The greatest joy in camping at night is enjoying a campfire. However most campsites don't allow fires and those that do only allow them in barbecues and not the classic campfire everyone can gather around. There are a number of both national park and private campsites in South East Queensland which allow campfires. Here are 5 of the best.
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Note: When it comes to lighting fires, please respect the rules for fires. Pay heed to fire warnings and only light fires when allowed. When lighting fires in national parks, either bring your own wood or use the fire wood provided. Do not collect firewood from the area.
Charlie Moreland Campground in the Imbil State Forest
Located in the Imbil State Forest in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the Charlie Moreland Camping Ground is centrally located, giving you easy access to locations in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. The campground is large, grass covered and shaded. It is suitable for camping and caravans. In some areas you can camp next to your car and others you need to carry your things in a short distance.
Most importantly the campsite has a number of fire rings to enjoy a great campfire. Most people camp away from the fire rings as they are shared among campers. There is no better way to make new friends that to gather around a campfire.
Little Yabba Creek at the Charlie Moreland Campground
The camping area is fairly interesting as well. LIttle Yabba Creek is suitable for swimming, and there are a couple of short walks that cross the creek. You can also do the more challenging Mt Allan walk. Horse riders are also welcome in this area.
Mapleton is 20 km to the north and Maleny is 20 km to the south. This makes this campground very popular during school holidays but it is often fairly quite at other times and a great place to relax.
Queen Mary Falls Caravan & Tourist Park
There are many reasons to stay at the Queen Mary Falls Caravan & Tourist Park. It is on the Boonah-Killarney Scenic Drive and right opposite Queen Mary Falls. The park has a lot of facilities while being set on a wide grassy area surrounded by farmland. You can park your caravan or setup your tent in the central area close to everything and have access to electricity, or you can find a quite corner away from the crowds.
One of the outstanding features of the park is the many fire pits. Each fire pit is large, sunk into the ground and surrounded by stones.These are distributed around the area and people come together to enjoy the fire.
The caravan park and campgrounds has many fire pits
There are also cabins and a cafe that is open for breakfast and lunch at the caravan park. This is great if you don't feel like cooking for yourself. This is a place you can go to enjoy a campfire without necessarily roughing it.
The caravan park is a good jumping off point for a lot of activities in the Killarney region. Obviously the closest is just across the road at Queen Mary Falls. If you need some exercise in the morning, nothing beats heading up and down the stairs around the waterfall for a quick 2 km walk.
Queen Mary Falls is directly opposite the Caravan and Tourist Park
Mt Mee is a is a fairly diverse area and is part of the northern section of D'Aguilar National Park. There are a number of walks and lookouts at Mt Mee. The Gantry is the most popular picnic and barbecue area.
Mt Mee is also home to one of the most popular swimming holes in the area, Rocky Hole. Both Archer and Neurum Creek Campgrounds give you access to Neurum Creek.
Rocky Hole at Mt Mee
Thunderbird Park - Mt Tamborine
Thunderbird Park is a popular family destination, both as a day trip and as a place to stay. The Campsite is set near the creek and there is plenty of room to setup your tent or park your caravan. Of course be aware that school holidays it can be very busy, so make sure you book ahead. Whether quiet or busy, it is a great spot to have a campfire.
Photo courtesy of Thunderbird Park
There are a lot of activities at the park, including the zipline, tree top challenge, mini golf, laser skirmish and horse riding. You will need a campfire afterwards to sit around and relax after a hectic day.
Mt Tamborine has a lot of other activities as well, such as the beautiful skywalk, hikes, gallery walk and more. This makes Mt Tamborine the ideal family getaway. For adults there are wineries, art galleries, fine dining and much more.
Bribie Island is one of my favourite islands. This beautiful Island somehow has a reputation for being a little boring, yet there are lots of activities for the casual visitor and even more if you plan to stay for the weekend.
There are several campsites on Bribie Island. Some campsites need a four wheel drive, others are only accessible by boat. There is camping by Pumicetone Passage and on the ocean. Ocean Beach is one of the most popular locations. There are campsites down behind the sand dunes which are protected from the wind and some up on the dunes which give you ocean views. I would generally take the protected ones. They have recently installed fire rings here. They also have toilets, a cooking area, and showers.
Poverty Creek is another well resourced camping area where you are allowed fires. Once again there are showers and toilets. Take plenty of insect repellent for this and any campsite on Pumicestone Passage.
Bribie Island and Pumicestone Passage are popular fishing spots
Mission Point is the best campsite with boat only access. There are toilets and showers here, but you need to take all your rubbish with you.
Some activities on Bribie Island including kayaking Pumicestone Passage, often camping on the way, walking along the beaches, including the 8 km walk from Bongaree to Woorim, four wheel driving on the beach (you need to apply for a permit to do this) and of course the many cafes, pubs and restaurants on the island. There is of course a lot of joy in just getting away from the crowds to the unpopulated areas of Bribie. I know Bribie residents who go camping on Bribie Island.