Must-Visit Camping Spots in South East Queensland

Must-Visit Camping Spots in South East Queensland

How lucky are we? We get to live in such a beautiful part of the world with so many hidden gems to discover and stunning places to explore. To celebrate this beautiful part of the world we have put together some of our picks for the must-visit camping spots in South East Queensland.

Now full disclosure, we haven’t stayed at all these locations. Most of these suggestions are based on the reviews and recommendations of other travellers in addition to our own experience.

 

Most Frequently Recommended:

Bigriggen Park – Scenic Rim – https://www.bigriggen.com.au/

While doing research for this post, Bigriggen Park was one of the most consistently recommended locations on the list. After looking into this campground a little more its easy to see why. Situated just under 3 hours from the coast (90 mins South of Brisbane) this stunning location has plenty to offer visitors.

With heaps of open space to explore, a river to swim or fish in and easy access to nearby hiking tracks there is plenty to enjoy. There are powered and non-powered sites, toilets and hot showers (coin operated) on site. The park is also pet-friendly so you can bring your furry family members along with you too.

From all accounts, this is a fantastic place to camp, so it’s definitely one that we’ve added to our list of must-visit camping spots.

 

Now with so many incredible places to choose from, we thought it best to break up the camping spots into a few different categories. Hopefully, you can find one to suit your camping style.
 

Fraser Island

Springbrook National Park

Cobb & Co Nine Mile Campgrounds

Beach Camping:

Cooloola Recreation Area  – https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/cooloola/

Take your pick from some of the best beachside camping spots this region has to offer. Teewah Beach is our pick of the bunch. If you want to take your pets with you, check out Inskip Peninsula a little further north.

Fraser Islandhttps://www.visitfrasercoast.com/Stay/Caravan-Camping

There are so many options on Fraser Island so its best to do plenty of research when planning your trip. We love Cathedrals on Fraser because it is fully fenced and family friendly.

Honourable Mentions: Stradbroke Island, Noosa North Shore, Bribie Island 

Rainforest Camping: 

Conondale National Parkhttps://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/conondale/

This is one you will want to come back to time and time again. With crystal clear swiming holes, stunning waterfalls and an abundance of walking tracks there is plenty to enjoy.

Springbrook National Parkhttps://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/springbrook/camping.html 

Another fantastic location. There are 9 different walking tracks to choose from and gorgeous waterfalls (including the Natural Bridge) to see along the way.

Honourable Mentions: D’Aguilar National Park, Lamington National Park, Main Range National Park

Farm Style Camping:

Bestbrook Mountain Resorthttps://www.bestbrook.com.au/

If you a wanting an authentic farm experience, look no further than Bestbrook. Offering traditional farm stay experiences including milking cows, billy tea, damper, wagon riding, whip cracking and heaps more.

Cobb & Co Nine Mile Campgroundshttp://www.cobb-and-co-nine-mile-camping-grounds.com/

Another one of our absolute favourites. This is the ideal spot for an escape the whole family will enjoy. There is a fantastic playground for the kids, an animal farm and horse riding all on site.

Honourable Mentions: Coleyville Lodge, Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, Kenilworth Camping

 

Lake Somerset

Rivershore Resort

Bunya Mountains National Park

For Watersports:

Lake Somersethttps://www.nrmaparksandresorts.com.au/lake-somerset/

One of the favourites when it comes to watersports and camping lakeside. With plenty of space to enjoy, free kids activities and a wide range of accommodation options available, there is sure to be something to suit everyone. 

Borumba Damhttps://campborumba.com.au/

Another great spot for taking the boat or jet ski for a spin. The campgrounds are ideally located with easy access to the dam and well looked after facilities. 

Honourable Mentions: Lake Moogerah, Maroon Dam, Lake Wivenhoe Campgrounds

For Glampers:

Alure Stanthorpehttps://www.alurestanthorpe.com.au/ 

Now this place takes glamping to a whole new level with one of the most glamorous safari tents we’ve seen (yep, there is even a chandelier). It is truly a lavish glamping experience sure to delight even the most reluctant campers. 

Rivershore Resorthttps://www.rivershore.com.au 

This one is an absolute gem of a spot. The luxurious Safari Tents are kitted out with everything you need (can anyone say claw-foot bathtub). The wide range of facilities onsite are sure to keep the whole crew entertained. 

