Conondale National Park
15km south of Kenilworth Township, and about one hour west of Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast. 130km north of Brisbane. From Brisbane, follow the Bruce Highway north, and take the Kenilworth exit. Follow the signs for Kenilworth, travelling along the Eumundi-Kenilworth Road for about 28km. Go through Kenilworth and continue toward Maleny. The turn-off to Sunday Creek Road is about 7km past Kenilworth and the turn-off to Booloumba Creek day-use and camping areas is a further 500m.
Alternative access is via Maleny. Go through Maleny and follow the signs to Kenilworth. On the way to Kenilworth, pass through a small town called Conondale. The turn-off to Booloumba Creek day-use and camping areas is about 13km past Conondale and the turn-off to Sunday Creek Road is a further 500m.
All park roads are gravel and at present suitable for high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles only. Booloumba Creek Road includes several creek crossings.
In the rugged Conondale Range are some of Queensland’s most popular and picturesque forests. Luxuriant rainforests, tall eucalypt forest, waterfalls, boulder-strewn creeks and spectacular scenery make this area well worth a visit.
This diverse 35,700ha park provides critical habitat for a wide variety of wildlife including a significant number of rare and threatened plants and animals. A large number of plant species that occur here are at the limit of their distribution.
With magnificent forests, deep gorges and spectacular views, this park offers walking tracks, scenic drives and grassy camp sites near rainforests and mountain streams. Popular Booloumba Creek camping areas are located beside a scenic rainforest lined creek.
The Conondale Range Great Walk showcases the very best of Conondale National Park. Ancient rainforest, cascading waterfalls, crystal clear creeks, tall open forest, and expansive views are just some of the spectacular features of this walk. Visitors can take short strolls or complete the full four-day 56km circuit walk.
The Booloumba Creek Road access to camping areas includes creek crossings that are accessible by high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles only. There are three camping areas at Booloumba Creek—camping areas 1 and 3 are suitable for people camping in tents only; camping area 4 is suitable for camping in high clearance four-wheel-drive campervans, caravans and camper trailers.
Nearby Imbil State Forest’s Charlie Moreland camping area, on Sunday Creek Road, is accessible by conventional two-wheel-drive vehicles. Camping permits for all camp sites must be booked in advance.
Cooloola Recreation Area, Great Sandy National Park
North of Brisbane, between Noosa Heads (about 155km) and Rainbow Beach (about 240km). Cooloola lies between the coastal towns of Noosa Heads and Rainbow Beach. Noosa Heads is about 155km (about a 3hr drive) and Rainbow Beach is about 240km (about a 3hr drive) north of Brisbane. Access by conventional vehicles (two-wheel drives) to Cooloola is limited to the outer extremities. The best way to see Cooloola is by walking or four-wheel-driving. Vehicle access permits (VAPs) are required when traversing beaches and some inland tracks within the Cooloola Recreation Area.
Two-wheel-drive (2WD) access
Conventional or 2WD vehicles can access Elanda Point, just north of Boreen Point, and Bymien picnic area from Rainbow Beach Road. For Bymien, turn off 4km south of Rainbow Beach, onto 3km of unsealed road. The 16km sand road from Bymien to Freshwater camping and day-use areas, and beyond to Teewah Beach, is 4WD only. Inland tracks are not suitable for caravans. Camper trailers must have good clearance.
Four-wheel-drive (4WD) access
Cooloola’s sand tracks are rough, and are suitable for high clearance 4WD vehicles only. All vehicles must be registered and have a valid Cooloola Recreation Area vehicle access permit (VAP) displayed on their windscreen when traversing designated tracks and beach areas.
Cooloola offers something for all visitors. Four-wheel drive past towering coastal sand cliffs and coloured sands, fish straight from the ocean, canoe on tranquil waterways, hike through rainforest remnants and across vast sandblows and camp among blooming wildflowers.
Long beaches backed by high sand dunes, tranquil waterways, wildflower heaths, freshwater lakes, woodlands and forests make Cooloola a popular holiday destination and a vital refuge for coastal wildlife. Permits are required before setting up your camp, fees apply. Vehicle Access Permits (VAPs) are also required when traversing beaches and some inland sand tracks in the Cooloola Recreation Area (PDF, 4.7M). A camping tag with booking number recorded on it must be displayed at camp sites. Penalties apply for non-compliance.
D’Aguilar National Park
Between 10km and 35km north-west of Brisbane’s city centre D’Aguilar National Park lies on the doorstep of Brisbane, Queensland’s capital city. The park is divided into two distinct sections—South D’Aguilar section (formerly Brisbane Forest Park) and Mount Mee section (formerly Mount Mee State Forest and Forest Reserve). South D’Aguilar section
South D’Aguilar section is easily accessible from Brisbane. The park’s picnic areas, walking tracks and lookouts are between a 15 and 95min drive from the city centre. Access is via Mount Nebo Road from The Gap (tourist route number 8), or via Samford along Samford and Mount Glorious roads (tourist route number 9).
