Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published May 27th 2020
Queensland will soon reopen to camping - where will you go?
All going well, Queensland will reopen for camping and travel within a 250Km radius from the 12 June 2020. That's just 2 short weeks away! This article covers three of the fantastic campsites within 250km of Brisbane in South East Queensland.
Gorgeous camping right on the beach at Inskip Point
Inskip Point in the Cooloola Recreation Area in the Great Sandy National Park
Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area, or "Inskip Point" as it is known to most Queenslanders, is a fabulous national parks camping area that has access to calm bay waters on one side, and small waves on the eastern side that faces K'Gari / Fraser Island. Campsites are mostly shady, with some directly behind the beach offering uninterrupted water views.
Stunning views right from your tent when camping on the surf beach side of Inskip Point
Self-composting toilets are located at four of the camping areas across Inskip Point, and dogs that are kept on the leash are permitted here. A map of the various camping areas and facilities available across the Inskip Point recreation area is available here. While paid camping permits are necessary for campers at Inskip Point, it is not possible to book specific sites. For this reason, it is recommended that visitors arrive early in the day or before peak times if they have a particular site in mind. Visitors are advised to bring their own drinking water, rubbish bags, sunscreen, and insect repellant when enjoying this campground and the stunning views it offers of the world-famous K'Gari / Fraser Island. The closest patrolled swimming beach to Inskip Point is at nearby Rainbow Beach.
Tangalooma National Parks Campsite on Mulgumpin / Moreton Island
Mulgumpin / Moreton Island is famous for its recreational activities, such as diving shipwrecks just off the beach, 4x4 driving to remote campsites, and the luxury Tangalooma Resort. But did you know there is a national parks campsite behind the beach right at the Tangalooma Wrecks? This campsite is easily accessible from the vehicle barge (which also takes foot passengers and passengers with kayaks), making it ideal for campers who don't wish to bring a 4x4 over to the island with them. There are 21 clearly marked campsites here, each accessible to tents only (no camper trailers).
Facilities at The Wrecks campsite include hybrid toilets, cold showers, and rubbish bins. Campers are advised to bring their own drinking water, sunscreen, insect repellant, and firewood (it is illegal to collect wood on the island for campfires). This fantastic campsite offers easy access to the famous Tangalooma shipwrecks for snorkelling and diving, and a beautiful (but unpatrolled) swimming beach. At the end of a long day here, the only thing left to do is to sit back and enjoy the sunset. Bookings for The Wrecks campsite can be made through Mulgumpin Camping.
Stunning sunsets across Moreton Bay are just one of the delights of camping at The Wrecks campsite
Stinson Park camping area on Christmas Creek in the Scenic Rim
For those who would prefer to camp in the mountains than at the beach, Stinson Park on Christmas Creek provides a quieter experience that still allows for some swimming and paddling. The park includes a memorial to the Stinson plane crash and the efforts of Bernard O'Reilly to rescue the survivors in the thick rainforest terrain of Lamington National Park. Camping facilities include a public amenities block, multiple fire rings for BBQs, six creekside campsites, and a large grassy area with shade for additional campers. It is recommended that campers bring their own drinking water.
Camping along Christmas Creek at the Stinson Park Campground
The Stinson Park camping area is south of Beaudesert at 2787 Christmas Creek Rd, Lamington. There is a small shop and take away just before the campground which is magic for early morning coffees! It is not necessary to book a site in advance, although you can call 07 5544 8008 to book or check availability before arriving. Otherwise, the extremely friendly caretaker comes around each day to collect the modest camping fees ($8.00 per adult and $4.00 per child per night. Family rate of $20.00 for 2 adults and 4 children). Dogs on the leash are welcome at this campsite. Like the two campsites above, there are no lifeguards at this waterway and children should be kept under strict supervision at all times.
Queensland is blessed with a wide variety of campsites in areas of outstanding natural beauty. This article has covered three of our favourites within 250Km of Brisbane, but of course, there are many more. Where will you go once camping is again permitted in Queensland?
Unwind in the outstanding natural beauty of Queensland's campsites