Family Camping 1-2 hours from Brisbane

Submitted: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 20:35
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Hi to all

Iam looking for a camping spot for the family 1-2 Hours max from Brisbane.
Water to fish or swim
Area for kids to ride bikes or explore
able to light fire
Shady with grassy area's
Maybe have toilet block and poss showers
Able to let kids make a little noise without upsetting others

I have offroad Jayco camper. I drive every day for work so i don't want to drive all that far on weekends.Just want to get there set up and relax.

Thanks for your replies in advance

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Reply By: Muddy doe (SA) - Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 21:01

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 21:01
Hi Markcas

Try these....they are all easy to get too and kid friendly.
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Only one camping area has showers and best to book for that one.

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This is 3 1/2 hours south of Brissy but a very nice park especially at Castle Rock, Bald Rock camp ground has been closed the last few times I was there. It gets rather cold there, so be warned!!!

Lake Cooroibah over the Tewantin Ferry is a good spot for kids.

Wivenhoe Dam campground is "Excellent" for kids, sorry I can't find contact info on that but maybe the waterboard out there can help you Site Link

There is of course your touristy coastal places along the Gold and Sunshine areas.

If you ever want to do a real 4WD trek try Sundown National Park opposite Girraween, take everything in and out with you, there are only pit toilets at a few camp spots.

Good Luck and enjoy!

(Muddy's Better Half)

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Follow Up By: Muddy doe (SA) - Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 21:20

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 21:20

Just seeing Brian's comment, there is also this one.
Quite a few of my friends regularly go to that one and another place also down that way, I can't think of it at the moment.

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Follow Up By: Muddy doe (SA) - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 12:07

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 12:07

This might interest you too?

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Reply By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 21:09

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 21:09
Goomburra Valley Campgroundvery nice facilities and Janowen Hills 4X4 park is just up the road.
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Reply By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 21:22

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 21:22
Maroon Dam out past Boonah.Flanagan Reserve,Big Riggin out past Boonah.Darlington out of Beaudesert ar Kerry.Lake Moogerah west of Boonah.You could also do a search on the putor.Bob.
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Reply By: chappobriz - Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 21:59

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 21:59
Hi Mark,
There are thousands of places to go. We love Lake Cootharaba which is just North of Noosa. The best camp site their is called Boreen Point- hot showers and toilets, very bushy- massive lake that is about 1 1/2 foot deep for about 500mtr out so its great for the kids. I don't know if there are many places at the moment that you can have fires with the water situation.

If you don't mind caravan parks Cotton Tree caravan park is awesome. shady, a river and surf beaches.

If you don't mind beach driving camping then Bribie Island is very close and a great drive and good camping spots. (There are trek notes for Bribie on this website)

A web search will give you more info on any of these spots otherwise yell out.

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Follow Up By: Noel W (Qld) - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 05:41

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 05:41

Elanda Point just north of Boreen Point on Lake Cootharaba - took our kids there for year after year. Worth a look.

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Reply By: glenno(qld) - Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 23:14

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 23:14
Amity on north straddie . I no , I no $99 barge fee . But hey , three quarters of an hour later you are at your destination .
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Reply By: Bitchin Bishi - Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 23:52

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 23:52
We were at Goombara State Forest 2 Weeks ago. Nice open areas for the kids, but no swimming holes or showers. Plenty of places for a fire, and lots of grass.
Also try Kennelworth (Conondale National Park) Charlie Morlands Camp Ground. Beautiful swimming hole for the kids, may be getting a bit cold now though, and there is plenty of places to go fishing. Fire pits everywhere, heaps of tracks to explore in a 4wd. 2 Vinyards, a cheese factory. Good Value.
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Reply By: Dazmit - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 07:17

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 07:17
Try Neurum Creek near Woodford

or Glendon near Warwick


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Reply By: Keith_A (Qld) - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 11:42

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 11:42
Make certain this is on your todo list :
Clarence River Wilderness - Web page at
It is aprox 3.5 hrs but well worth the effort.
Get there via Beaudesert, Woodenbong, Urbenville, then Tooloom.

