Just in time for marshmallow roasting season.
If lavish hotels and urban Airbnbs are just not tempting your thirst for adventure, look no further. Pitch a tent, wrap yourself in warm clothing and gather the crew around a fire with this list of camping spots you need to discover near Brisbane. With earlier mornings and 5pm sunsets why not savour the day surrounded by Queensland’s natural gifts?
Once you’ve manoeuvred your way through the misty, winding roads of dense forest known as the Gold Coast hinterland you’ll find yourself at Lamington National Park. Renowned for its lush forests, ancient trees, stunning views and extensive walking tracks, Lamington National Park stands as a must-do for those seeking an enchanting outdoor adventure. It’s best to hope for rain before you travel to the park as its running creeks and waterfalls surrounded by vast greenery are a sight not to be missed! Camping in Lamington National Park is best suited for those with a tent to pitch as caravans, camper trailers and RVs are not suitable for the narrow and winding roads.
2hr drive south of Brisbane.
If you don’t mind a bit of sand in your sleeping bag and views of the sea as you wake up then perhaps Moreton Island is just the camping destination for you. Whether you wish to laze on the beach or pack your day with activities, there’s no shortage of things to do. From snorkelling, hikes, sand dunes, the Cape Moreton Lighthouse and more, you’ll be struggling to fit everything into your limited hours of sunlight. With a variety of coastal and non-coastal camping grounds, you’ll surely be able to find your own lil’ spot on the island.
30 min drive and 1.5 hr barge north-east of Brisbane.
If it’s spectacular mountain scenery you want to tick off your adventure bucket list, the Bunya Mountains is where you need to be. As well as panoramic views – worthy of an Instagram post or two – the mountain is covered in rainforest and grasslands that are home to some of the most exotic plants and birds Queensland has to offer. There are three campgrounds in the park offering areas suitable for tents as well as cabins and guesthouses. So pack your camera, binoculars and walking boots and get exploring!
3 hr drive north-west of Brisbane.
Treasure a clear night sky clear of city smog at Moogerah Peaks National Park. Located in the scenic rim, the park is blanketed with rugged and undeveloped volcanic peaks that boast a range of scenic hikes. If you wish to take a break from the bush, discover Moogerah Lake within the park where you can launch your own boat or hire one for the day and explore the peaks on the water.
1 hr 20 min drive south-west of Brisbane.
If you really want to rough it and challenge your resourcefulness and tolerance to discomfort then Mt. Barney awaits you. All camping sites can only be accessed by foot and there are no facilities on site – yep, it’s time to pull out the no.2 shovel. The mountain is covered in a vast and beautiful forest and challenging treks that range from moderate to very steep, allowing you to see it all first-hand.
2 hrs drive south-west of Brisbane.
If being left to your own devices on an island void of mainland luxuries is something you want to have a crack at then look to Straddie. Self proclaimed as the antidote to city life, Straddie has everything you need to chill out. Slow paced living, campsites in the sand and heaps of activities to de-stress – think whale watching from a breezy cliffside.
45 min drive and 30 min barge east of Brisbane.