TOP CAMPING DESTINATIONS IN QUEENSLAND
Queensland is a mecca for campers. The Sunshine State is home to some of the most stunning beaches, tropical rainforests and national parks. There are so many camping destinations in Queensland. You’ll find one suited for you, regardless if you’re a camping newbie or a seasoned outdoorsman. Queensland’s warm tropical climate also means that you can go camping all year round. Here are some of the best camping destinations in Queensland.
CYLINDER BEACH, NORTH STRADBROKE ISLAND
Cylinder Beach is one of North Straddie’s most iconic surf beaches. With beach camping, you can fall asleep to the relaxing sounds of the waves as well as wake up and immediately jump into the water. On Cylinder Beach, you can also go fishing, surfing, snorkelling, diving and whale watching.
You have to take a car ferry to reach North Stradbroke Island. Cylinder Beach Campground has eight powered and 60 unpowered campsites. You will have access to modern amenities such as flush toilets, hot showers, barbecues, laundry and picnic tables. The campground is close to the town of Point Lookout, so there are cafes, galleries, boutiques and restaurants nearby.
WHITEHAVEN BEACH, WHITSUNDAY
Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays is known for its crystal white silica sands and warm azure-coloured ocean. The majority of guests come to swim, snorkel, kayak and whale watch but bushwalking is also available throughout the Whitsunday Islands National Park.
The Whitehaven Beach camping area, however, requires a permit and a fee. There are only seven campsites and only 36 people at a time can stay overnight. You can access facilities such as toilets and picnic table, but open fires and generators are prohibited. You also need to bring drinking water. Though there are tradeoffs, you get to be one of the lucky few who can say that they spent the night at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
CHARLIE MORELAND, SUNSHINE COAST HINTERLAND
Charlie Moreland, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, is an ideal location if you want a rustic camping experience. You can only access the campground via a 4WD vehicle. Campers who aren’t willing to rough it out may find this campsite a challenge. There are no showers here. You’ll have to head to the creek to bathe. Unsurprisingly, the Charlie Moreland campground doesn’t get too crowded. If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, this is the place for you.
Charlie Moreland is right on the edge of the Conondale National Park. You can admire nature and birdlife as you hike up to the Mt. Allan fire tower where a panoramic view of the Conondale Ranges will greet you.
BIGRIGGEN PARK, SCENIC RIM
Bigriggen Park is just 90 minutes from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The campground is located in the middle of the Australian bush in the Scenic Rim. It’s set on 100 acres of high hilltops and river flats. There are a lot of grassy areas and gum trees that tower over you. You can admire nature and birdlife as you go hiking in the nearby national parks.
The campground has both unpowered and powered campsites, so you can still camp comfortably if that’s your preferred camping experience. It’s also easily accessible to cars, caravans and buses. There are several amenities including toilets, hot showers and a camp store. It’s dog-friendly, and campfires are not restricted.
MOUNT BARNEY NATIONAL PARK, SCENIC RIM
Mount Barney National Park is about 90km southwest of Brisbane. As part of the Scenic Rim, this national park a World Heritage site. There are 10 camping zones, and they’re only accessible by foot. Mostly bushwalkers and climbers frequent Mount Barney. There are no facilities in the area and fires are prohibited. As such, you need sufficient gear, drinking water and a cooking stove. Camping at this location will allow you to get back to the basics. It’s perfect for campers who want to enjoy the natural beauty of southeast Queensland.
These camping destinations in Queensland illustrate just how diverse the Sunshine State is for campers. Whether you want to camp in comfort or you want to rough it out, you’ll find something that perfectly suits your preferences. You also won’t tire of camping in Queensland as you can take advantage of the different landscapes. You can go beach camping one weekend and trek into the wilderness the following week.
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