Our Top Camping in Queensland
Outback or coast? Camping in Queensland is wonderfully diverse.
Here are our picks of camping spots that are too good not to share.
For us, a campsite will usually be classed as a favourite due to its natural features or uniqueness. Other times we'll find one that stands out simply because it is cheap amongst many expensive alternatives. If you read the description, you'll figure out why we've included it in our selection.
Please be aware that any pricing given is indicative only, and was current during 2008.
Indian Head, Fraser Island
We've broken the listings up into:
- Free Camping in Queensland
- Cheap Camping in Queensland (less than $10 per site for a family)
- Good Value for Money Camping in Queensland
Not less than $10, but good value due to close proximity to towns/cities, attractions or campsite features.
- Unique Camping in Queensland
This includes sites that may not be cheap, but are worthwhile due their uniqueness or special features.
Free Camping in Queensland
1. North Gregory Hotel, Winton - Elderslie St., behind hotel.
UPDATE 2014: The unpowered sites are now $10/night, NOT free, but still great value in our opinion.
Its not too often that you're able to stay right in the centre of town, for free, so make the most of not having to drive!
- Flushing toilets, hot shower and water available.
- Enjoy all that Winton has to offer, right at your doorstep.
A BIT OF TRIVIA: The North Gregory claims to be the place where "Waltzing Matilda" was first publicly performed, in 1895.
Appreciate the unique artistic construction known as "Arno's Wall" which is located right beside the hotel carpark. It consists of a mass of household items and machinery built into a 70m long, 2m high concrete and rock wall. See it to believe it!
Cheap Camping in Queensland
1. Llyod Jones Weir Camping Area - 15km Sth West of Barcaldine.
- Fees: Donation box on site.
- Toilets, but no showers.
- Bore water available.
- Fishing and swimming in river.
- Fires allowed (take own firewood).
Good Value for Money Camping in Queensland
1. Ilfracombe Caravan Park - 27km east of Longreach, Lansborough Highway, eastern end of town.
After scouring the Longreach caravan parks for a good value-for-money campsite, we left Longreach quite disappointed. For us, the Longreach caravan parks were overpriced and crowded.
But fortunately we met a local as we were leaving town who highly recommended Ilfracombe Caravan Park, 27km down the road, and we were suitably impressed!
2. Barcaldine Showground
- A pleasant 20min drive from the attractions of Longreach - Qantas Founders Outback Museum, Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame, and so on. We quite happily travelled there and back several times just to have the pleasure of staying in Ilfracombe.
- Clean amenities and laundromat.
- Free tea & coffee!
- Happy hour every night, hosted by the friendly and welcoming caravan park owners, Cathy & Jesse Hitson.
- Powered sites $17.50, unpowered sites $12, extra people $3. Cabins $65/double.
- Appreciate the (mostly) free unique historic attractions of the pleasant little town of Ilfracombe.
- Free artesian spa and pool just a short walk from the caravan park.
- Eastern end of town, Barcaldine.
- Powered van sites $14/night, unpowered $9.50 (2 people). Caretaker on-site collects fees.
- Pleasant grassy sites.
- Flushing toilets and hot showers.
- Dump point in showground.
- Pets allowed.
- Short walk to main street shops.
- Situated next door to town swimming pool.
Unique Camping in Queensland
Dundubara Camping Area - Fraser Island, 20km Sth of Indian Head.
At 123km long and up to 22km wide, Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island.
Enjoy its distinctive natural features and beauty: white sandy beaches, crystal clear creeks, freshwater lakes and rainforests.
Although there are many beautiful spots to camp on Fraser Island, our favourite was the Dundubara Camping Area.
- Camp fees from $5/person/night, $20 for 2A+3C. A Vehicle Service Permit (VSP) of $38.25 (for up to 1 month) will also be required if you are taking a vehicle. [Rates valid for 2010].
- Private campsites, located just behind the sand dunes with easy access to the beach.
- Coin-operated hot showers.
- BBQ, water, toilet facilities.
- Good fishing off the beach
- One of only two campgrounds on Fraser Island where fires are permitted. Even then, you:
- Must use the communal fireplace, and
- Need to bring your own untreated, milled firewood.
- A nature lovers paradise, enjoy bushwalking, wildlife watching, 4WDriving, swimming, sightseeing, and of course, the fishing. The rusting shipwreck of the Maheno is also a big attraction.
NOTE: Camping and Vehicle Service Permits must be obtained prior to arriving on Fraser Island.
To find out more about these permits or to book, click
Fraser Island Camping and Vehicle Service Permits.
Fraser Island Barges and Ferrys leave from three locations several times a day. Click here for
barge and ferry information, pricing and timetables.
Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island
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