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Cylinder Beach Queensland North Stradbroke Island
Cylinder Beach Queensland North Stradbroke Island

Got the kids, plus all their gear leaves just enough room for your toothbrush. Perhaps your wish lists includes the following:

  • A bit of comfort
  • Heaps of things for kids to do that do not break the bank
  • Cafes and foodie outlets to avoid slaving over a camp oven
  • Privacy and space to chill out in
  • Decent bathroom facilities
  • The beach at your doorstep
  • Forests and waterfalls
  • Have you thought about a National Park as a getaway camping holiday?

SCENIC RIM HIGHLANDS

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Tamborine Mountain Caravan & Camping Park

Got a bunch of teenagers who specialise in being bored. Here’s the deal, Thunderbird park has adventure activities sorted. You need to pay for these activities however the accommodation is cost effective. For those whom camping outdoors is a rustic experience too far, there are family lodges providing ensuite bathrooms, kitchen, living areas with up to six people bedding arrangements. There are glamping options.

Mt Tamborine’s high altitude and cooler temperatures, the picturesque Scenic Rim has beautiful national parks located on Brisbane’s backdoor. For further information and check booking details The Bush Lodges.

What to do nearby:

  • Mt Tamborine cafes and restaurants spoilt for choice, selections to suit any budget
  • The Gallery Walk indulges your shopping desires and browse through artisan wares, delicious sweet shops and gourmet delis. Who needs to cook when you’ve got goodies to eat.
  • Waterfall chasing buffs have plenty to capture with their selfie moment, Curtis Falls or picnic by Cedar Creek Falls

 

THE BEACH - NORTH STRADBROKE

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Cylinder Beach

Cylinder Beach is an oldie but a goodie, North Stradbroke Island and Cylinder Beach is an idyllic classic camping spot. Tenting doesn’t need to be roughing it with hot showers and flush toilets. A great beachside location for beach loving families. Kids can indulge in water sports all day and Mum can skip off for some shopping therapy, perhaps a leisurely coffee at the myriad cafes located close by.

What to do nearby:

  • Water sports galore from paddleboarding, surfing, kayaking and swimming
  • Art galleries and artisan markets
  • North Stradbroke heritage walking trails

 

THE BEACH - SUNSHINE COAST

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Rivershore Resort

Rivershore Resort – Sunshine Coast is a perfect family favourite. Glamping and sunshine are an ideal combination of fun, indulging your senses and heaps of activities for the energetic members of your family. No need to haul a tent interstate or overseas visitors wonder about where to acquire a tent. Think safari glamping setting the tone for a touch of magic. Rivershore Resort is fun. Activities such as water slides, playgrounds, mini-golf keep kids amused for hours. Perhaps a cruise along the Maroochy River or use the resort’s pontoon, boat ramp, and kayaks is the day’s choice. For more information or to book check out Rivershore Holiday Park Sunshine Coast.

What to do nearby:

  • Buderim Forest is a perfect day trip option. The forest haven with towering trees, walking trails and, of course, the obligatory stunning waterfall is a lovely contrast from sun, sand and beach.
  • Noosa is less than a hour with its vibrant village culture, eateries, galleries, cafes and quirky shops

 

ATHERTON TABLELANDS

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Malanda Falls Caravan Park and Campground

Malanda Falls Caravan Park and Campground offers an escape from summer, beaches and gritty sand in your bed. The Cairns Highlands and Malanda Falls Environmental Park inhabitants turtles and platypus and other aquatic creatures are wildlife bonus. The rare Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo lives in the ancient rainforest. Pets are allowed, however check beforehand for entry conditions.

What to do nearby:

  • Kids will be entranced swimming in a natural waterfall pool
  • Petting zoo of alpacas, goats and sheep for your city raised kids to interact with
  • Atherton Tableland attractions such as Herberton, Yungaburra markets and, of course, ice cream from farm gate to plate

 

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Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park

Lake Tinaroo is glorious, cool freshwater makes for a respite from the heat of summer. Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park offers accommodation choices from basic tenting sites to ensuite cabins ensuring families can choose what fits into their budget. An onsite cafe, shop and camp supplies such as firewood, fuel, gas, bait and fishing gear means families do not have to be concerned about missing out. For kids the jumping pillow, swimming pool and playground there is hours of entertainment. For further information or to book check out Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park.

