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17 Reasons to Visit Redcliffe

17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe

There’s plenty to see and do in and around Redcliffe so it is definitely worth it to visit Redcliffe. In fact, there’s at least 17 reasons to visit Redcliffe that we can think of.

Take a stroll through Bee Gees Way, cool off in the Settlement Cove Lagoon right beside the water’s edge, enjoy a meal at one of the many cafes or restaurants, check out the Sunday Markets or visit any one of the beaches on the Peninsula.

You can go skydiving, whale watching all from Redcliffe which is just under 40kms from the city of Brisbane.

Redcliffe is part of the Redcliffe Peninsula which is located just north-north-east of the Brisbane CBD.

Do you know how Redcliffe got it’s name? The name originates from ‘Red Cliff Point” named by Matthew Flinders due to the red cliffs at Woody Point which is an obvious choice when you think about it.

Read more about Brisbane: 21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane

17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe - Redcliffe Welcome Sign

From Redcliffe on a clear day, you can take in the magnificent views across Moreton Bay and distinctly see the huge sand hills on Moreton Island.

17 Reasons why you should Visit Redcliffe

1. Bee Gees Way

The Bee Gees Way has proven to be a popular attraction for Redcliffe over the last 6 years and famously one of the 17 reasons to visit Redcliffe. The first stage of the 70 metre walkway was unveiled in 2013. It runs from Redcliffe Parade through to Sutton Street.

On an even more spectacular scale, Barry Gibb personally attended the Grand Opening of Stage 2 in 2015!

How do you get to Bee Gees Way?

At the Redcliffe end of Anzac Avenue, simply turn left at the roundabout into Redcliffe Parade which runs alongside the waterfront. Alternatively, turn left from Anzac Avenue one street beforehand into Sutton Street.

When entering from Redcliffe Parade, just look for the huge orange rings and the entry to Bee Gees Way is directly opposite. Street parking is available in both streets and there is also a carpark at the bottom ends of Redcliffe Parade and Sutton Street, opposite the RSL.

The walkway features more than 60 captioned photos and 13 album covers from their incredible career which spanned 4 decades. There’s also a 5.3 square metre video screen showing exclusive interviews with Barry Gibb.

They also play old home movie footage on the big screen along with video clips of many of their songs.

As you stroll down this awesome musical monument, you can also take in the 70 metre mural showcasing artwork of Barry, Robin, Maurice and Any Gibb whilst listening to their hit music in the background.

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Bee Gees Way – 70metre walkway runs from Redcliffe Parade through to Sutton Street

Be like us and the many thousands of others and be sure to have your photo with either of the life-sized bronze statues or both!

There’s one when the Gibb brothers were young barefoot boys and the other one commemorating the band as adults when they were at the peak of their career.

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Adele posing for a photo with the Bee Gees

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How much does it cost?

Entry to this amazing outdoor musical tribute is FREE and a must see for Bee Gees fans and music enthusiasts in general.

The walkway honours the most famous young Redcliffe residents of the 50’s. Who would of thought way back then that the Gibb brothers would go on to become one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time.

Nightly

Time your visit in the evening and you can also experience the fabulous light shows. Set to three of the Bee Gees greatest hits – “Staying Alive”, “Night Fever” and “How Deep is Your Love”. The light shows run every night on the half hour from 7pm through to 9.30pm.

Bee Gees Trivia

Do you know how the Bee Gees began?

The Bee Gees were founded in 1958 after their family migrated from Manchester to Redcliffe. They were first discovered while playing at the Redcliffe Speedway which Bill Goode owned.

Bill Gates, a DJ from Brisbane’s Radio Station 4BH, heard them singing in the interval at the speedway. It was Bill Gates who gave them their first gig on the radio. Coincidentally, it’s the initials of these two men that brought about the name The Bee Gees.

Barry the eldest of the Gibb Brothers was only 14 at the time that they signed their first music contract at the kitchen table in their home at Redcliffe.

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2. Settlement Cove Lagoon

Nestled below the main street of Redcliffe at the water’s edge is the Settlement Cove Lagoon.  There is an awesome large lagoon-style pool and a separate wading pool with a pool fenced enclosure for little kids.

Make a day of it as there are barbecues, picnic shelters and playgrounds. There’s also a bike path that runs alongside the lagoon and the foreshore edge.

The best part – the lagoon is FREE and open to the public 24 hours a day, every day, all year round.  So it’s a great place to cool off on a hot Brissie Summer’s day. Most people naturally swim in the Summer months.

It’s also the safest time as the Lagoon Lifeguards are on duty from December to March, even on Christmas Day! The hours are usually from 7.00am to 6.00pm Mondays to Sundays.

Plus, you’ll find the Lifeguard hours are extended to 8pm on Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Australia Day and the January School Holidays.

We utilised these extended hours when we spent the afternoon and evening cooling off in the lagoon with friends last New Year’s Day.

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How inviting does the water look at Settlement Cove Lagoon

Although Settlement Cove Lagoon is an open facility it does have some restrictions. It’s a ‘no alcohol’ and a ‘smoke free’ zone. Also you are not allowed to take glass into the lagoon area. Plus pets are not allowed.

You can however walk your dogs on a lead along the pathway on the ocean side of the lagoon. Certified service animals are permitted in all areas with the only exception being the lagoon water. Best to check the Moreton Bay Regional Council website for a full list of restrictions as these are just the main ones!

3. Redcliffe Jetty

The Redcliffe Jetty is hard to miss as it extends out from the main street of Redcliffe. It has long been an identifiable landmark of the Redcliffe Peninsula and has long been one of the reasons to visit Redcliffe. Actually, the original jetty was not the first pier to be built in Redcliffe.

Built in 1885, it was second to the Woody Point Jetty. The Woody Point Jetty was constructed in 1881.

A second Redcliffe Jetty was built in1922. After the original jetty fell into disrepair, it was more economical to build a completely new structure. This new jetty housed a Halfway House which was later transformed into the Penny Arcade in 1938. 

Apparently, the Gibb brothers often frequented the entertainment arcade as youngsters growing up in Redcliffe.

By 1961, the second jetty had deteriorated so much, it had to be pulled down. It replaced with the third and current Redcliffe Jetty. The current jetty which opened in 1999 extends from what was once the 1930’s Bathing Pavilion.

It is great to see that they have retained the heritage features of the old pavilion including drinking fountains, lights and seating.

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The third and current Redcliffe Jetty

4. Redcliffe Jetty Markets

Every Sunday, the main street of Redcliffe is closed off. Open to pedestrian traffic only, the entire street and entry to the Jetty comes alive with the Markets.

Both sides of the road are filled with a variety of fabulous market stalls. Ranging from quality arts & craft, hot food, fresh fruit & vegies to jewellery, plants and other handmade items.

The Redcliffe Jetty Markets are open from 8am – 2pm. It’s a fun day out for the whole family especially with it being located right on the beach front as well. Plus, the markets are pet friendly!

For us, the markets are certainly one of the reasons to visit Redcliffe especially on a Sunday.

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The main street of Redcliffe is closed and only open to pedestrians on Market Days
Redcliffe Jetty Markets are open every Sunday and regularly one of our 17 reasons to visit Redcliffe

5. Where to Eat in and around Redcliffe

What’s in the Pot? and Mon Komo are two of our favourite places to eat not just in Redcliffe but they are also two places that feature in our 17 Best Eating Places in Brisbane and Gold Coast.

Check out our favourite eating places: Best 17 Places to Eat in Brisbane and Gold Coast

One of our 17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe is for the array of dining options. Here is our list of just the eating places that we have been to in Redcliffe, Margate, Woody Point and Scarborough over the years.

There are many dining options available in the Redcliffe region but these are just a few!

Redcliffe Restaurants & Cafes

MonKomo – A great spot to meet up with friends and family for a drink and lunch or dinner!

What’s in the Pot? – We just love the atmosphere, the authentic Italian food and the warm, good old-fashioned hospitality at What’s in the Pot?.

You never know what delicious food will be on the menu as it is all cooked freshly daily. The menu changes depending on how many dishes are available on the day/night.

One of our favourite restaurants - What's in the Pot?
What’s in the Pot?
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One of our favourite Redcliffe Restaurants – What’s in the Pot?

The Rustic Olive – As great friends of ours live at Woody Point, we have dined here enjoying the classic Italian food and outdoor dining atmosphere overlooking the beautiful bay.

Preece’s – We have been guilty of stopping in to check out their house-made cakes and slices. Their banoffee’s were to die for but we haven’t noticed them in the cabinet lately 😊

The Coffee Club – Always a great meeting place for lunch, dinner or a coffee/milkshake!

Cactus Jack’s – Another enjoyable dinner out with our friends 😊

Banjo’s Bakery Café – Enjoy Pies, pastries, sandwiches and rolls and of course their sweet treats are always tempting!

Dolphins Leagues Club – We have attended a Wedding Reception at Dolphins and also had dinner in the Bistro.

Margate Restaurants

The Golden Ox – Very popular for Wedding Receptions. We have had dinner there with friends and celebrated special anniversaries there as well.

Scarborough Restaurants & Cafes

Danny’s Café Bar Restaurant – A great place for dinner and catch up with our good friends on one of our visits back to Brisbane while we have been traveling around Oz.

Morgans Seafood – Best fresh and cooked seafood! There is usually a queue but trust us it’s definitely worth the wait!!

Morgans is renowned for the freshest Seafood
Morgans at Scarborough has the freshest seafood.
Redcliffe Eating Places are just one of the 17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe

Woody Point Places to Eat

The Belvedere Hotel – We have enjoyed many a Birthday Dinner, Anniversary Celebration or just dinner with our friends or family at the Belvedere!

