10 camping spots near Brisbane

With the days getting longer, now is the time to plan your camping adventure in Brisbane. Surrounded by stunning displays of natural beauty, the Brisbane Region is home to national parks, beaches and lakes worth pitching a tent at.

We’ve put together a guide of 10 places you can camp  – all you have to do is choose where.

Lake Moogerah and Moogerah Peaks

Enjoy a day on the lake at Lake Moogerah Caravan Park

Located in the Scenic Rim, Moogerah Peaks National Park is an area about 90 minutes south-west of Brisbane filled with rugged and undeveloped volcanic peaks that are popular with experienced bushwalkers and climbers. Take it easy by booking a spot by the lake at Lake Moogerah Caravan Park, or stay in the national park at the Frog Buttress camping area at Mt French. If you prefer boating to hiking, launch your own on the lake, or hire one for the day.

Bribie Island

Family play in the sand at Bribie Island

Just 65km north of Brisbane, Bribie Island is a great beach-side camping spot. Connected to the mainland by bridge, Bribie Island offers a quiet spot to camp with good facilities, but you need a 4WD to reach them. Boating and fishing in Pumicestone Passage are popular recreational activities, and the island also offers excellent birdwatching opportunities. Most of Bribie Island is national park and there are multiple campsite locations to choose from including Poverty Creek, Ocean Beach, Lime Pocket, Mission Point and Gallagher Point. Take a look at this list of facilities at each one to make your decision. The Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service has also put together this handy guide to Bribie Island. If you’re after more seaside relaxation, and less adventure, Bribie Island Caravan Park is in town.

Mt Barney National Park

Mount Barney Lodge

If it’s a challenge you’re after, head to Mount Barney National Park. Rugged mountain peaks rise above the surrounding landscape where all camping areas can only be reached by foot. Located about 120km south-west of Brisbane, the ancient forest is popular with bushwalkers and home to many rare animals, plant species and communities. There are no facilities at the camp sites, and whatever you take in you must take out. Routes in Mount Barney National Park range from moderate to very steep. There are no easy walks in Mount Barney National Park. You’ve been warned!

North Stradbroke Island

Straddie Camping

Straddie (to the locals) is known for some of the most spectacular scenery found anywhere in Australia. Gather your family or friends and get the barge to the island famous for its scenic headlands, rolling surf and endless white sandy beaches. Three little townships provide a relaxed village atmosphere and you can whale watch from Point Lookout, the best land-based whale-watching site in the world, experience some of the best views on the island from The Gorge Walk or take a dip in one of the island’s freshwater lakes. Pitch your tent at Adder Rock, Bradbury’s Beach, Flinders Beach, Cylinder Beach, Main Beach, Thankful Rest, Home Beach or Amity Point camping areas. You can even camp with your dog at Flinders or Main beaches.

Lamington National Park

Lamginton National Park views at sunset

Welcome to Yugambeh country. With lush rainforests, ancient trees, spectacular views, extensive walking tracks, exceptional ecological importance and natural beauty, this is where you’ll find the Gondwana Rainforests. The Australian World Heritage Area is an undisturbed and now protected piece of subtropical rainforest filled with unique flora and fauna. Lamington National Park has two campgrounds, a public one at Green Mountains, and a private one managed by Binna Burra Mountain Lodge. Bush camping is permitted except during December and January.

Lake Wivenhoe & Wivenhoe Dam

Lake Wivenhoe

With as much water as 2.5 Sydney Harbours, Wivenhoe Dam is a major water storage reserve for South-East Queensland and a hub for watersports enthusiasts (however boat motors are not to be used on the lake). Captain Logan Camp is an hour’s drive from Brisbane and has 57 unpowered sites for both tent and trailer camping, and is the ideal location for canoeing, sailing, and swimming. 

Murphy’s Creek Escape

Murphys Creek Escape

Take a dip in the billabong, abseil, ride the 235m flying fox, do archery, mountain biking or a ropes course. Enjoy a barbecue or picnic, relax under a tree with a book, or cook a damper and spin a yarn around your own camp fire while birds fill the air and crickets chirp. Murphy’s Creek Escape is a waterfront camping park located an hour-and-a-half from Brisbane in a natural bush setting. If camping isn’t your thing (despite the hot showers available), Murphy’s Creek Hideaway also has luxury safari tents for the ultimate "glamping" experience – complete with claw foot baths, rain shower heads, king-size beds and luxe linen. 

Moreton Island 

Moreton Island Camping

Just a stone’s throw from Brisbane, jump on the barge or ferry and hop over to Moreton Island National Park to discover miles of beautiful beaches, tall sand dunes, crystal clear creeks and lagoons, natural flora, wild marine life and abundant wildflowers. Moreton Island is home to a number of camping spots including North Point, Blue Lagoon, Ben-Ewa, The Wrecks and Comboyuro Point. Brush up on all there is to know about Moreton Island in this handy guide

D’Aguilar National Park

D’Aguilar National Park

Close to Brisbane’s city centre, D’Aguilar starts just 10km from the CBD and stretches out north into the Moreton Bay Region. Head out to discover remote gorges, sheltered pockets of subtropical rainforest, expanses of eucalypt woodland and spectacular views to Moreton Bay. Covering 36,000 ha, the park has endless walking trails and activities to complete, plus a number of camp sites to set up in. Try Neurum Creek or Archer campgrounds for facilities, or if you really want to rough it test your bush camping skills at eight secluded walk-in only sites at Dundas Road, South Kobble, Middle Kobble, North Kobble, Northbrook Mountain, Scrub Road, England Creek and Light Line Road. A network of trails provides access and also links to the townships of Mount Nebo and Mount Glorious. 



If you want to camp but hate the idea of bush toilets, sleeping on the floor and going without life’s luxuries, the Brisbane region is filled with plenty of glamping experiences to be had. Try Glamping at Castaways on Moreton Island; Ketchup’s Bank Glamping, Mount Barney Lodge, Nightfall Wilderness Camp or Spicers Canopy in the Scenic Rim; Murphy’s Creek Hideaway safari tents in the Lockyer Valley; or Lake Somerset Holiday Park in the Somerset region. Here's nine places to go glamping near Brisbane. 

Keep in mind to do your own research to book camp sites before visiting. You may also have to obtain a vehicle access permit to reach certain camp grounds. Feel free to call or visit the Brisbane Visitor Information and Booking Centre where the staff can organise your permit. 

The information below should be used just a guide. If staying in a national park, be sure to book and check the park alerts for planned burns or other notices.

Essentials to bring: water for drinking, cooking and washing; gas stove or firewood (such as untreated mill off-cuts not bush timber); rubbish bags; insect repellent. Visitors camping away from facilities are encouraged to bring portable toilets to help reduce bush toileting. 

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