Our Top 4 Picks for Relaxing 4WD Camping this Easter
It doesn’t get much better than a four-day long weekend in crisp autumn weather but where to head? Below we’ve offered up some of our favourite Easter camping gems accessible only by 4wd. Take your pick from the best of the coast, creeks, or mountains. But make sure to book ASAP to secure your spot!
Booloumba Creek – Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Approx 2 hours from Brisbane
Get off the beaten track and select from a secluded trio of campgrounds nestled in the Sunny Coast hinterland rainforest. Booloumba Creek, in Conondale National Park, boasts three campgrounds, all accessible by high clearance 4wd only. Two of the three camping spots cater exclusively for tents with a total of 44 sites. The third camping ground accommodates high clearance caravans and camping trailers. While this camp lacks clearly defined camping sites it can host up to 120 people. All three campgrounds offer vehicle parking spaces near the campground. Bring trail bikes, swimmers, and a good pair of hiking shoes to get the best out of your Easter trip. The campgrounds are basic, so ensure you bring drinking water.
Main and Flinders Beach – Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah
Approx 2 hours from Brisbane including ferry trip
If you need your Easter fix of sun, surf, and sand, hit up the peaceful beachfront campgrounds at Main or Flinders Beach. The camping spots at both sites are accessible by 4wd along the beach.
Flinders Beach on the very northern tip of the island features twelve campsites tucked away in the dunes. Set up camp here and you’re close enough to amenities at the little township of Amity Point but still free to enjoy the privacy, space, and natural environment. Come back later in the year (late May to early November) for some of the best land-based whale watching close to Brisbane.
The Main Beach campgrounds are located at the southern end of the popular beach’s 38km span. Here you’ll find fifteen campsites set back from a beautiful surf beach known for its swell and fishing. It’s truly the perfect spot for an Easter trip. These campgrounds are more remote than Flinders Beach but well worth the extra planning. You’ll have plenty of space to set up awnings and all your other gear. Just make sure to stay within your allocated camping zone. Rangers enforce these rules diligently.
Neurum Creek – D’Aguilar National Park
Approx 1.5 hours from Brisbane
Escape to the mountains for a spot of fresh air and a laid-back camping experience. You’ll find both at Neurum Creek which we’ve included on our list not so much for the scenery of the campgrounds itself but for what you can see and do nearby. The northern section of D’Aguilar National Park hosts a network of 4wd trails to explore at your leisure. Take in the scenic mountain views and make your way out of the rainforest onto rocky escarpments. Don’t forget to check out the water holes at Rocky Hole Track.
The Neurum Creek campgrounds are in a clearing in the forest and feature 13 camping spots, with a max allowance of 6 people per site. However, the grounds are only considered accessible by 4wd and trail bike, so caravans and campervans are not recommended. While the camping spots are nothing fancy, the site features septic toilets, fireplaces, and non-potable water. Bring your swimmers for a dip in Neurum Creek. And if you need a break from camp cooking on your Easter trip, check out some of the laid-back restaurants close to the national park.
Comboyuro Point – Moreton Island/ Gheebulum Kunungai
Approx 1 hour 20 minutes from Brisbane including ferry trip
Because how can you ever get tired of south-east Queensland’s stunning coastline? This large shady campground on the northern tip of the bay side of Moreton Island offers a relaxing escape from mainland life.
The campground has stock-standard facilities including a waste transfer station, toilets, and cold showers. It’s also only a five-minute drive out of Bulwer, a tiny fishing village surrounded by national park. Bulwer may be small but, you’ll be able to pick up essentials here, including drinks. This means you can relax a little when it comes to packing supplies. Forget something? Just pop into town.
Wherever you head on your Easter trip, stay safe and have fun.
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