Places to go camping

Finding places near Brisbane to go camping is what this category is all about. Our aim is to personally review these locations for you so we can give you real reviews from real Brisbane families who have actually camped at these places. Keep in mind that the more commercial the camping spots the more in advance you should consider booking a spot, especially during peak time like school holidays.

Cullendore High Country

This peaceful and spacious campground is located on a 4000-acre cattle property, half of which is used exclusively for camping.  Your drive to the property takes you along a scenic dirt track with beautiful views of the... Read More


Moreton Island North West Camping Zone

Camping on Moreton Island Located just a 75 minute barge ride from the Port of Brisbane, Moreton Island is an idyllic camping retreat for families. The North West Camping Zone is located on the north-west side of the island and is only a 10 minute drive along the beach from the barge drop off point …

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Charlie Moreland Camping Area, Imbil State Forest Reviewed

Camping at Charlie Moreland camping area This leafy camp ground, located in the Imbil State Forest, is approximately a two hour drive from Brisbane. Set in a grassy, open forest, close to Little Yabba Creek and native pine plantations, it makes a picturesque spot to pitch a tent. The camp ground is made up of …

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Big 4 North Star Hastings Point Review – a place for family adventure!

The pristine beaches of Hastings Point in northern New South Wales are undoubtedly one of the best locations for families seeking a quiet seaside holiday, with both open beaches and calm water inlets that are perfect for surfing, swimming, kayaking and fishing. Hastings Point is also the home of the Big 4 North Star Holiday …

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Hosanna Farmstay in Northern NSW

Within a one and a half hour drive from Brisbane, in the tropical hills of Northern NSW near Mount Warning, you will find Hosanna Farmstay. Located between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay, this family friendly farm stay has the best of both worlds – proximity to the beach and city, whilst still enjoying the …

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Your Favourite Camping Spots | Recommended Family Camp Locations

The best places to go camping with kids if you live in Brisbane You told us via our Facebook page in late 2013 where you thought the best places to go camping with kids were in and not too far from Brisbane. As always, we ask that you check locations prior to leaving home- ie by booking …

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Thunderbird Park | Family Friendly Camping The Review

If you want a change from beach camping, but still need plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained, Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain may be the camping destination you’ve been looking for. Camping at Thunderbird Park Set on a 112-hectare site, Thunderbird Park is located just over an hours drive from Brisbane. It offers …

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Tommerup’s Dairy Farm Farmstay

Tommerup’s Dairy Farm is a 6th generation working farm where the farm gates have been opened to visitors who want to experience a truly unique, authentic working farm adventure. Join the farming family, Dave, Kay and their children Harry & Georgia, as they go about their farm chores, or just indulge in the tranquility of …

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Lamington National Park and O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat | THE REVIEW

While sipping on a steaming coffee and surveying the wilderness of Lamington National Park, a Peregrine falcon soars into view and dives swiftly to catch its prey. Thrilling to watch, it’s just one of many wildlife sightings that visitors can expect to see in the surrounding 20,000 hectares of rainforest which are home to more …

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Terrace Reserve Holiday Park | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping in Brunswick Heads Terrace Reserve Holiday park is located 1.5 hours south of Brisbane City following the M1, and only a short drive from the highway into town. There are three camping grounds in Brunswick Heads, so be sure to know which one you are heading for! Our campsite was located at the western …

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Broken Head Holiday Park | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping in Broken Head Just seven kilometres south of the world famous seaside town of Byron Bay, you’ll find the sleepy and beautiful beaches of Broken Head. It’s only a two hour drive from Brisbane, but you’ll feel like you’re a world away. Nestled amongst the Broken Head Nature Reserve and just metres away from …

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Takarakka Bush Resort | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping in Carnarvon Gorge 700km north-west from Brisbane is the perfectly picturesque national park of Carnarvon Gorge. We packed our four kids, aged 8, 6, 4 and 11 months, into the car at 6am one Saturday morning and arrived 11 hours later at our home away from home—Takarakka Bush Resort. We were welcomed upon check …

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Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping at Palm Beach Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park has to be one of our favourites. Location, Location, Location! This quiet, shady park is position right on Tallebudgera Creek. Step out the back of the park and you’re on the sandy creek edge. Follow the footpath around, and you hit the surf beach. What more could …

