As the days start to get longer and the mercury begins to rise, now is the time to start planning where to go on your Summer weekend escapes. There are so many great camping sites to choose from in South-East Queensland so we’ve narrowed the list down to find the best spots.
Cylinder Beach and Flinders Beach Stradbroke Island
Stradbroke has a number of choice campsites along its white sandy beaches, including Adder Rock, Amity Point, Bradbury’s Beach, Cylinder Beach, Flinders Beach, Home and Main Beach camp areas. Two standouts are Cylinder and Flinders for their easy access, reasonable fees. Just remember that a 4WD beach permit is required for the island.
The World Heritage Listed Fraser Island has a whopping choice of 45 different camping area options to choose from. The island is known for its rich Aboriginal heritage, colourful sand cliffs, fresh water lakes and streams and its strict 4WD only accessibility. It is important to note that families with children 16 years and under are encouraged to camp within the areas with dingo deterrent fences like Central Station, Dundubara, Waddy Point top and Lake Boomanjin.
Bigriggen Park, Scenic Rim
Located in the foothills of the Scenic Rim’s Mount Maroon, Bigriggen Park packs a punch with its close proximity to Mt Barney National Park and its many bush walks and scenic drives. There’s cycling tracks, bird watching, swimming and platypus spotting at the nearby Logan River and Burnett Creek.
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Noosa North Shore Beach Campground, Cooloola Coast, QLD
Resting at the edge of Noosa’s pristine unspoilt sand dunes is the Noosa North Shore Beach Campground. Not only is Noosa’s wonderful coastline right at your doorstep but so too are activities like wilderness bushwalks, fishing and stand up paddle boarding.
There’s also Hastings Street not far away so if you can’t go without your morning latte, take your pick as you stroll down this trendy drag. Other notable campgrounds in the area include Noosa River Holiday Park and Boreen Point Campground.
Lamington National Park
Just a two hour drive from Brisbane, Lamington National Park is home to some of SEQ’s best walking trails. The lush rainforest full of ancient trees is a beautifully serene backdrop for any camping adventure and holds a number of different campsites to choose from.
Lamington is also part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, the most extensive area of subtropical rainforest in the world, and has been marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986.
Rainbow Beach Holiday Village
Located just north of Noosa on the Fraser Coast, Rainbow Beach Holiday Village is the perfect laid back camp escape. There’s even a choice of bungalow retreats through to beachfront camping spots and a massive swimming pool just in case you want a break from the vast white sandy coastline. Take some flattened cardboard boxes with you to toboggan down the sand dunes in the nearby National Park.
Besides the crystal clear too-good-to-be-true waters, Moreton Island’s famous Tangalooma Wrecks make this an interesting camp site location. You can camp just near the fifteen vessels that were deliberately sunk to form a manmade harbour for small boats, allowing for easy access to snorkelling and diving around them during the day. The Wrecks campsite is located just next to the Moreton Islands MICAT landing point, meaning you don’t even really need a car. Walk straight off the MICAT and pitch your tent.
Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park
Besides the three swimming pools, BBQ areas and rec room, Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park boasts access to one of the most stunning creek/beaches on the whole of the Gold Coast. Tallebudgera is a popular stand up paddle board spot and can get particularly busy in the Summer due to its calm clear waters, perfect for the little ones.