Beach Camping Near Brisbane: 10 Spots on the Water

There is nothing quite like waking up to the sound of the waves and breathing in the salty air when you're on holiday with the kids. Beach camping near Brisbane is a combination of two of the greatest things about living in this grand country of ours; the great outdoors and the big blue ocean.

To make the most of Brisbane's bountiful beach camping scene, here are some of the best spots for beach camping near Brisbane for that next family holiday.

Beach Camping Near Brisbane: 10 Spots on the Water

1. Bribie Island

Beach camping near Brisbane
The great thing about camping on Bribie Island is the accessibility and ease of getting there.

The only island connected to Brisbane by bridge, Bribie Island has some tremendous camping grounds right on the sand. Try Poverty Creek, which is accessible by 4WD and boasts grassy sites and shady trees, and includes sites suitable for camper trailers and group camping.

Location: Poverty Creek Rd, Welsby

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2. South Stradbroke Island

Beach camping near Brisbane
The kids won't be able to get enough at Stradbroke Island.

On South Stradbroke Island, we love the South Currigee Campsites—nestled amidst lush native bushland, providing scenic water views of the stunning Broadwater. This campground boasts 28 spacious sites, each capable of accommodating 1-2 average-sized tents.

Enjoy convenient amenities such as toilets, hot showers, gas barbecues, and a children's play area. What more could you wish for? Note: access is available only by boat. 

Location: South Stradbroke Island

3. North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island Beach Camping
If you've never camped on North Stradbroke Island, you don't know what you're missing!

Load up the car, hop on a ferry and leave your troubles on the mainland, North Stradbroke Island is a slice of paradise only a 50-minute trip away on the ferry. Once you get there, the large island is big enough to keep you entertained but quiet enough to feel like a real beach camping holiday. There are a bunch of different beach camping options on North Stradbroke Island: you can set up shop right on the sand in a tent or swag, or you can ditch all the gear completely and stay in a fancy beach glamping site. 

Minjerribah Camping offers beachfront camping across 6 campgrounds located at Dunwich, Amity Point, and Point Lookout. For visitors with a 4WD, Minjerribah Camping has 200 campsites on the foreshore of Flinders Beach as well as 300 campsites on the Southern end of Main Beach.

Location: North Stradbroke Island

4. Horseshoe Bay at Teerk Roo Ra National Park (Peel Island)

Peel Island Camping Teerk Roo Ra
Nestled between Brisbane and North Stradbroke Island, Peel Island is pretty much heaven on earth.

This relatively secluded beach camping spot is only accessible by boat, which only adds to its remote charms. Endless beach days and family time are on the cards when camping in this stunning marine park. Leave your devices at home! Beach and bush camping facilities are available along Horseshoe Bay

Location: Peel Island

5. Moreton Island

Beach camping near Brisbane
Escape to a complete paradise when beach camping at Moreton Island.

A short ferry ride from Redcliffe across the gorgeous Moreton Bay sends you to a stunning island full of everything you need for whatever camping adventure you seek. There are unpowered sites, cabins, glamping tents, and the Tangalooma Island Resort. Moreton Island offers some of the cheapest beach camping near Brisbane. With five beach camping sites around the island, there are unpowered sites where you can rough it and be one with nature or the glamping sites at Castaways.

Location: Tangalooma, Moreton Island

6. Noosa North Shore

Noosa North Shore
It’s hard to believe this slice of paradise is just a stone's throw from the heart of Noosa’s Hastings Street.

Located on the shores of the gorgeous Noosa River, a short ferry ride transports you to another world. Noosa North Shore is a quiet sanctuary paradise made for real nature lovers, and one of the best options for beach camping near Brisbane. Noosa North Shore is a true gem of a spot, great for 4WDing, swimming, fishing, or doing nothing at all. 

Location: 240 Wilderness Track, Noosa North Shore

7.  Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park

Beach camping near Brisbane
Enjoy the perks of sleeping right next to Tallebudgera Creek.

Discover the magic of Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park, nestled along the serene banks of a glistening creek. While it's a cherished destination for family getaways, water enthusiasts of every age will find themselves captivated by this extraordinary location. With convenient access to the creek, numerous cabins and powered sites offer picturesque waterfront views – some mere metres from the peaceful shore.

Location: 1544 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach

8. Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park

Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park
Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park

At Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park, you can enjoy direct access to Queensland's most stunning coastline. Enjoy the luxury of a lifeguard-patrolled beach 365 days a year right at your doorstep. Nestled beside the Mooloolaba Beach Surf Club and overlooking Sea Life and the Mooloolaba Wharf precinct, this holiday park provides a perfect blend of convenience and coastal charm.

Location: 100 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba

Further Afield

9. Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach Camping
Rainbow Beach is an unforgettable option for beach camping near Brisbane. 

While you can't camp on Rainbow Beach itself, there are plenty of nearby options that allow you to explore this magical stretch of sand. In the Cooloola Recreation Area, families can try Freshwater Beach, Inskip Point, and Kingfisher Caravan Park at Tin Can Bay—all of which are great picks for beach camping near Brisbane, specifically near Rainbow Beach—one of the most popular 4WD routes on the Australian east coast. 

Location: Various

10. K'gari

Beach camping near Brisbane
Camp right near the water on K'gari.

Formerly known as Fraser Island, K'gari, offers a diverse range of camping options with 45 unique areas to choose from. To enhance safety, several sites are fenced to keep out dingoes. Your choice of camping location can be tailored to your preferences, whether you want proximity to amenities, shops, or the beach.

For families with young children, family-friendly fenced sites provide a secure environment. These sites are strategically located at Central Station, Lake Boomanjin, Dundubara, and Waddy Point, ensuring a safe and enjoyable camping experience for all.

Location: Various on K'gari

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