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Best Family-Friendly Campsites Close to Brisbane

Camping is one of our favourite activities, and while it can be an effort to organise a camping trip with your children, it’s also a fantastic family experience. As a holiday or short-term getaway, camping offers a chance to enjoy the many beautiful natural spaces that Queensland has to offer, with many of the best not that far from Brisbane at all. Camping is also great value for money, and an opportunity for everyone in your family to digitally detox and spend some quality time together. If you’re looking for great family-friendly camping spots not too far from Brisbane, here are a few ideas.

North Stradbroke Island

It’s hard to imagine being able to camp on a beach in Greater Brisbane, but that’s exactly what you’ll get when you head down to North Stradbroke Island. It is a world away from the city, though it’s only 45mins driving and 30mins on the barge. Soak up the sunshine at one of eight beach camping locations, with both 4WD only and accessible, dog-friendly camping available.

North Stradbroke Island camping
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Bribie Island

If Stradbroke isn’t quite what you’re looking for with beach camping, then Bribie Island will be the ticket. You’ll need a 4WD to access the best spots, but there’s an amazing family-friendly island experience just waiting for you. Bribie Island has a number of campsites managed by the national park, as well as the Bribie Island Caravan Park.

Bribie Island camping
Source: findapark.npsr.qld.gov.au

D’Aguilar National Park

Local secrets don’t get much better than the D’Aguilar National Park, which starts just 10km from Brisbane city and goes all the way into the Moreton Bay Region. Inside families will find not just great family-friendly camping, but also lots of walking trails and activities, gorges, rainforest and more.

D’Aguilar National Park
Source: findapark.npsr.qld.gov.au

Lake Moogerah

Lake Moogerah is situated 1.5hrs drive from Brisbane in the Scenic Rim, where you’ll find incredible views of volcanic peaks favoured by enthusiastic hikers. For families wanting a spot to camp and relax, there’s a proper caravan park, as well as camping available through the Moogerah Peaks National Park, depending on your preference.

moogerah camping
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Lamington National Park

Just two hours drive south of Brisbane, up in the Gold Coast hinterland, is hidden Lamington National Park. Funny names aside, Lamington National Park is well-known for the beautiful old growth trees and forests, lots of walking tracks, and amazing views. The camping spots in the park are tent and campervan friendly only, so no RVs or caravans. There’s so much to do, for adults and kids alike!

Lamington camping
Source: findapark.npsr.qld.gov.au

Jimna State Forest

It might be a few hours outside of Brisbane, but the Jimna State Forest is well worth the trip. Inside you’ll find lush green sustainable pine and native forests, with lots of wildlife and lovely camping areas. The spot to check out is Peach Trees camping area, which is close to the Yabba Creek, and a number of really lovely bushwalks, including short ones for the kids.

jimna entry to camping area
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Wivenhoe Dam

Water sports enthusiasts cannot pass up a chance to camp near Wivenhoe Dam, a major

Queensland water source that is also a great spot to splash, play and enjoy the great outdoors. There are endless water-based activities to do in the area, and camping can be found at the Captain Logan Camp just an hour from Brisbane.

Wivenhoe Dam
Source: abc.net.au

Girraween National Park

A bit more of a drive from Brisbane at three hours, Girraween National Park is an ideal spot to go if you want to rug up and really get away from it all. The beautiful mountain scenery, enormous rocky outcrops (the area is in the Granite Belt), delightful streams and bushwalks make it a great spot. There are a few camping options, depending on what you’re looking for.

Girraween camping
Source: findapark.npsr.qld.gov.au

Moreton Island

Considering it’s only a 30min drive and 1.5hrs on a barge, Moreton Island is a true Queensland getaway. You’ll need a good setup to really enjoy what’s on offer here, which includes snorkelling, beautiful beaches, lovely hikes, or just lots of lazing in the shade. There are a large number and variety of camping sites, so do your research prior to arriving!

Moreton Island camping
Source: findapark.npsr.qld.gov.au

Camping with kids might be more of a hassle in some respects, but the potential benefits in terms of building closer family ties, developing resilience and fostering a love of the outdoors make it all worth it. When it comes to family camping trips, the best thing you can do is be totally prepared, with a good kit list, quality equipment, and as much self-sustainability as possible.

What family camping spots does your crew love? Let us know!

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Katie is the Managing Director and Editor of Mums of Brisbane. Most days will find her drinking copious amounts of coffee, cuddling her kids and trying not to step barefoot on lego. Katie lives in Beautiful Brisbane with her husband and four gorgeous children.

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