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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.

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

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

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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 the Brisbane Showgrounds which are great 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.

Camping within 2 hrs of Brisbane - Coochin Creek Campground

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 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.

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
Facebook:

Things to see and do in the region:
Glass House Mountains
Australia Zoo

Read more: Beerwah Sportsground

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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

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 3month period.

Is it Pet Friendly?
The Woodford Showground is pet friendly 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 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 only recently taken the time to explore our own back yard and stayed at most of these camping grounds that are within 1 – 2 hours of our home town of Brisbane.

Camping in 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 are available. We used the washing machine during our stay and it takes 4 x $1 coins.

The grounds are extremely spacious and are 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 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 30min

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 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 out 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 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 region:
Somerset Dam and The Spit
Wivenhoe Dam

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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 15min 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 stay was 3 – 10 Nov, 2019.

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 – provided no fire bans are in place at the time. 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 in the region:
Blue Lagoon
The Gutter Bar
Champagne Pools
Cape Moreton
Snorkel 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?
1hr 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 10metres 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.

Generators are not permitted and there are no bins. 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 the region:
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 36mins

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 in the region:
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. There are powered sites and water is 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 is 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 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 the region:
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. No chainsaws are allowed.

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

Things to see and do in the 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?
2hrs 13mins

What Facilities are available?
Charlie Moreland Campground is suitable for caravans, campervans, camper trailers, motorhomes as well as tent camping. Access is via a 5km unsealed road that has potholes in sections so you may need to go slow. Can be accessed in normal conditions by 2WD.

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

There are 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.

No generators are 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 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 region:
Kenilworth Bakery – 1kg Donut Challenge
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. Generators are 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 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
Website:

Things to see and do in the region:
Kenilworth Bakery 1kg Donut Challenge
Kenilworth Dairies for delicious cheese and yoghurt

Queen Mary Falls

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

Bowenville Reserve

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. Generators are 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 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

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
Hugh Muntz Park Beenleigh

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 dogs are allowed

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

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Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

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Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2yQwPed  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
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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 7 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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Cairns to Port Douglas, my thoughts…and they may surprise you!!

The drive from Cairns to Port Douglas is considered one of Australia’s most scenic routes.

It takes you past beautiful Palm Cove before you venture along a winding road with a spectacular coastline, through magical rainforest where your greatest challenge is keeping your eyes on the road if you are driving.

Along the way you will come to Rex Lookout, where hang gliders dare to take off and soar with the extraordinary views of Trinity Bay below.

Within an hour you will finish your drive from Cairns to Port Douglas, although it will probably take you much longer after several stops and so much to see along the way.

Cairns to Port Douglas

Tropical Port Douglas was once the place to be with mega rich celebrities often jet setting in to stay at places like the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort.

We have been to Port Douglas 3 times, first time was for a conference where we stayed at the 5 Star Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort which backs on to the beach and has it’s own fabulous golf course.

Built by Christopher Skase in 1987 it transformed the sleepy former fishing village in to an Internationally recognised mega getaway for the rich and elite.

Since those glory days Port Douglas now trades on it’s past success and remains a prominent destination for Australian and International travellers.

But is it really that good and worth seeing?

Trinity Bay - Cairns to Port Douglas
Trinity Bay

How to get from Cairns to Port Douglas

The distance to drive from Cairns to Port Douglas is 58kms and takes approximately 1 hour but give yourself much longer, there’s some amazing scenery along the way worth stopping for. More about that shortly.

You can also choose to go from Cairns to Port Douglas by shuttle bus. There are several shuttle bus services operating from the Cairns airport which will take you to Port Douglas.

The cost for a shuttle Bus is approx $40 one way for an adult.

Look at companies such as Cairns Airport Shuttle that operate out of the airport and do the Cairns to Port Douglas trip.

Con-x-ion also offer a shuttle service from Cairns to Port Douglas.

Excellence Coaches are a family run business that also provide tours and can help get you from Cairns to Port Douglas.

You could catch an Uber ride from Cairns to Port Douglas and the cost is approximately $80. Confirm any costs when contacting Uber.

A Taxi ride from Cairns to Port Douglas is around $200, once again confirm a figure with the taxi company when you contact them.

Rex Lookout - Cairns to Port Douglas

What makes the drive from Cairns to Port Douglas so great?

The drive from Cairns to Port Douglas winds its way directly along the pristine coastline providing some extraordinary views and genuinely interesting places to stop and soak it all in.

Palm Cove

As you leave Cairns and head north you will go past Palm Cove, a beachfront town which is very popular and has lots of fabulous cafes and restaurants along the waterfront.

On the First Sunday of the month there are street markets worth visiting. The dates may change depending on the season and other events so it’s best to check their website for exact dates.

Palm Cove Markets: https://palmcovemarkets.rotarycairnssunrise.org.au/

Palm Cove - Cairns to Port Douglas
Palm Cove Beach

A short walk takes you to the jetty where you will find lots of fishing opportunity.

Take a walk along the beach or you might want to go for a swim in the net enclosures. This is stinger region and crocodiles are possible so only swim where it is safe to do so.

Personally we wouldn’t swim here but many others do and they have local Surf Life Savers competitions on the beach at Palm Cove as well.

From Palm Cove you are about to begin one of Australia’s most scenic drives from Cairns to Port Douglas.

Ellis Beach

You will soon pass Ellis Beach and this is where you need to make sure you keep your eyes on the road. The views are simply gorgeous.

Wangetti Beach

Soon you will reach Wangetti Beach and not long after you will come to Hartleys Crocodile Adventures.

We didn’t visit Hartleys Crocodile Adventures as we had already done Koorana Crocodile Farm, Whitsunday Crocodile Safari in Proserpine River and the Adelaide River Jumping Crocs in Kakadu.

From all reports however, Hartley’s is very good and we may yet experience it there in the future.