Café Apre – Their Big Breakfast is delicious and an absolute bargain at $9.99!!

6. Where to Stay when visiting Redcliffe

There are a range of different types of accommodation in Redcliffe from Hotels to Caravan Parks to Showgrounds.

Oaks Mon Komo

Kev and I checked into Mon Komo for a night before we left on our adventure back in Feb 2016!

In order for the house to be ready for rental, we had been moving everything that wasn’t coming with us in the Motorhome into Storage. We were utterly exhausted from packing up the house. It’s a shame we didn’t get to enjoy it more.

Oaks Mon Komo at Redcliffe
Oaks Mon Komo

The Sebel Brisbane Margate Beach

With a Rooftop pool, a restaurant, stunning bay views and beautiful bay breezes, The Sebel at Margate would be a great option if you are looking for Redcliffe accommodation. It is only 25 mins from Brisbane Airport and 40 mins from the Brisbane CBD.

Good friends who live nearby have dined many a time at the restaurant which faces the beach!

Scarborough Holiday Village

The Scarborough Holiday Village has absolute water frontage therefore you can enjoy the fabulous bay breezes from beautiful Moreton Bay. It overlooks the magnificent Moreton Island, nestled between parkland and the Yacht Club.

The ever-popular Sea Salt & Vine is located right on the doorstep of the Scarborough Holiday Village and is open 7 days from 7am – 4pm with live entertainment on weekends!

We have just recently stayed at this perfectly located Holiday Park and it has proven to be a very good option for us anytime we are back in Brisbane.

Scarborough Holiday Village
Scarborough Holiday Village

Redcliffe Showgrounds

Like the Pine Rivers Showgrounds at Lawnton and the Dayboro Showgrounds, the Redcliffe Showgrounds opens up out of show season for RV Camping.

Outside of the Redcliffe Show held each year at the end of June, the Showgrounds are a popular short-term option for people with caravans or motorhomes who are stopping off in Brisbane on their travels.

Find out about our favourite Campgrounds: Our 29 Best Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia

Bells Caravan Park

The Bells Caravan Park at Woody Point is located right on the Esplanade overlooking the water but the front sites reportedly get a lot of road noise.

7. Beaches in the Redcliffe Region

Redcliffe is on the Peninsula and is surrounded by a number of little beaches and just one of the reasons to visit Redcliffe. Although the sand is a little gritty and more of a golden reddish colour, these beaches are close to Brisbane’s doorstep and one of our 17 reasons to visit Redcliffe.

Being so close and handy, any of the beaches are great for beating the Brisbane heat. Don’t bother heading to Redcliffe for a surf as usually there are literally only ripples in the water but this makes the beaches ideal for kids to play and swim.

Bells Beach

Bells Beach is opposite the Bells Caravan Park next to Pelican Park before Woody Point and is a very popular spot for jet-skiers, SUPs and kite-surfers. Look up as you will often see skydivers coming in for a landing on the beach!

Bells Beach Redcliffe
Bells Beach past Pelican Park is popular for water sports

Clontarf Beach

Clontarf Beach runs from the Houghton Highway Bridge down to Pelican Park and is the first beach you immediately come to as you drive off the bridge onto the Redcliffe Peninsula.

It is also where you’ll find the Aqua Splash Redcliffe over the Summer School Holidays.

Margate Beach

Margate Beach is the largest of the Redcliffe Beaches and stretches 2kms from Scotts Point to Suttons Beach. You’ll often find people of all ages using the the shared boardwalk to go for a walk or cycle. Beautiful Norfolk Pines line the boardwalk.

Also there’s a number of white pavilions dotted along the foreshore that provide shelter and a place to stop and admire the beach and Moreton Bay.

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Margate Beach is the largest Beach on the Redcliffe Peninsula

Queens Beach

Queens Beach is the only off-leash dog beach in Redcliffe. The beach only becomes an off-leach area at certain hours of the day – before 8am and after 4pm.

Queens Beach is located between Scarborough and Osbourne Point and has a small sand boat ramp.

Redcliffe Beach

Right in the heart of Redcliffe is the Redcliffe Beach and it stretches either side of the Redcliffe Jetty.

Although Redcliffe Beach is not highly regarded as a swimming beach, it is great to throw a line in off the jetty and cool off in the water on a hot day.

Scarborough Beach

Scarborough Beach is very popular for families.

The main attraction is Pirate Park. Being fenced this fabulous ‘railway and pirate themed’ playground is great for keeping in the kids! It also has huge climbing trees which our boys loved when they were young!

Recently they have added a separate fenced Jumping Pillow a little further along Scarborough Beach.

Scarborough Beach
Pine Tree Lined Scarborough Beach

Scotts Point

Scotts Point is in Woody Point and is accessed from the most southern end of Margate Beach. There is a nice shaded park high on the hill overlooking the beach and the rocky outcrop.

The Scotts Point Bathing Pavilion, built in 1937, is the most prominent feature.

The Scotts Pt Bathing Pavilion still stands proud at the northern end of Margate Beach
The historical Scotts Pt Bathing Pavilion

Suttons Beach

Suttons Beach is the only patrolled beach in and around Brisbane. It’s also one of the best beaches at Redcliffe for swimming.

You can take a stroll along the walkway right along the waterfront from Suttons Beach to Settlement Cove and then up to the main street of Redcliffe via the Boardwalk.

There’s a shaded playground and a number of barbecues and picnic shelters at the Margate end of Suttons Beach.

Woody Point

Woody Point has very little beach but right beside the beach and water front is Crockatt Park. It has an undercover playground and a large covered picnic shelter with barbecues.

Directly opposite the park is the Belvedere Hotel and a little further along you can fish off the Woody Point Jetty.

8. Redcliffe Weather

We always believe the temperature is slightly lower at Redcliffe due to the beautiful bay breezes coming directly off Moreton Bay.

Whenever we have visited our good friends at Woody Point, it always seems cooler than it is at our home in the northern suburbs of Brissie.

During hot summer days in Brisbane you really appreciate being at Redcliffe.

9. Fishing at Redcliffe

A portion of the old Hornibrook Bridge remains at each end as a fishing platform. Often bream, flathead, chopper tailor, whiting and school jewfish are caught at this prime, easily accessible Redcliffe fishing spot.

The Ted Smout Memorial Bridge also has a 10m by 50m fishing platform. Both sand and mud crabs are often caught in the Pine River channels as well.

The Redcliffe Jetty and the jetty at Woody Point are also popular land based spots to fish from. The rock walls at the entrance to the Newport canals can be good for fishing and can easily be accessed if you don’t have a boat.

Also people just fish off the beach at Scarborough, Redcliffe and Margate.

For all of your bait and tackle needs, great advice on fishing around Redcliffe and for the friendliest service, be sure to visit Mark and the team at Tackle Land at Sandgate.

If you are heading out for a fish around Redcliffe, be sure to know where the green zones are located. Click here for a Fishing Green Zone Map for the Moreton Bay region.

There is also a reef off Scarborough so it’s popular for boaties! If only we had a boat lol 🙂

Scarborough Boat Ramp
Scarborough Boat Ramp

10. Whale Watching Tours Depart from Redcliffe

The Whale Watching season usually starts in June-July and continues through to November.

If you’re keen to go whale watching and you don’t want to travel far from Brisbane, you’re in luck as tours depart from Redcliffe.

With Brisbane Whale Watching Tours, you are guaranteed whale sightings. Their ‘MV Eye Spy’ is Brisbane’s only purpose-built whale watching vessel. It’s Eco accredited, has 6 spacious viewing decks and also offers wheelchair access.

The ‘MV Eye Spy’ departs daily from the Redcliffe Jetty at 10.00am and returns at approx. 2.30pm. The tour also includes a delicious fresh buffet lunch, yummm!

Book your Brisbane Whale Watching Experience here

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Whale Watching tours depart from the Redcliffe Jetty during Whale season

11. Redcliffe Annual Events

Redcliffe Kitefest

Each year Redcliffe hosts a North Brisbane Kite Festival which is held over two days at Pelican Park at Clontarf.

Apart from the fun and excitement of the kites of all shapes, colours and sizes filling the skies, there’s kite making workshops, shows, live music, roving entertainers and markets.

Jetty 2 Jetty Fun Run

Each year thousands of people take part in the most scenic fun run in Queensland, the Jetty 2 Jetty Fun Run. You don’t have to be a professional marathon runner to enter as they cater for all levels of fitness.

You can opt to run, walk for a cause, or simply take a pleasant stroll at your own pace along the Redcliffe waterfront.

There are also 4 distances to choose from – 3km, 5km, 10km and the 21.1km event. All events start and finish at Pelican Park in Clontarf.

12. Redcliffe Wind Sculpture

OPTO is the moving masterpiece of sculptor Phil Price. The two bright orange rings are made of steel and carbon fibre and are distinctly visible opposite Bee Gees Way.

The kinetic rings are designed so that they move in relation to the environment. 

They can rotate, spin and pass over one another in response to the breeze coming off Moreton Bay. They are truly amazing to see when they are rotating in the wind!

Two distinctive rings rotate, spin and move over one another in response to the wind coming off the bay
Opto Sculpture opposite Bee Gees Way

13. Redcliffe Museum

The Redcliffe Museum is located on Anzac Avenue just up from Oxley Avenue. It is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am – 4pm; 10am – 3pm on Sundays but closed on Mondays.

Entry is FREE!

The museum features films from Redcliffe’s early days. It displays old and modern-day photos as well as highlighting the history of seaside holidays over the years.

