the Broadwater enclosure, wildlife spotting and bird watching. At Tipplers Campground, surf beach is within a short and pleasant walk and a volleyball court is located close to the swimming enclosure. See Tipplers reception to hire a ball for a $20 security deposit which is refunded on return.
See our friendly staff at reception, Tipplers Kiosk or Café for pamphlets on hire of equipment and other island activities available, kayaks, jet skis, island tours and scenic flights. Please note there are no patrolled beaches on the island.
Amenities and barbeques
The campground maps indicate location of amenity buildings and barbeque facilities.
Please respect others and clean up after use.
To ensure facilities are kept to acceptable standards for guests, we would appreciate reports of any maintenance issues at your earliest convenience. Let us know of blocked toilets, taps that won’t turn off, lack of toilet paper, etc. Ring the manager on (07) 5577 2849 or visit us in reception.
Campground facilities are for paying guests only. Please do not share access codes with others.
Please keep your campsite tidy and use the facilities provided to dispose of rubbish. Please use recycling bins responsibly.
Please do not move fire rings as breakage is likely to occur. Reimbursement for breakage will be charged to guest’s account.
For the safety of guests and our pristine island, please ensure camp fires are only lit in the fire rings provided, never left unattended and extinguished prior to retiring for the night.
Placing of rubbish in the fire rings and moving of fire rings is not permitted.
Sites – 11am
Wallaby Tents – 11am
Occupancy after this time will be charged as an additional day.
Late check outs – 4pm depending on availability. See reception for fees and availability. Site fees are calculated until 10am on the day of departure. If your travel arrangements are inconvenienced by these times, please contact reception to make alternative arrangements.
Supervising children is vital for their safety and helps make sure they do not disturb other guests.
Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the showers and toilets.
We hope you enjoy your stay and welcome your feedback which helps us continue to improve our service and facilities. Please share your experience with others by leaving a review on TripAdvisor.com.au.
Essential items to bring
It is essential to bring your own drinking water as the campground water is sourced from a borehole and is not suitable for drinking. Drinking water is sold at the kiosk.
Wallaby Tents include bed and mattress with mattress protector. Pillows and linen are essential to bring as they’re not provided.
Other essentials include torch lights (Wallaby Tents have no lighting), camping gear, extra fuel and mechanical parts for boating, mobile phone charger. You may bring your own firewood onto the island or purchase it from the campground reception.
For all potentially life threatening emergencies, please dial 000. Also please contact reception if further assistance is required.
In an emergency, follow the directions of staff. If we need to evacuate the campgrounds make your way directly to our evacuation area – marked ‘Evacuation Point’ on the map.
Self evacuation is advised, when directed.
Fees must be paid upon arrival at the reception office located at Tipplers Kiosk.
Garbage/litter and Recycling
Please help us look after our environment by using the rubbish bins provided at the campground for your convenience. Wrap all garbage prior to disposal and please use recycling bins responsibly.
Placing of rubbish in the fire rings is not permitted.
Generators not permitted
For the comfort of guests, generators are not permitted.
For local information, where to eat, activities and events, ask our friendly staff in reception.
Prior to departing, please return Wallaby Tent keys to reception. Should this time be outside of office hours, please ensure you pre-arrange your key return with the manager. Keys for Tipplers Campground may be returned to Tipplers Café when reception is closed.
Located within an easy stroll 400m north of Tipplers Campground. Open daily 9am to 3pm. When the kiosk is closed, please see friendly Café staff for kiosk and camping requirements.
The kiosk stocks water, ice, firewood, toiletries, milk, bread, lollies, cold drinks, ice creams, bait, snacks, weekend papers and kids activity packs. Firewood, ice and weekend newspaper deliveries may be arranged by phone, requiring credit card payment. Ring the kiosk on (07) 5577 2849.
Licensed Café – Tipplers
Located adjacent to Tipplers Kiosk, 400m north of the campground. Open 7 days. Bookings are required for groups of 10 or more. Ring on (07) 5577 3025 to book.
View details about the Café’s menu and opening hours online at tipplerscafe.com.
Please consider the comfort of other campers by not using excessive lighting throughout the campground.
The use of fireworks and flares is prohibited.
Lockers for Hire
Lockers are available to campground guests for daily hire at Tipplers and South Currigee. Powered lockers with a USB port are also available for hire, allowing campers to safely charge their mobile devices. Access is with a combination lock code from the manager.
The campground is completely surrounded by native bushland, with the lack of commercial development being one of the island’s best features.