Rex Lookout - Cairns to Port Douglas
Rex Lookout hang gliders

Rex Lookout

Next place to stop is Rex Lookout with it’s magnificent views out over Trinity Bay. Here you will see hang gliders as they take off over the cliff edge and use the winds to soar high above.

If you’re reaslly keen, they do tandem jumps from the cliff top if you want to go for a ride.

Pebbly Beach

Near the end of the drive is Pebbly Beach it’s worth stopping to see all the Rock Cairns people have built and to make one of your own.

It’s good fun and a bit like playing Jenga in trying to get the balance perfect lol.

It’s not far now before you arrive in Port Douglas.

Pebbly Beach - Cairns to Port Douglas
Rock Cairns Pebbly Beach

 7 Essentials – Tours to Experience

  1. Reefsleep in the Whitsundays is an amazing adventure. Spend the night on a pontoon sleeping in a swag on Hardy’s Reef in the Great Barrier Reef
  2. The Ocean Rafting tour from Airlie Beach is a truly fun day out. They took us to the best snorkeling places and the entire day was amazing
  3. For the best Full Day Island tour in Cairns we recommend the Fitzroy Island tour
  4. The Humpback Whale Swim in Exmouth remains one of our ultimate highlights of our time around Australia. We highly recommend doing this tour
  5. If you are on the East Coast, you can swim with Humpback Whales on the Sunshine Coast. The tour leaves from Mooloolaba
  6. Swimming with Whale Sharks at Exmouth is also extremely popular and a great day out with the team from Eco Adventures on Lattitude 22
  7. One of Tasmania’s best tours is the Tasman Island Cruise with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys out of Port Arthur. Three hours of cruising the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere and enjoying an up close look at hundreds of seals as well as dolphins and birdlife.

So what’s great about Port Douglas?

Port Douglas has been long known for the place to visit for the Rich and Famous.

Since Christopher Skase built the luxurious Sheraton Mirage Resort for a reported $100 million back in 1987 and ever since it has been a mecca for worldwide superstars to visit.

With that kind of attention it would seem expectations should be high of a place that competes on a grand scale of must see destinations.

For me personally, it’s over-rated. Very, very over-rated.

Port Douglas International Luxury Rated Accommodation

Unless you want to hang out at a resort, sip lattes in town, dine in over priced restaurants and play Golf (The Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course is very highly rated) then Port Douglas doesn’t really offer much else.

Given its luxury rating as an ocean and beach destination I’d at least expect magnificent beaches with great swimming but the truth is, for me, they just don’t match the publicity.

Port Douglas Beach
Port Douglas Beach

Port Douglas Beaches

Maybe we are very fortunate to have seen so many of Australia’s most remarkable beaches.

This leaves us comparing Port Douglas, given it’s hype, to these places and for us it just doesn’t compete at any level.

The sand is nothing like the Whitsundays, Jervis Bay or even the Gold Coast let along so many in Western Australia. The beach is compact, almost brown in colour and even in the shallows the water is cloudy.

Not sure about you but in a region known for Salt Water Crocodiles and deadly jellyfish I found it very unnerving swimming in water that is very cloudy at best.

I feel safer swimming on Fraser Island!!

Flagstaff Hill
Flagstaff Hill

You can take a tour out to the Great Barrier Reef but in a high speed catamaran it’s still an 80 minute journey. You can have the same or better experience in the Whitsundays in half that time or even less.

The Ningaloo Reef in WA is just a matter of wading out from the beach and you’re standing on it.

If you’re going to spend an hour and a half on a high speed boat you better make sure you have taken your sea sick tablets or it’s a very calm day.

Otherwise by the time you get there you may not feel like enjoying your day.

You can go up to Flagstaff Hill lookout which is nice but the views aren’t really that great.

Hemmingway's Brewery
Hemmingway’s Brewery

Port Douglas Dining Vibe

There was one thing I did specifically enjoy in Port Douglas which was Hemmingway’s Brewery located at the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina.

It has a great vibe, an awesome range of beers and ciders, food is amazing and there’s a good atmosphere.

Within Port Douglas though I can’t think of anything else that particularly stands out as a must see or do.

Mossman Gorge
Mossman Gorge

What else is there to do around Port Douglas?

Just a short drive further past Port Douglas is the fabulous town of Mossman.

Here we were able to relax, see the amazing Mossman Gorge and go Barramundi fishing.

We based ourselves here at Mossman with our Golden Retriever as we visited the Daintree. It was around half the cost of staying at Port Douglas.

From Port Douglas to Mossman it is just a short easy 20 minute drive so if you want to do a tour to the Great Barrier Reef it’s easy just to drive back there.

Read more: Mossman Caravan Park near Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge
Swimming Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge

The Mossman Gorge is a fabulous walk through dense luscious rainforest.

Take the walking trail alongside the Mossman River where you will have an opportunity to stop and swim amongst the rock pools.

Be ready when you jump in and go swimming, the water will be cold but in the tropics of Far North Queensland it’s a relief from the humidity after your walk.

The good news is there are no crocodiles as this part of the Mossman River is too far and difficult for crocs to venture.

Daintree River
Daintree River crossing

The Daintree and Cape Tribulation

From Mossman it is just 25 minutes to the Daintree where the ferry will take you across the Daintree River to the incredible Cape Tribulation where the rainforest meets the ocean.

The Daintree and Cape Tribulation remains one of Australia’s most wonderful, untouched, natural wonders.

Hook-a-Barra

Just north of Mossman at Wonga Beach we decided to stop in at the Hook-a-Barra for some fun fishing.

Hook-a-Barra is a multi award winning salt water fish farm with over 3 hectares of ponds with water from the Daintree River.

Hook-a-Barra

The staff were fantastic and when our first session didn’t achieve anything they took us to a pond where the action was full on.

All up we spent 2 hours at Hook-a-Barra and had a great insight into Barramundi fishing.

There’s not much better fun when fishing then hooking on to a Barramundi and the challenge to bring it to shore.

Is anyone noticing anything about all the pros about Port Douglas?

