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Where to Bush Camp Near Brisbane in 2022

Camping is a great way to get outside and enjoy nature. If you are wondering where to bush camp near Brisbane in 2022. Here are some places on my list to go for a quiet weekend away alone, or a longer stay with the family in 2022. I hope this helps to find you a great place you can enjoy swimming, fishing, kayaking or just relaxing around a campfire that is not too far from home.

1. Bigriggen Park

Bigriggen Park is a large and well-maintained park with powered and unpowered campsites. There are a variety of amenities available, including toilets, showers, and some general groceries available at the office.

The park is close to Brisbane, around 1.5 hours from the CBD, but still offers plenty of peace and quiet. The park is pet friendly, allowing dogs in the park, best to check the “Pets” Terms and conditions if you want to bring the family pooch along.

If you are going to bring your rod and reel along for a fish, check out the Bream Fishing – Size, Bait, Rigs post for a couple of rigs that should work around here. If you forget bait, you can even purchase some on site.

Family campsite around an open fire pit
Family campsite – Photo by Ilia Zolas on Unsplash

Park Activities:

  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Open Fire Pits (Check regulations)
  • Cycling
  • Walking tracks
  • Looking at wildlife and scenery

Site Options:

  • Unpowered Camp Site
  • Powered Camp Site
  • Large Powered Sites

Price: From $14.50 / Adult & $9 / Child (4+) per night (Unpowered Camp Site)

Located: 196 Bigriggan Road, Queensland, 4287

Website: www.bigriggen.com.au


2. Sharp Park River Bend Bush Camping

Wondering where to camp near Brisbane for a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of the big city? Then why not Sharp Park River Bend Bush Camping located only 1 hour from Brisbane CBD could be the place for you. A place to have some well earned R&R in the peaceful and tranquil setting near the Lamington National Park.

Boasting spacious powered and non-powered camping sites, Sharp Park River Bend Bush Camping is the perfect spot for a family holiday or a weekend away with friends.

Mt Wollumbin (Warning) seen through Numinbah Gap - Lamington National Park
Lamington National Park – Photo by Tim on Unsplash

Park Activities:

  • Swimming
  • Fire Pits (Check regulations)
  • Large Oval
  • Community Garden
  • Looking at wildlife and scenery

Site Options: 

  • Unpowered Camp Site
  • Powered Camp Site

Price: From $10 / Adult & $5 / Child (5+) per night (Unpowered Camp Site)

Located: 3095 Beechmont Road, Witheren, Queensland, 4275

Website: sharpparkcampground.com


3. Thunderbird Park Bush Camp

Thunderbird Park Camping is a great option to bush camp near Brisbane in 2022 at just over 1 hour from the CBD.

The park is located alongside the Tamborine National Park it has a large variety of activities including a TreeTop Challenge, Mini Golf, Thunderegg Crystal Mine, and the Funfair to keep you and the family entertained. For something a little quieter, there are also several trails that lead into the surrounding bushland, making it an excellent choice for hikers and nature lovers.

The park offers camping sites powered and unpowered, as well as Glamping and Bush Lodges. Camping is free for children under the age of 5, and fees apply for other campers.

4WD Buggy Experience at Thunderbird Park

Park Activities:

  • TreeTop Challenge
  • Adventure Mini Golf
  • Thunderegg Crystal Mine
  • Funfair (4WD Buggy Experience, Weekday only, booking required)
  • Swimming
  • Fire Pits (Check regulations)
  • Looking at wildlife and scenery

Site Options:

  • Unpowered Camp Site
  • Powered Camp Site
  • Large Powered Sites

Price: From $32 site fee for 2 people (5 and under camp free) per night (Unpowered Camp Site)

Located: Corner Tamborine Mountain Rd &, Cedar Creek Falls Rd, Tamborine Mountain, Queensland, 4272

Website: www.thunderbirdpark.com


4. Neurum Creek Bush Retreat

If you’re looking for a bush camp near Brisbane that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed, then Neurum Creek Bush Retreat might be the perfect place for you! The property offers a variety of activities to keep you entertained, such as swimming, canoeing and music events on special occasions.

With games, movies and discos for kids throughout the year, the short 1.5 hour trip from Brisbane means this is a great option for short or long family stays.

Brown firepit with flames, perfect when bush camping.
Photo by Evan Wise on Unsplash

Park Activities:

  • Fun games / Kids Entertainment
  • Swimming Holes
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Walking tracks & scenic views
  • Campfires (Check regulations)
  • Camp shop

Site Options:

  • Unpowered Camp Site
  • Powered Camp Site
  • Large Powered Sites

Price: From $14 / Adult & $8 / Child per night (Unpowered Camp Site)

Located: 268 Rasmussen Rd, Neurum QLD 4514

Website: www.ncbr.com.au


5. Kenilworth Camping on the River

Where to camp near Brisbane? Why not on a working dairy farm, right on the edge of the great Mary River in natural surroundings. If this sounds great then Kenilworth Camping could be the place for you. With 5 kilometres of riverfront space and 580 acres for the dairy farm, Kenilworth Camping says that “Our campgrounds are never crowded” and I tend to believe them.

At around 2 hours from the Brisbane CBD, this is a great option for a long weekend away with the family or a mid-week trip to de-stress and get back to nature (around a campfire with some good friends).

Coffee by the river
Photo by Uriel Mont from Pexels

Park Activities:

  • Platypus colony (if your quite early morning)
  • Fishing (All catch and release)
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Campfires (Check regulations)
  • Looking at wildlife and scenery
  • Dairy Tours (Coming soon)

Site Options:

  • Unpowered Camp Site (Caravans Welcome)

Price: $15 / Adult & $8 / Child (5+) per night (Unpowered Camp Site)

Located: 18 Paulger Rd, Kenilworth, Queensland, 4574

Website: www.kenilworthcamping.net.au


6. Flanagan’s Reserve Bush Camping

Encapsulated by the foothills and mountains of Mount Barney National Park, Flannagan’s Reserve is a bush camping site that should have you rested and relaxed in no time. Even better, it is only 1.5 hours from the Brisbane CBD!

If you are an avid bushwalker/hiker, there are multiple locations nearby where you can enjoy hikes of varying difficulty. This includes Mount Barney National Park, which boasts the second-highest peak in South East Queensland meaning this hike/climb is not for the beginner bushwalker.

If fishing is more your style, Bass, Carp and freshwater Mullet are reported to be in the river. Why not check out How to catch Mullet for bait using a rod and reel to help in your fishing adventures.

Park Activities:

  • Hiking (Short drive)
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Fire Pits (Check regulations)

Site Options:

  • Unpowered Camp Site
  • Possible Powered sites (check before booking)

Price: From $12 / Adult & $6 / Child (3+) per night (Unpowered Camp Site)

Located: 135 Flanagan Reserve Road, Barney View, Queensland, 4287

Website: flanaganreservebushcamping.com.au


There are many great places to bush camp near Brisbane during 2022. You can choose based on your interests and what you want to experience. For me, I love the days enjoying nature, kayaking, fishing and swimming and nights sitting around a campfire contemplating the next adventure. Like getting the chance to go back to Double Island Point or a new beach camping location. Whatever you choose, I hope it is enjoyable and refreshing.