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Rug up, pack up and hit the road – winter is the perfect time to go camping with the family, and there are plenty of places near the Gold Coast to do it.

Binna Burra, Scenic Rim

Camping paradise awaits when you head west from the Gold Coast to the beautiful Scenic Rim region. One of our favourite places to go is Binna Burra, which offers both campsite and safari tent accommodation. Set within a lush forest, you’ll likely need to carry your camping gear a short distance to your campsite (no vehicles are allowed in the site itself) but we promise, the views and serenity are so worth it. Not a fan of camping? Opt for a luxe safari tent and you’ll still get the jungle experience.

www.visitscenicrim.com.au

Cedar Creek, Mt Tamborine

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 

Kenilworth, Sunshine Coast

If you’re looking for a farmstay experience, it doesn’t get much more authentic than Kenilworth Camping. Situated on Adadale, a family owned and operated dairy farm on the banks of the Mary River, Kenilworth Camping promises more than just camping fun. You can ride the farm roads on bikes, canoe/kayak in the river, see baby calves being born and sometimes even spot platypus in the wild. At the end of a busy day, huddle up around your campfire and enjoy the peace and quiet.

www.kenilworthcamping.net.au 

Camp Moogerah, Scenic Rim

Located (fittingly) on Lake Moogerah, Camp Moogerah is ideal for fun-loving families looking for an unforgettable winter camping trip. They have powered, unpowered and cabin sites, as well as sports courts, barbeques, a boat ramp and even a games room (perfect for rainy weekends). Nearby, Haigh Park at the base of Mt Edwards offers ample trails for hikers. There’s even a local lavender farm and a winery if you’re looking to indulge a little.

www.campmoogerah.com.au 

Murphy’s Creek Escape, Toowoomba

Situated about two hours from Surfers Paradise, at the bottom of the Toowoomba range, Murphy’s Creek truly is an escape from the hustle and bustle. The picturesque countryside offers plenty in the way of adventure activities – think mountain biking, a ropes course and even archery – but there are also plenty of places to sit back and relax. For little ones, don’t miss the brand-new eco billabong which offers a great place to splash around during the day.

www.murphyscreekescape.com.au 

Have you heard of Hipcamp?

It’s like AirBnB, but for campsites. This free app gives you access to hundreds (if not thousands) of local campsites, many of which are situated on private properties and rented out by the owners themselves. It’s affordable, flexible and gives you access to pristine campsites that would otherwise go undiscovered.

www.hipcamp.com 

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