We Aussies have a knack for living it up on the coast, because what spells ‘holidays’ better than waking up to the soothing sound of waves and sand beneath your toes? Let’s take a tour of some of Queensland’s most loved camping areas, where salty breezes, golden sunrises, and unforgettable adventures await!
Cooloola takes the crown for being the ultimate nature escape, just a three-hour drive from Brisbane. This massive sandy wonderland boasts long beaches, mineral-tinted cliffs, wildflower-dotted heathlands, and tranquil inland waterways. Hop in your 4WD to explore shimmering shorelines, hike through fragrant eucalypt woodlands, and bask in golden sunsets from your campsite. With over 20 camping areas, you can socialize or find solitude, accessible only by foot or kayak. A day or a week, you’re in for unforgettable memories!
K’gari, the world’s largest sand island, is a natural marvel. Its ancient dunes, pristine freshwater dune lakes, lush rainforests, and endless beaches make it a paradise for nature lovers. Just over three hours from Brisbane, K’gari offers boundless family adventures. Think golden sunrises, 4WD expeditions, freshwater creeks, and ‘sundowners’ on the beach. These moments are pure gold!
Inskip Peninsula, a short drive from Brisbane, offers a mix of saltwater and sheltered bay camping. Perfect for families and keen fishers, camp among the she-oaks and enjoy sunrise beach walks. Spend your days fishing, kayaking on Tin Can Bay, or birdwatching. Evenings are made for stargazing by the campfire.
Bribie Island, accessible via a bridge, holds a special place in many Aussie hearts. Cruise along the coastline, paddle your kayak or tinnie, and witness migratory shorebirds during summer. Fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves in one of the island’s five camping areas. You’ll leave refreshed and already planning your return.
In 5th place, we head north to Danbulla, nestled around the shores of Lake Tinaroo, a haven for R&R seekers. Camp on the lake’s edge, and get active with fishing, swimming, kayaking, and water-skiing. Or simply relax and enjoy the million-dollar water views. Explore World Heritage-listed rainforest, discover crater lakes, and take mountain-bike rides into the Lamb Range. Danbulla promises to create the best memories.
Ready to explore?
These are the top 5 camping spots across Queensland National Parks. Don’t let others have all the fun – add them to your bucket list and start planning your next camping adventure. Book your campervan hire through Backpacker Deals and also score a $300 experience voucher to add to your adventure!
Paradise is calling – will you answer?