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6 Best Spots to go Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

Wednesday 25th July 2018
By Dave Eddy
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By Dave Eddy
Article written by Campstay.

Sunny Brisbane truly lives up to Queensland's promise of being beautiful one day and perfect the next. The river city is often overlooked in favour of its southern cousins, Sydney and Melbourne. However, it has oodles to offer, from award-winning dining to extreme adventure sports.

Most importantly, there are awesome camping spots and holiday parks within an easy drive of Brissie. In this blog post, we're showcasing our favourite places to camp (and glamp) within a two-hour drive of Brisbane!

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1. Lake Wivenhoe Campgrounds - Wivenhoe Dam

Distance from Brisbane CBD: 70km (about an hour)

If you love adventure and want a classic camping experience, we have the spot for you.  Lake Wivenhoe (also known as Wivenhoe Dam) operates two campgrounds: Lumely Hill Campground and Captain Logan Campground.  The campgrounds offer a variety of grassy, powered, drive-on and tent sites overlooking the lake. Wherever you camp, you’re surrounded by shady trees and friendly native critters.

Wivenhoe Dam is not just a ripper camping spot, it’s also perfect for water activities. Kayak, canoe, paddle board or swim – you’ll love spending a water day with the family on the dam. Back on dry land, the kids can run amuck in the small beach area or kick a ball on the grassy open space. There are also several walking tracks, playgrounds and seating areas. We recommend checking out nearby Deer Reserve National Park. Book now.

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2. Rivershore Resort - Sunshine Coast

Distance from Brisbane CBD: 105km (about 1.5 hours)

Whether you're a camper, glamper or something in-between, Rivershore Resort is perfect. This stunning holiday park nestles the banks of the Sunshine Coast's Maroochy River.

From its popular 'Driftwood' Restaurant and Bar to its stunning safari tents, Rivershore is not your typical caravan park. The resort boasts water slides, a playground and a mini-golf course; the kids will be entertained for hours. You can also take a cruise along the Maroochy River. Alternatively, take advantage of the resort's pontoon, boat ramp, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.

Rivershore Resort is more than just a great holiday destination, it's an ideal base to explore all the Sunshine Coast has to offer. The region is famous for its picturesque beaches and scenic hinterland. Buderim Forest is perfect for a day trip, located four kilometres from Rivershore. This 45-hectare haven is home to towering trees, walking trails and a stunning waterfall. Book now. 

3. Brisbane Holiday Village - Brisbane

Distance from Brisbane CBD: 15km (about 15mins)

You don't even need to leave Brisbane for a camping experience. Award-winning Brisbane Holiday Village is one of the city's most central and luxurious holiday parks. Whether you're an eager camper or prefer a taste of luxury, there's an option for you here. Located at Eight Mile Plains, the park is 15 minutes from the city and 20 minutes from the Gold Coast - absolutely ideal!

The park caters for all kinds of travellers, interests and budgets. Choose a camping site or a spacious, self-contained cabin. The surrounding landscaped gardens create a tropical and relaxing atmosphere for guests.

Brisbane Holiday Village is ideally located if you want to explore Brisbane. Venture north to the Brisbane City Botanical Gardens, located 15 minutes from the park. Explore the gardens at your own pace or take part in a free guided tour (1 hour). Pack a picnic lunch or treat yourself to a tasty meal at The Gardens Club Café.

If heights don't phase you, the Story Bridge Adventure Climb offers one of the best ways to admire Brisbane's cityscape. This thrilling climb is perfect for all fitness levels and ages. It's definitely a must-do when visiting Queensland's capital.

Southbank is another great place to spend the day. Situated on the southern bank of the Brisbane river, it's been crowned Brisbane's premier lifestyle and cultural destination. Home to lush green parklands, breathtaking river views, world-class eateries and multiple swimming areas, it's perfect for the whole family. Book Now. 

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4. Somerset Park Campgrounds - Somerset Dam

Distance from Brisbane CBD: 107km (about 1.5 hours)

Situated along the edge of Stanley River, Somerset Park Campgrounds is surrounded by flora and fauna - perfect for a quiet and enjoyable stay. Stay on one of their grassy powered, unpowered or drive on sites and enjoy a classic camping experience.

