Brisbane is one of those great places that seem have the best of both worlds. In a matter of minutes, you can go from bar hopping in the city, to kicking back in the great outdoors with the sound of waves crashing or creeks running in the background. Planning a weekend escape has never been easier as the options are endless!
Whether you're a camper, caravanner or day tripper, there's a spot within an hour and a half of Brisbane that'll provide you with the adventure you're looking for. If you're a little overwhelmed we've come up with a list of our top 5 go-to spots.
If you're after an adventure packed holiday Bribie Island is the place to go. It's national park covers over 55 square kilometers and offers everything from bush trails to sand dunes. Activities like snorkeling, kayaking, boating and surf lessons are all available as well as guided tours of the Pumicestone Passage and historical museums. There are a number of campground and caravan parks available with the option of powered or un-powered.
Neurum Creek, D'Aguilar National Park
Roughly an hour 15 from Brisbane is Neurum Creek, a campsite nestled in eucalypt woodland in D'Aguilar National Park. The 13-site campground is fairly off-grid compared to other local spots and is only accessible by 4WD. Open fires are permitted in the fireplace provided and there are basic amenities. Take a stroll along nearby Lophostemon walk and discover waterholes, waterfalls and find yourself a peaceful spot to swim in Neurum creek. Note: The campsites are quite small so swag or tent camping is recommended.
North Stradbroke Island
Getting to North Stradbroke Island requires a short drive followed by a barge or water taxi trip, but camping on the island is worth it. From pristine beach camping to inner bush set ups, there are over 10 different campgrounds to choose from depending on your backdrop preference. There's plenty of local wildlife around including daily visits from dolphins and koalas. North Straddie is a great spot to take the whole family and pets are allowed in beach camping areas.
With designated swimming areas, over 200km of walking tracks to explore, boating and a commercial 4x4 track to play on, Somerset Dam is a great spot to set up camp for a few days as you'll never be bored.