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Why Winter Holidays Are Awesome At BIG4 North Star

The BIG4 North Star, located at beautiful Hastings Point in Northern New South Wales, is the perfect location for a family holiday, all year ’round. It’s an amazing place to holiday in summer time, when the pristine beaches, sparkling ocean, and the onsite water park are the perfect places to cool off. Winter is also a …

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Teewah Beach Camping Area | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping in Cooloola Double Island Point / Teewah Beach is just past Noosa, approximately two and a half hour drive from Brisbane. Before you go, you need to book your campsite through http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/ . You can also purchase your 4WD vehicle permit at the same time, or there is a ranger’s office right before you …

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Lake Ainsworth Holiday Park | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping in Lennox Head Lake Ainsworth Holiday Park is located two hours’ drive south from the Brisbane CBD. Simply follow the M1 to the Ross Street exit and then follow the signs to the camping ground; there was no need for a map to successfully get to Lake Ainsworth. Our campsite was located on the …

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Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping in Mooloolaba Getting a spot in this caravan park was like scoring a little piece of heaven! From the north side of Brisbane, it took just under an hour to arrive at Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park. Most other campers seemed to have been there a week or two, so there was no trouble getting …

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Boreen Point Campground | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping on Lake Cootharaba It took us just over 2 ½ hours to drive from our home in Brisbane’s western suburbs to reach Boreen Point Campground. There are really good roads to this destination and the signs were pretty easy to follow once we were off the highway. Our campsite was at the end of …

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Peach Trees Camping Area | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping in Jimna Jimna is north of Brisbane and is part of the Conondale National Park. This lovely area has become a popular place for our family to visit. Peach Trees Camp Site can be found on Peach Trees Road, which is a corrugated road, so 4WDs are advisable, but 2WD are possible. The area …

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Pottsville South Holiday Park | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping in Pottsville We are a part of a group of eight to ten families who camp approximately every 8 weeks, visiting Pottsville South Holiday Park twice a year. It is certainly one of our favourites. It takes us around 1 1/2 hours to drive from Brisbane to Pottsville South, travelling on the Pacific Motorway. …

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Big 4 Cania Gorge Caravan & Tourist Park | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping in Cania Gorge Cania Gorge is approximately 6 and a half hours drive north of Brisbane, inland from Bundaberg. There are lots of 4WD and bush walking tracks in and around the gorge and throughout the nearby Kroombit Tops National Park. Most of the off-roading we did was simply dirt track and we didn’t …

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Freshwater Camping Area | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping in Cooloola Freshwater Camping Area has to be one of my favourite places in South East Queensland to visit. It is about a two hour drive from our home near Boondall on the north side of Brisbane. There are a couple of ways you can get there—you can drive towards Rainbow Beach and take …

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Agnes Water Beach Holiday Park | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping in Agnes Water For the second year in a row, our family set off for what is becoming our annual pilgrimage to the Agnes Water Beach Holiday Park for a week’s holiday. We live near Bundaberg, so we are lucky that the trip only takes us an hour, but if you were travelling from …

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Black Rocks Campgrounds | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping in Bundjalung National Park The trip to Black Rocks Campgrounds was about 330km from our home in Brisbane. It was a great drive down, with many little stop-off opportunities in case the children or parents need to take a quick rest or use the bathroom. The Black Rocks campsite is in the Bundjalung National …

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Big 4 Maroochy Palms | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Maroochydore Palms has since been shut down and only the pool remains. There are no accomodation facilities. This was our second trip to Big 4 Maroochy Palms.  The trip from our home, on the far north-side of Brisbane, to Maroochydore is normally around an hour, but Christmas holidays and the Bruce Hwy don’t mix, so …

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Neurum Creek Bush Retreat | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping in Neurum Neurum Creek is a privately owned campsite just north of Woodford. It is very easy to find and only about one hour and 20 minutes’ drive from Brisbane. Travelling north on the Bruce Highway from Brisbane, take the Woodford/Kilcoy exit. On the outskirts of Woodford and just after the shops, you will …

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Inskip Point Recreation Area | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping in Inskip We left home nice and early to head off for our Inskip Point camping trip. The drive took us just over three hours from the north side of Brisbane, including a stop for breakfast at Gympie on the way. We followed the signs into Rainbow Beach and then turned up Clarkson Drive …

