The Best Beach Camping Spots Around Brisbane
With summer well on its way, most Brisbanites are starting to think about dusting off the camping gear and planning a few trips. Whether you love surfing, fishing, or just taking in the sea air, these are the best beach camping spots around Brisbane.
Coolum Beach Holiday Park | Sunshine Coast
With a gate leading out onto the sand, Coolum Beach Holiday Park is in the centre of all the action, within walking distance to the cafes, shops, and surf club. It has good facilities including toilets, showers, a camp kitchen, and good size sites for tents and caravans alike. Unlike a lot of national park camping, dogs are allowed at the campsite and it leads directly onto a dog-friendly beach so your pooch can have a run and a swim. Not a fan of camping? They have cabins onsite as well.
North Stradbroke Island
The car ferry to North Stradbroke Island (or Minjerribah in local dialect), takes just under an hour and drops you off in the main town. From here you can access lots of different camp spots, depending on your style. Whether you like remote camping on the sand or glamping with facilities and mod-cons — there is a beachside camping spot for everyone. There is plenty to do on North Straddie and you could easily spend a few weeks here surfing, fishing, and whale watching in winter.
Bells Caravan Park | Redcliffe Peninsula
Probably the closest beach camping spot to Brisbane’s CBD, Bells Caravan Park in Clontarf is about a 40-minute drive from the city. Set just across the road from the beach, this campground has a camp kitchen, toilets and showers, as well as a coin-operated laundry. The Redcliffe Peninsula has lots of great beaches with calm water, beachside cafes and restaurants, and is the perfect place to set up for a spot of fishing.
Only accessible only by 4WD, these beachside camping grounds are basic but have everything you need including showers and toilets, shady sites with space to spread out a bit, and are just a few steps from the ocean. Being in a national park the fees are very reasonable compared to some beachfront commercial campsites with more facilities. Moreton Island is the second biggest sand island, after Fraser Island, and the landscape is quite incredible.
Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park | Northern NSW
Just south of the Queensland/NSW border, Kingscliff is a quiet beach town with nice cafes, lots of local events, and great surfing, paddleboarding and kayaking. The campsite enjoys a prime position right next to the ocean and within walking distance of the cafes, restaurants and shops. Catering to tents and caravans and also offering cabin accommodation, the campsite has all the amenities you would expect from a holiday park including toilets, showers, a camp kitchen, BBQs and even WiFi.
Burleigh Beach Tourist Park | Gold Coast
Right in the centre of all the action, Burleigh Beach Tourist Park is perfect for seeing all that the Gold Coast has to offer. From craft breweries to hip cafes, swanky restaurants and beachside kiosks. From the campsite it is just a short walk to Burleigh Heads National Park where you can see glow worms and koalas if you are lucky. The famous waves of Burleigh are just a few steps from the campsite, while on the other side of the National Park you can enjoy a day on the banks of Tallebudgera Creek, swimming and enjoying the summer sunshine. Other nearby attractions include Currumbin Wildlife Park, Robina Town Centre for shopping, and great rainy day indoor activities such as climbing and trampoline parks.
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