Plus, they also hold exhibitions and workshops in the museum so great for the kids and adults.

14. HMQS Gayundah

The rusted remains of the HMQS Gayundah Wreck are clearly visible at the base of the cliffs at Woody Point just around the point from the jetty and the popular Belvedere Hotel.

The HMQS Gayundah, built in 1884, first operated as a flat-iron gunboat by the Queensland Maritime Defence Force. Later the HMQS Gayundah was part of the Royal Australia Navy before being decommissioned in 1921.

She then served as a sand and gravel barge in Brisbane until the 1950’s.

Ultimately, in 1958 after being scrapped she was purposely run aground at Woody Point serving as a breakwater structure to prevent soil erosion.

The wreck of the HMQS Gayundah
The HMQS Gayundah was purposely sunk at Woody Point to act as a breakwater wall
HMQS Gayundah at Woody Point
A drone’s view of the HMQS Gayundah – One of the 17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe

15. Redcliffe Botanic Gardens

The Redcliffe Botanic Gardens offers a peaceful and shady place to escape right in the heart of Redcliffe.

There’s heaps to see including a Herb Garden with over 500 different species, a water feature, flower gardens, native plants, a rainforest with over 250 rainforest species as well as it’s home to more than 1000 bats!

There’s a number of walkways throughout the gardens, an amphitheatre, an open grassed area and drinking fountain. Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted within the gardens.

It’s a great spot for picnics and birthday celebrations as well with shelters and seating provided around the gardens. It is a popular place for weddings,  however if you are planning an event or wedding you may need to make a booking through the Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Entry to the gardens is FREE! The gardens are open between 6am and 6pm, seven days a week and are wheelchair accessible.

 

16. Redcliffe Inflatable Water Park

Redcliffe Aqua Splash are back for their second Summer season at Pelican Park at Clontarf. You can’t miss it! As soon as you come off the Hornibrook Bridge, you can see Redcliffe’s amazing inflatable Water Park! 

You can splash into Summer 7 days from 9am – 7pm during each season.

If you are looking for a fun way to keep cool and or entertain the kids of all ages, be sure to check out the Redcliffe Aqua Splash Inflatable Water Park.

It’s just one of the 17 reasons to visit Redcliffe especially over the school holidays!

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Aqua Splash Redcliffe Inflatable Water Park at Clontarf – One of the 17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe

17. Skydiving

The last of our 17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe but certainly not least. You can escape the hustle and bustle of Brisbane and get your adrenaline going by skydiving on the peninsula.

Skydiving at Redcliffe provides the best city and coastal views.

If you want to experience Australia’s highest skydive, then Redcliffe is the place to do it! You’ll soar to heights of up to 15,000ft, before taking the huge plunge.  

After a thrilling 60 seconds of free fall, your parachute opens, then you can get your breath back and start to relax and really enjoy the experience. 

While you’re floating down you’ll be able to soak in the views of the Brisbane city skyline as well as Moreton Island, before touching down on the beach at Redcliffe.

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17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe
Skydivers coming in for a beach landing at Clontarf

We have witnessed skydivers coming in for a landing on the beach at Clontarf many a time.

When Kev bravely did his skydive 15 years ago, a gift given to him for his 40th Birthday by his good mate, Kev landed on the beach at Scarborough.

Kev has always been scared of heights, therefore Skydiving was an enormous challenge for Kev!

Check this out: Here is the link so you can check out Kev’s Skydive

How to get to Redcliffe

By Car

You can head northbound across Bramble Bay on the Houghton Bridge from Brighton to Clontarf.

The adjacent Ted Smout Memorial Bridge provides the southbound lanes from Clontarf back over to Brighton.

The Houghton Highway is a reinforced concrete viaduct that spans 2.74km. Up until 2013, these two bridges were equally the second longest bridges in the country.

Both Kev and Adele had a set of grandparents who funnily enough lived only streets apart at Margate/Woody Point. Both of us clearly remember the old Hornibrook Bridge and the days of the toll.

The Old Hornibrook Bridge
A portion of the old Hornibrook Bridge at each end has been retained as a Fishing Platform

Another route is to travel along Anzac Ave from Petrie through Kallangur, North Lakes, Mango Hill, Rothwell, Kippa-Ring right into Redcliffe.

By Bus

Buses run from the Sandgate Bus Station to Redcliffe traveling through the suburbs of Brighton, Clontarf, Woody Point, Margate, Redcliffe, Scarborough, Redcliffe, Kippa-Ring back to Clontarf.

Also the new Hornibrook Bus Line services Chermside to Redcliffe with routes around the peninsula including to and from the Railway stations at Rothwell and Kippa-Ring.

By Train

Up until October 2016, because there was no train service to Redcliffe, the only public transport to the Peninsula was by bus. The train line has been extended in recent years and the new Redcliffe Train Line now runs from Petrie right through to Kippa-Ring.

Have you visited Redcliffe?

Do you have you any other points of interest to add to our 17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe?

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Kev & Adele
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Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

It is always harder to find campgrounds around major cities, but there are a lot of great places for camping within 2 hours of Brisbane.

Whether you want to be camping close to Brisbane itself or whether you want to be out of the hustle and bustle of the city and would rather be beach camping near Brisbane at somewhere like Noosa North Shore.

Just over an hour from the heart of Brisbane is the Coochin Creek Campground where you can camp up in a beautiful bush setting beside Coochin Creek.

We have identified 25 great places for camping within 2 hours of Brisbane, the most of which we have stayed or visited ourselves over our 5+ years of travelling.

Our list also includes a couple of awesome places for beach camping within 2 hours of Brisbane however you do require a 4WD to access them.

The estimated time to reach these camping locations is from Brisbane City. They may be closer or further away depending on where you will be leaving from.

Camping within 2 hrs of Brisbane
Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane at Coochin Creek Campground

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Our List of Great Places for Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

  • Camping within 1 hour of Brisbane
  • Great Camping within 1.5-2 hours of Brisbane
  • Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane
  • Best Camping in Brisbane
  • Free Camping in Brisbane

Camping within 1 hour of Brisbane

There are a number of Showgrounds outside of their annual show times that offer camping within 1 hour of Brisbane.

  • Pine Rivers Showgrounds, Lawnton
  • Redcliffe Showgrounds, Redcliffe
  • Dayboro Showgrounds, Dayboro
  • Samford Showgrounds, Samford
  • Caboolture Showgrounds, Caboolture

Apart from these Brisbane Showgrounds which are good to use as a base, it is great to get out and explore some of the awesome spots for camping within 1 hour of Brisbane.

Here are the details of some fantastic local places to stay or go camping.

Albert Theaker Park Rest Area

Albert Theaker Park Rest Area

How far is it from Brisbane?
45mins

What Facilities are available?
Toilets are available. There are bins and picnic tables available at this rest area which is right beside the highway and Willowbank Raceway. Camping is not available on Event days.

Camping in tents is allowed and it is accessible to Caravans, Camper Trailers, Motorhomes and Big Rigs.

Shaded by trees and no set sites. Drinking Water is available.

How much does it cost?
It is a Free for an overnight stay

Maximum Stay:
24hrs

Is it Pet Friendly?
Albert Theaker Park Rest Area is pet friendly

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
N/A
Address:
Champions Way, Willowbank, Queensland
Website:
N/A

Things to see and do in the Ipswich region:

Willowbank Raceway
Workshops Rail Museum
Queens Park, one of the oldest parks in Queensland

Check out these: 21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane

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Camping within 2 hrs of Brisbane - Coochin Creek Campground
Coochin Creek

Coochin Creek Camping

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 7 mins

What Facilities are available?
There is a Toilet Block with very clean toilets but no showers. No potable water is available so you need to bring your own drinking water. Closest Dump Point is 14kms away in Beerwah.

Sites are well marked with some semi-shaded by trees. Campground is right alongside Coochin Creek which is a popular spot for fishing.

Mosquitos and Midges can be an issue at times therefore be sure to bring along insect repellant.

How much does it cost?
$6.75 per person, per nightOur stay was 18 & 19 August, 2020

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – Domestic animals are not permitted in either the campground or day use area.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Open fire pits are scattered throughout the Coochin Creek Campground and available to use only when Fire Bans are not in place.

Contact Details:
Phone:
13 74 68
Address:
Coochin Creek Camping Road, Coochin Creek, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the region:

Wild Horse Mountain Lookout at sunset!
Strawberry Farms
Abandoned Dularcha Rail Tunnel

Read more: Coochin Creek Campground

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Beerwah Sportsground

Beerwah Sportsground Camping

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 8mins

What Facilities are available?
Bookings are required. Limited sites are on offer, all of which are unpowered. Camping in tents is not permitted and you must be self-contained.

Update June 2022: Powered sites are now available as well as grey water outlets.

There are toilets, a small playground as well as the sports fields when they are not in use.

Drinking water is available. During our stay, there was a Coffee Van at the gate where you could buy Coffee and Smoothies.

A Dump Point is available on site. Right next door is a public swimming pool where you can pay a small fee for a shower, plus there is a skate park right alongside the sportsground.

Generators are allowed and gas is available. We had excellent phone coverage with both Telstra and Vodafone.

How much does it cost?
$15 per person, per night. Our stay was 20-21st August 2020

Maximum Stay:
72 hours in any 7 day period

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes – Beerwah Sportsground is pet friendly therefore is dog friendly

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 5494 0513
Address:
32 Sportsground Drive, Beerwah, Queensland
Facebook:

Things to see and do in the Beerwah region:

Glass House Mountains
Australia Zoo

Read more: Beerwah Sportsground

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William Kemp Park, Gatton Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

Gatton Free Camping

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 9 mins

What Facilities are available?
At the William Kemp Park at Gatton, there are no toilets and showers therefore only Self-Contained vehicles are permitted. Tent camping is not allowed. Clean serviced public toilets are just a 5 minute walk away.