None of them are actually in Port Douglas!!

All the best places to see and visit are all out of Port Douglas.

There’s lots of great restaurants and boutique clothes shops in Port Douglas and a couple of excellent golf courses.

If you want adventures and experiences then the best things to see and do are away from this, in my opinion, over-priced, over-rated town.

Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas
Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas

Port Douglas Camping Accommodation

On the first leg of our trip we tried to book and stay in one of the several Port Douglas Caravan Parks.

We were no chance as our crime was to be travelling with our beautiful Golden Retriever. There was nowhere to stay in a Port Douglas Caravan Park with a dog as part of our family.

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

As we returned to North Queensland 12 months later we gave Port Douglas another shot at staying.

We were now pet free and figured we were potentially acceptable to the high end expectations and graces of such a salubrious destination that is Port Douglas.

Nope, all booked out.

We went back to Mossman again and enjoyed yet another terrific stay.

Don’t even think for one moment about Free camping or low cost Campgrounds at Port Douglas!!

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Cairns Esplanade

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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 – 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.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

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.to/3eCueUo 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 7 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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49 Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Amazing Things in Western Australia Feature

Australia is without doubt an incredible country with so many amazing places to visit and experience. Western Australia alone has at least 49 amazing things to do!

Every State has something unique and wonderful about it.

But Western Australia is just something else. It’s wild rugged coastline, long distances between townships, vast barren land away from the beautiful turquoise waters, red dirt and spectacular sunsets make it a very special place to visit.

If like us you are from the Eastern States it’s also a long way and you may only get one shot at experiencing everything magnificent about Western Australia.

Amazing Things to do in Western Australia Horizontal Falls

Our 49 Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Here are 49 Amazing Things not to miss when you go to West Australia.

Amazing Things to do in Western Australia around Broome & the Kimberleys

Horizontal Falls

Without doubt Horizontal Falls is one of the best experiences you will have in Australia. Located high up in the Kimberleys it’s a day jam packed in fun and extraordinary adventure.

We did the day trip from Broome which included visiting the One Arm Point Aquaculture Hatchery, Cape Leveque, Beagle Bay and flights over the Buccaneer Archipelago.

Website – https://horizontalfallsadventures.com.au/

Cape Leveque - Amazing Things to do in WA

Cape Leveque

An epic region north of Broome in the Kimberleys is Cape Leveque. Put it high on your list of places you have to visit in WA.

Cape Leveque is a remote region with a strong Aboriginal heritage, the most amazing beaches, incredible fishing and the fantastic adventures.

Take a full day 4wd tour to Cape Leveque and visit Beagle Bay, Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, One Arm Point and enjoy morning and afternoon tea and lunch.

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Broome Camel Ride - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Ride a camel on Cable Beach

One of the amazing things to do in Western Australia is the unmissable camel ride on the spectacular Cable Beach.

This iconic experience is safe and enjoyable for all ages and makes for an awesome photo as the friendly camels parade up and down the beach especially at sunset.

There are a number of tour groups offering the popular camel ride on Cable Beach. We chose Red Sun Camels.

You can also just watch the single file camel train as the camels parade down to the beach in the afternoons ready for the tours to commence.

Website: https://www.redsuncamels.com.au/

Gantheum Pt Sunset

Gantheaume Point Sunset

Gantheaume Point in Broome features truly spectacular Western Australian sunsets.

At very low tide you can even see dinosaur footprints in the rocks around the base on the beach.

Check out all of the small rock pools along the beach at Gantheaume Point.

Matso's

Matso’s Brewery

When Kev discovered Matso’s Brewery, he discovered his first favourite alcoholic Ginger Beer. We stopped into Matso’s Brewery for lunch and a drink and he has been a lover of Matso’s ever since.

Make sure you try their Ginger Beer and the Mango Beer or if you like a bit of spice check out their Spice Ginger Beer. They now also have added fruity flavours to their range.

Read more about: The Best of Broome, Western Australia

Witness the Staircase to the Moon

For just three nights of every month between March and October, there is the iconic staircase to the moon in Broome. This spectacle is showcased when the moon rises across the exposed flood plains of Roebuck Bay.

As the glow of the moonlight rises it creates an illusion of a staircase rising from the sandy beach all the way up to the moon.

People gather at a number of locations but we chose the Mangrove Hotel to witness this magical event. Go to the Visit Broome website for Staircase to the Moon dates.

Barn Hill - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Stay at Barn Hill Station

One of our favourite stays in Western Australia is Barn Hill Station and it comes in at No. 5 in our Best Campgrounds in all of Australia.

If like many people you plan to only stay for a couple of days, you might find yourself staying for a couple of weeks or more!

Barn Hill Station has a small shop that sells coffee and excellent home baked treats and even has a lawn bowls bowling green.

There’s heaps to do as Wednesday night is the Communal BBQ Night with travelling buskers entertaining guests and on Saturday nights you can enjoy a meal and a live band. On Sunday morning they also have a craft market.

Check out all of: Our Best Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia

Cossack Ghost Town

Amazing things to do in Western Australia from Broome to Perth

Cossack Ghost Town

Just 15kms from Roebourne just out from Karratha, you’ll find Cossack an historic ghost town. Once a thriving little town during the gold rush years and the birthplace of the pearling industry, the town has also endured a number of cyclones.

The main stone buildings constructed in 1880s fortunately still stand and are heritage listed.

After the decline of the gold rush and following the move of the pearling industry to Broome, the town of Cossack was abandoned in the 1950s and has been a ghost town ever since.

Turquoise Bay

Turquiose Bay

Located in Cape Range National Park at Exmouth, Turquoise Bay is an absolutely stunning beach with Ningaloo Reef at your fingertips.

Snorkel out over the reef and bommies to witness amazing marine life on one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches.

It certainly lives up to its name with the beautiful turquoise waters.

Humpback Whale Swim Exmouth

Swim with a Humpback Whale

One of our favourite and amazing things to do in Western Australia has certainly been swimming with Humpback Whales in the Ningaloo Reef off Exmouth.

