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Travel Local: The Best Camping Near Brisbane

Pack your swag and head to one of the best camping spots near Brisbane for a quick escape.

Mt Barney Lodge, Weekends With Sadie

Craving some time outdoors? Pack the car (or boat) and head out to one of these picture-perfect camping spots near Brisbane for a nature-filled adventure. From national parks to island paradises, there’s no shortage of places to escape to in and around Brisbane. Camp on beaches with 4WD access, pitch a tent surrounded by lush bushland or sail across to the islands to camp near shipwrecks.

Whether it’s a day trip you’re seeking or a long weekend away, these destinations offer the best camping near Brisbane for the ultimate nature escape.

Forest Fields Campstay (Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland)

Forest Fields Campstay

Step into a piece of paradise at one of the best camping spots near Brisbane, the Forest Fields Campstay. Set up your tent in a peaceful and private bush location with 20 unpowered campsites on offer. Toilets, bucket showers and drinking water is available. Forest Fields is dog friendly, provided they stay on-leash and fires are allowed. Forest Fields Campstay is also accessible for RVs, camper trailers and caravans, making it a welcome option for a variety of happy campers. Keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife, you may just spot wallabies, bandicoots, bush turkeys or reptiles on your stay at this beautiful campsite near Brisbane.

Byfield (exact location shared upon booking) 

Cylinder Beach (Photo Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland)

Cylinder Beach, Stradbroke Island

Wake up on the sandy shores of one of the most iconic surf beaches on Stradbroke Island. Cylinder Beach at Point Lookout is a dreamy camping destination. The shady grounds have powered and unpowered sites, barbeques, a playground, and a full amenity block complete with laundry facilities. And for those needing to stay connected, there is free WiFi. This campsite really has it all, it’s some of the best camping near Brisbane! Accessible either by vehicle ferry or water taxi, this is one popular place to be during peak season, so be sure to book ahead through Minjerribah Camping.

300 Dickson Way, Point Lookout

Archer Campground (Photo Credit: Matthew Taylor/Tourism and Events Queensland)

Archer and Neurum Creek, North D’Aguilar National Park

Want to really get away from it all? Then the Mount Mee section of D’Aguilar National Park may just be the best camping spot near Brisbane for you (except if you have a campervan or caravan, you’re fresh out of luck at this destination). An hour and a half from Brisbane, you have two campsites to pick from, Archer or Neurum Creek. Archer has an open grassy area surrounded by lush bushland, while Neurum Creek is an enclosed forest. The campsites may be small with minimal facilities, but when it comes to camping near Brisbane, this one is a real treat. 

North D’Aguilar National Park, Rasmussen Road, Mount Archer

Booloumba Creek (Photo Credit: Adventure Sunshine Coast)

Booloumba Creek Campground, Conondale National Park

In just under two hours from Brisbane City, tall eucalypt trees, waterfalls and lush rainforests make Conondale National Park some of the best camping near Brisbane. There are several camping sites to choose from, but Booloumba Creek 1 and 3 are our picks. It’s a BYO everything kind of deal. Accessible by high clearance 4WD only, there are only twenty sites at each with minimal facilities because here it’s all about getting away from the crowds while immersing yourself in some pretty impressive rainforests.

Booloumba Creek Road, Cambroon

Moreton Island (Photo Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland)

North Point Campground, Moreton Island

Along the northernmost tip of Moreton Island, within walking distance to Honeymoon Bay and the Champagne Pools, is the North Point Campground. A picture-perfect place to set up camp, this family-friendly spot loves to keep things low-key. There are only twenty camping sites, many of which are shaded, and you'll also find hybrid toilets, cold showers and access to the surf beach. There is a swimming spot nearby which is shallow and calm – perfect for cooling off at one of the best camping spots near Brisbane.

North Point Road, Moreton Island

Harry's Hut (Photo Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland)

Harry's Hut, Great Sandy National Park

To get to Harry's Campground, it’s a bit of a choose-your-own adventure, which makes this one of the best camping spots near Brisbane in our humble opinion! A two-and-a-half-hour drive north of Brisbane, this camping ground is on the upper reaches of Noosa River. Canoe, boat, walk or 4WD your way in, but be sure to book ahead for one of the seventeen dedicated campsites. The actual facilities are pretty basic, but with direct water access, you won’t mind as you explore Noosa Everglades and Lake Cootharaba.