Potable water is available and a Dump Point is provided on-site. There is also a sheltered picnic area, electric barbecue and bins.

Fairly level grassed area allowing drive-through capability with a circular access. Camping area is right alongside a creek lined with beautiful Jacaranda trees and within minutes walk to the Gatton township.

Generators are permitted.

How much does it cost?
FreeOur stay was 4 May 2021

Maximum Stay:
48hrs

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes – pets are allowed at this Gatton Free Camp however dogs must be on a lead

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
1300 005 872
Address:
18 East Street, Gatton, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Gatton region:

Gatton and District Historical Village
Queensland Transport Museum
The Barn and Scotty’s Garage

Read more about: Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping

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Jowarra Park
Jowarra Park

Jowarra Park

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 21mins

What Facilities are available?
Toilets are available. There are bins and picnic tables available at this rest area which is right beside the busy highway.

Camping in tents is allowed and it is accessible to Caravans, Camper Trailers and Motorhomes.

Well shaded by trees and no set sites. Water is not potable.

How much does it cost?
It is a Free for an overnight stay

Maximum Stay:
20hrs

Is it Pet Friendly?
Jowarra Park Rest Area is pet friendly however domestic animals are not permitted within nearby Mooloolah River National Park.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
N/A
Address:
2859 Steve Irwin Way, Glenview, Queensland
Website:
N/A

Things to see and do in the region:

Mooloolah River Circuit – 500metre self-guided rainforest return walk along a crystal clear creek
Melaleuca Walk – 1.3km return walk *Platypus may be seen in the river at dawn and dusk

View our walk around video: Jowarra Park Rest Area

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Woodford Showgrounds
Woodford Showgrounds

Woodford Showgrounds

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 15mins

What Facilities are available?
Located within walking distance to Woodford Township. Toilets and Showers are available as well as drinking water. There are Bins and a Dump Point on-site.

Tents are permitted and accessible by Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers as well as Buses and Big Rigs.

Generators are not allowed.

How much does it cost?
$20 for 2 People – Powered Site or $120 for a 7 night stay
$15 for 2 People – Unpowered Site or $90 for a 7 night stay
$5 per extra person and Children under the age of 5 are free

Maximum Stay:
7 Nights then 7 Nights Away. This is allowed 2 times before you have to stay away for a 3 month period.

Is it Pet Friendly?
The Woodford Showground is pet friendly and therefore dogs are allowed.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
0437 390 862
Address:
38 Neurum Road, Woodford, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Woodford region:

Woodford Folk Festival

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Moreton Island Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane
Moreton Island Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

Camping within 1.5 – 2 hours of Brisbane

Within 1 – 2 hours of Brisbane there are plenty of fabulous camping spots.

After travelling right around Australia, we have recently taken the time to once again explore our own back yard and have stayed at most of these camping grounds that are within 1 – 2 hours of our home town of Brisbane.

Camping within areas in and around little country towns, near dams and lakes or in bush settings besides creeks as well as on the World’s 3rd & 4th Largest Sand Islands, all within 1 – 2 hours of Brisbane is awesome.

Toowoomba Showgrounds - Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane
Toowoomba Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

Toowoomba Showgrounds

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 46 mins

What Facilities are available?
There is an amenities block with toilets and showers in the main camping area. A Laundry with a coin-operated Washing Machine and Dryer is also available. We used the washing machine during our stay and it takes 4 x $1 coins.

The grounds are extremely spacious and suitable for all size vehicles. We chose to camp at the lower back area. We had direct lake views and there are heaps of ducks, geese and turtles as well as lots and lots of corellas and other birdlife.

A Dump Point is on site. It is free for people camping on the grounds and $5 for public use.

Drinking water is available. Generators are permitted.

How much does it cost?
$25 – 2 Adults and 2 Children
$5 per additional person, per night
Our stay was for 4 Nights from 27 February to 2 March 2021

Maximum Stay:
No limit

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes, the Toowoomba Showgrounds allow pets therefore it is dog friendly

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 4634 7400
Address:
Glenvale Road, Glenvale, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Toowoomba region:

Cobb & Co Museum
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (in September)
Picnic Point

Read about heaps more: Things to do Toowoomba and Darling Downs

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Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane - Toogoolawah
Toogoolawah Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

Toogoolawah History Museum and Old Railway Station Free Camping Area

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 30 min

What Facilities are available?
There are no facilities at the Toogoolawah History Museum and Old Railway Free Campground just a bin to place your rubbish. It is a flat open campground suitable for all sized vehicles.

You must be self-contained and no tents are allowed.

Just 50 metres away there are public toilets which are reported to be very clean however we didn’t have a need to use them as we have our own in the Motorhome.

The nearest Dump Point is at the Toogoolawah Showgrounds.

We had good Telstra phone coverage.

How much does it cost?
Cost to stay is Free! Our stay was 2nd October 2020

Maximum Stay:
24hrs

Is it Pet Friendly?
The Toogoolawah History Museum & Old Railway Station Free Camping Area is pet friendly. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 5424 4000
Address:
Gardner Street, Toogoolawah, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Toogoolawah region:

Somerset Dam
Wivenhoe Dam

Read more about: Toogoolawah History Museum & Old Railway Station Free Camp

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Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane -Cooroy
Cooroy Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

Cooroy RV Stopover

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 36 mins in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland

What Facilities are available?
The Cooroy RV Stopover is just a leisurely walk into the main street of Cooroy and just 20 minutes drive from Noosa.

This grassed camping area is suitable only for self-contained vehicles including Motorhomes, Caravans and big rigs. Grey water must not be released onto the ground. No tents are allowed.

There are no toilets or showers and generators are not permitted.

A Dump Point, bins and potable water is available but you will need a 4 way tap handle connector to access the water.

We had good Telstra and Vodafone coverage while we were temporarily parked up there.

How much does it cost?
$12 per night.
We didn’t stay but you can view our video taken on 6 April 2018

Maximum Stay:
72 hours

Is it Pet Friendly?
The Cooroy RV Stopover is pet friendly therefore dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead at all times.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
0458 650 285
Address:
17 Mary Street, Cooroy, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Cooroy region:

Noosa National Park
Eumundi Markets
Montville & Maleny

Read more about: 15 Things you must do on the Sunshine Coast

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Somerset
‘The Spit’ Somerset Dam

Somerset Park Campground

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 22 minutes

What Facilities are available?
There are toilets and showers as well as drinking water. The campground has large grass sites accessible to all vehicles and tent camping is allowed.

Powered and Unpowered sites are available with some campsites on the waterfront of the Stanley River.

Bins, Gas BBQ and a playground are provided however there is no Dump Point.

Ice, firewood, drinks and ice creams are available for purchase. Telstra and other mobile reception is available.

How much does it cost?

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Powered$38.00$45.00$48.00$11.00
Drive On$29.00$36.00$40.00$11.00
Tent Only$23.00$28.00$34.00$11.00

Above rates are for 1 -2 people. Additional person $11 and Children under 5 are free
Seniors receive $2 off nightly fee
Roadside Assistance Members receive 10% off nightly fee
Note: There is a 7 night minimum stay at Christmas and 4 night minimum stay at Easter

Maximum Stay:
No limit

Is it Pet Friendly?
Dogs are not permitted at the Somerset Park Campground. This is a SEQ Water Regulation.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Yes – campfires are permitted provided there is not a fire ban in place at the time.

Contact Details:
Phone:
0428 180 450
Address:
2210 Esk-Kilcoy Road, Somerset Dam, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Somerset Dam region:

Somerset Dam and The Spit
Wivenhoe Dam

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Federation Park just 12kms out of Toowoomba, Queensland

Federation Park

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 48 minutes

What Facilities are available?
There is a small carpark area with space for a limited number of vehicles to park overnight within the designated areas only. It is a bitumen area suitable for camper trailers, Campervans, Caravans and Motorhomes. Camping in tents is not permitted.

There are toilets but no showers. Non potable water, bins and picnic shelters including barbecues are available.

A playground and grassy area beyond the carpark provides a great place for the kids and to walk the dog.

Mobile phone coverage is good.

How much does it cost?
Free

Maximum Stay:
24 hrs in any 7 day period

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes – dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash at all times

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
N/A
Address:
772 Drayton Connection Road, Vale View, Queensland
Website:
N/A

Things to see and do in the Toowoomba region:

Cobb & Co Museum
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (in September)
Picnic Point

Read heaps more about: Things to do Toowoomba and Darling Downs

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Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane - Moreton Island
Gutter Bar, Moreton Island

Moreton Island Camping

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 15 min Ferry Ride from Port of Brisbane

What Facilities are available?
To access any of the 10 Moreton Island Camping Grounds, you must have a 4WD. Passengers can take the ferry and access the nearest camping ground on foot.

There are 5 campgrounds and 5 camping zones along the beach.

  • Ben – Ewa Campground
  • North-East Camping Zone
  • South-East Camping Zone
  • Blue Lagoon Campground
  • North Point Campground
  • South-West Camping Zone
  • The Wrecks Campground
  • Comboyuro Point Campground
  • North-West Camping Zone
  • Yellow Patch Zone

Not all Moreton Camping areas have facilities. We stayed at Yellow Patch and there are toilets, water and an outdoor cold shower at the nearby North Point Campground.

Our most recent stays were 3 – 10 Nov, 2019 and November 2021.

