Got weekend plans? If you’re busting to get out of Brisbane this weekend, check out some of our favourite private campsites just a short drive from the sunny capital.
Warrego Farm, Warwick
Sitting by a campfire, overlooking a peaceful river, watching a myriad of colourful birds come and go, is an incredible stress reliever. And that’s exactly what you get at this 226 acre farm hugging the Condamine River and Swan Creek. With a toilet and dogs allowed, it’s hard to beat. A previous guest sums it up well:
‘Quintessentially Australian, Warrego Farm opened its arms to us and we nestled right on in, under the gum trees. Lindsay is the host with the most. Get the free range eggs and the meat hamper, you won’t be disappointed.’ More info on Warrego Farm.
Kookaburra Hills, Maleny
Nature lovers alert! This private property at the headwaters of the Mary River in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is home to 300 acres of rainforest and grazing land. It’s teeming with wildlife, from wallabies and koalas to wrens and wedge-tailed eagles. With 1.5km fronting onto the crystal waters of Kilcoy Creek, it’s perfect for those seeking privacy and peace.
Campers must be self-contained with their own toilet. It’s beautifully basic here. Sorry kids, only over 18s accepted (and dogs!). More info on Kookaburra Hills.
The Rustic Resort, Wamuran
This hidden camping ground has true rustic charm, with site names such a Didjabringyabeeralong and WhoopWhoop, complete with log benches, wonderfully rusty fire-pits and an Aussie bush soundtrack.
The property includes several different nooks suitable for swags and tents, as well as more open clearings ideal for campers and caravans. With several toilets, sites suitable for larger groups and dogs welcome, this is a top choice for families. More info on The Rustic Resort.
Fressingfield, Mt Mee
Despite being only an hours drive from Brisbane, you’ll feel a world away at your own peaceful patch at Fressingfield. All sites are flat, grassy, with a options for shade and sun. Whether you choose a site near the big dam, or down by the little creek, there is plenty of space for a friendly cricket match and to let the dog run about.
The Host, Wayne, will drop off a generous pile of firewood and kindling before you arrive – that’s service! There is also a basic long-drop if you don’t have your own toilet. More info on Fressingfield.
Aptly named Stonesthrow is close to the Gold Coast, but couldn’t feel more different, with rolling hills, sweeping vistas and tranquil creek lines. There are many different sites to choose from, which you can do on arrival. Top tip from a previous guest: ‘Great views for sunset cheese and wine from the more private campsites at the back of the property – if you have 4×4 to access them.’
The Old Shearing Shed offers a shared common area, with fridge, dining table, fire pit, microwave and jug, as well as portaloos nearby. Make’s for a comfortable trip, with less to pack! More info on Stonesthrow.
The Scenic Rim is famed for expansive bushwalking tracks, a smorgasboard of wineries and foodie spots, adventure activities and stunning scenery. And Gumridge, just west of Rathdowney, makes a great base for exploring it all.
At 300m above sea level, the self-contained campsites are positioned to take full advantage of panoramic views across the NSW/QLD border to the south. There are 15 sites available, all well-separated from each other, with options for larger caravans too. More info on Gumridge.
Hiddenvale Hills Farm Hideaway, Grandchester
Hiddenvale Hills Farm offers a wholesome family Farmstay less than an hours drive inland of Brisbane. Located in the Little Liverpool Range of the Scenic Rim, you’ll find picturesque rolling hills, eucalyptus forests and true-blue country hospitality. They offer heaps of extras, including farm feeding activities, and fresh, home-cooked fare such as homemade pizzas and sticky date pudding! The kids will love this place.
You’ll need to bring your own camp toilet and shower, as there are no facilities here. More info on Hiddenvale Hills Farm Hideaway.
Keen for a spontaneous getaway but too late to find a dog-sitter? You can still hitch the camper or throw the swag in the boot and go camping! Many of these Brisbane campsites are dog-friendly, so your best mate can tag along too.
Need help finding the perfect spot to escape the city this weekend? Get in touch with us at [email protected], we can help!