Please help us to preserve this superb natural reserve by leaving the trees and bushes untouched. Collection of timber from within the campground or surrounding conservation area is prohibited. Use of chain saws is not permitted and axes may only be used for splitting firewood either brought from the mainland or purchased from reception.
Any deliberate injury caused to any native fauna or flora will be referred to the police.
Quiet time is between 10pm to 7am. Consider your neighbours by keeping the volume down on radios, televisions, mobile devices and social gatherings. Excessive noise or abusive language will not be tolerated and can result in guests or visitors being asked to leave.
We are required to comply with the Information Privacy Act 2009. Any information you have supplied to us is only used for the purpose that it was collected for. We will not disclose your personal information (including confirming whether or not you are staying in the campground) to any person. Should anyone wish to visit you while you are staying in the campground, we recommend you contact them to advise where you are located in the campground, as we will not pass on this information.
Please help us to protect the wildlife found naturally in this pristine area by not bringing your pets onto the island. Dogs and cats are prohibited within the Regional Park (managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services) and not permitted at any of the campgrounds managed by the City of Gold Coast.
Please refer to the campground map for location of the children’s playground at Tipplers. Another playground is located at Tipplers Café. Children under 12 years old must be supervised by an adult.
Smoking is not permitted within 10 metres of the equipment, as per Qld law.
Jumping, diving or pushing off any of the public jetties located off the island, is strictly prohibited.
Reception – Campground
Located within an easy stroll 400m north of Tipplers Campground at Tipplers Kiosk. Open 8am to 6pm daily.
Cancellation fees apply. See reception for refund policy or view on our website at Goldcoasttouristparks.com.au/terms-conditions.
We’d like your holiday to be enjoyable. Holidaying is a great time to get to know your neighbours and keep an eye out for each other’s belongings.
Your security is important to us. We recommend you keep your possessions and accommodation safely secured at all times. If you have any concerns, please speak to one of our friendly staff.
Smoking is not permitted within any buildings, nor within 10 metres of the Children’s Playground, as per Qld law.
Swimming enclosure – Tipplers
A safe swimming enclosure is located only 300 metres north of Tipplers Campground. It is advised that children should be supervised by an adult.
The safety of all guests is vital. Vehicles other than those operated by the City of Gold Coast, including 4WDs and ATVs may not be driven through the campground at any time.
Water (Bore) – Not for drinking
Please conserve water by keeping your showers short and reporting leaking taps to our reception staff.
All water provided within the campground is bore water. Although it is safe for showers and washing dishes, please do not drink this bore water as it is not suitable for human consumption.
For the health and safety of our guests and protection of the wildlife found naturally on the island, please do not feed the animals or birds at any time.
While we may enjoy handing out food, this action is detrimental to the wildlife which includes protected species. Feeding wildlife is disruptive to their natural feeding habits and encourages unnatural behaviour like trying to gain access to your tent accommodation and food containers.
Tipplers South Stradbroke Island
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Customer Reviews Of Tipplers South Stradbroke Island
Great council managed caravan park. Kid friendly. Lots of 10 min walk to the beach. Onsite shop very run down.
- Steve Thomson
Hi Steve, Thank you so much for the 5 star recommendation. We are so pleased you had a fantastic stay with us. See you again next time!
Nice place to stay and importantly for us is dog friendly. Clues to airport so plane noise goes on until late. Not the parks fault!!
- Linda Conroy
Hi Linda,\nThanks so much for the recommendation. We love welcoming your pets into our park! See you next time.
Allways a great place
- Brett Long
Hi Brett, Thank you so much for the 5 star recommendation. We are so glad you had a wonderful stay. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
We've stayed here a couple of times now, cannot fault the park. Great service and cite, clean little cabins.
- Jodie Bartlem
Hi Jodie, What a wonderful review. We are so pleased you have always had such a pleasant stay here with us. Safe travels, see you next time!
If you're looking for a convenient place to stay close to the airport (you can walk there from the airport), this is pretty good. The single rooms were nice,...
- Richard Burchfield
Hi Richard, Thank you for giving us such a wonderful 5 star recommendation. We are so pleased you had an easy stay with us and were satisfied with everything. See you next time!
Lived the place. Close to the beach. Large and with a lots of amenities. Perfect for families with kids. Good prices too.
- Dmitry Medvedev
Hi Dmitry, Thank you so much for the awesome 5 star review. We are so glad you enjoyed so much about our wonderful park. We look forward to your next visit!
