Brisbane might abound in natural splendours but camping takes getting back to nature to a whole new level. Not all camping spots are made equal, that's for sure. Flushing toilets are a must—we really appreciate some things about modern society, after all—as are activities to suit every taste and a good old fashioned hiking trail.
Luckily, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to whip up a definitive guide to the very best camping spots around Brisbane, so you can take the guess work out of where to head on your next trip. Now all you have to do is pack the car and gather the crew. You’re welcome, guys.
Lake Moogerah Caravan Park is situated directly on the shore of stunning Lake Moogerah, a pristine slice of Queensland wilderness located a lazy 100 kilometres from the CBD. Framed by mountains and featuring one of the most tranquil lakes you’ll ever see, Lake Moogerah is a favourite with both water-sports lovers and star photographers alike—meaning that the range of activities on offer is sure to keep every member of your party happy. Pitch a tent and curl up with a good book and we promise you won’t be disappointed with this total retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Nestled between roughly 100 acres of hilltop greenery, gently winding rivers, towering gums and perfectly grassy sites, Bigriggen Park is one of Queensland’s best kept secrets for a very good reason. An hour-long hike away from the campsite will bring you to a stunning swimming hole perfect for a post-hike dip, while creeks aplenty provide a burbling soundtrack to your relaxation. With a cap of 700 campers, even in the hectic long weekend season, staying at Bigriggen Park will feel like a true getaway into nature at any time of the year. Well, what are you waiting for?
Cylinder Beach On Stradbroke Island
You guys, nothing gets better than pitching a tent on the beach with a skinny latte in hand—which is exactly what Cylinder Beach on North Stradbroke Island has to offer. If you’re a surf aficionado this spot was made for you, being only a few steps away from one of Straddie’s most iconic surf beaches. Shopping enthusiasts can also do some damage at the nearby strip of cafes, boutiques, and restaurants of Point Lookout. Phew, we’re exhausted just thinking about it, which is why you should remember to head on over to the Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel for a few cheeky afternoon beverages.
Quick, name five things you know about Gympie off the top of your head. If Amamoor Creek isn’t one of them, I hate to break it to you but you’ve been missing out on life. With two campgrounds in the vicinity—Cedar Creek Grove and Amamoor Creek—Amamoor Creek is a camping lover’s dream with massive hoop pine trees, a swath of grassy land to pitch your tent, and kilometres of hiking through a bird-filled forest. Oh, and it also only costs $7 a night, so it’s basically perfect. We’ll see you there!
Lamington National Park
A camping spot guide just wouldn’t be complete without at least one mention of Lamington National Park. Home to many of Queensland’s best natural wonders, like Natural Bridge and Morans Falls, Lamington also boasts two camping grounds: a public one located in the Green Mountains section of the park and a privately-managed one adjacent to the Binna Burra section of the park. Both are awesome and provide access to the vastly different sides of the national park. While the process of acquiring a permit to camp in Lamington can be a bit of a hassle, due to the local governments desire to protect its pristine beauty, the end result is more than worth the trouble.
Mount Barney National Park
Located only an hour and a half away from Brisbane’s CBD, Mount Barney National Park is a must-see for the seasoned adventurer among us, as the campgrounds on the mountain itself are only accessible by foot. That being said, there are a few campgrounds close by—chiefly the Mt Barney Lodge campground—for those who are keen to explore the stunning natural beauty of Mt Barney and retreat to a safe haven at the end of the day. Rising like a sentinel from the surrounding hills, Mount Barney’s summit offers some to-die-for views of the surrounding landscape and more than one stream of water to traverse. Don your best fedora and pretend you’re Indiana Jones, guys, because you’re about to have the camping adventure of a lifetime.
Peach Trees Camping Area
Set beside the gorgeous Yabba Creek, in Jimna State Forest, Peach Trees camping area is the perfect weekend getaway for the family. A number of walks leave from the camping area, the most popular of which being the 700 metre Yabba Creek Circuit Walk which crosses a suspension bridge and delivers you to the opposite side of the creek, where you can dip your toes in the cool, sparkling water. Open fires are also permitted in barbeques and fire rings, so make sure to pack some extra marshmallows for a truly authentic camping experience. Plus, the campground’s called Peach Trees and that is the most adorable thing we’ve heard all week.
Want to spend your weekend somewhere closer to home? Check out our wrap up of awesome things to do in Brisbane this weekend.
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