|BRIBIE ISLAND, NEAR BRISBANE|
1. BRIBIE ISLAND, NEAR BRISBANEWhile it might be the only island in Queensland connected to the mainland by bridge, you’re still going to need a high-clearance 4WD or boat to reach Bribie’s coastal camping sites.
But oh, is the journey worth it.
For a cruisey take on the ol’ camping trip, try the western side of the island where you’ll find four campgrounds facing the calm waters of the Pumicestone Passage.
Gallagher Point and Lime Point are the go-to for self-sufficient campers, while Poverty Creek and Mission Point come with a touch of civilisation (aka micro-flush toilets, portable toilet dump point, and screened cold showers).
If you want to fall asleep to the sounds of the sea lapping against the shore, then hunker down behind the foredunes of the Ocean Beach campgrounds on the eastern coastline.
2. MORETON ISLAND, BRISBANE
|MORETON ISLAND, BRISBANE|
The national park campgrounds on Moreton Island cater to both ends of the spectrum, from established sites with basic amenities to their self-sufficient camping zones.
But the real highlight is ease of access, with the majority of campgrounds – including The Wrecks and Blue Lagoon – accessible by foot.
Now all that’s left to work out is which side of the force island… east or west?
*Need a little help planning your Moreton Island camping trip? Check out this weekend itinerary.
3. NORTH STRADBROKE ISLAND, BRISBANE
|NORTH STRADBROKE |
Pack the 4WD because where we’re going on North Stradbroke Island, we don’t need (sealed) roads.
Away from the main hot spots of Cylinder Beach and Amity Point is a more isolated kind of Straddie experience over at Main Beach and Flinders Beach camping areas.
Aside from serving up sweeping beachfront vistas, these zones are the only ones on the island that allow you to bring your fur babies along for the trip!
Sold? Head on over to Straddie Camping to book your spot.
4. SOUTH STRADBROKE ISLAND, GOLD COAST
|SOUTH STRADBROKE ISLAND, |
Typically overshadowed by its northern sibling, South Stradbroke Island isn’t one to be left off the camping radar.
Sitting just off the Gold Coast only 200 metres from The Spit, it’s known by the locals as an adrenaline-(water)junkie’s paradise – think surfing, sea kayaking, canoeing, parasailing, windsurfing, jet skiing… you get the drift!
But come nightfall the island transforms into a peaceful sanctuary for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle for a night or five under the stars.
There are three campgrounds to choose from: Tipplers at the northern end of the Island, North Currigee and Currigee at the southern end.
While they all have toilets and hot showers (hallelujah), you still want to get in quick to book as there are only a selected number of beachfront sites.
(And when you’re done here why not keep the swag rolling with this list of island camping goodness.)