The Gold Coast is well known for its golden beaches and relaxed lifestyle, however, there are also great camping options for when things cool down.
We have found the best 5 campsites that are within 1 hours drive of the Gold Coast in Queensland.
Campsites around the GC generally cost between $20-$30 per night and it’s best to book in advance to ensure you can secure a site.
Some campgrounds had 2/3 night minimums over the holiday periods (such as Easter and long weekends).
1. Main Beach Tourist Park
With its resort-style pool, camper vans, and calming surf beach within a few walks, Main Beach Tourist Park is the place to be.
Located at the Main Beach Parade, your options of activities are endless from camping, hiking, swimming, canoeing, surfing, and a whole lot more. It’s just a 15-minute drive from the centre of Gold Coast which guarantees you easy access and transportation.
For about $120 a night, your camping experience will definitely be worth it. It is also surrounded by dining, shopping, and entertainment amenities so you can have the best of both worlds.
This wonderful place is ideal for campers who like convenient relaxation. It’s also commuter friendly with its nearby bus stops. This camping site is exceptional for combining comfort and luxury. Your needs and wants will be fulfilled here given the diverse activities and sceneries that are all available for you.
Given the park’s various activities, this is a great place for families with kids who enjoy barbeque time, biking on the park, and simple beach walks.
- Price: $56 per night (powered site)
- Distance from CBD: 8km
- Link: http://www.goldcoasttouristparks.com.au/mainbeach-parkhome
2. Binna Burra Lodge Camp Site
Be captivated by the breathtaking views of Lamington National Park as you settle down in this adventure.
Binna Burra Lodge is a scenic rainforest where you can spoil yourself at their lodge for accommodation while still being connected to nature for around $130 a night. It only takes about an hour’s drive to get there from the heart of Gold Coast.
Their tent and drive-on sites allow you to experience camping, hiking, and even birdwatching.
The rewarding wilderness caters to your need to get away from gadgets and technology. It’s a place to relax, enjoy uninterrupted views, and have fun for your special “me” time.
The lodges are equipped with basic necessities and amenities to make sure that your stay will be majestic.
The sight of lush forests and mountains are truly perfect for your next camping trip. The abundant views of nature are also great for people who love photography. The freedom you have here to chill and have a good time is the priceless benefit of camping.
- Price: $35 per night (powered site)
- Distance from CBD: 45km / 1 Hour Drive
- Link: https://book.resonline.com.au/make-booking?ap=147332
3. Springbrook National Park
As they say, go big or go home. So why not visit a World Heritage-listed park which highlights the 3,000 feet amazing skyline at the west of Gold Coast? Springbrook National Park is located at the Springbrook and has four regions you can explore.
With just an hour’s drive from Gold Coast, the paradise you’re dreaming of is closer than ever.
You will surely love the cascades of waterfalls in the Natural Bridge, the different rock walls, and of course, the Settlement campground. Here, you will be amazed by the works of nature with just $5.95 per person per night.
The waterfalls are a promising work of art as it stands out from other campsites. The sounds of running water and humming of birds are enough to make you fall in love with this beautiful place.
This is a very promising campsite where you can have a good time without hurting your pockets. It offers 11 well-defined sites with a large open recreation area and picnic facilities. The whole area is suitable for camper tents, vans, and trailers. Disconnect from negativity and find your peace here. A quality experience at an exceptional place.
- Price: $25.40 per night (Family)
- Location from CBD: 47km / 50 Min Drive
- Link: https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/springbrook/camping.html
4. James Sharp Memorial Park
If you’re looking for a refreshing family getaway, James Sharp Memorial Park should be on your list. It is situated on the Coomera River in the town of Canungra and is just 35 km west of Gold Coast.
It is well-known for its open grassed area where you and your family can hang around. With a 40-minute drive to Gold Coast, you’re up for an easy adventure!
For just $6 per night for adults and $3 per night for children, your stay is surely the ultimate catch. The spots at the park and by the creak are great for camping as well as swimming, fishing, and canoeing. Basic facilities are also available. Open fires are allowed so bonfires at night while enjoying some company is very pleasing.
If you have kids, this place is the one for you since there are a lot of bonding activities you can try. This is the getaway that will make you appreciate the beauty of nature. The place has a calming ambience that you’re looking for. Just make sure to bring your own water and wood for the best experience.
- Price: $25 per night (Powered Site)
- Distance from CBD: 33km / 30 Min Drive
- Link: https://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/scenic-rim/accommodation/camping-and-caravan-parks/sharp-park-river-bend-country-bush-camping?sc_lang=en-au
5. Bigriggen Park
Take a quick break here at the Bigriggen Park located at the Scenic Rim in between Rathdowney and Boonah in the foothills of Scenic Rim’s Mount Maroon.
It’s only 90 minutes away from Brisbane and Gold Coast while accommodation costs $10.50 per night.
Visiting this place is a perfect escape given its natural wonders and serene surroundings. Bigriggen Park will amaze you with its 100 acres of hilltops and gentle river flats.
It’s also surrounded by National Parks and near the Logan River and Burnett Creek.
The campsite is very spacious which allows you to pick your ideal camping spot.
The flora and fauna of this place will ease your worries away. Immerse yourself in different activities such as cycling, swimming, and bushwalking. The amenities building will also be helpful with hot showers and well-stocked kiosk.
- Price: $12.5 per night per adult
- Distance from CBD: 107km / 130 Min Drive
The great thing about this place is that you’ll never run out of places to explore. What are you waiting for? Try and visit these top-notch campsites now!