Mount Mee section encompasses the northern section of the park and extends to Woodford. This section of the park is about a 90min drive north-west of Brisbane. From the south, travel through Samford and Dayboro then follow Mount Mee Road (tourist route number 29) and Sellin Road to the park. From the north, turn left off the D’Aguilar Highway at Neurum Road (just north of Woodford) and follow it as far as Stanton Road. Turn left onto Stanton Road, then take the first right to stay on Stanton Road before turning right onto Rasmussen Road. Continue on Rasmussen Road for about 5km to the northern entrance of the park. A four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended to access the park beyond The Gantry day-use area.
Discover remote gorges, sheltered pockets of subtropical rainforest, expanses of eucalypt woodland and spectacular views to Moreton Bay, all within an hour and a half’s drive of Brisbane. D’Aguilar National Park (formerly Brisbane Forest Park) totals approximately 36,000ha, protecting the core of the D’Aguilar Range’s vast bushland area.
There is vehicle-based and bush camping facilities located throughout D’Aguilar National Park. Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site. Camping is also available at Blue Gum Flats located near the shores of Lake Manchester. To book a site, contact Seqwater.
Daintree National Park
Mossman Gorge begins 80km north of Cairns; Cape Tribulation begins 110km north of Cairns. Travel 104km north of Cairns on the Captain Cook Highway to the Daintree River crossing. The ferry operates 6.00am–midnight every day with a reduced service on Christmas Day and occasional breaks in service for mechanical repairs or during flooding.
Beyond the ferry, conventional two-wheel-drive vehicle access is possible as far as Cape Tribulation, although high clearance is useful and caravans are not recommended. The road through this section of the park is narrow and winding. Drivers should keep left and watch for wildlife, particularly cassowaries.
The unsealed road north from Cape Tribulation to Bloomfield is suitable only for four-wheel-drive vehicles due to steep grades and creek crossings. It may be closed after heavy rain. Contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads to enquire about local road conditions.
Daintree National Park is comprised of two sections—Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation. The crystal-clear waters of the Mossman River cascade over granite boulders in Mossman Gorge while Cape Tribulation features rainforest-clad mountains that sweep down to long sandy beaches.
Noah Beach camping area is 8km south of Cape Tribulation and has 15 camp sites. Camping permits are required and fees apply—sites must be booked and paid for before travelling to the camping area. The peak camping season is from May to September, it is recommended that you book early during this period to avoid missing out, as sites are limited. Sites can be booked up to six months in advance.
K’gari (Fraser Island), Great Sandy National Park
Approximately 300km north of Brisbane. To reach Fraser Island you could drive north from Sydney in around 14 hours and from Brisbane in 3.5-4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly from Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney to Hervey Bay, the jumping-off point for trips to the island. Hervey bay is also on all the main bus and train routes along the east coast. Once you’re in the Fraser Island coastal region, you will need to take a vehicle or pedestrian ferry from Hervey Bay, River Heads (just outside Hervey Bay) or Rainbow Beach. Each ferry lands at different locations on Fraser Island
Long beaches, dramatic coloured-sand cliffs, natural sandblows, rocky headlands and pristine freshwater lakes and streams are some of K’gari’s (Fraser Island’s) spectacular natural features.
Camping on K’gari
The K’gari (Fraser Island) section of Great Sandy National Park is an e-permit camping area. There are 45 camping area options on K’gari. All camping areas have capacity limits and may become booked out, especially during peak holiday periods. To avoid disappointment, book early—bookings are available 6 months in advance. Please remember to keep your camp compact and off access tracks.
Camping areas with dingo deterrent fences—recommended for families with children 14 years and under. Central Station camping area; Dundubara camping area; Lake Boomanjin camping area; Waddy Point top camping area. Organised group camping is available at the southern end of Cornwells camping area.
Eastern beach camping—9 camping zones on the eastern beach from Dilli Village north to Sandy Cape; and Waddy Point beachfront camping area.
Western Beach camping—7 remote beach camping areas on the north western side of the island between Moon Point (south) and Wathumba Creek (north).
South western camping areas—2 remote camping areas along the south-western coastline
Southern remote camping area-1 remote camping area on the southern coastline. Ideal for those that arrive late and need to wait for the low tide before traversing the eastern beach.
Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area.