This once in a lifetime experience is truly awesome and one that immediately comes to mind as one of our favourite experiences as we travel Australia.

The thrill of a humpback whale swimming beneath you is unbelievable and has to be experienced first hand.

Book a Humpback Whale Swim here>

Monkey Mia

Monkey Mia

Hundreds of people flock to the water’s edge to experience the wild dolphins come into the shallow waters at Monkey Mia. Monkey Mia is just 25kms northeast of Denham in the Shark Bay Marine Park.

It certainly is one of the most popular of our amazing things to do in Western Australia. Only a very small number of people however are chosen to feed the dolphins so the vast majority are just spectators to this world famous event.

Geraldton Lobster

Hold a Giant Lobster at Geraldton Fisherman’s Co-operative

Would you love to know what it is like to hold a giant live lobster and valuable item of seafood in your hands?

The Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-operative is known as Western Australia’s largest exporter of rock lobsters and conduct tours of the factory which are really interesting and educational.

Seeing how they grade and sort the lobsters in the working factory is really interesting. For just $10 per person, we found it was well worth taking this tour during our visit to Geraldton.

Quobba Boardwalk

Quobba

Our favourite snorkelling location in the country.

Walk off the beach into the most amazing coral reef and swim amongst the beautiful and extraordinary marine life. Add to that fresh oysters off the rocks, Quobba Blowhole and stunning sunsets.

Definitely put snorkelling at Quobba on your bucket list.

Fortescue Falls - One of the most Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Fortescue Falls

It is really hard to choose which of the amazing things to do in Western Australia is our favourite and especially hard to identify just one in all of Australia.

Karijini National Park does feature extremely high on our list of favourite places in our beautiful country.

Fortescue Falls is just one of the many stunning features of Dales Gorge and only one of the spectacular gorges in the incredibly amazing Kariijini National Park.

Karijini National Park is a definite must visit.

Shell Beach

Shell Beach

Tiny white shells cover the entire 60km stretch of this unique beach in the Francois Peron National Park only 45kms from the town of Denham.

These little cockle shells just don’t lay on the beach they extend down a depth of 7-10 metres.

Shell beach is one of only two beaches made up entirely of shells in the whole world which certainly makes it an amazing thing to do in Western Australia.

Amazing Western Australia

Pink Lake

Have you ever seen a Pink Lake? The Pink Lake at Port Gregory is a very striking colour pink.

The reason that lake is a pink colour is due to the algae that live in the water and when exposed to sunlight it produces carotene which is like a natural food colouring.

This lake is pink all year round whereas the Pink Lake near Esperance hasn’t been a pink colour for quite a number of years.

Nature's Window - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Nature’s Window

Nature’s Window is a stunning feature of the Kalbarri National Park and one of the most photographed spots in Western Australia.

The wind eroded opening in the layered sandstone rocks makes the perfect picture frame of the Murchison River below.

It is just a 500 metre walk from the car park to one of Western Australia’s most iconic natural wonders.

Natures Window Leak

Best view when taking a leak

For Men Only! The best view when taking a leak is from the urinal of the Men’s Toilet in the Nature’s Window Carpark.

It’s hard to concentrate on the task at hand when you have these views.

At the carpark for the walk to Natures Window, men be sure to take a quick trip to the loo, whether you need to or not, just to witness the loo views.

Carnarvon Space Station

Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum

A visit to the Carnarvon Space & Technology Museum is one not to be missed. The huge 12.8 metre wide Casshorn antenna commonly known as the sugar scoop was built back in 1966 and the larger 29.6 metre wide steerable antenna was built in 1969.. 

On the iconic day of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the casshorn antenna which stands beside the OTC Dish relayed the first steps on the moon by Neil Armstrong.

The OTC Satellite Earth Station is now the site for the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum. NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin officially opened Phase One of the museum in 2012.

Dales Gorge - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Dales Gorge

Karijini National Park boasts some of Australia’s most incredible scenery and you really have to discover Dales Gorge.

Amazing walks, waterfalls and swimming holes makes it a vast natural beauty.

Enjoy Circular Pool, Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool and the fairly easy walk between them past amazing rock formations and small streams.

Wave Rock

Surf Wave Rock

A giant boulder shaped like an ocean wave, in the middle of nowhere, miles from the beach.

Welcome to Wave Rock.

This amazing rock formation looks just like an ocean wave and is 15m in height.

Take a Day Tour from Perth to Wave Rock – Book here>

Super Pit

The Super Pit

Kalgoorlie is home to the worlds largest mine pits.

We were lucky enough to be there to witness the explosions and take in the incredible view over this huge mine.

The Super Pit in Kalgoorlie is an open cut gold mine and you can see it from the viewing deck for free.

Questa Casa Brothel

Visit a Brothel

Be like us and visit a brothel for the very first time!

It is a fun and lighthearted afternoon when you take a tour of Questa Casa, Kalgoorlie’s only remaining brothel. It’s also one of the longest operating brothels in the world.

You can’t miss the ‘Pink House’ which was built in the 1890’s during the gold rush era.

The hour long tour takes you through the historical working areas of the brothel which are still used today.

Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise

The Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise is one of those special experiences you really must do around Oz.

The incredible beauty, the amazing wildlife and marinelife, and the expansive, enormous body of water that could fill Sydney Harbour 18 times over is best witnessed on this Sunset Cruise in Western Australia’s north west just a few kms from the Northern Territory border.

Did we mention you can go for a swim with 30,000 crocodiles? It’s true and so much fun.

Catch a beer as they are thrown off the back of the boat and enjoy a spectacular sunset.

Website: https://www.lakeargylecruises.com/

Spider Walk - One of the most Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Spider Walk

The Spider Walk is one of the hardest walks but most famous walks in Hancock Gorge which is part of the stunning Karijini National Park.

