Top 7 Family-Friendly Island Camping Locations in Queensland To Visit

Family-Friendly Island Camping Locations in Queensland

The Queensland camping scene has a lot of different options that your family can enjoy. Queensland is one of the rare places you can go to see and witness the great outdoors. The island operates at a leisurely pace, making sure you can spend your time exploring all of the flora, fauna, and natural land and water formations. You could build your own campsite, go hiking and swimming. 

Although Queensland is an island, you don’t have to just go for a beach campsite. The coast is lovely but a lot of tourists might be interested in hills, rainforests, waterfalls, and clearings as well. In this article, we list down the different campsites and activities that you can choose from during your trip to Queensland. 

Read on and find out which campsite is the best for you and your vacation!

1. Cylinder Beach

This beach is situated on North Stradbroke Island, with a picturesque view of the ocean. When you camp on Cylinder Beach, you can enjoy a family experience that’s unique and eye-opening. The island is famous for its swathes and sandbars that are right in the water. The camping site is located right on a sandbar, allowing you to fall asleep to the sound of waves right under the stars. 

In the morning, the sunrise is definitely a view to behold. You can watch the sunlight dance on the water and watch the world wake up from a unique standpoint. The Cylinder Beach campsites also feature a 24/7 lifeguard safety presence, making it ideal for those with kids who love to swim. 

2. Take a Ferry to Fitzroy Island 

Fitzroy Island off the coast of Cairns has a number of diverse camping sites that are perfect for families on vacation. Because it’s also a national park, Fitzroy Island has a lot of day trip activities including hikes, trails, and various opportunities to see its gorgeous landscapes. Ensure that you pack everything you need: from bathing suits and flip-flops to hiking boots and trail mix–when you head over to Fitzroy Island, you’ll be in for an activity-filled vacation!

Planning a fun trip with your family doesn’t have to be a black-and-white affair. Why choose whether to head to the beach or go camping when you can do both? Lay back, relax, and stay for a few days. This might also come out cheaper because most hotels have promotions for a particular number of nights. It’s also a great opportunity for your kids to gain new experiences. If you’re going to go on vacation, make sure to stop long enough to stop and appreciate the clear water, the Great Barrier Reef, the lush rainforest, and all the beauty that nature has to offer!

3. Noah Beach

Noah Beach has the best of both worlds: it combines Queensland’s breathtaking view of the ocean and the reef and the adventure of Australia’s great rainforests. You and the family can choose whether to explore the clear water and white-sand shore or go out and see the lush, green canopy instead. 

Or, if you’re staying for a longer period of time, why not choose both? You and the family can take your time going for swims on one day and then hiking up the trail and seeing the wildlife on another. The camping options are various too: you can choose to pitch a tent, drive an RV to the area, or rent a camper. Noah Beach is a World Heritage Site, registered under Cape Tribulation, making sure your mind will be at ease when it comes to sustainability and campsite living.

4. Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is probably the most popular camping destination in Queensland. It’s located right off of the coast of the Whitsundays and its main attraction is the stellar view of the ocean and the night sky. There are also a lot of kids’ activities which makes it very popular for families. 

The beach is a little more glamorous than our other previous options. It’s exclusive and isn’t open to the public. You can camp on the beach per night. This is perfect for barbecues and bonfires where you can have great conversations and build new memories with your family. 

5. Charlie Moreland

Charlie Moreland is the emerald of the sunshine coast, featuring its camping ground that’s so remote you can only get there via 4WD. It’s perfect for families who want to get away and spend their time surrounded by nature. 

It might not be perfect for those whose kids are below seven years old, but for bigger kids, there are a lot of camp activities that involve building a fire and other wilderness survival skills. Campers also have great options for swimming because the grounds are right off the bank of the creek. 

The national park has another attraction aside from the camping and how far the area is from the metro. The area is also a haven for lots of beautiful birds that are unique to Australia. Families have the option of booking an Mt. Allan fire tower tour. Its summit offers participants a breathtaking view of the Conondale Ranges.

6. Nightfall Wilderness Camp

Now, we go from remote and wild to glamping and a venue that offers you the outdoors with all the luxuries of home. If you and your family aren’t very outdoorsy and want to sit back and feel comfortable, then this campsite might be the option for you. Unlike a regular site where you have to pitch your tent, this site already offers luxurious safari tents and plated gourmet meals. 

If the stress of hiking and exploring isn’t for you, you can opt to learn how to cook and get a massage instead. These activities are taken outdoors by the creek to immerse visitors in the local landscape. Whether you sign up for a cooking class or choose to go hiking along the trails, you’re sure to have a fun, laid back time without all the fuss of regular camping. 

7. Tamborine Mountain

Located between Cedar Creek Lodges and Thunderbird Park, this gorgeous campsite has the most diverse offerings on this list. You can go hiking, swimming, and biking in the morning–and you can sit by the fire, enjoy some champagne, and relax in the evenings. 

This mountain campsite also has a lot of activities that are great for kids. Thunderbird Park has an adventure park that immerses kids in nature-driven activities like Tree Top Adventure and horse-back riding. There are also more than ten nearby swimming holes–stay awhile and experience each one!

No matter if you choose the coast or the rainforest or both, heading out to Queensland with your family is definitely an awesome item to strike off your bucket list. If you’ve always been meaning to go but haven’t been sure, follow your instincts and go as soon as possible! Camping, hiking, and eating good food is an awesome way to nurture bonds within the family. Make new memories and learn skills that are integral to surviving in the wild.

Think of it as hitting two birds with one stone: you get an experience that’s exciting, intellectually nourishing, and literally refreshing with all of the amazing bodies of water in Australia.  Australia is an astonishing place. Make sure that you come prepared: bring a notebook, your camera(s) and numerous batteries–we’re sure you’ll want to capture this. 

Author Bio

Sophie Armstrong is passionate about solo traveling, always hunting for a new adventure and experience. She prides herself on finding the best local hotspots and untouched secrets anywhere she goes.