The best places in Queensland to pitch your tent.
Located between Roma and Emerald Carnarvon Gorge is a camping wonderland in the heart of Central Queensland. Towering white sandstone cliffs form a spectacular, steep-sided gorge with narrow, vibrantly coloured and lush side-gorges just waiting to be explored.
Camping is permitted only in the Carnarvon Gorge visitor area during the Easter, winter and spring Queensland school holidays. Big Bend camping area, reached by a 9.7km walk, is open all year. Before walking to Big Bend to camp, record your trip details in the registration book at the park’s visitor centre, and log out of the book when you return. Carry plenty of water with you. Creek water isn’t safe. The national park visitor area provides taps with treated drinking water. No treated drinking water is available on the walking tracks.
Westcott Campground is centrally located in the Bunya Mountains National Park, home to the largest stand of ancient Bunya Pines in the world. The park features picturesque mountains, rainforests, waterfalls, unique range-top grasslands, panoramic views and colourful birdlife.
Wescott Campground caters for a maximum of 30 people in semi-shaded, grassy un-defined sites. Campsites are suitable for walk in tent camping with car parking bays nearby. The grounds can be reached by conventional vehicle via Bunya Mountains Road however are not accessible for camper trailers. Facilities include picnic tables, toilets, water ( ensure you treat before drinking), fireplaces and firewood. There are walking tracks, self-guided walks and lookouts nearby. Open fires are allowed within fireplaces only and generators are not permitted.
Lake Somerset / Somerset Dam
To find this lakeside camping retreat just travel down the Bruce Highway and then the D’Aguilar Highway towards Kilcoy.Here,you’ll find yourself in 45ha of lakeside beauty on the northern shores of Somerset Dam. Kids have access to mini-golf, sports equipment for loan, a sporting oval and a playground. The lake itself is the true playground for young and old. Swimming, boating and waterskiing are on offer in this mighty water expanse, and local experts say it is one of the best fishing spots in the region.
Make sure you secure a nice lake-front camping spot so you can enjoy the rich colours of sundown, then catch the sun-up over the water from your lakeside perch. Howevere, this popular spot gets busy on weekends and school holidays so be prepared. It also pays to be wary of the motorised watercraft that can travel at high speeds.
Eurimbula National Park
Eurimbula National Park is close to Agnes Water and 1770, which are among the closest points to the outer Great Barrier Reef. The region is filled with excellent little parks, great fishing and surfing.
Camping grounds are well organised and clean in this region including Bustard Beach camping area on the eastern side of the park and Middle Creek camping area. The park has fantastic walking tracks including the short but steep walk to Ganoonga Noonga lookout.The Joseph Banks Conservation Park is nearby on the 1770 coastline. The roads into Eurimbula are very narrow with no turn-around areas.But,do not take caravans, they will get stuck and damaged by the roadside vegetation.
Yellow Patch Camping Zone: Moreton Island National Park
Yellow Patch camping zone is located on the western side of Moreton Island covering all beach campsites (14) between North Point and Heath Island. The campsites are clearly marked with totem poles, vary in size and range from secluded sites to close social camping areas. Many sites have excellent sea views and shade from the surrounding coastal vegetation.
A feature of this camping zone is the wide open sandy beaches and exposed surf. Access is achievable by 4WD vehicle only with parking available next to campsites. Open camp fires are permitted in existing fire sites only and generators are permitted between 7am and 9pm only.
The Settlement Campground: Springbrook National Park
The Settlement Campground is a new camping area located on Carricks Road within Springbrook National Park on the Springbrook Plateau. Purling Brook Falls are only a short walk away via a walking track which also links up to the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk. The campground has 11 well defined campsites, however, it is currently very open with new plantings of native trees and shrubs designed to provide screening and shade.
Campsites are well grassed with gravel parking bays suitable for tents and camper trailers.