Honourable Mentions: Murphy’s Creek Hideaway, Ketchups Bank Glamping, Nightfall (Must See!)

 

For Adventurers:

Mount Barney National Park https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/mount-barney/ or https://www.mtbarneyretreat.com.au/mtbarney-camping.html

All camping areas within the National Park are only accessible by foot so be prepared to carry everything in and out for those. If you are up for it though, there are some incredible lookouts, waterfalls, swimming holes and forests to see while you’re there. Rest assured, there are also some other accommodation options nearby if carrying your gear isn’t your style.

Bunya Mountains National Park https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/bunya-mountains/ 

Another long time crowd favourite. With three camping options, each with different levels of accessibility, there is something to suit all types of campers. The rainforest in this park is spectacular with ancient bunya pines towering overhead. With over 9 walking tracks to choose from there is plenty to explore. 

Honourable Mentions: Jimna State Forest, Mapleton National Park, Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk

Farm Style Camping on the Sunshine Coast

Farm Style Camping on the Sunshine Coast

1. Cobb & Co Nine Mile Camping Grounds

Cobb and Co Nile Mile Camping Grounds is the perfect family getaway. The 50 lush acres is situated on the Six Mile Creek just south of Gympie. Set on the site of the old Cobb and Co Horse Change Stables at Six Mile Creek, this campground offers luxury tents.

Check out our review here.

Facilities

  • Kitchen area with barbeque and dining tables
  • Kiosk
  • Campfires are permitted in all sites (BYO wood or buy from kiosk)

Click here for information and to book

Activities 

  • Playgrounds
  • Walking tracks
  • Kids’ activities

2. Kenilworth Camping 

A working dairy farm located 2 km from Kenilworth, the campground has lots of shallow sandy swimming holes and big shady camp areas.

Check out our review here.

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Campfires
  • Dogs
  • No showers
  • No Powered Sites

    Click here for more information and to book

    campgrounds within 1 hour of sunshine coast

    Activities

    • Swimming
    • Canoeing
    • Bicycle riding
    • Dairy farm tours

    3. Imbil Camping Retreat

    Formerly the Island Reach Camping Resort, this beautiful property is now under new management. This family friendly retreat boasts 12 acres of stunning camping spots including some great creek-side spots.

    Facilities

    • Hot Showers
    • Toilets
    • Campfires
    • Pet Friendly
    • Camp Kitchen
    • Powered and Unpowered Sites

    Click here for more information and to book

    campgrounds within 1 hour of sunshine coast

    Activities

    • Swimming
    • Kayaking/Canoeing
    • Stand Up Paddle Board
    • Bicycle riding

    4. Bluff Creek Camping Kenilworth 

    Another hinterland favourite, the privately owned Bluff Creek Campgrounds in Kenilworth are a fantastic spot for a long weekend escape. There are campsites suitable for couples, families and larger groups with each being located nearby the beautiful clear creek with swimming holes and plenty of fish.

    Facilities

    • Hot Showers
    • Laundry
    • Camp Kitchen
    • Free Bbq’s

    Click here for more information and to book 

    campgrounds within 1 hour of sunshine coast

    Activities

    • Swimming
    • Canoeing
    • Fishing

    5. Nerum Creek Bush Retreat

    Bordering the Mt Mee State Forest, Nerum Creek Bush Retreat is a privately owned dog-friendly campground. The grounds are spacious with bike riding, canoeing and hiking available. In addition to the standard amenities such as hot water and toilets, there is also tent and camping equipment hire.

    Facilities

    • Hot water
    • Toilets
    • Tent and camping equipment hire

    Click here for more information and to book 

    campgrounds within 1 hour of sunshine coast

    Activities

    • Bike riding
    • Canoeing
    • Hiking

    Honourable Mentions: 

    Hangar O – https://www.hangaro.com.au/

    We haven’t stayed here ourselves, but have heard great things about this new location. 

    Borumba Deer Park – http://www.borumbadeerpark.com/

    Always a favourite with locals for a family friendly camping trip. 

    Kenilworth Homestead – https://www.kenilworthhomestead.com.au/ 

    An absolutely stunning property with plenty of options for a wide variety of campers. 

