Australia is unique, beautiful, dramatic and rugged, blessed with white sand beaches and a sky of the deepest blue. Within this land down under lies Queensland, a veritable smorgasbord of places to go and see from the Great Barrier Reef at the top to the Gold Coast near the bottom.
One way to see her in all her splendour is to go camping. You can delve into the varied regions in great depth or spend a couple of days to see what there is to see.
Below are 5 such spots, all drivable from Brisbane:
Adder Rock Campground is located on Stradbroke Island and the closest to Brisbane. The ferry takes an hour to cross. Book your passage as soon as you book your camp spot. The drive to Point Lookout takes twenty minutes. The campground on your left before entering the town offers showers, toilets , laundry and BBQs. It opens out on to the amazing Flinders Beach.
Surf, play in the sun and forget the city.The town has everything you need and the beaches of Straddie and the North Gorge walk are worth a look.
Teewah Beach is long, sweeping and stretches into the sea, turning pink in the glow of sunset. This is beach camping at its best. Be prepared by bringing your own toilet, shower and water. Camping spots stretch for roughly 14 kilometres, giving you choices. Bring your fishing gear, family and friends.
Fresh Water campground set amongst Scribbly gums takes you roughly 3 hours to get there. The peace and quiet of Freshwater is a blessing with benefits. As with Teewah Beach, you take the 10 minute ferry ride from Tewantin. Then drive 35.3 kilometres to the campground up the beach. You can also take the highway to Gympie in your 4 x 4, head to Rainbow Beach Road turning off on Fresh Water Road, coming in the back.
The Double Island Point lighthouse is worth the walk up. Play on the beach and fish, all worth your time, with little effort.
Girraween National Park is located in the Granite Belt. You will feel like you are camping with the dinosaurs. The ancient shapes and rock formations make an impressive place for hiking and photography. You can reach it by taking the Cunningham Highway through Stanthorpe, carrying on south.
The beauty of the drive alone is worth the 3 hour trip. Come in spring and marvel at the wild flowers.
Teewah Beach camping and Fresh Water camping (both part of the Cooloolah Section of the Great Sandy National Park) and Girraween all fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing. Check out Do It Online for camping and vehicle permits, information, including campsite maps.
Dilli Village is four hours away, bringing you to Inskip Point. Board the ferry, again 4x4's only, and your Fraser Island experience begins once you drive yourself onto the sand island. Check the tides, being aware you may have to go inland first and emerge on the beach farther up. The village is marked by a large green sign and run by the University of the Sunshine Coast. You can call them at 07-4127-9130. The website is under construction for Dilli Village at this moment in time.
The added bonus of Fraser Island is places like Eli Creek, Lake Birrabeen for swimming, Central Station for Wanggoolba Creek, almost invisible in its clarity.