From February 2020, all camping and vehicle access permits are booked and managed through Mulgumpin Camping.

There is a General Store at Kooringal and Bulwer for general supplies.

How much does it cost?
Moreton Island Camping Permit:
$6.75 per person, per night or $27 per family per night.

Vehicle Access Permit: 1 month Permit is $53.65. Annual Permit is $270 per vehicle.

Cost of Ferry: Go to the Moreton Island Adventures website. The Micat departs from 14 Howard Smith Drive, Port of Brisbane.

Maximum Stay:
No limit

Is it Pet Friendly?
Dogs are not allowed while camping on Moreton Island.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Yes but only in the camping zones and provided no fire bans are in place. Please extinguish all campfires with water, do not cover over with sand.

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 3506 2371
Address:
Various locations
Website:

Things to see and do on Moreton Island:

Blue Lagoon
The Gutter Bar
Champagne Pools
Cape Moreton
Tangalooma Wrecks

View our video: Moreton Island, EVERYTHING you Need to Know

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Camping within 2hrs of Brisbane - Springbrook National Park
Natural Bridge

Springbrook National Park Camping – The Settlement Campground

How far is it from Brisbane?
1 hr 23 minutes in the Gold Coast Hinterland

What Facilities are available?
There are only 11 unpowered sites available. Sites are approx 10m x 4.2m. A camping tag with booking number must be displayed at your campsite.

They are suitable for Tents, Camper trailers, Campervans and Motorhomes 10 metres and under in length. Sites are not wide enough to accommodate caravans.

There are toilets but no showers. Drinking water and a cooking shelter including free electric barbecues are available as well as bins.

Use of Generators is not permitted. The Camping area is just a short walk to the top of the Purling Brook Falls by way of a linked track.

Mobile phone coverage is poor in the campground.

How much does it cost?
$6.75 per person, per night

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
No Dogs are allowed as it is National Park

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
13 74 68
Address:
Carricks Road, Springbrook, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in Springbrook National Park:

Purling Brook Falls
Natural Bridge
The Best of All Lookouts

Read more about: Springbrook National Park

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Bribie Island Forts

Bribie Island Camping – Ocean Beach

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 36 mins

What Facilities are available?
The designated camping areas of Ocean Beach can only be accessed by 4WD. Campsite Zone 1 is 16km north of the beach access point on North Street. Campsites are accessible via the defined tracks.

There are toilets, cold showers and non-potable water unsuitable for drinking is available. A Portable Toilet waste disposal point is provided. All of these facilities are accessed by Track ‘P’.

Campsites are numbered and suitable for tent camping and camper trailers only. Generators are not permitted.

Mobile Phone coverage is generally available.

How much does it cost?
Camping Permit Cost:
$6.75 per person, per night. $27 for Families

Vehicle Access Permit: 1 Month Permit is $51.50. Annual Permit is $160.80

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Pets are not allowed

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Yes – in fire rings only except when fire bans apply

Contact Details:
Phone:
13 74 68
Address:
4×4 Access Track, Welsby, Bribie Island, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do on Bribie Island:

Fort Bribie

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Big Yowie

Kilcoy Camping – Kilcoy Showgrounds

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 25 minutes

What Facilities are available?
The Showgrounds are located 2.7kms from the town centre of Kilcoy. Powered sites and water are available. Toilets and Showers are provided with disabled access.

Level grassed campsites suitable for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper trailers, Campervans and big rigs however no tent camping is allowed.

There is a Dump Point on site along with bins. Telstra and other mobile phone reception is available at the showgrounds.

How much does it cost?
$16 per site per night, powered or unpowered. Cash only

Maximum Stay:
7 Nights

Is it Pet Friendly?
The Kilcoy Showgrounds is Pet friendly. Dogs are welcome but must remain on a leash at all times.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 5424 4000 or 0409 344 756
Address:
26 Showgrounds Road, Woolmar via Kilcoy, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Kilcoy region:

Big Yowie Kilcoy

Read more: Big Things of Australia

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Camping within 2 hrs of Brisbane

Lake Moogerah Camping – Camp Moogerah

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 19 minutes

What Facilities are available?
Camp Moogerah has powered and unpowered sites. Unpowered sites are located right by the water with stunning lake views while powered sites have views of the lake through the trees.

It is suitable for Caravans, Motorhomes, Campervans and Camper trailers and they also have cabins and on-site dormatory style accommodation.

There are toilets and showers along with drinking water. Camp Moogerah offers direct access to the lake and they have their own boat ramp.

Catering for school camps and functions, they can facilitate a number of sporting activities and also have kayak hire.

Telstra and other mobile phone reception is available.

How much does it cost?
$40 per night for 2 people

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Camp Moogerah is pet friendly therefore they allow dogs.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
0417 741 963
Address:
880 Lake Moogerah Road, Moogerah, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in and around Moogerah Dam:

Walk across the Moogerah Dam Wall
Water skiing
Picnic or BBQ

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5 Essentials – Outside RV Accessories

  1. To plug your RV with standard 15amp in to standard residential 10amp power source you will need a converter. We love our waterproof Ampfibian and after over 4 years it’s still perfect.
  2. Most people carry a Generator for back up power. 4wd Supacentre has a good low cost and popular generator while the Yamaha 2000w is a robust yet quiet excellent performer.
  3. A 20m 15amp Power Lead will ensure you reach your power source in Caravan Parks and Campgrounds.
  4. You will want a good blue Drinking Water Hose. Your typical green garden hose is not suitable for drinking from.
  5. A 4 way tap handle will help you find water whenever you need it
Cobb & Co Nine Mile Campground - Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane
Cobb & Co Nine Mile Campground – Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

We have identified 4 great places for camping within 2 hours of Brisbane including a great spot for beach camping within 2 hours of Brisbane.

Cobb & Co Nine Mile Campground

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 59 mins

What Facilities are available?
Cobb & Co Nine Mile Campground have amazing facilities and is very family friendly. There are plenty of things to entertain the kids including:

  • Fort Playground
  • BMX Track
  • Water Slide
  • Pirate Ship Playground
  • Cobbs Farm Yard
  • Walking Tracks
  • Billabong

They have toilets, showers and drinking water. Also there are camp kitchens, a Coffee Bar and a Kiosk with ice, wood, ice creams and other general items.

Sites are grass, level, unpowered and unmarked. You can choose whether you would like to camp down by the billabong, close to the playgrounds, in a secluded area or close to amenities.

Suitable for tents, motorhoomes, caravans, campervans, campertrailers and big rigs.

How much does it cost?
$15 per Adult per night
$10 per Child (2 – 18 years) per night
Under 2 years are free
We didn’t stay but this video was taken on 23rd June 2018

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Cobb & Co Nine Mile Campground is pet friendly. Dogs are therefore allowed.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Campfires are allowed. BYO Wood or purchase from the on-site Kiosk. Use of chainsaws are permitted.

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 5483 5065
Address:
1484 Noosa Road, Tandur, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Tandur region:

Booloumba Creek

Read more about: Cobb & Co Nine Mile Campground

Booloumba Creek
Booloumba Creek

Kenilworth Camping – Charlie Moreland Campground

How far is it from Brisbane?
2 hrs 13 mins

What Facilities are available?
Charlie Moreland Campground is suitable for caravans, campervans, camper trailers, motorhomes as well as tent camping. Access to the campground is via a 5km unsealed road.

The road has potholes in sections so you may need to go slow. It can be accessed however by 2WD in normal conditions.

Grassy undefined spaces in an open bush setting beside Little Yabba Creek.

Flushing toilets and water is available but it is unsuitable for drinking without treatment as it is pumped from the creek and may cause illness.

Gas BBQs and tables in the day use area.

Use of generators is permitted. Mobile Phone Coverage is not available.

How much does it cost?
$6.75 per person, per night

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – as it is National Park pets are not allowed.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Yes. Fires are permitted provided there are no fire bans at the time. There are individual fire rings and you must bring your own clean cut firewood.

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 5446 0925
Address:
Sunday Creek Road, Kenilworth, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Kenilworth region:

Kenilworth Bakery – 1kg Donut Challenge & home to the 1kg Sausage Roll
Kenilworth Dairies

Noosa North Shore

Noosa North Shore Camping

How far is it from Brisbane?
2hrs 24mins

What Facilities are available?
New toilet blocks and a new large covered camp kitchen have been added to the Noosa North Shore Beachfront Campground in 2020. There’s BBQs and seating and outdoor beach showers.

A lot more powered sites are available and sites are now marked, quite large and able to accommodate Caravans, Campers and Motorhomes.

Unpowered sites are also available. They are set amongst bushland on the opposite side to the main camping area.

There is no drinking water so you need to bring  your own with you. Use of Generators is not permitted.

Telstra and Vodafone coverage but it’s a bit slow.

How much does it cost?
Off peak stay for 2 people, Beach area $50 for powered site, Bush camp $47.50 powered. Unpowered sites are $35. Extra person over 5 years old is $11.50 per night.
Our stays were 18-24 April 2018 and 27th to 31st August 2018

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Noosa North Shore Campground is not pet friendly so dogs are not allowed in the campground.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 5449 8811
Address:
240 Wilderness Track, Noosa North Shore, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Noosa region:

Noosa National Park
The Noosa Everglades
Noosa North Shore

Read more: Noosa North Shore Beachfront Campground

Kenilworth Bakery
Kenilworth Bakery 1kg Donut

Kenilworth Showgrounds

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 58mins

What Facilities are available?
There are plenty of toilets. Showers are coin-operated. $1 coin for a 3 minute hot shower. Drinking water is available.