    Looking for more places to camp on the Sunshine Coast?

    Check out our downloadable camping guide for all things Sunshine Coast!

    Dog Friendly Campgrounds Sunshine Coast (UPDATED 2018)

    What can be better than camping with the WHOLE family, the furry ones included. Camping with the family dog can be a fun and enjoyable experience for pet owners and pooches alike. Fortunately, dog-friendly campgrounds are becoming more common as park owners recognise that more people want to travel with their dogs.

    To ensure the safety and enjoyment for you, your dog and other campers there are some important things to consider.

    Plan Ahead: 

    There is a little more involved in a camping trip when taking your pet. Planning ahead can prevent unnecessary stress and inconvenience.

    • Call ahead and double check with the camping ground about bringing your pooch as some have restrictions on size and numbers.
    • Scout out the dog-friendly and/or off-leash parks and beaches in the area.
    • Find and save the phone numbers of the 24-hour vets in the area.
    • Ensure your dog has a secure collar with current phone numbers.
    • Pack a dog specific first aid kit, which includes their medications (if any) and latest vaccination certificate.

    What To Take: 

    • Leash & Collar.
    • 20-foot-long lead and tether, as well as stake for ground.
    • Harness or dog carrier for the car.
    • Poop bags.
    • Food, water and dishes. Always take more food and water than you think you need.
    • Bed and/or blanket and a tarp for underneath. The tarp will prevent water and cold air from getting through.
    • Toys and treats.
    • Brush for combing out leaves and dirt etc.
    • Glow stick – great for attaching to your dog’s collar at night.

    We’ve compiled a list of Dog-friendly campgrounds on the Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas to help you plan your next adventure… 

     

    Sunshine Coast Dog-Friendly Camping and Caravan Parks.

    Cooloola Coast Camping and Caravan Parks

    Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area, Rainbow Beach

    Amamoor State Forest, near Gympie

    Tin Can Bay Tourist Park, Tin Can Bay

    We hope this information helps you and your four-legged friends have a safe and fun camping trip!

    Need some further advice on caravanning or camping? Give us a call at 1300 227 353 or contact us online! 

    Campsite Review: Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp

    Campsite Review: Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp

    Hey guys! Bridie here from Accelerate Auto Electrics, hope you’re ready for this rollercoaster camping trip. This campsite review will be a little different as I’m a rookie camper. But nonetheless, I’m excited to share my first camping experience with everyone!

    I’ll even share with you what went wrong! Hopefully, you learn from my mistakes and get a laugh out of it.

    Getting There

    Getting there was a breeze! I was coming from Caloundra which is about an hour away, but keep in mind travel time will depend on traffic and roadworks. The campsite is located 20 Minutes out of Noosa at Lake Cootharaba. No need to go off the beaten track until you arrive at the campgrounds. There you drive along a dirt road, but nothing my little car (a 2wd) couldn’t tackle!

    Accommodation Options

    Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp has all the accommodation options covered

     

    Camping

    What we loved

    • Location, Location, Location – We grabbed a beautiful spot right on the lake, surrounded by nature and the beach is close by.
    • Bar and Bistro – Great for families and relaxing with some friends!
    • Amenities – modern and clean
    • Accommodation options – There are plenty of accommodation options for all kinds of campers, even glamping!
    • Walking tracks – There are heaps of walking tracks to choose from. Although I didn’t personally do one because I spent all my time at the beach, I did see a lot of people putting on their hiking shoes and heading into the bush.
    • Kid Friendly – There was a lot of kids riding around on their bikes, kicking a soccer ball or running around the campsite!
    • Watercraft Hire – You can hire out watercraft for the day and jump in the lake to cool down.

    Room for improvement

    • Signage – Getting there in the night was difficult as we couldn’t see any signs to say where the campsite was, we couldn’t even see the entrance. We just took a wild guess and drove down a dirt road and luckily it turned out to be the right one! There were limited signs at the campsite which made it difficult to find our way around. Note: There is a big Habitat Noosa sign on entrance, but due to its colour, you may not be able to see this at night.
    • Showers – Not so much a ‘room for improvement’ but just to note, the showers are solar powered. This means you will not get any hot water until the sun starts coming in. Best to shower at night or late in the afternoon.