Somerset Park Campgrounds is surrounded by places to see and things to do. Somerset Dam is popular for fishing and all things water-related. Jet ski, tube, swim, or relax with a book beneath a shady gumtree.

The nearby Old Fernvale Bakery is known for country home-style cooking. The bakery has created over 140 gourmet pie varieties since 1989. We recommend trying their recent claim to fame, the Vegemite and Cheese Pie - you'll be super hap-'pie' with your choice!

Embrace your inner thrill seeker and skydive in Toogoolawah, soaking up the region from a bird's-eye perspective. The 15-minute flight to reach altitude lets you look down upon south-east Queensland. Whether you're a thrill-seeker or prefer to relax, you'll find something to suit you at Somerset Dam. Book Now. 

5. Gold Coast Holiday Park - Gold Coast

Distance from Brisbane CBD: 60km (about one hour)

Whether it's summer, winter, autumn or spring, there's no place like the Gold Coast! The Goldie is famed for its long sandy beaches (with ripper surfing spots), lush rainforests and fun theme parks.

Gold Coast Holiday Park is ideal for a family vacay, relaxing retreat or adventurous holiday. Set among 32 acres of lush sub-tropical gardens along Salt Water Creek, it's a haven for nature lovers.

The park offers a wide range of cabins and campsites. You can glamp, camp or relax in style in a cosy cabin or luxury villa. You'll also love the tennis court, jumping pillow, BMX track, resort-style pool, water-slide, licensed cafe and activity centre. If we haven't convinced you yet, there's also a petting farm - the kids will love it!

Not only is Gold Coast Holiday Park a wonderful place to stay and play, it's in a prime position to explore the area. The park itself is in the theme park precinct, five minutes from Movie World, Wet'N'Wild, Dreamworld, Whitewater World and Outback Spectacular.

For shopaholics, the Gold Coast is home to some fabulous retail outlets. Harbour Town is your one-stop shop for big brands at a discounted price. Boasting numerous great restaurants, and located five minutes from Broadwater, you can easily make a day of it.

If you love the great outdoors, visit Cedar Creek Falls. Located in the Gold Coast hinterland, this area is the go-to spot to swim, hike and explore nature's beauty. You'll love the extraordinary lookouts and breathtaking scenery. Book Now. 

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6. Ingenia Holidays Noosa - Sunshine Coast

Distance from Brisbane CBD: 138 km (about two hours)

Noosa is one of Australia's most beautiful seaside holiday destinations. Whether you're a local, visiting the area or just passing by, Ingenia Holidays Noosa is the perfect place to stay. Located moments from Noosa National Park and Noosa Main Beach, its position is unbeatable.

This holiday park caters for all. Camp on a powered site or relax in a villa. If you're travelling with kids, they’ll have plenty to keep them occupied. Take advantage of the park's swimming pool, games room, jumping cushion and camp kitchen - what more could you need?

There are so many things to do in this stunning region. While Noosa is famous for its golden beaches and gnarly waves, it’s also home to thrilling adventure activities. Skydive Noosa helps you discover the beautiful landscapes and picturesque scenery on a whole new level (literally).

If you love animals, the 50-minute drive to Australia Zoo won't seem so far. It's home to some of Australia's most unique animals, endangered species, native wildlife and great entertainment. Offering 14 free wildlife shows every day, the zoo is jam-packed with fun and excitement. Spend the day exploring, discovering and most importantly, learning!

Noosa Main Beach is one of the few north-facing beaches along Australia's coastline. The gentle waves and year-round patrol make it the perfect place for families and beginner surfers. It's in a prime location for visitors, just a stone’s throw from Hastings Street’s famous shopping, restaurants and quirky bars.

Whether you're chasing adventure or hoping to relax, there's something in this spectacular region to suit you. Book Now. 

And there you have it – six awesome options for your next weekend away in the Brisbane region. From classic bush camping to luxury glamping, we’ve got you covered. For more great holiday parks, download the free Campstay mobile app or visit the website. 

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