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The Easter school holidays are made for camping. The weather is starting to cool, the school year hasn’t burnt you all out yet and toasted marshmallows go really well with all that Easter chocolate. Here are just a few of the local sites worth checking out!

Tallebudgera Creek

You don’t need a tent or even a campervan to stay at Tallebudgera Creek’s campsite – thanks to their range of cabins, they can host families of all sizes and camping experience! Perched on the banks of beautiful Tallebudgera Creek, this campsite puts you in prime position to not only enjoy the calm waterways, but also the nearby surf beach and the hustle and bustle of Burleigh (to your north) and Palm Beach (to the south). It’s the perfect combination of camping and beachside holiday.

www.goldcoasttouristparks.com.au/parks/tallebudgera-creek 

Kirra Beach

The whole family – yep, even the dog! – will love staying at the Kirra Beach Tourist Park. Kirra is already one of the most laid-back postcodes on the Gold Coast, so you can imagine how relaxing their campsite is. One of only a few dog-friendly campsites on the Gold Coast, your children and fur children will love playing on the grass under the shade of the many tall trees at the campsite, while the grown ups will love being able to relax knowing the kids are happy and safe. Perfect.

www.goldcoasttouristparks.com.au/parks/kirra-beach 

Broadwater

You wouldn’t believe this quiet camping paradise exists just minutes from the busyness of Surfers Paradise. It really does offer the best of both worlds, in more ways than one: there are well-appointed cabins and waterfront spots to pitch a tent; proximity to the calm broadwater and a short drive to the surf; on-site cooking amenities or restaurants close by; and plenty of fun for the kids (think a giant bouncing pillow, playground, rec room and tennis court) and space for the adults to relax. What more could you need?

www.goldcoasttouristparks.com.au/parks/broadwater 

Cedar Creek

Hinterland camping doesn’t get much better than Thunderbird Park at Cedar Creek. Nestled in the scenic beauty of Mt Tamborine – less than an hour from the CBDs of Brisbane and the Gold Coast, but you wouldn’t know it – Thunderbird Park is where adventure and nature combine. They have countless on-site attractions like bush walks to rock pools, high ropes, mini golf and even thunderegg fossicking, plus ample space to sit back and unwind by the fire.

www.thunderbirdpark.com 

Fingal, just over the border

Okay, this isn’t *technically* a Gold Coast camping site, but considering it’s just over the border, we figured it makes the cut. It’s easy to fly past Fingal Head en route to more prominent towns like Kingscliff and Byron Bay, but those in the know will tell you that this quaint seaside suburb is not to be missed. At the Fingal Head campgrounds, you can enjoy white sandy beach right on your doorstep, snorkelling adventures at nearby Cook Island, headland strolls up to the lighthouse and hours spent casting a line. It’s bliss.

 www.tweedholidayparks.com.au/location/fingal-head 

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