What to do nearby:

  • Curtain Fig National Park walks and trails
  • Fishing on Lake Tinaroo for red claw and record-breaking freshwater Barra
  • Explore weekend farmers markets at Yungaburra and make time to view a platypus

 

BRISBANE

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Brisbane Holiday Village

Location, location, location this campground has it all. The Gold Coast glitter and themed entertainment is just 20 minutes away. Brisbane’s urban delights are at your fingertips. You don’t even need to leave Brisbane to go camping. This is for city slickers who really do not want to give up the urban vibe. You don’t even need to leave Brisbane for a camping experience. Lots of choice from practicing your camping credentials or a touch of luxury, there’s an option for you here. Located at Eight Mile Plains, the park is 15 minutes from the city and 20 minutes from the Gold Coast. Choose a camping site or a spacious, self-contained cabin. The surrounding landscaped gardens create a tropical and relaxing atmosphere for guests.

What to do nearby:

  • Brisbane city markets 15 minutes away
  • Gold Coast themed activities 20 minutes
  • Private tropical gardens to chill out in

 

NATIONAL PARKS - CAMPING OPTIONS

Pesky but necessary details for camping in Queensland National Parks:

  • Camping only allowed in designated areas
  • Forward booking and issuing of permits must be completed prior to arrival at camping site
  • Fires are prohibited
  • Very likely (translate as not really going to work) WiFi and mobile coverage is sporadic
  • For further information or book online check out Dept of National Parks, Recreations, Sport and Racing. Island campsites can be remote with little mobile phone coverage.
  • Restrictions apply to fishing and shell collecting in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
  • Be prepared and remember leave only footprints
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Great Barrier Reef Islands

Fitzroy Island is mostly National Park (exception being Welcome Bay and its resort). Nudey Beach is one of the most photographed beaches in Queensland. Snorkeling heaven with inshore shallow waters around the reefs near the jetty. Campers will be sharing the island with day trippers and guests of Welcome Bay, Fitzroy Island Resort.

Visitors book a campsite through Fitzroy Island Resort.

What to do nearby:

  • Walking tracks from easy beach strolls to tramping boots for a strenuous hike on the Lighthouse Circuit.
  • Getting there: from Cairns with Fitzroy Island Resort, Raging Thunder or Sunlover Cruises is an adventure.
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef directly from the beach, it does not get any better than this

 

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Lizard Island National Park

You are on a beach, remote, quiet tropical North with a luxurious resort as your companion. It’s all about contrast as you camp on Lizard Island. The Island has a rich history of human occupation is sacred ceremonial sites, middens and archeological sites throughout the island. European occupation has left its mark at Watson’s Bay. For more information or to book check out Lizard Island National Park.

What to do nearby:

  • Snorkel blue lagoon and giant clam garden
  • Tramp and hike up to Captain Cooks Lookout for a view of the Endeavour Passage
  • Find a lizard, Many kinds of lizards make the islands their home, most notably the yellow-spotted monitor, for which Lizard Island is named. Pythons and tree snakes are also commonly seen.

 

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RAINFOREST ESCAPE - Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park camping ranges from accommodation options include 2 & 4 man tent sites, unpowered and powered drive-on sites and 2, 4 and 6 bed permanent Safari Tents. Bordering the park and perched high on a ridge this is a great alternative for people who wish to escape the Aussie summer beach vibe. Cooler weather and numerous walks create a back to nature holiday experience.

The Rainforest Campsite Binda Burra Lodge and camping grounds:

  • Archery lessons
  • Guided forest walks
  • Spotlighting night guided tours

 

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TROPICAL FORESTS, WATERFALLS, WILDLIFE

Main Ridge National Park stunning mountain peaks, escarpments and ridges offer panoramic horizons in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. The park is home for rare and endangered wildlife and a popular bushwalking destination. For experienced camping buffs who really want to get away from it all, there are remote camping areas. For first time camping visitors there are three developed sites, complete with non-flush toilets and cooking facilities, for further details check out Main Range National Park. For visitors for whom bush camping is a step too far the park is a great day trip from Brisbane. Get the kids to check out before booking your campsite.

What to do nearby:

  • Picnic at Westgap picnic area and spot the birds
  • Walking tracks galore
  • Walk the heritage trail

 

 

The journey is worth it.

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