Level grassy areas with spots also by the river. The grounds include a cricket oval, rodeo arena,  swimming pool and skate park.

There are bins and a Dump Point. To access please phone the caretakers on 0438 849 947.

Within walking distance to shops, hotel, Kenilworth Cheese Factory, museum library and bowls club.

Telstra and other mobile reception is available.

How much does it cost?
Powered sites per night $22 –  up to 2 persons
Unpowered sites per night $15 – up to 2 persons
Extra person per night $6, Children under 14 FREE

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes – dogs are allowed.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
0438 849 947
Address:
Charles Street, Kenilworth, Queesland
Facebook:

Things to see and do in the Kenilworth region:

Kenilworth Bakery 1kg Donut Challenge
Kenilworth Dairies for delicious cheese and yoghurt

Queen Mary Falls
The Queen Mary Falls, Killarney

Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park

How far is it from Brisbane?
2hrs 7 mins

What Facilities are available?
There are toilets, showers, laundry and a Camp Kitchen with a 6 burner BBQ, refrigerator, sink, kitchen cupboards, table and chairs and a wonderful slow combustion wood heater.

The Falls Cafe is open 7 days for breakfast and lunch serving delicious burgers, devonshire teas, fish and chips and other daily specials. Plus they sell gifts, coffee, ice creams and souvenirs.

Drinking water, bins and pull through bays. Gas refills available. Suitable for tents and all size vehicles.

Located right across the road from the Queen Mary Falls.

How much does it cost?
Powered  Site – $31 pn for 2 people Low Season and $38 pn High Season
Unpowered – $28 pn for 2 people Low Season and $33 pn in High Season
Children 3-16yrs $5 pn and Additional Adult $10 pn Low Season
Children 3-16yrs $7 pn and Additional Adult $15 pn High Season
Weekly rates available. Seniors Discount available. Holiday Rates apply. Maximum 6 per site
Our stay was 11 & 12 Mar 2021

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes it is pet friendly however conditions apply. Note – pets are not allowed in the National Park

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Yes – there is a communal fire pit available

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 4664 7151
Address:
Spring Creek Road, Killarney, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Killarney region:

Queen Mary Falls
Condamine River – 4WD over 14 River Crossings

Bowenville Reserve
Oakey Creek

Bowenville Reserve Camping Area

How far is it from Brisbane?
2h 9min

What Facilities are available?
Located right alongside Oakey Creek with level camping areas in a quiet bush setting. There are toilets but no showers. A playground and picnic tables and shelters are the only other facilities.

No water is available and it can become boggy after wet weather. Use of Generators is permitted. It is suitable for tents, motorhomes, caravans and campers.

We had Telstra and Vodafone coverage.

How much does it cost?
Cost to stay is free! Our stay was3 & 4 Mar 2021

Maximum Stay:
7 Day Limit

Is it Pet Friendly?
Bowenville Reserve is pet friendly therefore allows dogs

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
13 18 72
Address:
Norwin Road, Wainui Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Bowenville region:

The Dingo Barrier Fence
Kaimkillenbun – the longest single named town in Queensland

View our video: Wow, World’s Longest Fence over 5600km

Lawnton Showgrounds
Lawnton Showgrounds Camping Area

Best Camping around Brisbane

Lawnton Showgrounds

We find the best camping around Brisbane is the Lawnton Showgrounds. Whenever we are based back in Brisbane for periods of time, we choose to stay at the Lawnton Showgrounds.

It is only 38 minutes to the Brisbane City, is very handy to the train and only a 5 minute drive to Strathpine Centre, the closest major Shopping Centre.

Read more: Lawnton Showgrounds Camping

Hugh Muntz Park - Camping within 2hrs of Brisbane
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Free Camping in Brisbane

Hugh Muntz Park

Like most major cities, places for Free Camping in Brisbane are few and far between.  The only designated free camping in Brisbane is at the Hugh Muntz Park.

Hugh Muntz Park is just 30 minutes from the city of Brisbane. It offers overnight free camping with a maximum of 3 nights for Recreational Vehicles but you must be self-contained.

Read more: Hugh Muntz Park Free Camp

Kingsley Grove Estate

Other great places for camping around 2 hours of Brisbane and beyond

As you continue out of Brisbane, here are some other great places for camping that are around 3 hours of Brisbane.

Kingsley Grove Estate

How far is it from Brisbane?
2hrs 46mins

What Facilities are available?
Kingsley Grove Estate offers free camping for up to 48hrs for fully self-contained vehicles. There are no powered sites but they do allow generators. Level grassed area opposite the Cellar Door.

There is a communal fire pit for travellers to sit around the campfire and enjoy a bottle of chilled wine from Kingsley Grove Estate of course.

Wine tastings are available and the restaurant is open on weekends. Be sure to have a wine ice cream and one of their delicious wood-fired pizzas!

How much does it cost?
No cost – It is Free
Our stay was 4 & 5 Oct 2020

Maximum Stay:
Up to 48hrs

Is it Pet Friendly?
Kingsley Grove Estate is pet friendly therefore they allow dogs

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Use of the Communal Fire Pit only

Contact Details:
Phone:
0414 230 128
Address:
49 Stuart Valley Drive, Goodger, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do near Kingsley Grove:

Pottique Lavendar Farm
Kingaroy Observatory

Read more: Kingsley Grove Estate

Inskip Point Camping - Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane
Camping within 2hrs of Brisbane and beyond at Inskip Point

Inskip Point Camping

How far is it from Brisbane?
2hrs 53mins

What Facilities are available?

There are 7 Inskip Camping Grounds:

  • Sarawak West
  • M.V. Sarawak
  • M.V. Beagle
  • M.V. Natone
  • S.S. Dorrigo
  • Dorrigo South
  • Pelican Bay

Most camping areas require 4WD access. M.V. Sarawak, where we stayed with our motorhome, is accessible by 2WD in normal conditions.

There are toilets but no water so bring your own water especially for drinking.

Generators up to 2.0Kva are allowed. Use of chainsaws are not permitted.

A Dump Point is available in nearby Rainbow Beach. We use collapsible water bottles and you can also fill your water bottles in Rainbow Beach.

Mobile Phone coverage is limited. Midges and Sandflies can be bad so take plenty of insect repellant and relief.

A permit tag with your booking number must be displayed clearly at your campsite at all times.

How much does it cost?
$6.75 per person per night. Our stay was 4 Feb 2016

Maximum Stay:
30 days

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes – dogs must be kept under control and on a leash at all times

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Yes provided there are no fire bans are in place at the time

Contact Details:
Phone:
13 74 68
Address:
Inskip Point Road, Inskip Point Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in and around Inskip Point:

Fraser Island
Rainbow Beach Coloured Sands
Feed Dolphins at Tin Can Bay

Read more: Inskip Point Camping

Tiaro Camping within 2hrs of Brisbane
Tiaro Memorial Park

Tiaro Free Camping

How far is it from Brisbane?
2hrs 52mins

What Facilities are available?
The Tiaro Memorial Park is only a small camping area but it does have toilets and hot showers on the Visitors Information Centre side of the park.

It is suitable for both self-contained and non-self contained vehicles however no tents are allowed. Drinking water is available. Generators are permitted.

We had good Telstra and Vodafone coverage.

How much does it cost?
Cost to stay is free! Our stay was 3 Jan 2019

Maximum Stay:
48hrs

Is it Pet Friendly?
Tiaro Memoral Park is pet friendly. Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash. You must pick up after your pet also.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
1300 794 929
Address:
Cnr Inman & Price Streets, Tiaro, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the region:
Tiaro Christmas Cottage
Retro Espresso Tiaro

Read more: Tiaro Memorial Park Free Camp

Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

Stanthorpe Camping – Stanthorpe Showgrounds

How far is it from Brisbane?
2hrs 41 mins

What Facilities are available?
There are plenty of toilet and showers and large open grassy site areas at the Stanthorpe Showgrounds. It is suitable for caravans, motorhomes, campers and rooftop tents. No single tents or swags.

Powered and Unpowered sites. Potable water is available to campers and a Dump Point is on site for showground patrons only.

How much does it cost?
Powered $25 per night
Unpowered $20 per night
Additional Person $10 per night
Note: Cash only – No Eftpos
Our Stay was 8 Mar 2021

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Stanthorpe Showgrounds allow pets

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 4681 2107
Address:
8 High Street, Stanthorpe, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the region:
Suttons Drink Factory
Castle Glen Winery
Stanthorpe Cheese Factory

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Safe travels   

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Carnarvon Gorge Camping Qld

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Feature

Carnarvon Gorge in the central highlands of Queensland with its towering white sandstone cliffs is a magnificent place to visit and offers a number of different Carnarvon Gorge Camping experiences.

There are 4 Carnarvon Gorge Camping Accomodation options if you are looking to stay when visiting the stunning Carnarvon Gorge.

All offering slightly different experiences ranging from magnificent views to luxury glamping and a resort style setting as well as budget style bush camping.

  • Sandstone Park for magnificent 360 degree views
  • Wallaroo Outback Retreat if luxury is what you are looking for
  • Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness for resort style accommodation
  • Takarakka Bush Resort & Caravan Park for budget style bush camping
Carnarvon Gorge

About Carnarvon Gorge

The Carnarvon Gorge is located in the Carnarvon National Park in Central Western Qld.

Access is from the Carnarvon Highway between Roma and Emerald.

The stunning Gorge involves amazing White Sandstone cliffs, beautiful flowing water streams, incredible rock formations packed with so much wildlife and natural beauty.

It’s history with native Aborigine’s is obvious with so much artwork to see along several walking trails on offer.

Over 70,000 visitors make the trek to Carnarvon Gorge each year to experience the wonders of the stunning location.

