Time for you icebergs to blow up your lilos, we’re going camping! Despite cold weather creeping up on the southern states, Queensland’s winters are mild and warm, meaning campers can still enjoy a dip. Here’s a selection of our favourite Queensland campsites with spectacular swimming spots, or for the less hardy, a water view to enjoy with a hot billy tea in hand…
Hold It Flats
Hold it Flats is around 50 km from Proserpine and borders the beautiful O’Connell River, which is flowing all year round. It’s real riverside camping here, with sites tucked right up to the water’s edge. The clear water is great for swimming, or a paddle, plus kids big and small will love spotting the healthy population of turtles. The camping sites are flat and grassy, with big shady trees, and easy access for all vehicles including big rigs. There are facilities too, with toilets and showers – hot showers!
From just $11 per night, with discounted rates for children and longer stays, Hold It Flats is a great option for families scouting for their annual week-away camping trip. Plus its dog friendly! Macy, the resident Greyhound, regularly pops by to greet campers and their fellow four-legged friends.
Natural Bridge Retreat
Located on the QLD/NSW border near Murwillumba, this camping site is very near to paradise, with over 250 glowing camper reviews to prove so. Adjoining the spectacular Lamington National Park, Natural Bridge Retreat offers utopian rainforest and a worlds-away vibe.
Meandering through the 135-acre property is a crystal-clear creek bordered by speckled boulders from the 20.5 million-year-old Mt Warning volcanos. It’s a landscape photographers dream. You can swim at several sections of the flowing creek but the pinnacle is a deep swimming hole with feature waterfall.
The owners offer a range of different sites; some for tents or swags only, some near to the waterfall, some only accessible by 4WD for self-contained campers, others near to the flushing toilets and hot showers – so there’s something for everyone.
Weefarm Brisbane River Camping
Want a private winter retreat with river frontage exclusively for you and your troops? Weefarm offers just that. Located on a gorgeous bend of the Brisbane River, just near Ferndale, they offer one large grassed site which can fit up to 20 people. You’ll have the whole place to yourselves.
With an easterly aspect, morning sunshine pours into camp, bringing with it a day focused around the river; swimming, fishing and canoeing. Then as afternoon shade sets in, stoke up the campfire, kick back and get toasty.
There are no facilities here, so you’ll need to be completely independent. The track to the campsite is a little steep so it’s recommended to bring a 4WD, or, you can park at the beginning of the track and walk your supplies in.
Blue Gums River Retreat
Right on the banks of the Mary River, 25km out of Maryborough, are five spacious, grassed campsites lined by beautiful Blue Gumtrees. This family-friendly place is perfect for all year round camping – even the locals come camping here!
Campers have great access to the river, with stairs and a pontoon, the perfect launching pad for swimming and kayaking. If you’re a keen fisho, Blue Gums is a great spot for you. Located above the barrage, on the freshwater, this stretch of Mary River is excellent for fishing. And you can bring the boat! Blue Gums has it’s own private boat ramp, and you can leave your craft in when back at camp, tied to the pontoon. Freshly caught Bass for dinner?
There is a one shared toilet, but other than that, you’ll need to bring everything you need. Dogs are welcome too!
Riverside Burrum Heads
Just a short drive north along the coast from Hervey Bay, this hideaway at Burrum Heads offers loads of space, access to the pristine Isis River and views to Fraser Island. The camping sites are just near a beautiful stretch of the river, which at low tide a sandbar forms and makes a great spot for paddling, particularly for families with young kids.
With flushing toilet and hot showers, and picnic tables scattered throughout the sites, Riverside Burrum Heads makes for easy camping. You must be in a camper trailers, caravan, RV or camper van however as council regulations don’t allow tents or swags here. Also, the entrance track is very sandy, so best to have a 4WD!
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