Harry Hut Road, Como

Bigriggen Campground (Photo Credit: Greg Conlan)

Bigriggen Park

Set on 100 acres along the Scenic Rim, Bigriggen Camping and Caravan Park is a spacious spot to pitch a tent. About an hour and a half south of Brisbane city, Bigriggen boasts high hilltops, river flats and is surrounded by national parks. Hugging Logan River and a freshwater creek, there are plenty of swimming and fishing options to keep you busy all week long. There are powered and unpowered sites, pet friendly and open fire pits all on offer at one of Brisbane’s best camping sites near Brisbane, just be sure to book in advance for school holiday periods. 

196 Bigriggan Road, Bigriggan

Murray Falls (Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland)

Murray Falls

One of Queensland’s prettiest waterfalls certainly makes for a scenic setting and one of the best camping spots near Brisbane. Located within Girramay National Park, this spot is surrounded by rainforested mountains and the crystal-clear water of the Murray River. The waters cascade over boulders and form sparkling rockpools that are just begging to be swum in. The camping area is a large, open grassy area with shady trees. The roar of the falls will lull you to sleep, whilst you're surrounded by the beauty of nature.

Murray Falls Road, Murray Upper

Peel Island (Photo Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland)

Teerk Roo Ra National Park (Peel Island), Moreton Bay

A little island paradise off the shores of Brisbane, Peel Island is a heritage-listed island paradise that’s just begging to be explored. Only accessible by boat (your own boat, that is) and with limited bush camping areas, you will feel worlds away from it all at one of the best camping sites near Brisbane. Anchor at either Horseshoe Bay or Platypus Bay to explore the clear waters of the marine conservation park. Although you will need to be entirely self-sufficient, this is hands down, one the coolest camping trips near Brisbane.

Peel Island, Moreton Bay

Mount Barney Lodge Camping

Mount Barney Lodge Camping

If you like a few creature comforts while camping, then book a spot at Mount Barney Lodge Camping, an easy two-hour drive south of Brisbane. Although they offer a Queenslander homestead and cabins, it’s the camping along the creek-front, with mountain views and a cosy fire that won us over as one of the best camping sites near Brisbane. An idyllic spot for families, the grassy, shaded campground has unpowered grass campsites with designated fire circles, plus a modern amenity block with hot showers.

1093 Upper Logan Road, Mount Barney

Tangalooma Wrecks (Photo Credit: See Moreton)

Tangalooma Wrecks, Moreton Island

Another convenient getaway that’s seemingly worlds away from Brisbane (but really, it’s just across the bay), is the Tangalooma Wrecks Campground on Moreton Island. Located near the main landing point for Moreton Island Ferries, it’s an easy walk to get to, plus it has views of the shipwrecks which were deliberately sunk to create a break wall. It’s a popular spot for snorkelling and diving, and the campground itself has cold showers, hybrid toilets and untreated running water. The stunning surroundings and snorkelling opportunities at this gorgeous destination definitely make it one of the best camping sites near Brisbane in our books!

North Pass, Moreton Island

Whitehaven Beach (Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland)

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays

This campsite is not-so-close to Brisbane, but we couldn’t not include it - it’s just too stunning! Just in case you needed an extra reason to book a holiday at the Whitsundays (unlikely), we recommend searching up some images of Whitehaven Beach. Then imagine waking up with the sparkling white silica sand at your tent door. This glittering coastal strip winds around Whitsunday Island, the largest of 74 islands in the Whitsundays area. There are a limited number of camping spots permitted, so make sure to book in advance. During your stay at one of the best camping spots in Queensland, take short bushwalks with guided tours, or set off on the scenic route yourself to reach the lookout at Tongue Point for panoramic views.


Lake Monduran (Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland)

Lake Monduran

The best camping site near Brisbane for the keen fishers, Lake Monduran is full of Bass and Barramundi. Either fish on your own or hop on a Barramundi charter if you’re new to the area or to fishing for Barra. If fishing isn’t quite your scene, there are plenty of water sports on offer, like kayaking, canoeing, waterskiing or good old-fashioned swimming. There are campsites, cabins and picnic spots available, and you can even book a houseboat to cruise the lake if you’re feeling so inclined.

Monduran Dam Road, Gin Gin

We imagine now you’re feeling pretty ready to immerse yourself in some of the best camping near Brisbane – from national parks with lush rainforests to secluded islands and creek-side campsites. If you loved our round-up of the best camping near Brisbane, we have a sneaking suspicion you’ll enjoy our guide to bucket list road trips across Australia, or our favourite dreamy day trips from Brisbane.

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