Situated 722 kms driving distance from the States capital city of Brisbane it is a drive of over 8 hours.

Carnarvon Gorge is one of Central Qld’s most incredible attractions with spectacular walks past many natural formations.

Carnarvon Gorge

Camping in Carnarvon Gorge

There are several excellent camping options for whenever visiting Carnarvon Gorge.

From campgrounds high up with outstanding views to sites with power or those that are pet friendly.

You can also go camping near the entrance to the Gorge walks.

Some camping areas suits only tents whereas others suits Caravans, Motorhomes and Big Rigs.

There’s an option to suit everyone when Camping in Carnarvon Gorge and we’ve outlined the details for you below.

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Area

Open: Seasonal

Seasonal Carnarvon Gorge Camping is permitted between the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre and the Car Park only during the Easter, June-July and September Queensland School Holidays.

No camping is available during the December- January school holiday period or at any other time throughout the year.

Camping in this area is suitable for tents, off road campervans and camper trailers only.

With only 10 sites available they book out very quickly and some sites are small as they are suited to tents only.

Carnarvon Gorge Discovery Centre
  • Cost: $6.75 per person, per night
  • Max Nights Stay: 5 Nights
  • Toilets: Yes – Drop Toilets and Flushing Toilets
  • Showers: Yes – Cold Showers only
  • Potable Water: Water should be treated before drinking
  • Bins: No
  • Power: No. No generators are allowed.
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Are Fires Allowed: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Limited and not reliable

Contact Details:
Phone: 13 7468
Address: Carnarvon Gorge, Carnarvon Gorge National Park, Queensland
Website:

Carnarvon Gorge Hike

Big Bend Camping Area

Open: All year round

To access the Big Bend Camping Area it is by foot only so you will need a suitable hiking back pack as you will be carrying all of your camping gear, clothing, food and water in with you on the 19.4km return walk.

Take the Carnarvon Gorge Main Walking Track from the Carnarvon Gorge Visitors Centre.

It is 9.7kms walk to the Big Bend Camping Area where you can camp right beside Carnarvon Creek with the stunning white sandstone cliffs as a beautiful backdrop.

Carnaron Gorge Walk
  • Cost: $6.75 per person, per night
  • Max  Nights Stay: 2 nights
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: No
  • Potable Water: No. Treat any water collected from the creek
  • Bins: No. Be sure to take animal proof containers to store your rubbish while camping and take all rubbish out with you
  • Power: No. Generators are not permitted.
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: No
  • Wifi: No
  • Are Fires Allowed: No
  • Telstra Coverage: No coverage

Contact Details:
Phone:  13 7468
Address: 19.4km return walk from the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre by foot
Website:

Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge Views
Magnificent 360 degree views from Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Grounds in and near the Gorge

Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge

Open: Easter School Holidays to September/October School Holidays

For breathtaking 360 degree views of the magnificent white sandstone cliffs of the surrounding ranges from every site, there is no better place to go camping in or near Carnarvon Gorge.

It truly is a spectacular location and is only a short 5 minute drive to the Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

All sites are unpowered.

The exceptionally large sites are pull-through and suitable for tent camping,  swags, caravans, motorhomes, big rigs, campervans and camper trailers.

  • Cost: $28 per night
  • Max Nights Stay: No limit
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: No
  • Potable Water: Yes
  • Bins: Yes
  • Power: No, unpowered sites only.  Generators are allowed.
  • Pet Friendly: Yes – Sandstone Park is the only place to offer Carnarvon Gorge Pet Friendly accommodation. They also have Pet Sitting Service with Pet Kennels.
  • Dump Point: Yes
  • Free Wifi: No
  • Are Fires Allowed: Yes. Each site has a fire pit
  • Telstra Coverage: Yes as well as other mobile reception

Contact Details:
Phone:  07 4984 4679
Address:  3858 Carnarvon Gorge Road, Carnarvon Park, Queensland
Website:

Read more about: Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge

Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge Camping
Huge sites and wide open space at Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge along with breathtaking views

Takarakka Bush Resort & Caravan Park

Open: All year round

The Takarakka Bush Resort provides a variety of accommodation including Cabins, Studio and Cottage Style accommodation, Safari Tents as well as Caravan and Camping sites.

It has a well presented camp kitchen and bathroom amenities.

The Takarakka Bush Resort does not allow dogs, cats and domestic animals.

  • Cost: Powered $45 per night for 2 people Off Peak and $55 per night for 2 people Peak
    Unpowered $35 per night for 2 people Off Peak and $45 per night for 2 people in Peak
    Extra Adults $15pn Extra Children $5 per night and $6 per night in Peak season
  • Max  Nights Stay: N/A
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: Yes
  • Potable Water: Yes
  • Bins: Yes
  • Power: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Are Fires Allowed: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Yes and other mobile reception

Contact Details:
Phone:  07 4984 4535
Address: O’Brien’s Road, Carnarvon Gorge, Queensland
Website:

Carnarvon Gorge

Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Open: Seasonal

Located in the Carnarvon Gorge National Park, the Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge has undergone a major refurbishment and has re-opened in March 2021.

Set on 100 acres and looped by Carnarvon Creek, it offers an ultimate resort experience with 28 luxury Safari Cabins, information sessions, tours, entertainment and they have a superb fully licensed Wilderness Restaurant.

Serviced accommodation only. No camping options are available.

Pets are strictly prohibited.

Contact Details:
Phone: 07 4984 4503 or 1800 644 150
Address:  4043 O’Brien’s Road, Carnarvon Gorge, Queensland
Website:

Carnarvon Creek

Wallaroo Outback Retreat

If you are looking for luxury Carnarvon Gorge camping, Wallaroo Outback Retreat provides glamping at its best.

There are 10 fabulous glamping tents with attached or detached ensuites plus the Timber Lodge which has a fully equipped kitchen, two fireplaces and  6 individual bathrooms!

The retreat is nestled in the sandstone cliffs of the Carnarvon Ranges.

It is part of a 72,000 acre cattle property which is just over 70 minutes from Carnarvon Gorge.

Camping in your own tent, Caravan or Motorhome is not allowed.

Contact Details:
Phone: 07 4626 3746
Address: 252 The Basin Road, Injune, Queensland
Website:

Read about: Our Best Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia

Carnarvon Gorge National Park

What can you do at Carnarvon Gorge?

Discover many spectacular things as you explore the stunning Carnarvon Gorge.

From the Caranarvon Gorge Visitors Centre it is a 9.7km along the Main Gorge Walking Track crossing over the Carnarvon Creek a number of times before reaching Big Bend where you can actually go camping right beside Carnarvon Creek.

From the Main Gorge Walking Track there are tracks to 4 ‘must see’ spectacular sites in the lower section of Carnarvon Gorge.

We took the Main Gorge Walking Track only as far as the Art Gallery and then made our way back stopping off at Wards Canyon, the Amphitheatre and Moss Garden as well as taking the Nature Trail on our first day.

Early in the morning the next day, Kev hiked up Boolimba Bluff with Olivia, the owner of Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge.

We also checked out Mickey Creek and the Rock Pool which are both reasonably short walks from the Car Park.

Pick up or download and print out a copy of the Carnarvon Gorge Map.

Plan out what walks you would like to take depending on which walking tracks are suitable to you and carry your map with you so you know exactly which way you are heading at all times.

Remember to carry plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen and insect repellent with you.

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Guidelines

Please ensure you adhere to the Queensland National Parks regulations when visiting and camping at the magnificent Carnarvon Gorge. Here are a number of the park guidelines:

  • Open Fires are not permitted
  • Collection of firewood is strictly prohibited
  • Use a fuel stove or gas barbecues at the Carnarvon Gorge Day Use Area
  • Do not feed animals or leave food for them
  • Do not disturb plants and animals
  • Domestic Animals are prohibited in the Carnarvon Gorge National Park
  • Rubbish Bins are not provided – take all rubbish with you including disposable nappies, sanitary products and cigarette butts
  • Cycling is not permitted on any of the walking tracks
  • Climbing and Abseiling is not permitted anywhere in the park
  • No Firearms or weapons are to be brought into the Carnarvon Gorge National Park
  • Keep waterways free of all pollutants including soap, detergents, sunscreens as well as food scraps
  • Wash any cooking equipment at least 100m away from streams and lakes
  • Use toilets if available or ensure faecal matter and toilet paper are buried at least 15cm deep and well away from tracks, campsites and waterways

Carnarvon Gorge Walking Tracks

Carnarvon Gorge Walking Tracks

The Carnarvon Gorge Walking Tracks are all graded either a Grade 3 or Grade 4 Track with the exception of the Carnarvon Great Walk which is a Grade 5 Track.

Grade 3 Tracks require a reasonable level of fitness. You will be walking on a well defined track encountering gentle slopes, slight inclines and some steep sections.

There are creek crossings, ladders and steps where you will need to exercise caution. Good supportive footwear is required.

Grade 4 Tracks require a moderate level of fitness. Tracks may be overgrown in some areas and may encounter rocks and fallen trees.

You will need to exercise caution on creek crossings, around cliff edges and natural lookout areas. Ankle supportive footwear is strongly recommended.

Carnarvon Gorge Long Walks

Boolimba Bluff Views

Boolimba Bluff

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 6.4km – 3hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4 Track

Although there is a very steep climb for 300m which you need to be physically fit to encounter, the awesome views from the lookout at Boolimba Bluff are definitely worth the effort!

The views stretch to the distant ranges which are simply magnificent.

The Boolimba Bluff is the only lookout track in Carnarvon Gorge.

