Top Five Camping Spots in South East Queensland

North Stradbroke Island at sunset

South East Queensland is home to some of the most well known – and less known – 4WD camping locations. We share some of the best-kept secrets in the region and a few favourites like Cooloola Recreation Area, just North of Noosa.

Whether you plan to hire a 4WD or have a vehicle, these places are within easy distance to Brisbane and ideal for a weekend getaway.

North Stradbroke Island

4WD Skill level: Easy to difficult

Enjoy the subtropical beauty of North Stradbroke Island. Visit Point Lookout, swim in beautiful freshwater lakes, go hiking or 4WD along a stretch of golden beach. North Stradbroke Island has it all.

Minjerribah recreation area:

The Minerribah Recreation area covers a vast region of camping spots and beaches that allow 4WD driving, including Flinders Beach and Main Beach camping areas.

Flinders Beach camping:

The ultimate beach camping adventure awaits you at Flinders Beach. With uninterrupted views of the water and secluded, beachfront camping in the island dunes, you’ll feel like you’ve escaped to a tropical paradise. Access is by 4WD vehicle only. If you are planning to hire a 4WD, choose a company that allows beach driving and unlimited kilometres.

Activities:

  • Beach fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Water sports
  • 4WD tracks

Facilities:

  • Composting toilets

Bring:

  • Drinking water
  • Insect repellent
  • First-aid kit
  • A small, open fire for cooking is allowed, unless a fire ban applies. Bring untreated firewood

Main Beach camping:

If long white beaches and sensational surf swells are your thing, then this is the place for you. Main Beach stretches 38km along the eastern side of North Straddie and beach camping is available. Access is by 4WD only.

Activities:

  • Surfing
  • Beach fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • and more

Facilities:

  • No facilities provided

 Bring:

  • Drinking water
  • Portable toilet
  • Insect repellent
  • First-aid kit
  • A small, open fire for cooking is allowed, unless a fire ban applies. Bring untreated firewood

Mount Mee, D’Aguilar National Park

4WD Skill level: Easy if you are on the main 4WD tracks

Come for a day or getaway for the weekend. With its lush rainforest and green hills – and in easy access of Brisbane – Mount Mee is an ideal place for your trip.

South D’Aguilar National Park is behind Mount Cootha and only 13km from Brisbane’s CBD, while Mount Mee is approximately one hour’s drive.

Boiling Billy’s 4WD Guide describes D’Aguilar National Park as ‘one of the best bush four wheel drives close to Brisbane‘.

Neurum Creek camping:

The Mount Mee section of the park has two camping grounds, Archer and Neurum Creek. You’ll find tracks that suit all 4WD driving skill sets, picturesque camping spots and beautiful scenery.

Suitable for: Tent camping beside your car and walk in camping

Facilities:

  • Water (treat before drinking)
  • Septic toilets and fireplaces
  • Please note: Open fires are permitted in the fireplace provided, except when fire bans apply.

Bring:

  • Rubbish bags
  • Untreated firewood
  • Insect repellent
  • First-aid kit
  • A fuel or gas stove is recommended

Archer camping:

Archer camping area has a beautiful natural bush setting and is located next to Neurum Creek.

Suitable for: Tent camping beside your car and walk in camping

Facilities:

  • Water (treat before drinking)
  • Septic toilets
  • Fireplaces
  • Please note: Open fires are permitted in the fireplace provided, except when fire bans apply.

Bring:

  • Rubbish bags
  • Untreated firewood
  • Insect repellent
  • First-aid kit
  • A fuel or gas stove is recommended

Benarkin State Forest

4WD Skill level: Easy to difficult

Only 150km north-west of Brisbane, Benarkin State Forest has one of the best off-road tracks in this region. A scenic forest drive leads through rainforests, hoop pine plantations, eucalypt forests and the picturesque Emu Creek. You can camp at Clancys and Emu Creek camping areas.

Clancys camping:

This grassy campsite gently slopes down to Emu Creek and has an idyllic, natural bush setting.

Suitable for: Tent camping beside your car and walk-in camping.

Facilities:

  • Flushing toilets
  • Tap water (treat before drinking)
  • Open fires: Allowed (except when fire bans apply) in fireplaces.

Bring:

  • Rubbish bags
  • Insect repellent
  • Fuel or gas stove
  • Untreated firewood for fireplaces

Emu Creek camping:

This large, open grassy campsite is near a waterhole and ideal for family camping.

Facilities:

  • Tap water (treat before drinking)
  • Flushing toilets
  • Open fires: Allowed (except when fire bans apply) in fireplaces

Bring:

  • Rubbish bags
  • Insect repellent
  • Fuel or gas stove
  • Untreated firewood for fireplaces

Suitable for: Camping beside your car and walk-in camping

Cooloola Recreation Area

4WD Skill level: Easy

Cooloola Recreation Area is a beautiful spot with sand cliffs, coloured sands and tranquil waterways. You can hike through pristine rainforest, swim in the freshwater lakes or camp along the beach.

Teewah Beach camping:

Teewah beach is a stunning spot for beach camping, just north of Noosa.

Activities:

  • Dune tobogganing
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Water sports
  • Surfing
  • 4WD driving

Facilities:

  • No facilities are provided

Bring:

  • Drinking water
  • Camping loo
  • Rubbish bags
  • Insect repellent
  • Fuel or gas stove

Poverty Point camping:

The freshwater camping area features sheltered sites, with plenty of shade, that are dotted among gum woodland and close to the beach.

Activities:

  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Water sports
  • 4WD driving

Suitable for: Tent camping beside your vehicle or walk-in camping

Main Range National Park

4WD Skill level: Easy to difficult

Located 85km southwest of Brisbane, in the Scenic Rim region, Main Range National Park is part of the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. This untouched wilderness is one of the less known parks and has extensive subtropical rainforest.

The main camping areas in Main Range National Park are Spicers Gap, Poplar Flat and Manna Gum at Goomburra. Private campgrounds are available at Queen Mary Falls and Goomburra.

Poplar Flat camping:

Poplar Flat is an open, grassy area that is close to Dalrymple Creek and in close distance to walking tracks.

Facilities:

  • Composting toilets
  • Tap water
  • Wood barbeques

Bring:

  • Drinking water
  • Rubbish bags
  •  Insect repellent
  • Fuel or gas stove
  • Untreated firewood

Suitable for: Tent camping beside your vehicle or walk-in camping

Manna Gum camping:

Manna Gum is an open, grassy area that is close to Dalrymple Creek. Set amongst the manna gums, there is ample shade during the hotter months.

Facilities:

  • Composting toilets
  • Wood barbecues
  • Tap water

Bring:

  • Drinking water
  • Rubbish bags
  • Insect repellent
  • Fuel or gas stove
  • Untreated fire wood

Suitable for: Tent camping beside your vehicle or walk-in camping

Spicers Gap camping:

This is a small, grassy camping spot on the eastern side of Spicers Gap. Open eucalypt forests, stunning hiking tracks and close to Queen Mary Falls, Spicers Gap is the perfect place for a weekend getaway.

Facilities:

  • Composting toilets
  • Tap-water
  • Open fires are allowed unless a fire ban applies

Bring:

  • Drinking water
  • Rubbish bags
  • Insect repellent
  • Fuel or gas stove
  • Untreated firewood

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