Thought the sunshine state couldn’t get any better? Well we’re here to give you another nine reasons to love Queensland, with the best hidden camping spots in and around the Brisbane area. Come and discover a world away from high rise hotels and resorts, and get more down to earth - by camping on it!
Cedar Creek Campground
Picture waking up in a tent pitched next to a babbling brook, morning mist rolling over the hills and a chorus of birdsong filling the air as the sun rises. All of this and more can be found at the Cedar Creek Campground in the Amamoor State Forest. Located only two and a half hours drive north of Brisbane, this secluded campground is a great place for a family getaway or a romantic stay for two. Take a dip in the creek or go for a walk and explore the area. Campfires are allowed but keep up to date with any local fire restrictions in the area.
Nestled in the middle of hundreds of acres of bushland, you’ll find the grassy fields that call many campers to this dream location. With something for everyone and only an hour and a half from Brisbane, Bigriggen Park accommodates those who may be new to the camping experience - with some powered campsites and even hot showers available to help ease you into the outdoor lifestyle. If you’re wanting to go more ‘off grid’ you can still camp the old fashioned way and get connected to the nature of this stunning location. This is also a great getaway for those who have fur babies, as Bigriggen is a dog-friendly campground!
Booloumba Creek Campground
Located in the Conondale National Park, this hidden camping spot offers you nature, beauty and solitude. Recharge and unwind in the turquoise waters of the Booloumba Creek swimming hole before cooking up a meal to enjoy with the beautiful national park as your backdrop. Spend a few days here to get the most out of the experience and the two hour drive from Brisbane. If you are feeling up to a walk and want to explore the area, the Conondale Great Walk is right at your doorstep and a great activity to do with a group.
Bestbrook Mountain Farmstay
Looking for something a little different? Bestbrook Mountain Farmstay offers camping along the beautiful creek that runs through their property, but here’s the twist: you can not only camp here, but you can get involved with farm life! Learn to milk a cow, collect chicken eggs, make damper on the campfire and learn to crack a workmans whip. If you’ve ever wanted to see what it’s like to be involved in the daily life of a working farm, but still camp beneath the stars in a stunning location - then this experience is for you.
One of the most amazing campsites near Brisbane, this hidden gem is located a short ferry ride away on North Stradbroke Island. With white sand and turquoise water at your doorstep, you may never want to leave. Throw out a towel and enjoy the sun, or get amongst the waves - the choice is yours. Coin operated showers and flushing toilets are available at the campsite for those wanting to keep a touch of ‘luxury’ on your camping experience. Ferry tickets to the island can be pricey, so it’s best to aim to spend a few days here to get the most out of your time. Learn more about camping on Cylinder Beach.
This campground is something special. located right on the lake’s edge, with stunning mountains as your backdrop, this magic place is just an hour and a half from Brisbane. When you’re not enjoying the sunset across the lake, dropping a fishing line or kayaking through the clear waters, why not try one of the great walks in the area? The Governor's Chair Lookout Track takes you high into the Main Range National Park and offers unparalleled panoramic views across the mountain range and the Lake Moogerah below.
Lamington National Park
Camping amongst a lush green rainforest, the sound of running water and wildlife to lull you to sleep - Lamington National Park is a must for campers looking for unique camping experiences close to Brisbane. Spend your days hiking the rainforest, searching for waterfalls, wildlife watching or checking out the spectacular views from some of the higher vantage points. Located just two hours’ drive south of Brisbane, this ancient Gondwana rainforest is of ecological importance to the region and is a must visit for nature and wildlife enthusiasts.
Peach Tree Camping Area
Stay amongst the open native pine forest next to the Yabba River at the Peach Tree Camping Area. Located in the Jimna State Forest, this is another excellent camping spot approximately two hours north of Brisbane. It’s an easy escape from the city and one without huge amounts of foot traffic. You’ll wake up to families of Kangaroos who breakfast on the grass around the campground, before making yourself bacon and eggs on the campfire and taking one of the great short walks available in the area.
Bribie Island is not only conveniently close to Brisbane, the island is also almost entirely national parkland. There are numerous places to camp - Ocean Beach, Lime Pocket, Gallagher Point and Poverty Creek to name a few. Enjoy some remote beach camping before heading out for some water sports such as kayaking or snorkeling in the clear waters. If you’re a fan of fishing, why not try and catch your own dinner? When heading to the island it is good to note that a 4WD is recommended to access many of the camp sites, but that is half the fun!
TOP TIP: Remember to look up before you head to bed. The stars here are beautiful due to the island's low light pollution.
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