Whether you're after a little weekend escape or you're looking to go completely off-grid with the family for a couple of weeks, the Gold Coast is surrounded by some of the countries most beautiful landscape, and its just waiting to be explored!
One minute we could be soaking up the sunshine while building castles on the beach and the next, swimming under waterfalls surrounded by tall trees and singing birds. The options are endless which can often make choosing a destination for your next adventure somewhat difficult, especially when you've got the family in tow.
We've come up with a list of places we think would make great spots, to not only help you (Mum and Dad) relax and unwind, but also keep the kids entertained on your next holiday.
Bigriggen Park, Scenic Rim
Running creeks, towering gums and native wildlife scurrying about, Bigriggen Park is the ultimate Queensland camping experience. Just an hour and a half drive from the Gold Coast, the camp and caravan park is set on 100 acres of high hilltops and gentle river flats. There's plenty to keep you occupied, including bush walking, cycling (byo) and pleasure canoeing (byo), as well exploring the Scenic Rim. Swimming and watersports are also available at nearby dams. The best part? Pets are permitted!
Spring Gully Stays
Spring Gully Stays allows you to be as 'on' or 'off-grid' as you like. There's the option to stay on an unpowered site or in one of their safari tents, you can cook up a storm in their communal 'bush kitchen' or bring a portable stove and create your own camp kitchen - the choice is yours. A large swimming hole is the main attraction and is large enough for canoes and inflatable pool toys. It really is about getting back to basics here.
For a complete rainforest escape, head to Binna Burra, Lamington National Park - just an hours drive from the Gold Coast. The park sees camp and caravan sites nestled amongst lush native foliage, each featuring their very own firepit. Toasted marshmallows anyone? Take the kids to the O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk in Lamington National Park for a unique experience or, explore the parks surrounding areas, keeping an eye out for any native wildlife on your travels. There are plenty of natural sights and animals to see to be sure to bring your camera and binoculars!
Flinders Beach, North Stradbroke Island
Not only does Flinders Beach charge less than a dine out breakfast meal per night, it allows up to TWO pets on each site. The Flinders Beach camp ground consists of twelve beach front camping areas which are nestled in the islands dunes. With miles of beach, adventure tracks and wide open spaces, the kids (and fur babies) will be able to run wild. Don't forget to pack a bucket and spade!
With both natural and man-made attractions, Bribie Island caters to all camping activity preferences. Visit the secluded beaches, lush national parks, Seaside Museum then go paddle boarding, kayaking or even swim with the dolphins!
Ben- Ewa, Moreton Island
Moreton Island is a little further (4.5 hour drive) from the Gold Coast so it's worth spending more than a few days there. It has five different campgrounds and five camp zones to choose from so you can opt for a spot tucked away in a valley or something on the sand with complete ocean views. The Ben-Ewa (Comboyuro Point) campground is great for families as it features sheltered bay waters, has bathing facilities, allows open fires and their sites are medium-sized and well-defined. Tangalooma Island is a great spot for a day trip too.
If you're after a no-mess, no-fuss camping experience then a tourist park may be the way to go. Both situated on the beach, the Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park and Fingal Holiday Park have all the qualities of 'camping' but with a few added 'comfort' features. They've got clean amenities, pools and BBQ areas, kids clubs, full power, kitchen facilities and a whole list of outdoor activities suited to everyone.
Don't spend another block of school holidays on the couch, get outside and explore the beautiful surrounds of the Gold Coast!