Hancock Gorge is accessible after climbing down a ladder into the gorge. This 5 Class Walk includes walking through water and along narrow ledges of the rock walls, then you straddle the narrow gap with your arms and legs like a spider before arriving at amazing Kermits Pool.

Definitely a must if you are fit and able!

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
Swan Valley Funk Cider

Amazing Things to do in Western Australia around Perth

Swan Valley

Just a short drive from the city of Perth is the highly under-rated wine region of Swan Valley.

We enjoyed it so much we visited numerous times during our stay in Perth. There’s such a huge variety of Wineries, Distilleries, Cider House and there’s Chocolate, Lavender and Ice Cream too.

Relax and enjoy a full day tour of Swan Valley winery region – Book your tour here>

Freemantle Gaol

Fremantle Gaol

Go to jail, directly to jail. Do not pass Go and do not collect $200!

Seriously, the Fremantle Gaol is the state’s only World Heritage-listed building and there are a operated as a maximum security gaol for 136 years until it was decommissioned in 1991,

You can ‘do time’ with an experienced guide on one of the three fascinating day-time tours – Convict Prison, Behind Bars and True Crimes tours.

For the more adventurous, you can go 20 metres below the prison on the Tunnel Tour or if you don’t frighten easily take the spooky Torchlight Tour at night.

Little Creatures

Little Creatures Brewery

The Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle, open from Thursdays to Sundays, has an awesome atmosphere and is a great place for an ice cold drink and aa bite to eat.

Sit inside the brewery hall or enjoy the outdoors and beautiful views of the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.

Offering a selection of beer, wine, spirits and cocktails there is something for everyone. They also offer a selection of meals, pizzas and share plates.

Perth Mint

Perth Mint

A tour of the Perth Mint, Australia’s official bullion mint is really interesting. It was established in 1899 and along with the Royal Australian Mint, it produces Australian coins for circulation.

From 1899 to 1931, the Perth Mint made over 106 million gold sovereigns and approx. 735,000 half-sovereigns.

During World War II they began minting Australia’s lower denomination coins from base metals right through to 1983.

The Perth Mint is home to the World’s Largest and Heaviest Gold Coin.

Creating the coin from 99.99% pure gold, it is approx. 80cms in diametere, 12cms thick, weighs 1012kgs and valued at $53.5 million broke the previous record by the Royal Canadian Mint.

Kings Park - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Kings Park

Kings Park has over 3000 different species of unique flora.

It is the perfect spot for a picnic as the views of Perth and the Swan River are absolutely magnificent.

There are open grassed parkland, botanical gardens and natural bushland covering over 400 hectares to wander through so it is very worthwhile spending time to enjoy this beautiful park which overlooks the Perth CBD.

The Pinnacles

At Cervantes in WA you can head to the Nambung National Park nearby to witness the limestone formations known as The Pinnacles Desert.

Drive through the 4km track of yellow sand base and stop to enjoy this intriguing and fascinating landscape.

Quokkas on Rottnest Island - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia
Rottnest Island Quokka

Meet a Quokka

Meeting a Quokka on Rottnest Island is a fabulous experience.

Quokkas are native to Rottnest Island and are also only found in small numbers on the mainland of the south west Western Australia as well as Bald Island near Albany.

We were very excited to get up close to these unique little creatures.

Even though Quokkas are mainly nocturnal, we encountered them in a number of different areas while we explored Rottnest Island for the day.

Book a Rottnest Island Guided Bus Tour here>

Bell Tower Perth

Ring the bell in the Bell Tower

Ring can ring my bell…..ring my bell!

A tour of the Bell Tower overlooking the spectacular Swan River in Perth is one place you can go behind the scenes into the ringing chamber and chime the royal bells.

The premium tour includes an up close look at the legendary ANZAC bell which weighs 6,500kgs.

Tours are available Thursdays to Saturdays with General Admission from Thursday to Sunday.

Kimberley Rum Factory

Kimberley Rum Factory

The Great Northern Distillery which is home to the Kimberley Rum Factory in the Swan Valley soon became a place we frequented a number of times while staying nearby in Perth’s midlands.

Kev naturally favoured their internationally award-winning Cane-fire Rum while Adele enjoyed their cocktails.

We may have visited the Tasting Room on multiple occasions but whose counting.

Ye Old London Court

Ye Olde London Court

The village atmosphere of Ye Olde London Court has you really thinking you are walking through a London courtyard when in actual fact you are walking through the three and four level open shopping arcade in the middle of Perth’s central business district.

It was built in 1937 by Claude de Bernales, a wealthy gold financier and businessman and has been designated as a world heritage site in 1996.

Rottnest Island - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia
Parker Point Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island

Catch the ferry across to Rottnest Island from Fremantle or from Perth. It’s either a 25 minute ferry ride from Fremantle, 45 minutes from Hillarys Boat Harbour or  90 minutes from The Barrack Street Jetty in Perth.

Amazingly this small island has 63 beaches, is home to the cute little quokkas and is the perfect place to go whale watching during migration season.

We visited on the day of our Son Matt’s Birthday, which allowed him to travel on the ferry for free, and we were treated to some whale watching as we did the speed boat tour around the island.

One day is not really enough time to explore this magnificent island.

Book your Rottnest Island Ferry Transfer from Fremantle here>

Penguin Island Trio

Penguin Island

Just a short 5 minute ferry ride from the mainland at Rockingham south of Perth is Penguin Island.

As the name suggests it has been home to many penguins over the years however in recent times the numbers have dwindled.

The island is now home to the Penguin Island Discovery Centre which has shows each day.

Discover the Islands of the Dampier Archipelago

From Karratha take the island tour with Discovery Touring and enjoy the amazing local islands of the Dampier Archipelago.

Website: http://www.discoverycruising.com.au/cruises/day-cruise/

Margaret River Beaches - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Amazing things to do in Western Australia around Margaret River

Margaret River

One of Australia’s premier wine regions, Margaret River is so much more.

