Top 5 Camping Spots in Queensland

If you’re a proud-as-punch Queenslander, there’s only one way to spend your weekends and holidays – and that’s camping. But with 1.85 million square kilometres to choose from, finding the perfect campsite can be tricky. To help sort the plain ground from the pure gold, the outdoor experts at Outback Equipment have passed along their top 5 camping spots in Queensland.

5: Dugong Beach, Whitsunday Island

Aerial view of the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland
Whitsunday Islands: Photo One World Charters

This one gets bonus points for being a pain to get to (which means you won’t have to worry about crowds). The crystal-clear waters make for stunning views, but they also happen to be your only way to the campsite.

Simply take a boat over, and you’ll find composting toilets and picnic tables waiting for you. The only catch to this tropical oasis is that fires are prohibited. But hey, it’s North Queensland – you probably won’t struggle to keep warm.

4: Cylinder Beach, Stradbroke Island

Camping spots in Queensland: Cylinder Beach on North Stradbroke Island with people paddling in the water
Cylinder Beach on North Stradbroke Island

If you’re not a veteran camper, Straddie should be your first stop. You don’t need the world’s wildest 4×4 to reach the campsite, and you don’t need to hunt local animals and bugs for dinner. In fact, there are plenty of modern amenities on hand – including free Wi-Fi!

But don’t think you’re taking a ferry to stay in some fancy hotel – the beach views and lifestyle can really let you soak in what the best camping spots in Queensland have to offer.

3: Big Crystal Creek Camping Area – Paluma Range National Park

Reflections in Big Crystal Creek north of Townsville, Queensland
Reflections in Big Crystal Creek north of Townsville

This one pretty much does what it says on the tin. The massive swimming hole, eucalyptus trees and local birds give you a truly staggering hideaway from the world.

Sadly, fires and dogs aren’t permitted, but there are enough facilities in the area to make it worth the visit.

2: Thunderbird Park, Tamborine

Curtis Falls in Thunderbird Park, Tamborine
Curtis Falls in Thunderbird Park

Beaches are great, but if you really want to immerse yourself in nature, rainforests are your best bet. And at Thunderbird Park on Mt Tamborine, you can enjoy everything there is to love about camping. There are some stunning walks, comfy fire pits, and more adventures to experience than you could count.

When you’ve soaked in as much nature as you can for one day, you can even fall back on some of the modern luxuries in the area – such as mini-golf, tennis, horse riding, and plenty more.

1: Bunya Mountains National Park, Bunya Mountains

Forest in Bunya Mountains National Park with small pool

Everything you could ever love about camping spots in Queensland can be found in Bunya Mountains National Park. There’s nature, there’s camp fires, there’s stunning scenery, there’s privacy . . . we could go on forever. But the key thing you need to know is the nearest carpark isn’t exactly adjacent to the camping grounds. In fact, it’s that hike that filters out most of the crowds, meaning you’ll actually have a little breathing room.

Want to know more about the Queensland outdoors? Check out Outback Equipment’s complete Queensland Outdoor Guide.

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Outback Equipment is a 100% Australian owned and operated 4x4, Camping and Caravan equipment online retailer.

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