If you are heading to Queensland, to live or travel, this page is set up by migrants to give you some ideas of where to camp, holiday or even visit for free.
From Brisbane to Cape York, and all of the amazing places in between, Queensland is renowned for its heat, rainforests, reefs and beaches.
The Queensland Government has a Park Stay Locator. This will show you parks in QLD along with the amenities at each park or convenient accommodation in the surrounding areas. To view the locator click the image in the Blue Box.
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Road Trip Locations
Hop aboard the skyrail and get on and off at various locations as you climb higher and into the rainforest. This goes from Cairns to Kuranda and back again.
Bribie Island with Mars
Cairns and Port Douglas Road Trip
Cape Hillsborough with Amy
Townsville with Amy
Cooloola and K’Gari (aka Fraser Island) with Michelle
Camping and Glamping
Camping on Stradbroke Island
A weekend trip to North Stradbroke Island Minjerribah ‘Straddie’ to the Locals.
The day started with a early morning ferry crossing across to the island, approximately about a 45 minute crossing, catching the ferry from Cleveland Ferry Terminal to Dunwich on the island.
The ferry is a little pricey (but it’s absolutely worth it when you get there and your sat in your beach chair looking at the ocean, drinking your beer.)
The price to cross depends on, time and day also the size of vehicle your taking across, we take a vw amarock. Really easy to book online through their booking site.
We have had some great trips across to the island. We beach camp on either Main beach or Flinders beach. And when I say beach camping I mean the most wonderful real water front views from your camp spot and with a hop skip and a jump your paddling around in the most spectacular ocean. The spots are cheap and booked through the minjerribah camping website. (Picking your chosen zone/location on the beach.)
Straddie has sealed roads connecting the main visiting spots of Dunwich, Amity and Point Lookout.
Amity – Has a great camp ground ideal for caravans, if you don’t fancy been in a tent on the beach with the sand. While in Amity even if you just stay here for a pit stop onto your destination make sure to collect the most freshest, yummiest prawns from The Prawn Shack.
Point Lookout – A great spot of natural beauty, cute coffee shops and some good experiences. We’ve visited here a few times now and still have so much to see and do, this is a great place for spotting the ocean favourites like whales (May to November) turtles and dolphins. Also has an amazing gorge walk, our Mr 6 loved this and really enjoyed listening to the Straddie renowned blowhole.
It’s such fun to drive on the beach an experience our Mr 6 loves when he goes (appropriate 4×4 needed.) To drive on the beach you have to have the relevant 4×4 beach permit (rangers check,) be aware of your high tide times (so you don’t get stuck in the softer sand when the tides in) and stick to the speed limits (police in force in buggies.)
We have a simple camp set up just enough for the family of three we are. Learning the best camp tips and essentials needed off friends. – keep it simple and do some research into best buys needed.
Just imagine during the day enjoying a dip in the ocean, kicking the soccer ball with the kids, building some epic sand castles. And at night sit back and relax by the fire with your chosen beverage, listening to the ocean, looking at the stars while watching the kids toast marshmallows and squishing them in between chocolate digestives. This is some of our favourable memories of our trips to Straddie together.
My husband however has some memorable boys trips from this annual Christmas party trip across… I will leave that up to your imagination haha.
Gordon Country Camping
Gordon country a true Australian country experience, with cabins and camping spots set in more than 4000 acres of Australian greenery. With some pretty spectacular activities like 4×4 off road driving, hiking trails and a place to spot some great Australian wildlife.
We go with friends and take our tent camp set up and try get to a secluded spot which you can only get to with a 4 wheel drive. (Two wheel drive cars can also access 90% of the sites too as there is a sealed dirt road.)
We get set up and get looking for fallen down wood to chop to get a nice toasty fire going, ready to toast the marshmallows.
There’s a lovely running creek that meanders through and has various swimming holes, along with shallow streams, your able to fish but they have a throw back policy.
This is a beautiful spot to enjoy if you like the quieter life, a place to get off grid and have no phone signal. Enjoy sitting by the fire in the colder months, with a warm wine in one hand looking up at the stars, while the kids climb trees, ride bikes or splash in the creek.
Amamoor Creek Camping
A little off the beaten track, situated amongst the amazing red cedar and bunya pine trees.
A nice little spot for a weekend getaway and the kids to enjoy the outdoors, getting muddy, splashing in the water and the family enjoying some nice walks amongst the trees.
