12 of the best places to camp in Brisbane

Brisbane may be rich in natural splendor, but camping takes back to nature to a whole new level. Not all camping spots are created equal, that’s for sure. Toilets are a must – we For real appreciate some things of modern society, like activities for all tastes and an old-fashioned walking trail.

Luckily, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to create a definitive guide to the very best camping in Brisbane (or at least close by) so you don’t have to guess where to go on your next trip. Now all you have to do is pack up the car and collect the crew. You’re welcome, guys.

Condondale . National Park

From beaches to forests, it’s all available for camping near Brisbane. Camping at Condondale (notably Booloomba Creek) in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland gives you your fix of the latter, where you pitch your tent in lush rainforests. Again, high-clearance 4WDs are the only vehicles that can get you there, but for the crystal clear waters of the nearby creek, it’s worth it. There are specially set fire rings for safe campfires, nearby toilets and designated camping spots, which you must reserve here.

Bribie Island

Similar to Moreton Bribie is unreal when it comes to camping in Brisbane. On this infamous island you can camp in the bush or on the beach. In fact, one place is so remote that you can only get there by boat. Most sites have showers, restrooms, barbecues, picnic tables, and designated campfire circles. In addition to unplugging and recharging, you can go boating, fishing, and explore the expansive beaches and forests.

Wivenhoe Dam

A slightly slower speed Wivenhoe Dam is your place if you like kayaking and canoeing. As no motorized boats are allowed, the water is very calm making for an enjoyable, relaxing experience or a place to fish. If you want to take your experience to the next level, head to the Pure Glamping tents. But if you want to take advantage of that tent you bought last summer, pitch your own on the grassy shores of the lake.

D’Aguilar . National Park

A short 30 minute drive will take you to D’Aguilar National Park, a leafy camper’s dream, complete with every comfort. The campgrounds are right next to Neurum Creek and draw a large crowd for their biking trails, swimming, and beautiful hiking trails. Pitch your tent and look out for a beautiful blue-green winged butterfly or two. Interestingly, Neurum Creek is one of the D’Aguilar Range’s last natural breeding grounds for Richmond birdwing butterflies, and you can often see them fluttering around the water near the creek.

Lake Moogera

Lake Moogerah Caravan Park is located right on the shore of beautiful Lake Moogerah, an unspoilt slice of Queensland wilderness, a lazy 100 kilometers from the CBD. Framed by mountains and boasting one of the most tranquil lakes you’ll ever see, Lake Moogerah is a favorite with water sports enthusiasts and celebrity photographers alike – meaning the range of activities on offer is sure to keep any member of your party merry. Pitch a tent and curl up with a good book and we promise you won’t be disappointed in this total getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Bigriggen Park

Nestled among approximately 100 acres of hilltop greenery, gently meandering rivers, towering gums and perfectly grassy sites, Bigriggen Park is one of Queensland’s best-kept secrets for a reason. An hour’s walk from the site takes you to a beautiful swimming hole that’s perfect for a post-hike dip, while the coves galore provide a babbling soundtrack to your relaxation. With a maximum of 700 campers, even in the hectic long weekend season, staying at Bigriggen Park feels like a real retreat into nature any time of the year. Well, what are you waiting for?

Cylinder Beach on Stradbroke Island

Guys, nothing beats pitching a tent on the beach with a low-fat latte in hand — and that’s exactly what Cylinder Beach on North Stradbroke Island has to offer. If you’re a surf enthusiast, this place is made for you, just a stone’s throw from one of Straddie’s most iconic surfing beaches. Shoppers can also wreak havoc on Point Lookout’s nearby strip of cafes, boutiques and restaurants. Phew, we’re dead tired just thinking about it, so don’t forget to head over to the Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel for a few cheeky afternoon drinks.

Amamoor Creek

Quick, name five things you know about Gympie by heart. If Amamoor Creek isn’t one of them, I don’t want to tell you, but you’ve been missing out on life. With two campgrounds nearby—Cedar Creek Grove and Amamoor Creek—Amamoor Creek is every camping enthusiast’s dream with huge pine trees, a patch of grassland to pitch your tent, and miles of hiking through a forest full of birds. Oh, and it only costs $7 a night, so it’s actually perfect. We’ll see you there!

Lamington National Park

A camping guide wouldn’t be complete without at least one mention of Lamington National Park. Home to many of Queensland’s best natural wonders, such as Natural Bridge and Morans Falls, Lamington also has two camping areas: a public lot in the Green Mountains portion of the park and a privately managed site adjacent to the Binna Burra portion of the park . Both are great and provide access to the vastly different sides of the national park. While the process of obtaining a permit to camp in Lamington can be a bit tricky, due to the local government’s desire to protect its pristine beauty, the end result is well worth the effort.

Mount Barney National Park

Mount Barney National Park, located just an hour and a half from Brisbane’s CBD, is a must-see for the seasoned adventurer among us, as the campsites on the mountain itself are only accessible on foot. That said, there are a few campsites close by – mainly the Mt Barney Lodge campsite – for those eager to explore the stunning natural beauty of Mt Barney and retire to a safe haven at the end of the day. Rising like a sentry from the surrounding hills, the summit of Mount Barney offers fantastic views of the surrounding landscape and more than one stream of water to cross. Put on your best fedora and pretend you’re Indiana Jones, guys, because you’re about to have the camping adventure of a lifetime.

Peach Trees Campground

Located next to beautiful Yabba Creek, in Jimna State Forest, the Peach Trees Campground is the perfect weekend getaway for the family. A number of walks leave from the site, the most popular of which is the 700-meter Yabba Creek Circuit Walk, which crosses a suspension bridge and takes you to the other side of the creek, where you can dip your toes in the cool, sparkling waters. Open fires are also allowed in barbecues and fire rings, so be sure to pack some extra marshmallows for a truly authentic camping experience. Plus, the campground is called Peach Trees and that’s the cutest thing we’ve heard all week.

Moreton Island

Fancy more of an ‘island paradise’ camping trip in Brisbane? Moreton Island is where it is. Now there is a bit of preparation involved, so be sure to heed us (and the advice of Brisbane City Council). First of all, access to the camping spots and navigating the entire island is only possible with high-clearance 4WDs – the Corolla hatchback won’t make it. Second, you have to get on the ferry for which you need a pre-booked ticket. Do you have your cruiser and your ticket? Great, now the best camping awaits you – secluded beach spots, snorkelling, diving, bird watching, sand sledding, bushwalking, fishing and even dolphin feeding.

Want to go a little further away? Here you will find the best campsite in Queensland.

Image credit: Chris Holder

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