With rugged sand islands to the east, a rural wilderness to the west and lush national parks to the north and south, Brisbane is blessed with an array of stunning camping options within easy reach of the city centre. Whether you prefer pitching a tent by the beach or deep in the Aussie bush, like to rough it away from the crowds or can’t live without a hot shower every day, there’s a weekend camping escape with your name on it.
If you’re planning to camp in Queensland’s national parks, check the website to keep up-to-date on the latest park conditions. And if you’re travelling during school holidays, it’s well worth booking ahead. Here are six gorgeous spots to get your camping holiday started.
Just south of Moreton Island, North Stradbroke Island, or “Straddie”, is a similarly popular island camping escape from Brisbane. There are half a dozen camping grounds to choose from across the island, with all camping and 4WD permits arranged through Minjerribah Camping (advance booking essential). If you’re hoping to catch a few waves, pitch your tent at Cylinder Beach campground on the island’s northeast coast, which lies just steps from the surf. It’s also handily close to the Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel for campers craving ice-cold bevvies.
Tucked up in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, roughly two hours northwest of Brisbane, Conondale National Park boasts three lush rainforest camping areas alongside crystal-clear Booloumba Creek. While there are no facilities here other than toilets and campfire pits, there’s plenty to do, from paddling in the creek to tackling the multitude of trails leading to attractions such as Booloumba Falls, the Strangler Cairn sculpture by internationally renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy, and the Mount Allan fire tower, from where you can enjoy incredible views over the forest. Keep in mind that the Booloumba Creek Road access includes creek crossings, with a high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle recommended.