With beautiful beaches, timber forests and incredible cave systems it is a region that is so amazing you’re guaranteed to fall in love with it.

Read all about: Things to See and Do in Margaret River

Busselton Jetty - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Busselton Jetty

The Busselton Jetty is over 1.8kms long. This heritage listed jetty is the longest timber piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere and opened back in 1865.

You can take a train road to the end of the jetty and near the end of the jetty is an underwater observatory which is the perfect location to watch the fish and see local coral.

Margaret River Bubbles Tour

Take a tour of Margaret River wines

The Margaret River Wine Region has over 200 vineyards and 90 cellar doors. That’s a lot of wineries and after only visiting a small number of them in 2016, Kev is up for the challenge of visiting them all.

A return visit is definitely on our agenda but not sure whether he will reach his goal but he is certainly willing to give it a go.

For something a little different, we took a Bubbles Tour through the Margaret River.

This enabled us to taste not only wines but a few bubbles, have a delicious lunch and check out a few of the beautiful beaches around Margaret River.

Website: Margaret River Bubbles Tour

Jewel Cave

Jewel Cave

There are a number of magnicent caves in the Margaret River region.  Jewel Cave is just a 10 minute drive from Augusta.

It is hard to choose from the different caves but we chose to do the tour of Jewel Cave for its enormous chambers.

There is also Lake Cave which has a permanent lake inside, Mammoth Cave and Ngilgi Cave at Yallingup.

These spectacular limestone caves were formed approximately 1 million years ago and it is truly amazing to see the intricate limestone crystal formations.

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

Amazing things to do in South West Western Australia & Esperance

Cape Leeuwin

Drive to Cape Leeuwin in the most south westerly point of Western Australia and visit the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.

Here you are overlooking where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet.

The old Lighthouse Keepers cottages also remain in place.

The Gap, Albany

Visit the Torndirrup National Park in Albany and walk out on the boardwalk directly above the wild ocean as it continuously pounds the cliff face below.

You can stand on the cliff edge on a viewing platform 40 metres above the sea and looking straight down on the dangerous and wild ocean beneath.

Also visit Natural Bridge while at Torndirrup National Park.

Greens Pool

Greens Pool

Greens Pool in the William Bay National Park is famous for, you guessed it, its turquoise green waters and white sandy beaches.

Unfortunately we were not blessed with fabulous weather on the day of our visit. On a beautiful sunny day with bright blue skies Greens Pool is a magical place to visit.

These sheltered waters of this little piece of paradise are great for swimming and are only 15kms west of Denmark in Western Australia’s South.

Elephant Rocks

Can you see the shape of elephants in these rocks?  The aptly named Elephant Rocks looks like a herd of elephants wading in the shallow water.

Elephant Rocks and Elephant Cove are right alongside Greens Pool in the William Bay National Park, just 15kms from Denmark.

Cape Le Grande - One of the most Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Cape Le Grande National Park

Cape Le Grande National Park is a absolutely spectacular region.

To see the breathtakingly bright turquoise waters and the contrast of the brilliant stark white sand is certainly one of the most amazing things to do in Western Australia.

Lucky Bay, Hellfire Bay and Cape Le Grande Beach are all simply stunning and offer beachside campgrounds so you can stay and enjoy the magnificent beaches.

Great Ocean Road West Beach - One of the most Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Great Ocean Drive

The Great Ocean Drive in Esperance is one of the most amazing scenic coastal drives in all of Australia. Along the 40 kilometre circular loop route are a number of stunning beaches.

All with brilliant blue turquoise waters and as equally brilliant white sand.

You can walk or cycle the 18km Great Ocean Trail but we chose to drive the Great Ocean Drive route and stop off at each and every one of the fabulous beaches.

Pemberton Tree Climb

Gloucester Tree Climb

If you like heights and climbing trees this is an adventure you’re sure to enjoy.

The spikes in the trees allow you to climb straight up the 153 pegs for 53 metres for spectacular views where normally only birds enjoy the scenery.

In 1947, the Gloucester Tree was chosen to be a fire lookout and it’s the second tallest in the world. It’s also one of eight lookout trees in the South West region.

Feed a Stingray

The Stingrays at Hamelin Bay have become very familiar with the timetables of the fishermen as they return in their boats.

Visit either in the morning between 9am – 10am or in the afternoon as this is your best chance for spotting them.

Also the summer months are the best time to see them as the water is more calm and there is usually less seaweed about.

We hand fed these awesome creatures with some pilchards.

Lucky Bay Kangaroos - One of the most Amazing Things to do in Western Australia
Kangaroos on the magnificent Lucky Bay

 

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How did we go showcasing the 49 Amazing Things to Do in Western Australia? Naturally these are just the ones we have experienced on our travels.

Share in the comments below some of the awesome things that you have discovered that you would add to our 49 Amazing Things to do in Western Australia.

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Cape Hillsborough Camping by the Beach

Cape Hillsborough Camping Feature

Cape Hillsborough Camping is an awesome experience with a number of different locations all offering camping by the Beach.

Within just a 35 – 40 minute drive from Mackay in North Queensland you could be stepping on any one of 4 beaches below.

All of these beach locations in and around Cape Hillsborough National Park have a campground where they offer camping right alongside the beach or overlooking the beach.

  • Smalleys Beach
  • Seaforth
  • Ball Bay
  • Halliday Bay

The most magical experience of Cape Hillsborough Camping is seeing the roos at sunrise.

It is definitely worth getting up early and heading to the beach at Cape Hillsborough to not only see the roos on the beach but to see the stunning sunrise backdrop.

Camping by the beach around Cape Hillsborough offers a quiet and relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of town for holiday makers and for travellers just wanting to take a break.

Relaxing on the beach, swimming and fishing are all on offer at these quiet seaside Cape Hillsborough camping spots.

You can do as much or as little as you please.

Cape Hillsborough Camping prices range from $13.50 for 2 people per night to $45 per night for 2 Adults.