Fabulous park. Very tidy. Quiet. Very comfortable. Clean ammenities. Friendly staff. Water aerobics. Sausage sizzle. See you next year for a longer stay.
- Heather Reynolds
Thanks Heather for the awesome recommendation! We are so glad you had an amazing stay and enjoyed everything about the park! We look forward to welcoming you back next year 😎😎
It was peacefull and was in a great location and staff were freindly and it was close to beaches and shops
- Wotif.com User
Thank you for the great 4 star review. We are so glad you enjoyed everything about your stay.
Excellent staff, beautiful park, close proximity to everything...
- Laura Nathan
Thanks for the great recommendation Laura! ☀️😎
Great caravan park
- Grant Pender
Hi Grant, Thank you for the 4 stars. We are so pleased you enjoyed our park. See you next time.
Fantastic arrival and departure from the front desk, and management helped me out on site with anything I needed, brilliant service. Grounds were in great...
- Butterz Southwell
Hi Butterz Southwell, Thank you for such a great 5 star review. We are so pleased you had such a pleasant experience here with us at Kirra. Hope to see you again!
Close to surf beaches (one of the closest to rainbow bay). Plenty of shade. Take chocs for your van or motor home as some sites are un-level for longer...
- Dan Thomson
Hi Dan, Thanks for the great 4 star review. We are so glad you loved our location close by to the awesome beaches. See you next time.
Love staying here, fantastic facilities, close to the beach, cafes, restaurants and the hinterland. Clean and well maintained. Love the heated pool...
- Nigel Hemopo
Thank you Nigel!! We will see you again next time ☺️☀️🌈
Very nice spot with full amenities
- Roy Sharpe
Hi Roy, Thank you for the awesome 5 star review. We are so pleased you loved out park.
Good park, bit hard to reverse in near the permanents but otherwise OK. Clean grounds and facilities, would stay here again.
- Kevin O'Neill
Hi Kevin, Thank you for the 4 star review and feedback about our grounds and facilities. See you next time!
- Lynette Wells
Hi Lynette, Thank you for the 5 stars. We are delighted you had an amazing time with us.
Great Park our furry member loved meeting other dogs. Beach 5 mins walk and you can walk along the foreshore. Will definitely come again
- Judith Gooding
Hi Judith, Thank you for the wonderful recommendation. We are so delighted you had a great stay with your furry family member! We look forward to seeing you again soon! 🙂
Very helpful staff
- ray muller
Hi Ray, Thank you for the 5 stars! We are glad you had a great stay.
Good quality caravan park. It needs another amenities block
- Craig Henderson
Hi Craig, Thank you for the 4 stars and your feedback. See you next time!
Nice large grassed sites. Great amenities. Well maintained gardens.
- Jan Hale
Hi Jan, Thank you for a great 5 star recommendation.
We have been coming to Kirra Beach Tourist Park for the past few years and the high standard that this park maintains is nothing short of excellent. The team...
Hi VDH, Thank you for the amazing 5 star review. We love to see your little family pop back into Kirra so frequently and that you enjoy your stay every time!
Top spot AND dog friendly. DON'T consider the alternate (supposedly) dog friendly CP at nearby South Tweed, it's like chalk and cheese. HIGHLY RECOMMEND...
- David Ingleton
Hi David, Thank you for the great 5 star recommendation. It is great to read you loved our park! See you again soon.
Nice place to stay
- Marilyn Dunne
Hi Marilyn, Thank you for the 5 star review. We are pleased you hate a fantastic stay. See you next time.
Wonderful staff that went above and beyond to make sure I was satisfied with my stay
- Jath kavanagh
Hi Jath, Thank you so much for such a lovely 5 star review. We are so glad our staff were able to make your stay an easy one! See you next time.
Absolutely awesome spot, feels like a peaceful rural setting, but a 5 minute stroll to one of the world's greatest beaches, and our 3small dogs loved it as...
- greg anderson
Hi Greg Thanks so much for your 5 star review, we're so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and your little puppies, look forward to seeing you again soon.
Always nice to stay here. Very close to everything. Beach ,shops and airport
Hi Hans-Peter, Thank you for 4 stars. We are so pleased to see you return to Kirra Beach again. See you next visit.
Clean friendly park close to all gold coast beautiful beaches and tourist destinations.
- Marilyn Anstiss
Hi Marilyn, Thank you for 5 stars. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and loved our wonderful location.
Nice and friendly place to go to for a few days
- Ella Hendry
Hi Ella, Thank you for the positive feedback. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay!
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