About 250km north of Brisbane and 9km north of the town of Rainbow Beach. Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area lies opposite the southern tip of Fraser Island, at the entrance to Tin Can Bay. Bounded by the Pacific Ocean on its eastern side and the sheltered waters of Tin Can Bay and Great Sandy Strait to the west, most of the peninsula is managed for nature-based recreation. Head towards the township of Rainbow Beach. Once in Rainbow Beach, turn north into Clarkson Drive, and at the first roundabout turn right into Inskip Avenue. Drive approximately 10km before reaching the recreation area located along 9km of sealed road. At low tide four-wheel-drive vehicles may have access to Inskip via the beach by turning right into Pacific Boulevard off Inskip Avenue. Barge services carry 4WD vehicles between Inskip Point and Fraser Island.
Two-wheel-drive (2WD) access
There are limited sites suitable for access with 2WD vehicles, small caravans and camper trailers. From Gympie, take the Tin Can Bay–Rainbow Beach Road. From Rainbow Beach, turn north into Clarkson Drive, at the roundabout turn right into Inskip Avenue. Drive approximately 10km before reaching the recreation area located along 9km of sealed road. Don’t get stuck! Choose a suitable camping area at Inskip for your vehicle type and trailer set-up.
Four-wheel-drive (4WD) access
Take an alternative beach drive—4WD only!—from the south, by driving along Cooloola’s beaches from Tewantin to Rainbow Beach. You will need a Cooloola Recreation Area vehicle access permit for this drive. Always travel around low tide times and check beach conditions (PDF, 1.1M) before going. Access from Tewantin is across the Noosa River ferry at the end of Moorindil Street, Tewantin. Travel to the beach access point called 3rd Cutting, Noosa North Shore. Travel north from 3rd Cutting along Teewah Beach to Freshwater, Double Island Point and Rainbow Beach.
Inskip Peninsula is a narrow, sandy finger of land built up by wind and waves. It forms a natural breakwater at the entrance to Tin Can Inlet and Great Sandy Strait. Inskip is a gateway to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Beach she oaks, cypress pine and other coastal trees and shrubs shade the very popular camping areas ringed by open ocean beaches and sheltered estuary shores. All are within 15 minutes drive of Rainbow Beach.
All camping areas within Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area require a camping permit and fees apply.
Lamington National Park
About 110 km or 2 hr drive south of Brisbane. Lamington National Park is made up of two sections: Green Mountains and Binna Burra. Green Mountains section is located on the western side of the Lamington Plateau in an area called O’Reilly.
Getting to Green Mountains (O’Reilly)
From Broadbeach, drive 40km to Canungra via Nerang. From the north, take Pacific Motorway exit 34 to Beenleigh, route 92 to Tamborine, and route 90 to Canungra. The 36km winding and often narrow bitumen road from Canungra requires care and takes at least 50min. This road is unsuitable for recreational vehicles (RVs) longer than 4m and vehicles towing caravans and camper trailers.
Getting to Binna Burra
Allow 70min from Broadbeach. Drive 38km to Beechmont via Nerang. From the north, take Pacific Motorway exit 69 and follow the signs west to Lamington National Park—Binna Burra. The final section of the 10km drive is very narrow.
Lush rainforests, ancient trees, spectacular views, extensive walking tracks, exceptional ecological importance and natural beauty make this Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area an outstanding place to visit.
The Green Mountains camping area is in the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park, 110km south of Brisbane. The camping area is on Lamington National Park Road, 5.5km from the park entrance.
Moreton Island National Park and Recreation Area.
Moreton Island is 40km by ferry from Brisbane.
There are many walking tracks on the island, ranging from short easy strolls to half-day hikes. Walking is one of the best ways to appreciate the island’s features and discover some of the various wildlife habitats. Take care when walking over sand blows or up steep sections of tracks, particularly on hot days. Take care of yourself—carry a map, compass, food, drinking water and first-aid kit. Wear protective clothing, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and insect repellent.
Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) provides a variety of coastal camping experiences, some accessible by 4WD, others accessible by boat or close to barge landing points. A vehicle access permit is required to drive on Mulgumpin (Moreton Island). Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site at all times. All camping permits must be obtained before you arrive on the island (there is no self-registration on site). You can camp in the five campgrounds and five camping zones along the beach. All camp sites are marked with a totem. Camping is permitted at a number of sites behind the foredunes. Protect the dunes by using existing camp sites and access tracks.
Whitsunday Islands National Park
Continental islands lying off the Queensland coast 25km east of Airlie Beach. The Whitsunday Islands are a collection of 74 continental islands of various sizes off the central coast of Queensland, Australia, approximately 900 kilometres (560 miles) north of Brisbane.
Whitehaven Beach is world famous for pure-white, silica sand and clear waters. Stunning views, secluded beaches, fringing reefs and distinctive hoop pines complete the spectacular island picture.
Secluded beaches, fringing coral reefs and distinctive hoop pines complete the spectacular island picture. Camp among dry rainforest, grasses or above dense coral rubble that makes up the shore. Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.