Smalleys Beach

Smalleys Beach Camping

How far is it from Mackay?
40 minute drive – 48.8kms

What Facilities are available at the Smalleys Beach Campground?
There are toilets which are reportedly clean but no showers.

Drinking water is available and all sites are unpowered as you would expect in a National Park Campground.

Sites are quite private and well marked with some semi-shaded by trees. A few sites are large but access to some are a little tight for bigger rigs.

The Smalleys Beach Campground is right alongside Smalleys Beach, some sites with ocean views and each site with a track to the beach.

Access is via a 4km stretch of gravel road and is suitable for caravans, motorhomes, campers and tent camping.

Generators and chainsaws are not allowed.

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

How much does it cost?
$6.75 per person, per night and $27 for families

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – Domestic animals are not permitted as it is National Park.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No however you are allowed off-ground fire containers.

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
Phone coverage is poor

Contact Details:
Phone:
13 74 68
Address:
Smalleys Beach Road, Cape Hillsborough
Website:

Read more about: Winning the War against Midges or Sand Flies

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Seaforth

Seaforth Camping Reserve

How far is it from Mackay?
35 minute drive – 44.9kms

What Facilities are available at the Seaforth Camping Grounds?
There are toilets and coin operated showers are old but clean. Drinking water, barbecues, playground and a Camp Kitchen are all available.

All sites are unpowered but generators of 2kva and below are allowed during the hours of 7am – 7pm.

This seaside camping reserve offers big grassy sites with great ocean breezes. It is suitable for caravans, motorhomes, campers and tent camping.

There is a Dump Point at the Seaforth Camping Reserve.

When parking your caravan or motorhome along the front sites, you are required to have the back of your van or motorhome facing the water.

Seaforth Swimming Enclosure

The Seaforth Camping Reserve is just a 20 metre walk to the beach where there is a stinger free swimming enclosure. with ocean views and each site with a track to the beach.

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

How much does it cost?
$ 27 per night or $156 per week. Additional person $15 per night
Bookings can be made by phoning 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 and Eftpos is available at the Seaforth Booking Office

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
There is a allocated dog area with 26 allocated sites for people travelling with pets. Please declare your pet at time of booking and ensure dogs are on a leash at all times

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
Yes and other mobile providers

Contact Details:
Phone:
0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359
Address:
Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaford, Queensland
Website:

Seaforth

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Ball Bay Camping

How far is it from Mackay?
39 minute drive – 48kms

What Facilities are available at the Ball Bay Camping Area
The Ball Bay Camping Area facilities include toilets, cold beach showers and wood barbecues.

Drinking water is available and there is hot water in the Camp Kitchen.

All sites of the small secluded beachfront campground are unpowered and pre-booking is not available. Sites are grassed and suitable for caravans, motorhomes, campers and tent camping.

Bushwalking
Bushwalking in the Cape Hillsborough National Park

The Campground offers close proximity to the Cape Hillsborough National Park Walking tracks.  During the summer months you may witness flatback turtles hatching in the early hours.

Generators are not allowed.

How much does it cost?
$15 per night as of March 2021 (Previously $27 per night)
Council attendants visit daily to collect camping fees. Cash only

Maximum Stay:
7 Day Limit

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – pets are not permitted

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
No coverage

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 4959 0695
Address: 
Cnr Coconut Grove & Ward Esplanade, Ball Bay, Queensland
Website:

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

Cape Hillsborough Lookout
Breathtaking views from Twin Beach Lookout in the Cape Hillsborough National Park

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Halliday Bay

Halliday Bay Camping

How far is it from Mackay?
41 minute drive – 48.9kms

What Facilities are available?
The Halliday Bay Resort Golf Course & RV Park offers another great Cape Hillsborough Camping Area close to the beach.

It is available for fully self-contained Caravans and Motorhomes only. No tents allowed.

Facilities include toilets but no showers. Drinking water is available and there is a Dump Point as well.

Powered sites and unpowered sites are available at the waterfront Halliday Bay Camping Area. There is a netted swimming enclosure.

Play a game of golf on the international designed golf course, enjoy a drink or meal at the Captain’s Bar and Restaurant. Sit down bistro meals or takeaway meals and light snacks are available.

Gas refills are available from the Halliday Beach Resort.

How much does it cost?
$35 per night for power and water
$22 for unpowered

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
Yes and other mobile phone coverage

Contact Details:
Phone: 
0402 228 295
Address:
Headland Drive, Halliday Bay, Queensland
Website:

Halliday Bay

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Cape Hillsborough Beach

Cape Hillsborough Camping

The most famous location for camping is at Cape Hillsborough itself.

At the Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park you can either camp in their campground on the lower level right on the beach or stay in the upper level of the park with the comforts of power and water.

We have stayed there 3 times now in the last 5 years and it has the special advantage of the roos at sunrise on the beach right on the doorstep of the Caravan Park.

How far is it from Mackay?
40 minute drive – 48.6kms

What Facilities are available?
Facilities include three Amenities Blocks one on the lower campground level and two on the main level.

There’s a great Swimming Pool with 2 slides, a Licensed Bar as well as a Cafe serving a delicious lunch menu and takeaway meals on Friday and Saturday nights .

Other general facilities include Laundry, Playground, Barbecues, Camp Kitchen and TV Games Room. Fun activities also available including Mini Putt Putt, Dyno Karts and Outdoor Movies.

Roaming roos

A Dump Point is available on site. Wallabies and kangaroos roam freely around the park.

