Love the great outdoors? Pack the tent and get back to nature with these top camping spots throughout QLD.

Whether you’re looking for a beachside weekend getaway or a fuss-free family trip, these beautiful camping spots will help you escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Don’t forget the marshmallows!

 

 

Noah Beach Campground – 1 Cape Tribulation Rd, Cape Tribulation

Noah Beach Campground

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Perched 80km north of Port Douglas, Noah Beach Campground places you in prime position to explore the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef. Here you can enjoy all the action of Cape Tribulation, surrounded by beautiful rainforest and a stretch of white sand and turquoise water. Days can be spent swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, and hiking. This rainforest-meets-beach location is perfect for those who want the best of both worlds.

Facilities

  • Tap water, which should be treated before drinking
  • BioCycle toilets

You Should Know

  • Campsites aren’t suitable for large or high campervans due to overhanging trees and tight turns.
  • Fires are prohibited, so save the marshmallows for another time.
  • There’s no mobile phone service, so you’ll have to wait and flood your Instagram feed with camp spam when you get home.
  • Bookings are essential.

 

Cylinder Beach Camping Ground – 300 Dickson Way, Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island

Cylinder Beach Camping Ground

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Another top beachside camping spot, Cylinder Beach Camping Ground is situated on one of Stradbroke Island’s most popular beaches. With 60 unpowered and 8 powered sites and offering plenty of handy amenities, this is a great camping location for those who like to be in nature without roughing it too much. Enjoy the beach, surfing, fishing, snorkelling, diving and more at one of Straddy’s favourite camping spots.

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Wood-fired barbecues
  • Laundry facilities
  • Picnic tables

You Should Know

  • Pets aren’t allowed, so you’ll have to leave your furry family members at home.
  • This camping ground gets busy in peak holiday periods, so be sure to book ahead.

 

Burtons Well Camping Area – Bunya Mountains Rd, Bunya Mountains

Burtons Well Camping Area

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Burtons Well Camping Area puts you in the perfect spot to discover beautiful Bunya Mountains National Park. This large campsite features a well-grassed open area surrounded by forest, with a few towering ancient grasstrees throughout. If you’re looking to escape the city and embrace nature, this is a great place to find peace among the rainforest-clad mountains and diverse birdlife.

Facilities

  • Water (treat before drinking)
  • Toilet (hybrid system)
  • Picnic tables
  • Wood barbecues
  • Firewood
  • Cold showers (a donkey boiler is available nearby to heat water for showering)

You Should Know

  • This campsite can’t be accessed by trailers, caravans or buses. Although the campground is accessible by car, it isn’t possible to drive onto the camp site.

 

Dugong Beach – Whitsunday Island

Dugong Beach

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Crystal-clear water, ample wildlife, and lush dry rainforest make Dugong Beach a pretty special place to pitch a tent. This deserted island camping area is only accessible by boat, making it ideal for fishing trips. If you’re up for a walk, take the 1.5km track through coastal rainforest for a dip at nearby Sawmill Beach.

Facilities

  • Composting toilets
  • Picnic tables

You Should Know

  • The camping area can only be reached by boat.
  • Fires are prohibited.
  • You need to bring your own drinking water.

 

Thunderbird Park – Tamborine Mountain Rd & Cedar Creek Falls Rd, Tamborine

Thunderbird Park

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If you’re looking for a fun-filled, family-friendly camping trip packed with action and adventure, Thunderbird Park is for you. This huge rainforest property is situated on Tamborine Mountain, giving you the postcard-perfect escape to nature you’ve been craving. Here you can enjoy bushwalking, bird feeding, horse riding, tennis, mini golf, and more.

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Token-operated hot showers
  • Fire pits

You Should Know

  • The water provided is highly chlorinated, so you should bring your own drinking water.
  • Dogs (excluding Pit Bull Terriers) are welcome, but must be kept on a leash at all times.

 

Big Crystal Creek Camping Area – Paluma Range National Park

Big Crystal Creek Camping Area

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Just off the Old Bruce Highway, Big Crystal Creek camping area is popular for its swimming hole, Paradise Waterhole. Enjoy towering eucalyptus trees and rainforest and unwind to the sound of native birds. This relaxing spot gives you great access to explore Paluma Range National Park, offering mountain-top views, waterfalls, and walking tracks.

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Drinking water
  • Cold showers
  • Picnic area
  • Gas barbecue

You Should Know

  • Advanced bookings are a must for this popular spot.
  • Fires are prohibited.
  • Dogs are prohibited.

When the time comes to dismantle your tent or put the boat into hibernation until next summer, keep your camping gear safe with a self-storage unit from National Storage.

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