    Things to do

    There are plenty of things you can do down at the Habitat Noosa! Check out the list below

    1. Historical Nature Walks! There’s a range of great walking tracks easily accessible from the eco-camp.  Click here for more information
    2. Free shuttle bus to Noosa – Noosa is the perfect location to sit back and relax, you may as well get a free ride in.
    3. The CootharaBAR bistro & bar – Enjoy an uninterrupted view of Lake Cootharaba with a cold beer!
    4. 65 Acres of Land – There’s plenty of room for the kids to ride their bikes, bring a soccer ball, cricket set or a frisbee.

    Tours & Hire

    1. bar-b-canoe – Enjoy a canoe along the tropical rainforest waterways! Click here for more information!
    2. eco-cruise – Enjoy a historical cruiser along the river with Morning Tea and Lunch Provided! Book Here  
    3. Hire out watercraft! You can hire out Fiberglass and plastic canoes, One person and tandem sea kayaks, Waveskis, SUPs, Sailboat, Windsurfers, Motorboats (one-day advance booking required).

    My Experience

    Upon arrival, we struggled to find our way around the camp and find a place to pitch the tent. Thankfully, we eventually pitched up next to some amazing people who spoiled us with chocolates! WIN!

    We set up our little pop-up tent (which was embarrassingly small next to campers with huge caravan setups) and then set up the gazebo. That was the hardest part because it was broken and not clicking into place. Eventually, we just stuck pegs in the holes and duct taped them up which, thankfully, actually worked.

    Starting a fire was another challenge. We found that the wood we brought with us burned through very quickly and our fire didn’t last. So that made the first night pretty difficult.

    Speaking generally, we didn’t have too many problems after that. We headed to Noosa the next morning and spent all day down at the beach, relaxing in the sun and window shopping. We then came back with long-burn firewood and made a great fire that burned all night!

    All-in-all my first camping trip was something to remember, we made some memories, learned some lessons, and it was something we can laugh about in the future. I would have loved to stay longer because it took us a day to really get into it, so camping for only 2 nights was not enough.

    My favourite part was probably the local ducks. We woke up thinking people were walking around on our tarp outside the tent but it was just some friendly ducks and they were always wandering around the campsite!

     

    Camping Rookie Lessons Learned: 

    • LIGHTS – Unfortunately, we didn’t take any lights because we couldn’t find them when packing and wanted to leave because it was getting late. So this meant we spent the entire time using our phone lights to get around during the night.
    • TABLE – We didn’t have a table, which would have made eating and cooking 10x easier!
    • FOOD –  This was huge for us, we didn’t plan what we were going to eat and wasted a lot of good food. Mainly because we were nervous about using the gas cooker as we had never used it before. Now that we are confident using it though we will definitely be making use of it and cooking bacon and eggs for breakfast!
    • GOOD FIREWOOD – We grabbed a few blocks of wood and chucked them in the car and then threw in heaps of sticks and bark which we expected to burn all night, however, it only lasted about an hour. The second night however we went and bought long burn firewood and had a great fire all night!
    • CLOTHES – (THIS TIP IS ONLY FOR FIRST TIME CAMPERS LIKE MYSELF WHO DONT KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING.) Take camping appropriate clothes! You need warm clothes for the night time, which was fine, I had plenty of warm clothes, but the days were warm and I wish I had shorts and better shirt options but I only had a skirt for the two days. Also, very importantly, take thongs for the shower. I had to walk around barefoot in the showers, although they were very modern facilities, it wasn’t very nice. Would not recommend it.

    If you also struggle with remembering all the items you need for camping, we recommend you download our free E-Book here!

    It includes a checklist that every camper (especially the rookies) should read to avoid these silly mistakes. It also lists great camping sites on the Sunshine Coast, I definitely recommend giving this a read!

    We will be going back to Habitat Noosa soon – is there anything else you would recommend we check out?

    View our Top 10 Places to Camp Within 1hr of the Sunshine Coast

    Campfire Campgrounds on the Sunshine Coast

    Campfire Campgrounds on the Sunshine Coast

    There is nothing better than sitting around a campfire on a chilly Winter’s night. Toasting marshmallows and swapping stories under the stars is one of the best things about camping. We’ve put together our top picks for the best campgrounds on the Sunshine Coast that allow campfires.

