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Travel Local: The Best Camping in Brisbane

Picture-perfect camping spots around Brisbane for a quick escape.

Mt Barney Lodge, Weekends With Sadie
Mt Barney Lodge, Weekends With Sadie

Craving some time outdoors? Pack the car (or boat) and head out to one of these camping spots near Brisbane for a nature bound 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. And the best part? It’s all within three-hours of Brisbane city. These are the best camping spots around Brisbane. 

Cylinder Beach, Tourism and Events Queensland
Cylinder Beach, 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. 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.
Temporarily closed due to Covid-19
300 Dickson Way, Point Lookout

Archer Campground, Matthew Taylor/Tourism and Events Queensland
Archer Campground, 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 what you’re after (no campervans or caravans around here). 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 in Brisbane, this one is a real treat.  
Temporarily closed due to Covid-19
North D’Aguilar National Park

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 a popular spot for camping around 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 20 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. 
$6.65 pp per night, or $26.60 per family per night
Booloumba Creek Road, Cambroon

Moreton Island, Tourism and Events Queensland
Moreton Island, 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 20 camping sites (many of which are shaded, hybrid toilets, cold showers and access to the surf beach. There is also a swimming spot nearby which is shallow and calm – perfect for the kids. 
Temporarily closed due to Covid-19
North Point Road, Moreton Island

Harrys Hut, Great Sandy National Park
To get to Harrys Campground, it’s a bit of a choose your own adventure, which is why this is one of our favourite camping spots around Brisbane. 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 17 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. 

Temporarily closed due to Covid-19
Harry Hut Road, Como

Bigriggen Campground
Bigriggen Campground

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 is plenty of swimming and fishing ops to keep you busy all week long. Powered and unpowered sites, pet friendly and open fire pits. Be sure to book ahead for school holiday periods.  
From $14.50
196 Bigriggan Road, Bigriggan

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 completely away from it all—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 
Temporarily closed due to Covid-19
Peel Island, Moreton Bay

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 mountains views and a cosy fire that won us over. 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. 
From $16 
1093 Upper Logan Road, Mount Barney

Tangalooma Wrecks, Moreton Island
Another convenient getaway that’s seemingly worlds away from Brisbane (but really, it’s just across the bay), is 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.  
$6.65 pp per night, or $26.60 per family per night
North Pass, Moreton Island

In less than three hours of the city, you can immerse yourself in some of the best camping in Brisbane – from national parks with lush rainforests to secluded islands and creekside campsites. If you loved our round-up of the best camping in Brisbane, be sure to check out Gorgeous Glamping Spots in Australia.