Carnarvon Gorge

View the below video of Kev and Olivia, owner of Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge climbing Boolimba Bluff in Carnarvon Gorge: 


Carnarvon Gorge Art Gallery

Art Gallery

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 10.8km – 3 to 4hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

The Art Gallery in Carnarvon Gorge is a signifcant Aboriginal Site full of amazing Aboriginal Art. It contains the best examples of stencil art in Australia.

Adorning the 62 metres of sandstone walls, there are over 2,000 freehand paintings, engraving and ochre stencils.

Art Gallery

Awesome Tree Ferns at Wards Canyon
Wards Canyon is home to the World’s Largest Fern – The King Fern

Wards Canyon

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 9.2km – 3 to 4hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Make your way into the shaded Wards Canyon for a great spot to cool down on your walk.

Wards Canyon is also home to the World’s Largest Fern, the King Fern. It is believed the King Fern has strong links to the ancient Gondwanan era.

As you walk up the short but steep track to the awesome Wards Canyon, you will first come to the lower falls before continuing up to the canyon itself where there is a little creek running beside the rock pathway.

Wards Canyon Carnarvon Gorge

Entrance to the Ampitheatre

Amphitheatre

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 8.6km – 3.5hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

The Amphitheatre is one of the most spectacular sites in Carnarvon Gorge.

As you make your way through a narrow opening in the gorge you step into a hidden little oasis.

Towering all around you are these extremely tall sandstone walls with a natural skylight opening at the top.

This magnificent 60m chamber was gouged out of the rock by running water.

Carnarvon Gorge Ampitheatre

Moss Garden Carnarvon Gorge

Moss Garden

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 7km – 2.5hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Water seaps from the sandstone constantly forming an evergreen carpet of moss on the rocks hence giving this area the apt name of the Moss Garden.

There is also a small waterfall that cascades over the rocky ledge into the pool below but the water was only trickling when we were there.

Moss Garden

Cathedral Cave

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 18.2kms – 5 to 6hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4

For thousands of years, the massive overhand at Cathedral Cave in Carnarvon Gorge provided shelter for the Aboriginals.

The rock art at Cathedral Cave is reflective of the rich Aboriginal culture and depicts the lives of those who once lived there.


Boowinda Gorge

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 18.4km – 5 to 6hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4

Just 100m upstream from Cathedral Cave is Boowinda Gorge. It does involve rock hopping to get into this sculpted side gorge.

The most spectacular part of the gorge strewn with boulders is the first one kilometre.

We didn’t venture further than the Art Gallery to Cathedral Cave, Boowinda Gorge or Big Bend.


Big Bend

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 19.4kms – 7 to 8hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4

Beneath the sheer sandstone cliffs at the elbow of the gorge is a natural pool which is part of Carnarvon Creek.

Turtles and catfish inhabit the tranquil waters in these upper reaches of the Carnarvon Creek.

You can rest at Big Bend, have a picnic under the shade of spotted gums before commencing your return walk or you can camp here.

There is a picnic table and composting toilet.

Big Bend Carnarvon Gorge Camping is for a maximum of 2 nights.


Mickey Creek

Carnarvon Gorge Short Walks

Mickey Creek Gorge

Distance from the Mickey Creek Car Park: 3kms – 1.5hrs return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Wander along Mickey Creek into the narrow sided Mickey Creek Gorge.

The track is formed only for the first 1.5kms from the Mickey Creek Car Park. After that you will find yourself rock hopping.

The rocky sections of the track are slippery.

Also you will need to exercise caution on the creek crossings. Often you will see Swamp Wallabies resting in this area.


Carnarvon Gorge Rock Pool

The Rock Pool

Distance from the Mickey Creek Car Park: 600m – 30mins return walk

Classification: Grade 3

The Rock Pool is the perfect place to cool off after your long walk exploring the gorge or it is a beautiful spot to just visit for a swim and a picnic.

The Rock Pool is the only designated swimming area in Carnarvon Gorge.

Swimming is not allowed in any other parts of Carnarvon Creek as suncreen, deodorant and insect repellent can affect the habitat of turtles, frogs and platypus.


Carnarvon Gorge Nature Walk

Nature Trail

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 1.5kms – 1hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Be sure to take a walk along the Nature Trail along the shaded banks of Carnarvon Creek.

You’ll see the amazing flora as well as turtles basking in the sun on the rocks.

Also you might be lucky enough to spot the elusive platypus unfortunately they eluded us on our visit.

It is believed that the best time to catch a glimpse of platpyus is at dawn and dusk.

Although the only time we have seen platypus in the wild was through the middle of day and afternoon at Eungella National Park.


Carnarvon Creek and white sandstone cliffs

Things to know about Carnarvon Gorge

When is the best time to visit and go Camping in Carnarvon Gorge?

The Best time to visit Carnarvon Gorge and go camping at Carnarvon Gorge is in the months of April through to October.

During these months the rainfall is much lower plus it is much more pleasant to go camping and do the spectacular walks when it is cooler.

Access is severely restricted due to the high rain falls during the summer months from November to February.

Can you swim at Carnarvon Gorge?

The Rock Pool is the only are in Carnarvon Gorge that you are permitted to swim. It is a 10min walk from the Rock Pool Car park.

It’s the perfect place to cool off in the crisp waters of Carnarvon Creek.

Apart from The Rock Pool, Takarakka Bush Resort have their own little beach area.

Carnarvon Gorge

Do you need a 4WD to go Camping in Carnarvon Gorge?

The road into Carnarvon Gorge except for the last 500m is now sealed.

There is bitumen road to the turnoff to all Carnarvon Gorge camping and accommodation sites as well as to Mickey Creek and the Rock Pool in the Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

We had no problem accessing Sandstone Park and the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre Carpark in our 8m Winnebago Esperance Motorhome even during our 3 days of Carnarvon Gorge Camping back in June 2017.

Carnarvon Gorge Echidnas
Kev was literally just two feet away from this curious little fella

What animals can you find in Carnarvon Gorge?

We saw a number of kangaroos and wallabies grazing by the water’s edge as soon as we set out on our walk through Carnarvon Gorge.

You might be lucky enough to spot two other animals within the Carnarvon Gorge National Park, platypus and echidnas.

Unfortunately, we didn’t spot any platypus despite every endeavour but we were lucky enough to spy one or two echidnas foraging in the bushes as well as a koala along our walk.

There are also 180 species of birds, 90 species of reptiles and 22 different species of frogs known to inhabit the Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

Kangaroo at Carnarvon Creek

How old is Carnarvon Gorge?

The power of water and time has been monumental in the making of the magnificent landscape in Carnarvon Gorge.

It has been over 200,000,000 years in the making!

Carnarvon Gorge

How far is Carnarvon Gorge from Brisbane?

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Area is approx 720kms from Brisbane.

The closest town to Carnarvon Gorge is Injune which is around 95km away.

Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge

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Safe travels

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We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – https://ebay.to/2XOjXhi – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

Canon 800dhttps://ebay.us/Q0UV1z – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2yQwPed  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/2XlOZ0I – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttps://ebay.to/2TWt0vA  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.to/38wMc7V  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Cleaning your Solar Panels – Indefinite Leave

cleaning the solar panels-

If you are road tripping Australia it’s very likely you have a Power source setup that includes Solar Panels and more importantly it is good to know the benefits of cleaning your Solar Panels.

Before we ventured off on our trip my electrician mate gave me the wise words of “make sure you keep the solar panels clean”. He explained this will ensure maximum efficiency.

Kev up on the roof cleaning solar panels

Our process for cleaning solar panels

Today we show you how I go about cleaning our panels.

We have 3 panels on the roof of our Motorhome and they get cleaned on a regular basis.

You’ll need access to your roof, a chamois or sponge, water (warm is good) and a cloth or something to wipe it dry, is good too.

Since doing this video we have implemented our new C-TEK battery management system and got it working and now we generate a lot more power than we were on this day.

Cleaning solar panels with a broom
Cleaning solar panels with a broom

Keep your solar panels clean and you will enjoy a lot more efficiency from your solar system.

How often should you clean your solar panels on your Caravan or Motorhome?

Generally it is recommended that you should be manually cleaning your solar panels on your Caravan or Motorhome every six months.

Certainly rain will wash away dust and some of the dirt but for maximum efficiency of your panels you really need to remove any dirt or residue yourself.

How often are you cleaning your Solar Panels?

Hope you enjoy the video.

5 Essentials – Ryobi Tools for Traveling

  1. A chainsaw certainly is an essential tool while traveling especially when camping and 4WDing. Perfect for cutting up wood for the campfire and ideal for clearing tracks of fallen branches when 4WDing. I really like the Ryobi Chainsaw and will be looking to buy one very soon to match all of my other Ryobi tools.
  2. The Ryobi Cordless Hand Vacuum has been super handy for the motorhome while traveling and now it is also great to use in our 4WD.
  3. Even prior to traveling, I have always used a Ryobi Cordless Drill. They are an essential tool for use at home and while on the road.
  4. We have had heaps of use from our Ryobi 18v Area Light. It’s great for fishing, camping and outdoor entertaining and even when we want to save power at night while free camping. Just charge it up the next day when you have solar.
  5. There are so many uses for our Ryobi Blower while traveling. Blowing the leaves off the top of the slideout before bringing it in, accelerating the campfire, clearing away any dirt, grass or sand from around your campsite.

Other Useful Travel Tips

You may also find these other blogs useful:

How do you go about cleaning your solar panels on your caravan or motorhome? Tell us what method you use for cleaning your solar panels.

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

Canon 800dhttps://ebay.us/Q0UV1z – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO – This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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