1. calm river with canoes available 24hrs ( free when we visited in Dec).
2. Platapus - at 5am as you drift down the river, you will see heaps of them.
3. Scenic area with 4wd tracks (but some lantana in places).
4. Animals & birds - Possums, bandicoots, local horse etc.
5. Well appointed camp kitchen.
6. Large mown grassy camping areas (aprox 5 acres).
7. Reasonable prices - $8 per adult; $4 per child.
8. Walking tracks;
The only down side - the entry track is 7 klms of gravel - So a 4wd or an AWD (all wheel drive) is preferable.
It is a safe area, and a wildlife sanctury, with plenty to do.

Peach Trees camping area is also excellent - in the Jimna State Forest.
Get there via Kilcoy, then take Kilcoy Murgon road toward Jimna.
Just before the Jimna Fire Tower you will see the sign.
Excellent for children; Swimming; walking tracks; birds and animals; Good amenties block; fire wood supplied.

Freshwater camping area should be on your short list (assume you have 4WD).
Located in Cooloola National park it has good amenties block; walking tracks (incl short tracks to the beach; Short drive to Double Island Point with Lighthouse and see dolphins; turtles etc and whales in winter.
Get there - either take Tewantin ferry then beach drive up, or
go to Gympie, take Rainbow beach road. Turn off before Rainbow beach.
(access on and off beach = 18psi on all tyres (incl trailer). Do this and you will avoid bogging in the sand.
have a good one..................Keith
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Follow Up By: Jo and Mark - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 13:00

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 13:00
Clarence River sounds great for hubby and I to go visit Keith!
In the open camping area and bush area can you have fires there?
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Follow Up By: Keith_A (Qld) - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 09:16

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 09:16
Yes - There are fire places, but we were too busy to make one. We also used the camp kitchen several times (long polished slabs cut from local trees as the tables).
They have 2 self contained cabins; 6 x bunk huts for sleeping only (sleeps 6); about 5 acres of mown grass beside the river bank for campers/ C-Trailers ; plus 3 separate areas away from the main site if you prefer your isolation (with no amenities).
Check out the web site & give them a ring. May be cool in winter!
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Follow Up By: Jo and Mark - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 12:59

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 12:59
Hey Keith, I had a look a at their website, looks good!
I showed hubby, and it is now a definate place on our list to go visit!
You got any other good ones?????????!!!!!!!!
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Reply By: Jo and Mark - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 11:54

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 11:54
Borumba(sp) deer park would be great. you can take the camper, fresh water creek, toilets, showers, laundromat, on site kiosk,deers!very child/family orientated, on saturday nights if they have enough children they will organize something for them all, and parents can be involved or have some time out. It is a great spot for families.

Borumba Deer Park Pty Ltd
On beautiful Yabba Creek, 2 kms below Lake Borumba & 9 kms from Imbil, Borumba Deer Park is a working deer farm offering a unique family holiday. With on-site caravans, powered sites and shady creek areas with campfires. Plus large new dance floor. Modern amenities including disabled facilities, laundromat, kiosk, children's playground and undercover area with free gas BBQ's.Location: 1133 Yabba Creek Road
Imbil QLD 4570

Phone: (07) 5484 5196 Contact: Rick & June Gibson
Fax: (07) 5484 5196

Mail Address: 1133 Yabba Creek Road
Imbil QLD 4570


Accommodation Options - Book Online!
Available Rooms:

Room Sleeps Price
Cabins (x 3) 6 $60.00
Camping site pp $8.00
Onsite Vans $40.00

Imbil I think is about 20kms out of Kenilworth, from Brisbane going through Maleny it will probably take about 2-2half hours, It really is worth it, the children can also take their bikes.
Also by the creek where you can have fires you can also get your van down there.
Definately recommend you check it out, you will definately add it to your favourites for camping with children and ammentities.
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Reply By: robak (QLD) - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 14:00

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 14:00
Bribie Island might be goo. Either east or west side. and it's VERY close to brisbane.
Poverty creek might fit what you're looking for

And check the archives there was a post exactly like yours a few weeks back.

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