Chilled Summer Camping Spots

Chilled Summer Camping Spots


Want to get out of town for the weekend? Why not pack up the car, trailer or caravan and go camping? Brisbane has plenty of places for an overnight stay within two hours drive of the CBD.

Check out these camping spots if you’re after a breath of fresh air.

Lamington National Park

There are several campgrounds on offer at Lamington National Park, where you can park a campervan or pitch a tent. O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in the Green Mountains section offers access for campers to their restaurants, cafe and shop, and there are lots of walking trails and picnic spots with a view. If roughing it isn’t part of your vocabulary, then the Nightfall Wilderness Camp is the ultimate glamping experience. Who said a massage can’t be part of a camping holiday?

Location: 2 hours south of Brisbane

Sunshine Coast Hinterland

The Sunshine Coast is just over an hour’s drive from Brisbane and the Hinterland area has several National Parks with plenty of scenic camping spots where you can hike, swim and generally kick back and relax. Charlie Moreland campground is near Kenilworth and popular with families. Here there is a creek, short forest walks and basic facilities including fixed campfires for toasting marshmallows. If you’re up for something more energetic, then the Hinterland Great Walk is spread over four days in the Blackall Range and includes bush campsites along the way.

Location: 1 hour 15 minutes north of Brisbane

D’Aguilar National Park

Just a stone’s throw west of Brisbane a subtropical rainforest awaits. D’Aguilar National Park is perfect for a last minute getaway if you don’t fancy wasting too much petrol. The bushland park covers 36,000 hectares and you’re spoiled for choice with camping spots. There are two formal ones in the Mount Mee section and eight more remote ones in the South D’Aguilar section that are accessed only by foot.

Location: 20 minutes west of Brisbane

Hastings Point

Hastings Point is situated on the beautiful Tweed Coast and there are a range of caravan and camping options in the area, depending if you want to be near the beach, the river or the bush. For those who prefer a touch of luxury then the Surfari Tents with ensuite facilities at Hasting’s Point Holiday Park will appeal.

Location: 1 hour 25 minutes south of Brisbane

Lennox Head

An underrated camping spot, Lennox Head is less busy than Byron Bay and offers excellent surfing. The quaint town is also well set up for visitors with restaurants, cafes, food stores and local markets. Make your camp by Seven Mile Beach or head to Lake Ainsworth (reputed to have healing properties).

Location: 2 hours south of Brisbane