Where To Beach Camp Near Brisbane In 2022

I have been looking for great places to beach camp in Brisbane in 2022, if you have been as well, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, I will discuss some of the places I’d like to beach camp near Brisbane and what makes them so appealing to me. Some of these spots will be family-based holiday parks with campsites, some will only be accessible by 4wd and even a couple of boat only options (on a good day Kayaking could be an option as well).

Peel Island Beach Camp

Looking for an island beach camp getaway, close to Brisbane, accessible by boat, Peel Island Beach Camp may be the perfect place for you! The island has two beach campgrounds along Horseshoe Bay and Platypus Bay. These are both surrounded by crystal-clear waters that are perfect for swimming around the wreck, boating, and fishing.

Travelling to Peel – The Wooly Experience

Being a national park (Teerk Roo Ra https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/teerk-roo-ra/about) there are some nature trails with historic sites where you can take a walk and see some of the Leopard colony that was on the island for 52 years from 1907. Access is restricted to most of the island to preserve the historical site as much as it can be.

If you are wanting to camp the night, you must book with Queensland NAtioanl Parks (qpws.usedirect.com). Or if you are looking for a place to anchor overnight, private boats can do so, but be aware that it does get very shallow near the beach.

Camping Fees:

  • $6.85 per person per night ($3.75 for students and educational excursions)
  • $27.40 per family per night

Access:

  • Boat/Kayak only (15 minutes from Victoria Point Boat Ramp)

Other items of note:

  • Pets are not permitted in the national park
  • No fires allowed, bring your own gas stove for cooking
  • No fresh water on the island
  • All rubbish must be taken with you
  • Insect repellant is advisable
  • Non-flushing toilets are available at Horseshoe bay only 

Book here:

Queensland National Parks Booking Service


Teewah Beach Camping Area (Cooloola Recreation Area, Great Sandy National Park)

Teewah Beach Camping Area’s are located in a small section of the Cooloola Beach Recreation Area. Just a short drive north of Brisbane, these campsites can fill up quickly so you need to book ahead, particularly for those peek times. With multiple attractions, campers can enjoy plenty of activities such as swimming, surfing, fishing, and hiking while enjoying the natural setting.

This beach playground is accessible by 4wd, with a need to make sure to bring some recovery gear just in case! Using your vehicle you can traverse up and down the beach and cross over the point close to the Double Island Point Lighthouse, to reach other attractions. Like the beautiful little bay area where you can relax with the family for a swim and avoid the large surf.

Double Island Point, Great Sandy National Park beach camping near Brisbane
Trip to Double Island Point – The Wooly Experience

For those that enjoy fishing, you can find fresh bait just under the sand surface in the form of Pippies/Cockles(for the southerners). This makes for a great bait to cast into a gutter to try and catch a feed of anything from Tailor, Dart and Whiting.

Click here to read about a day trip I had to Double Island Point.

Camping Fees:

  • $6.85 per person per night ($3.75 for students and educational excursions)
  • $27.40 per family per night

Access:

  • High Clearance 4 Wheel Drive

Other items of note:

  • A portable toilet is a must, all waste to be taken with you
  • A vehicle access permit (https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/management/managed-areas/recreation/vehicle-permits) must be purchased to drive on the beach
  • Road rules must be followed when driving on the beach
  • Open fires are not allowed, cooking stoves and BBQs are ok
  • Bring your own freshwater
  • All rubbish must be taken with you
  • Insect repellant is advisable
  • Small generators are allowed (low decibel up to 2.0Kva and not on after 9 pm)
  • No Mobile Phone coverage

Book here:

Queensland National Parks Booking Service


Bribie Island Beach Camping

With multiple beach camping sites located all along the beach, Bribie Island is a great place to camp near Brisbane in 2022. With a majority of the Bribie, campsites right on the beach, you will go to sleep to crashing waves and wake up to a sunrise like no other.

Sunrise at Bribie Island looking over the passage
Morning at Bribie Island – The Wooly Experience

There are several types of campsites on Bribie, from couple retreated allowing 1 car 2 people to big family getaways that allow multiple vehicles and camper, so you don’t have to stay too close to those annoying relatives. Whichever campsite will suit you best, it is important to check what is available ahead of time as the booking is essential.

If relaxing by one of the firepits, staring at the camp TV is not your style, then there are several different activities you can do. From fishing and swimming right out the front of your camp to visiting sites like Fort Bribie, one of many WWII naval defence fortifications built on the island. https://www.visitmoretonbayregion.com.au/natural-attractions/fort-bribie-bribie-island

If you are looking for a relaxing beach holiday, not far from the city, Bribie Island beach camping is definitely worth considering. Just remember to check availability first! 

Camping Fees:

  • $6.85 per person per night ($3.75 for students and educational excursions)
  • $27.40 per family per night
  • Weekly Vehicle Access Permit: $52.35
  • Annual Vehicle Access Permit: $163.50

Access:

  • High Clearance 4 Wheel Drive

Other items of note:

  • Must pre-book a campsite
  • Must have a vehicle access permit
  • Generators are not permitted
  • Carry all your rubbish and waste out with you
  • Fires are only allowed in fire rings provided (unless total ban)
  • Must bring your own firewood
  • Gas stove for cooking

Book here:

Camping – Bribie Island National Park and Recreation Area


North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah)

North Stradbroke Island aka Straddie is a beautiful place to the beach camp. The island is surrounded by crystal clear waters, and being the second largest sand island in the world, there are plenty of beaches to choose from. There are also several restaurants and shops on the island, which are great places to relax for a break whilst exploring the island.

