We’re only here for the Beerwah … and camping

Published: November 30, 2012

The Queensland town of Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast hinterland is developing a camping site for grey nomads on an unused bowling green.
The local chamber of commerce is behind the initiative which is expected to lead to a significant increase in the amount of cash travellers spend in the town … and it’s being described as a win-win for everyone.
“This will put not just Beerwah, but the whole of Glasshouse Country on the map for grey nomads,” said Bob McLean, the president of the Glasshouse Country Chamber of Commerce, “There is huge support behind this … businesses just want to see it up and running.”
The new camping area will be situated next to the Beerwah RSL Club on bowling greens that have not been used in 12 years. They will be transformed into a convenient stopover for small, self-contained RVs.
“What this does is provide an overnight stop for small RVS that are registered,”  Mr McLean told the Sunshine Coast Daily newspaper. “They will not leave a trace other than a footprint.”
The new camping site will be up and running within a couple of weeks. RV sites will cost $10 per night, with all proceeds to go to the RSL.
“Visitors can walk over to the RSL, have a meal, a drink and a go on the pokies and then camp overnight at the site, then spend the next day travelling around the region,” Mr McLean said. “There’s so many pluses to this … they have a comfortable walk across the other side of the railway line to the centre of Beerwah where they can shop and see what we have to offer.”
The economic benefits of the move have yet to be established but Mr McLean is positive about how it will work out.
“Even if we can inject $4000 or $5000 into the community today, there will be an increased cash flow and that’s what businesses are looking for,” he said.

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Geoff Geary
9 years ago

Played bowls there and great to see some forward thinking! Now how about doing the same at all the other bowling clubs the RSL have taken over and then shut down! Caloundra West – Maroochy Swan just to name a couple in the Sunshine Coast area. 5 greens should = at least room for 200 sites. That will be the day! Good luck Beerwah.

9 years ago

It is great to see Beerwah welcoming campervanners to our wonderful local area. I for one would like to see much more of it.

Great Job

Bevan Wittwer
9 years ago

A great town, and destined to grow.
At present Beerwah is not designated an RV friendly town, it misses out on a lot of business from Nomads because there is nowhere handy to park the van while doing the shopping, Turner St no longer provides space since ALDI moved in, the town needs a dedicated caravan parking area, and a suitably sign posted dump point.

Barry White
9 years ago

We had a similar stay at a RSL on the east coast of Tassie about 4yrs back. the consept is of great value for the club as well as the area

cherylle larose
9 years ago

there isa dump point in showgrounds and plenty of sites powered is wanted at sports ground stayed there for three weeks in sept greatvvaluevfor 120.00 a weekcherylle

8 years ago

IAM currently staying at Gowinta, All in all its been three years on the road and Gowinta is not to bad. After hearing about the sports ground I went to see the manager today, I was told by Des that he dosnt take bookings and I would just have to pop in to hes office every day from the start of march and try my luck. gowinta is four kms each way to hes office because he wont take a booking.. hardly a suitable place for any travellers that like to have the next stage of their trip organised. Des didn’t even give me hes office number or have any set hours for office hours,

Brian Trengove
5 years ago

Hi we are going to Beerwah in July and want to stay at the Sports Grounds. Can you book ahead?


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