    Important Notes:

    • Check for current fire bans before booking campsites to ensure you are permitted to light fires. 
    • Bring your own clean milled timber along if you are planning to have a campfire. Do not collect wood, trees or branches from the campground or surrounding area. 

    Up North

    Amamoor Creek Camping Area (Amamoor State Forest) 

    Nestled beside the Amamoor Creek and set among woodlands of iron barks and blue gums, this spacious grassy camping area is popular during the annual Gympie Music Muster, held during the last week of August. This camping area is also busy over the school and public holidays but at other times it’s ideal for peaceful camping and star gazing on clear nights. It is also the only national park campground in the region that allows dogs.

    Cedar Grove Camping Area (Amamoor State Forest) 

    Sleep under the stars and toast marshmallows over a campfire in the fire rings provided. The open grassy area amongst red cedar and bunya pines is the perfect camping spot and a great base for your Amamoor adventure. Take a stroll along the Rainforest walk or tackle a longer walk on the Cedar Grove hiking trail.

    Cobb & Co Nine Mile Campgrounds

    Just south of Gympie is another local favourite, Cobb & Co Nine Mile Camping Grounds. Set on the site of the old Cobb and Co Horse Change Stables at Six Mile Creek, these campgrounds feature just about everything you could want from a farm-style camping adventure. The campground also offers luxury tents to hire if you don’t have your own gear.

    Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp

    Note: Ground fires are not permitted – all fires must be contained in own brazier, Webber etc.

    This one is for the nature lovers. Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp (previously Elanda Point) is uniquely located in the National Park adjoining the Noosa Everglades. The 65 acre property backs directly onto the Noosa River and offers a wilderness experience like no other. There is a variety of nature walks accessible from the ecocamp and the site also offers a free shuttle bus to and from Noosa.

    In the Hinterland

    Charlie Moreland Camping Area

    The open grassy camping area at Charlie Moreland is the perfect place for a family trip or getaway with friends. There is plenty do with nearby walking, mountain bike and horse riding trails. Or simply enjoy getting away from it all relaxing by a campfire listening to the sounds of nature.

    Coochin Creek Camping Area

    Pack the fishing rod and kayak, this spot is perfect for those who like to cast a line or go for a paddle upstream. There’s also a boat ramp nearby to launch a small boat. The large shady sites at Coochin Creek are perfect for families or groups with plenty of open grassy areas.

    Bluff Creek Campgrounds

    The privately-owned Bluff Creek Campground in Kenilworth is a fantastic spot for a long weekend escape. There are campsites suitable for couples, families and larger groups with each being located nearby the beautiful clear creek with swimming holes and plenty of fish. There is lots to do in the area, or you can just enjoy the peace and quiet on this beautiful property.

    Booloumba Creek Campgrounds

    An absolute favourite among Sunshine Coast locals, Booloumba Creek is a fantastic spot to escape away to. There are 3 different camping areas to choose from: area 1 and 3 are tucked away in the rainforest, and area 4 is an open area suitable for caravans and camper trailers. With lookouts, waterfalls, walking tracks and crystal-clear creeks, there is plenty to keep you occupied.

    Borumba Deer Park

    This family owned and operated caravan park is the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy. There is heaps to see and do with fishing and kayaking in Yabba Creek and plenty of walking tracks and park grounds to explore. They even have deer feeding along the fence adjoining the nearby forestry.

    Imbil Camping Retreat

    Formerly known as Island Reach Camping Resort, now with new owners and under new management, Imbil Camping Retreat reopened in June 2018. This 12 acre, family & pet-friendly campground is a favourite among local campers. The grounds have been refreshed and are looking fantastic, this spot is definitely worth checking out if you are after a country escape.

    Kenilworth Camping

    Another local favourite in the hinterland, this privately-owned campground is also a fully operational dairy farm. With creekside camping spots and plenty of grounds to explore it’s a great location for you’re a family adventure. Whether you go for a swim, kayak, bike ride or check one of their dairy tours everyone is sure to enjoy themselves.

    Kenilworth Homestead

    This stunning private property is situated right on the banks of the beautiful Mary River and just 2km from Kenilworth township. The campground offers both powered and non-powered sites and even has a couple vintage caravans you can hire. They also have a spa cabin for those who want a little more luxury on their getaway.