Kenilworth Camping On The River
A great camping spot the kids will enjoy. This camp spot is situated on a family dairy farm on the Mary river.
A place to enjoy the great outdoors and beautiful surroundings. Your able to enjoy the swimming holes, take your canoe and kayak to enjoy the fun of the Mary river, take the bikes and the highlight for us was the dairy tour on the farm, where the farmer did a great talk on the dairy cows and how the farms runs, we was able to watch the cows been milked and the children was able to help bottle feed the calf’s at the end of the tour.
Coolum beach holiday park
A camp ground in an ideal location for being at the beach all day to then return to crash in your tent or camper.
We went here for a few days as a birthday celebration with a big group of friends.
Places for Kids
Sandstone Point Big 4 Holiday Park
This was a fabulous group holiday with some of the best of people we’ve made friends with here in Australia. These guys have turned into family.
The big 4 holiday parks are great parks for the whole family, they are well equipped for keeping the kids entertained while the adults can have just as much fun or have the time so sit back and relax.
Our first experience of a big 4 was when we went to sandstone point, bribe island. We went taking our tent and our other friends took there caravan. Some of the big 4 sites also have cabins too you can stay in if your not set up for camping.
There’s a great amount of kids entertainment at these sites with games rooms, jumping pillows, basketball courts, tennis courts, large heated pools, camp fires to sit around with friends and even go cart hire, with plenty of space for them to be out on bikes and scooters.
These sites are a great way of exploring the wonders Australia has to offer.
Bestbrooke Farm Stay
A great farm stay to either camp, caravan or stay in a cabin. This place is an 90 minute drive from Brisbane or about 2hrs from the Gold Coast.
Experience been on a family owned and operated Australian farm, with lots of free activities to do during your stay, including animal feeding, milking cows, butter making, whip cracking and even have a go at boomerang throwing.
Our little boy loved the experience of the short pony ride around the farm but they do offer trail riding for more experienced riders.
We enjoyed been here with a group of friends celebrating a birthday, we sat, we drank and we laughed so much around our camp fire.
Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat
Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat
A secluded spot situated in the tweed valley, making it a perfect romantic getaway, for that much needed adult time.
I treated my husband for his 30th birthday to a two night stay here in one of the luxury lodges.
It was a beautiful stay with delicious breakfast and dinner baskets provided in the package, making our experience really relaxed and enjoyable.
Great Barrier Reef
A trip to the Great Barrier Reef. A week of crystal clear waters and white sand between the toes.
Flying from Brisbane into proserpine airport, took just under two hours, we then caught a shuttle bus to our hotel stay in Airlie beach before catching our boat transfers to the wonderful island called daydream two days later.
Airlie beach the gateway to the Whitsundays. This place is a truly beautiful beach town with some great attractions for all the family and yummy places to eat. Harry’s Cafe was a must for us having our own Mr Harry, a great cup of coffee and a nice breakfast to start the day.
We headed over the daydream island and had a wonder stay, this small but pretty island is a great island getaway which offers some great on island experiences you will all enjoy. The island also has outstanding pools, 3 choices of restaurants and it’s own living reef as its main centre piece.
Plenty of trips from the island are available, an absolute must is white heaven beach, which was, yes, a little choppy on the boat to cross to but my word an experience you won’t forget I a hurry.
The Whitsundays is a bucket list place for anyone coming to visit and see what Queensland has to offer.
Gold Coast with Michelle
Cruise from Brisbane to Airlie Beach, with a day trip to Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsunday islands
This was an experience of a lifetime! The beauty of this place is astounding, it almost feels make believe! We boarded a P&O cruise from Brisbane and traveled up the coast to Arlie Beach, where we disembarked and joined a pre-booked tour operator (there are plenty about!) for a trip to Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays. Stopping en-route for a spot of snorkeling which was so much fun.
VUE, Trinity Beach
Location, Location, Location…
Views over an infinity pool and the Coral Sea. We stayed in a penthouse which was amazing and luxurious!
Broadbeach (Bel Air Hotel)
High rise with an epic view day and night!
Tangalooma Island Resort
Tangalooma Island resort a great place to visit for that tropical beach fix, something the whole family will enjoy.
Hopping on a boat for 75 minutes from the port of Brisbane crossing the beautiful Moreton Bay.
It’s a excellent day trip to either relax beachside or enjoy something more action packed.