The best camping near Brisbane, Queensland.
Brisbane’s camping and glamping options include rainforest retreats, beachside national parks and island escapes.
Where to Go
Gold Coast Hinterland
A world away from the beaches and glitzy high rise of the Gold Coast, the lush hinterland is the green behind the gold. Lace up your hiking boots and hit the bushwalking trails in the World Heritage listed rainforest of Lamington National Park and Tamborine Mountain.
The Scenic Rim
The mountainous backdrop to Brisbane is a largely untouched swathe of bushland and rainforest that belies the notion that a bustling metropolis is just a stone’s throw away. A short drive through Mount Nebo and Mount Glorious along the Northbrook Parkway to the country towns of Kilcoy and Woodford takes you into a rugged wilderness with camping sites in the state forests and national parks.
North Stradbroke Island
Keep your eyes on the trees if you’re camping on ‘Straddie’ because the trees are full of koalas. Opt for a luxe camp or glamping in one of the beachside caravan parks, or if you have a 4WD, hit the sand and pitch your tent in the dunes or on the beach.
The Brisbane River empties into the sea in Moreton Bay, a short ferry ride from the Brisbane CBD. Moreton Island, one of the largest sand islands in the world, is 38 km long 98% national park. There are five campgrounds and four bush camping areas along the beach, and almost every campsite has a stunning water view.
When to Go
It’s warm enough for short sleeves and swimming almost all year in Brisbane, although the mountain ranges tend to be a little cooler than the coast. Summer can be wet and stormy. It rains a lot in the rainforest, so take wet weather gear. Straddie is a popular spot with locals, so you’ll need to book ahead in summer holidays.
Know Before You Go
- If you’re towing a caravan or driving a large motorhome be aware that some of the steep, narrow roads around Nerang and Canungra and in Lamington National Park are unsuitable for larger trailers.
- All roads on Moreton Island are four-wheel-drive only and all vehicles must have an access permit, available from www.npsr.qld.gov.au.
- Check the tide chart before driving on the beaches of North Stradbroke or Moreton Island, as the ‘road’ tends to disappear as the tide rises.
- Stradbroke Island ferries depart from Cleveland, Moreton Island ferries from the Port of Brisbane.