With the summer slowly tailing to a close, and autumn nearly upon us, its a great time to look into some epic hinterland camping locations. While the hinterland can be a bit of a hot spot and too far from the beach in summer, autumn through to spring offers superb conditions to explore further inland when the holiday season hits. Try out these awesome, family friendly locations for the next long weekend or school holidays!
Thunderbird Park is every kids dream camping location. Self-proclaimed as Where Adventure Joins Nature, this is more than just a campsite. Thunderbird Park is home to some epic child-friendly activities, including laser skirmish, mini golf, tree-top high ropes course, a canyon zipline flyer, fossicking for thundereggs, horse riding, bird feeding, bush walking, swimming, the lot! Nestled in the magnificent rainforest surrounding Mount Tamborine, Thunderbird Park is an excellent choice for the family with young, active kids looking for character-building activities.
Flushing toilets and hot showers: Yes and yes (though charged at $2 per 5 minutes)
Distance from Gold Coast: approximately 1 hour
Distance from Brisbane: approximately 1 hour
Tamborine Mountain Road & Cedar Creek Falls Road, Tamborine QLD 4272 | (07) 5545 1468
This spectacular campsite is located on the doorstep to the World Heritage Listed Mount Barney National Park which offers some of south-east Queenslands best bushwalking tracks. This modern and well maintained campsite has plenty of grassy space for the kids to run around freely. Also hosting sunset mountain walk ecotours and rock climbing, there is plenty to keep you entertained, while providing a relaxing escape from civilisation to light a fire, sit back with a drink and your fam, and enjoy the sunset.
Flushing toilets and hot showers: Yes and yes
Distance from Gold Coast: approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
Distance from Brisbane: approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
1093 Upper Logan Road, Mount Barney QLD 4287 | (07) 5544 3233
Set peacefully near the Scenic Rims Mount Maroon, with Mount Barney and Mount Lindesay within easy striking distance, Bigriggen Park has plenty to offer. A great campsite for avid water babies, Bigriggen Park is located near Maroon Dam and Lake Moogerah. With plenty of nearby walking tracks for bird spotting and the chance to sight a platypus or two in the surrounding waterways, Bigriggen Park is an ideal family location for getting back to nature, with the small creature comforts desired by those with young children.
Flushing toilets and hot showers: Yes and yes (though charged at $1 per 5 minutes)
Distance from Gold Coast: approximately 1 hour 35 minutes
Distance from Brisbane: approximately 1 hour 40 minutes
196 Bigriggan Road, Bigriggen QLD 4287 | (07) 5463 6190