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

How much does it cost?
$45 – Powered Site
$40 – Unpowered Site

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – Domestic animals are not permitted as it is National Park.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
We were able to get Telstra coverage from our campsite during our last visit in late 2020

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 4959 0152
Address:
51 Risley Parade, Cape Hillsborough, Queensland
Website:

Read more about: Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park

Cape Hillsborough Beach

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 7 Essentials – Tours to Experience

  1. Reefsleep in the Whitsundays is an amazing adventure. Spend the night on a pontoon sleeping in a swag on Hardy’s Reef in the Great Barrier Reef
  2. The Ocean Rafting tour from Airlie Beach is a truly fun day out. They took us to the best snorkeling places and the entire day was amazing
  3. For the best Full Day Island tour in Cairns we recommend the Fitzroy Island tour
  4. The Humpback Whale Swim in Exmouth remains one of our ultimate highlights of our time around Australia. We highly recommend doing this tour
  5. If you are on the East Coast, you can swim with Humpback Whales on the Sunshine Coast. The tour leaves from Mooloolaba
  6. Swimming with Whale Sharks at Exmouth is also extremely popular and a great day out with the team from Eco Adventures on Lattitude 22
  7. One of Tasmania’s best tours is the Tasman Island Cruise with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys out of Port Arthur. Three hours of cruising the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere and enjoying an up close look at hundreds of seals as well as dolphins and birdlife.
Cape Hillsborough Roos

Things to do while Camping in the Cape Hillsborough Area

Roos at Sunrise

When camping at Cape Hillsborough, one thing that you certainly must not miss is to see the roos at sunrise.

It truly is a magical experience and the photo opportunities of the roos at sunrise are amazing.

The roos have for a long time headed down to the beach at Cape Hillsborough just as the sun is rising to feed off the mangrove pods.

In recent years, you will see one of the rangers laying out small mats for the kangaroos and wallabies to feed on special pellets.

Adele with roo at sunrise
Adele with one of the roos deciding to get up close and personal to her on the beach at Cape Hillsborough

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Discover secret Rockpools around Cape Hillsborough

Discover the beautiful rockpools hidden in the rocks on Wedge Island which can be accessed from southern the end of the Cape Hillsborough Beach, but only at low tide.

They are tucked away on the opposite side of the island that is rocky and takes a bit of rockhopping to find them. Kev made it to this one on his own as Adele didn’t make it all of the way over the loose rocks.

If you are the adventurous kind, you will love these hidden rockpool gems. Just pop on your rock shoes and hop on over!

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Walk over to Wedge Island at Low Tide

It is awesome to take advantage of the low tide and walk over to Wedge Island. Head over from the southern end of the beach at Cape Hillsborough.

Walk across with your fishing rods as the fishing out from Wedge Island is very good with Mangrove Jack, Barramundi, Salmon, Flathead and Whiting among the fish you can hook onto.

On the eastern side of Wedge Island you can cast a lure for Reef fish as well.

The view looking back over to Cape Hillsborough from Wedge Island is awesome.

Be sure to allow enough time to be able to walk back across the natural pathway to the mainland, you don’t won’t to be left stranded on the island. It’s a long wait between tides!

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Cape Hillsborough

Explore the Cape Hillsborough National Park

At the southern end of the Cape Hillsborough Headland and  on the edge of the Cape Hillsborough Tourist Park is the Andrews Point Walking Track.

This popular track in the Cape Hillsborough National Park takes you up to a number of lookouts with magnificent views.

One of the lookout platforms provides breathtaking views looking back over the Cape Hillsborough Beach and across to Wedge Island with another looking down on the turtles below.

It is a somewhat steep climb up for the first part of the walk but it is worth the effort.

Once you reach the lookouts it is a fairly flat easy track that meanders across the top of the headland before it takes you back down to the beach.

Turtle Lookout Cape Hillsborough NP

You can wander back along the beach as long as the tide is low which will shorten your walk and also means you won’t have to retrace your steps along the same track to the original starting point.

We have enjoyed walking the Andrews Point Track two out of our three times we have camped at Cape Hillsborough. On our first visit we endured 100m of rain overnight so bushwalking was not an option.

Other bushwalking tracks in the Cape Hillsborough National Park include:

  • Beachcomber Cove Track
  • The Diversity Boardwalk
  • Yuibera Plant Trail

For more information on these three walks check out the Queensland Parks website.

Cape Hillsborough National Park
Cape Hillsborough Bushwalk

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Visit the Old Station Teahouse

The award winning Old Station Teahouse at Cape Hillsborough offers a range of delicious homemade goodies including cakes, scones. brownies and desserts and a great place to pop into when you are camping at any of the Cape Hillsborough Camping spots.

The Teahouse came about back around 1904 when a permanent railway station was built in the township of Marian with the station serving the community well for 90 years.

In 1994 the new owners had 4 weeks to transfer the beautiful old building to where it is in Cape Hillsborough and has continued to thrive for the last 27 years.

The Old Station Teahouse is open Thursdays to Sundays from 9am – 3pm.

Phone:  07 4959 0528
Address:  231 Cape Hillsborough Road, Cape Hillsborough, Queensland

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The Leap Hotel Statue

Drop into The Leap Hotel for lunch or a drink

The Leap Hotel is steeped with history and is a great place to stop off for a drink or lunch as we did on the way to your favourite Cape Hillsborough Camping spot.

Learn about the legend of Kowaha. A huge monument depicting the event stands at the front of The Leap Hotel.

Phone:  07 4954 0993
Address:  954 Bruce Hwy, The Leap, Queensland

Read more: Mackay – Whitsundays region, so much to see and do

The Leap Hotel

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How to get to Cape Hillsborough National Park

Head out from Mackay along the Bruce Highway for 20km before turning right onto Seaforth Road.

Then travel for another 20kms and take a right turn onto Cape Hillsborough Road.

Coming from Proserpine, travel south along the Bruce Highway for 104kms. Turn left onto Seaforth Road.

After following Seaforth Road for 20kms, turn right into Cape Hillsborough Road.

Other great places to stay in the region:

Pin – Cape Hillsborough Camping

Pin - Cape Hillsborough Camping
Pin - Cape Hillsborough Camping
Pin - Cape Hillsborough Camping

Have you been camping at any of these beachside campgrounds around Cape Hillsborough? Tell us about your Cape Hillsborough Camping experience.

Safe travels   

Kev & Adele
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