We may not yet be able to explore across the seas, so let’s keep it local and get outside in our own city outers.
Whether it be a family tradition, first time frivolity or break-the-boredom fun, camping is a must at one point or another! With our wide landscape and plethora of prime camping hotspots around Brisbane, you can find your slice of home, away from home.
I’ve quizzed the Style office and discovered the best camping spots in arms reach of Brisbane. Some you may already know and some perhaps are off your usual beaten track!
If you’re after a ‘gone bush’ experience, check the Bunyas! Just under three hours’ drive from the CBD, head west towards the Burnett region. The Mountains offer a range of camping spots, both close to the town hub and on the outskirts. When you’re not hanging out by the fire, head into the small town where you’ll meet some wildlife along the way. Once there, restock, have a drink and take a ride on the horse and carriage. Otherwise, opt for one of the many, many walking tracks that lead to waterfalls and lookouts. One cool thing to check out is Gertrude’s Grave at the base of the mountains along Dalby Road. When you get to the bottom of the mountain, park up and head to your right where a small trail leads off to a grave under shady trees. Have a read of the plaque which tells of Gertrude and her babies’ unfortunate death, throwing yourself back in time!
- ‘Gone bush’ vibes
- Small town hub
- Multiple camping sites (and cabins)
- Check out Gertrude’s Grave
This destination is a favourite to locals and tourists alike, with even those from Noosa and the Maroochydore areas packing up for the weekend and heading to The Point. DI, as it’s known to the locals, provides a seascape between North Shore and Rainbow Beach. Pitch your tent, head out for a surf and then explore ashore and check out the Double Island Point Lighthouse, Rainbow Beach hikes and try your hand at dune boarding, or simply watch the sunset along the high sand dunes. With freshwater areas and ocean in reach, it’s the hub for all water activities from canoeing to surfing, swimming and kayaking. Take your pick from plenty of campsites whether that be beachside, in the woodland, lakes, or on the banks of Tin Can Bay.
- A destination for water activities!
- Iconic high sand dunes
- Plethora of camping sites from beachside to the rainforest
- Epic star gazing
Head south-west inland of the GC and find yourself in the areas of and surrounding, Killarney. It’s home to popular rainforest retreat, Adjinbilly, which means ‘place of constant water’ and for good reason! Adjinbilly is a nature refuge base amongst rainforest and creeks with a plethora of wildlife all around. The adventure to Adjinbilly starts before you even get there, crossing the Condamine River multiple times (note: you will need a high clearance vehicle). There you’ll find a beautiful retreat with self-contained cabins and campfires in rainforest surroundings. Otherwise, if you’re after a true peg-and-tent experience, stay closer to Killarney where a range of campsites offer the best of the best landscapes in South Queensland.
- 2 hours from Brisbane
- Check out the township of Killarney before settling in for the night at Adjinbilly Rainforest Retreat
- Enjoy the surrounds of heavy rainforest and nature reserves
This is surely a no-brainer! Moreton Island has long reigned as a go-to camping destination. Before you head off, do your research and ensure to book in advance. As a popular hideaway, Moreton offers a range of hotspots for locals and tourists alike, with plenty on offer. Choose the comforts of accommodation, glamping or opt for a true camping experience. While you’re not max-relaxin’, check out the best of Moreton including the stunning Cape Moreton lighthouse, natural ocean spas and scenic walks at North Point. Or, stretch your legs and have a crack at the many, many walking paths, which you can explore here. It's very important to note – there's no sealed roads so tag along with someone who has a 4WD and pack your food and drinks in advance as there's limited facilities. Take plenty of pics and enjoy one of QLD’s most beautiful destinations.
- Plenty of campsites!
- Stunning scenery
- Cabin and campsites both available
- Heaps of breathtaking walks and hikes!
- Ideal for all ages
A little closer to home, head to Tamborine Mountain. Whether camping is your thing or not, Tamborine Mountain is worth a visit for the entire family. There’s plenty to explore including the Skywalk, wineries, shopping and markets, glow worm caves, tree top climbs, crystal mines and more! There’s plenty of campsites to choose from as well as luxe cabins, glamping or family-friendly retreats, so, no matter the occasion, there’s always something to suit. If you’re yet to visit Tamborine, now’s the time! Explore the beauty of our own backyard, support local and have a unique and memorable experience while you’re at it!
- Activity central!
- Ideal for couples and families alike
- Glamp, camp or opt for cabin accommodation
- Experience the local wineries and fine dining