The sun is out and it’s starting to warm up in Brisbane, so it’s time to get outdoors and experience the world. Why not try camping? It can be a lot of fun and an awesome adventure with your closest friends. But if you’re anything like us, you might be a camping newbie, worrying about your ability to survive in the bush with nothing but a tarpaulin hanging overhead and those big questions like, what’s it like out there without wifi and a fridge packed full of Jocelyn’s cheese cake? Fear not, for we have found the best camping spots near Brisbane that can cater to the most inexperienced campers! Plus, they’re might even be wifi.
The Scenic Rim
Located about an hour and a half from Brisbane, Bigriggen lives up to its name as a whopping 100-acre park with hilltops, bush, and gentle river flats for you and your friends to explore. The parking sites are level and grassy, so you won’t have any trouble pitching a tent or parking safely. And there’s no need to worry about somehow surviving the weekend without your straightener or phone charger, because Bigriggen has just installed 30 new powered sites! So Netflix and camping is a very real possibility. They’ve also got hot showers available, so it’s basically outdoor living at its finest—surrounded by all the natural wonders the Scenic Rim has to offer. BYO Aesop. Camping newbies will love Bigriggen, and your furry friends can enjoy all the fun too because this place is pet friendly.
Ballina and Lennox Heads
If you haven’t experienced the epic beaches and scenery around Ballina and Lennox Heads, you’re missing out! But don’t worry, this picturesque spot is only a two-hour drive from Brisbane and has numerous parks where you can pitch a tent and get one with mother nature. From here you can take a scenic headland walk to the beach in just 15 minutes and spend the day lazing in the sand. If you’re not quite the adventure type, there’s a solar heated pool and spa, a game room with a big TV, and a beach volleyball court! This kind of comfort is perfect for first-time campers who aren’t keen to commit to a windy night alone on the beach.
If you’re looking for an activity-filled getaway, there are plenty of fun things to do at Wivenhoe Dam. Dams are cool, alright. If you’re a newbie to camping, but a fan of water sports, a visit to Captain Logan Campground would be a great place is going to make your dat. You can relax and enjoy the basic necessities of life after a day of kayaking on the dam, with powered camping sites and hot showers available. You also have the added bonus of going with a big group of friends (up to 10 people per site) so you can endure the struggle of first-time camping together! Power in numbers, right? Located only an hour’s drive away, you can easily jump in the car and enjoy your first weekend of camping not far from home—that way it’s easier to call it quits. Just kidding.
The Sunshine Coast boasts some of the most beautiful beaches and weather in Queensland, and lucky for us it’s just a quick drive up the highway to (outdoor, wifi-free) luxury! Rainbow Beach Ultimate Camping has to be the best option for a Brisbane resident’s first camping expedition, because they do all the work for you. There’s no need to delve into your savings to buy expensive camping equipment; simply rock up and you will find your campsite fully set up – whether you want a basic camp or ‘glamp’ (glam camp). All you need to do is enjoy beachfront views while they take care of everything from camping permits to cooking necessities. Sounds like the type of camping we’re all about it. You’ll find this eco-friendly gem at Inskip Peninsula, just 10 minutes from the stunning Rainbow Beach.
Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk
The challenging and breath-taking walks on an ancient volcano through the World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests are only a two hour drive south of Brisbane—so you’d be a fool not to make the trip out there. Close to local shops for supplies, The Settlement is a great place to set up camp before enjoying a walk up to the points that look over the Gold Coast (great Insta moment, FYI). Newbies will welcome access to toilets, water, shelter and even free electric barbeques to make cooking in the bush a bit easier. Be warned there are no showers at this site, so be sure to pack a few wet wipes and embrace your ‘true self’! It’s all about the experience though, right?
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