Queensland, the second largest state in Australia is home to many beautiful landmarks and camping sites. The state is an amazing 1,852,642 square kilometres, so as you can imagine there is a lot to see and do.
This massive state is home to the Great Barrier Reef as well as other attractions like rainforests, national parks and a diversity of fauna and flora for all to enjoy.
In this article, we are going to look at 5 camping sites that you may want to put on your list of must-see places to visit.
As with most lists that we share, these sites are not in any particular order, so read through this and make your own mind up as to which site best suits you.
Carnarvon Gorge in Central Queensland is situated 593 Kilometres from the capital, Brisbane.
This massive gorge, 30 kilometres in length, was created by water erosion over thousands of years. It is part of the Carnarvon National Park and is an incredible 600 meters deep at its mouth.
It has huge white sandstone cliffs and is a spectacular steep-sided gorge with Carnarvon creek winding throughout it.
This other-worldly place is home to a range of plant and animal species that are relics of a much wetter time. There are over 173 bird species in the area, so if bird watching is your thing then this place has many surprises in store for you.
Things to Remember
Camping in the Carnarvon Gorge visitor area is only allowed during the Easter, winter and spring Queensland school holidays.
The Big Bend camping area is 9.7 kilometres from the gorge and is open all year. This is a walk, so it is important to register your details in the registration book located in the parks visitor centre before starting off.
As the water in the creek is not safe, and there are no drinking facilities along the track, make sure that you take plenty of drinking water with you. Treated water taps are available in the park visitor’s area.
2. Eurimbula National Park
Eurimbule National Park is 112 kilometres from the town of Bundaberg on the central Queensland coast.
This park consists of three sections:
The main section is located on Eurimbula creek and is accessible by car, though it is highly recommended that a 4wd vehicle is used. Camping grounds are located at bustard beach near the mouth of the creek. there is a lookout a short walk from the site known as Ganoonga Noonga and has amazing views of the coastline and the nearby paperbark swamps.
Further north is the middle creek camping ground, then there is Rodds Peninsular and Bustard Head with its lighthouse. The town of 1770 is close by, giving you the closest access point to the Great Barrier Reef. This area is great for fishing as well as surfing. There are also many tracks and paths to explore, so bring your walking shoes.
Things to remember
Middle Creek camping ground has no facilities so keep this in mind when planning your trip. Rodds Peninsula is only reachable by private boat, and the entire western section is very rugged and extremely difficult to reach. The camping grounds are very well organized and clean. This area is extremely popular so if possible plan your visit there during the offseason.
The parks office is at the edge of the park 5 kilometres north of the town of Agnes Water.
Kroombit Tops National Park is 399 kilometres northwest of the capital Brisbane, in the Boyne Valley. The closest towns to it are Monto and Calliope.
Kroombit Tops is famous for its American visitor, a Liberator Bomber known as “Beautiful Betsy” that crashed here in 1945. The wreckage was not discovered until 1994.
Activities such as bird watching off-road driving and bushwalking are all encouraged here, as is on-site camping. The landscape here is constantly changing and has many breathtaking views to be enjoyed.
Things to remember
When travelling to Kroombit Tops, fill your tank up at Calliope, as this is the last stop where fuel is available.
You have to be prepared to be totally self-sufficient, so make sure that you bring enough water with you for your entire stay.
There are many tracks that 2wd cars are capable of handling but make sure you check the National Parks website before you head off as the conditions can change dramatically in the wet season.
Somerset Dam is a huge man-made gravity dam across the Stanley River in South Eastern Queensland. Its main purpose is to supply water to Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Logan City regions.
The reservoir is commonly called Lake Somerset. There are about 45 Hectares of lakeside mostly on the northern sections of the dam.
There are plenty of activities available here including swimming, boating and water-skiing, with the locals claiming that it is also one of the best fishing spots in the entire area with fish such as Australian bass, golden perch, bony bream, catfish, cod and many more.
Things to remember
It’s advised to try and get a spot as close to the water’s edge as possible so you can enjoy the beautiful colours as the sun sets and the sunrise over the water from your site.
As there are many watercraft on the lake, caution is advised as some of these crafts can travel at high speeds.
Weekends and school holidays are the busiest times, so keep this in mind when you are planning your visit here. You must acquire a permit to fish in the dam.
5. Notch Point
Notch Point and nearby Yarrawonga Point are two 20 – 30 meter high headlands.
Notch point has 1.8 kilometres of beach front which faces due east. It can be reached by heading down a 12 kilometre gravel track off of the Green Hill Road. This place is only accessible by 4wd drive, so keep that in mind if you decide to visit this beautiful part of the world.
The campsite is next to a cattle farm, so you can expect some bovine visitors from time to time. This is a great spot for swimming with small waves and rare rips, the nearby creeks are the best spots for fishing.
The only drawback is that this place is for short stays only, 24 hours maximum.
Things to remember
There are no defined camping sites as such and there are no facilities available so you must take everything that you will need for your stay with you.
It is a 24 HOUR ONLY STAY but it is free.
Due to its location and having no facilities you will be exposed to the weather so it is vitally important to check the forecast before you commit to the trip. Even though you can’t stay for long periods the place is well worth a visit.
Distance from CBD: 885km / 10 Hours Drive