Photo by keith davey on Unsplash

At the right time of year and with some luck you can spot whales from certain spots around the island. At all other times, you can try to catch a feed from the beaches and jetties. If swimming or surfing is more your style, there are lots of beaches for you to explore.

Stradbroke Island has something for everyone with multiple walks and historical sites to explore.

There are even a couple of lakes you can visit to break up the strain of catching all those huge fish (wink). These are Brown Lake, perfect for lunch and a swim. Blue lake (Karboora) is a cultural sight perfect for a bushwalk, but there is no swimming permitted in the lake.

Being a well-developed island, there are many more things to do and see which is above and beyond the normal bush camping that most other sand islands offer.

Camping Fees:

  • $17.95 to $59.00 per night

Access:

  • car/other (on paved roads)
  • 4WD (On sand tracks, with permit)

Other items of note:

  • Must pre-book campsite
  • Vehicle ferry bookings are essential
  • Must have a vehicle access permit for 4WD tracks
  • Fires are limited to foreshore camps (unless bans are in place)
  • Carry all your rubbish and waste out with you

Book here:

Minjerribah Camping – Camping on North Stradbroke Island


Moreton Island Camping (Mulgumpin)

Whether you are a hardcore Camper or a comfort-seeking Glamper, then Moreton Island (Indigenous name Mulgumpin) may be the place for you. I would say Moreton Island could be one of the best getaways placed near Brisbane for a short to long stay.

The island has many locations for Camping along the beach. With camping sites that range from fully self-sufficient, some with some showers and toilets available. To the Glamping at Castaways, which is camping for a king. Even having the option on the Island, should you want to avoid all the hassle, just stay at the Tangalooma Island Resort.

The island is surrounded by crystal-clear water and has plenty of beaches to choose from. There are also several hiking trails across the island. With particular highlights being the lighthouse and Blue Water Lagoon. I personally would not go past having a fish on the beaches after catching some fresh Yabbies or Pippies.

I think Moreton is an island that is best not rushed and explored over a few nights. Take time to enjoy as much as it has to offer with plenty of rest (or fishing) thrown in.

For a very though guide on Moreton Island Camping look here: Complete Guide for Moreton Island Camping (Mulgumpin)

Camping Fees:

  • $6.85 per person per night ($3.75 for students and educational excursions)
  • $27.40 per family per night
  • Weekly Vehicle Access Permit: $54.55
  • Annual Vehicle Access Permit: $274.50

Access:

  • 4WD (Bought across on the Ferry)
  • Walking (Pedestrian access by Ferry)
  • Boat

Other items of note:

  • Must pre-book a campsite
  • Must have a vehicle access permit
  • 1 vehicle permitted per campsite
  • Fires are permitted in existing fire sites only (unless total ban)
  • Generators are not permitted on all sites
  • Carry all your rubbish and waste out with you
  • Gas stove for cooking

Book here:

Mulgumpin Camping


Coolum Beach Holiday Park (Dog friendly)

If you have a furry friend that you like to take along on holidays Coolum Beach Holiday park may be the right choice for beach camping near Brisbane for you. With access straight onto the dog beach, this is an ideal spot for you to take that furry friend. The holiday park on its own is in an impressive location for a great family holiday as well.

With 3 beaches accessed directly from the park and all the coffee and food choices, you need a short walk to the other side of the park. As well as multiple, well-maintained BBQs with fridges and plenty of seating, there will be no driving miles to keep everyone happy. Oh, and did I mention the free Wi-Fi as well?

At just over 1.5 hours from the Brisbane CBD (always check traffic conditions) this short trip for a relaxing stay is even a great place just for a long weekend.

Camping Fees:

  • Contact the park for bookings and fees
  • (I found one account for a larger family site at $66 per night)

Access:

  • car/other

Other items of note:

  • Dog friendly (Apply by contacting the park)
  • Swimming/Walking/Fishing/Lawn Bowls
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Multiple amenity buildings
  • Coin-operated laundries

Book here:

Accommodation – Coolum Beach Holiday Park – Sunshine Coast


Cotton Tree Holiday Park

Looking for a beach camp near Brisbane to take the family to, Cotton Tree Holiday Park is right up there on my list of places to go. With powered and unpowered camping sites and Delux Villas, meters from Cotton Tree and Maroochydore Beach, I’m not sure you could find a spot as convenient within a 1.5-hour drive from Brisbane.

This Holiday park has a large number of amenities including BBQs for a cook-up with a  view. Amenity buildings for a quick shower after a swim and even free Wi-Fi to help keep the kids happy after a day of beach fun.

The beaches around the park are great for both young and old allowing for fun in the water for everyone, from the surfer to the pool noodle floater. Owe and, don’t forget to take your fishing rod to try and catch a feed from the Maroochydore river, but if you are unsuccessful there are a myriad of places nearby to get a feed from including the Maroochydore RSL or Surf Club, both minutes walk.

Camping Fees:

  • From $46 per night
  • Be sure to check the booking site for up to date prices

Access:

  • Normal road access

Other items of note:

  • Open fires are not allowed, cooking stoves and BBQs are ok
  • BBQs are available on site
  • No Pets allowed
  • Dump points for waste are available

Book here:

Cotton Tree Holiday Park – Sunshine Coast Holiday Parks – Beachfront Caravan Parks & Camping


If you’re looking for a great place to beach camp in Brisbane, look no further than these places. Whether for an overnight stay or a longer family holiday, these locations are all amazing and each offers something unique.

If bush camping is more your style, go check out my other list of top Bush Camping places near Brisbane.