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Gap Creek Farmstay | Family Friendly Camping Review

Camping in Tregony It took us nearly two hours to get to Gap Creek Farmstay from our home in Thornlands in the Redlands area. The farm is very easy to find, with plenty of road signs warning you when the turn-off is. It’s located on a bend in the road. We stayed for three nights …

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Gold Coast Holiday Park | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping in Helensvale Only 35 minutes drive from Brisbane, Gold Coast Holiday Park is very easy to find. Our family had booked a powered ensuite site for three nights and we found that our site was a good size, but did not have much grass and a lot of gravel and concrete. The ensuite sites …

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Treasure Island Resort at the Gold Coast | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping in Biggera Waters This weekend’s adventure took us in search of the treasures hiding at Treasure Island Holiday Park. I had a call from the park a couple of days before our arrival, confirming we were still coming and checking what time we’d be checking in. Check in time is from 2pm. It took …

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Mt Barney Lodge Country Retreat | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping at Mt Barney Mt Barney Lodge is only 90 minutes’ drive from Brisbane, near Rathdowney in the Scenic Rim. It is an award-winning Queensland ecotourism destination. We have been camping there for 13 years and love the location. Innes and Tracey Larkin are wonderful hosts who run an outdoor program for those wanting some …

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Bald Rock National Park & Boonoo Boonoo National Park | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping in Tenterfield Something unique is now hard to find. But in Tenterfield Shire we truly do have something unique with Bald Rock. Measuring about 750 metres long and 500 metres wide, Bald Rock is the largest granite monolith in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere. It is one of our area’s greatest, most beautiful natural …

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Big 4 North Star | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping in Hastings Point Big 4 North Star is rated a 5 star holiday park – and we would have to agree. We left home on Friday morning, caravan packed, toddlers loaded in, all set for our long weekend in Hastings Point. We’d been trying to get to this caravan park for a while, so …

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Girraween National Park | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping in Girraween Girraween is approximately 260 km from Brisbane. It is a lovely drive through Cunningham’s Gap, with the view of Main Range National Park being very scenic and beautiful, so plan a stop along the way to take it all in with bush walks and breathtaking views. As we were travelling with young …

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Murphy’s Creek Escape | Family Friendly Camping near Brisbane

Camping in Upper Lockyer A short one and a half hour drive from Brisbane, at the foot of the Toowoomba range, sits one of the most incredible camping grounds for Brisbane Families. Murphy’s Creek Escape is a picturesque camping ground set on a stunning 50 acre park that backs onto the White Mountain National Park.   …

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Tommerups Dairy Farm | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

A Farm Stay in Kerry Having discovered that my family does not like beach holidays, on our recent holiday we went for just the opposite—a farm stay. It was important that the accommodation was not too far from Brisbane city, that it be suitable for a one year old and four year old, it could …

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Sandy Creek Campin’ | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping in Kilcoy Just over an hour’s drive from Brisbane, between Kilcoy and Woodford, is this gem of a camp ground. The second week of the September school holidays saw us taking our annual family camping holiday in this beautiful spot. We arrived on a Wednesday, so had our pick of the camp sites, and …

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Bestbrook Mountain Resort & Farm Stay | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping in the Southern Downs More than just a campground, Bestbrook Mountain Resort & Farm Stay has multiple accommodation options; including dorms, cabins, powered and unpowered camp sites. Your family pooch can even join you. There are no designated camp sites and plenty of space, so you don’t even notice your neighbours. A big draw …

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Cotton Tree Holiday Park | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW

Camping at the mouth of the Maroochy River Far enough away from the hustle of a major city but still close enough to every facility you could possibly need, Cotton Tree Holiday Park is a destination that caters for everyone from families and couples to grey nomads, campers to caravaners. Just over an hour’s drive …

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Best places to go camping with Kids

You told us via our facebook page where you thought the best places to go camping with kids are in and around Brisbane. As always we ask you to check locations prior to leaving home- ie booking or investigating the vacancy likelihood to avoid disappointment Bestbrooke, near cunninghams back. Gordon country Glenrock Big 4 billabong …

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