Qld Island Camping has always been what we think when you close your eyes and try and relax. We have listened to you all and chosen some of our favorite island holidays that you may not have thought about along the Queensland Coast.
With more than 100 habitable islands dotting the coastline and sub tropical temperatures even in winter Queensland Island camping may be just the winter getaway you need to switch off and relax.
Just north of Brisbane you will find beaut Bribie, the only Queensland island connected to the mainland by a bridge. While you might have easy access to the island, getting to its coastal camping spots at Poverty Creek, Gallagher Point, Ocean Beach, Mission Point and Lime Pocket can be an adventure in itself, so bring your boat or 4WD.
Don’t forget your snorkel gear when camping on Lady Musgrave Island; with a maximum of 40 people allowed to camp at any one time, you will get a bonus uncrowded Great Barrier Reef adventure to boot!
The island makes up just one part of the greater Capricornia Cays National Park, whose campsites also include North West Island and Mast Head Island.
There are islands, and then there are the 74 islands of the Whitsundays. There are more than 10 coves, beaches or bays to choose from for your budget camping experience, with the most famous of all being the squeaky silica sands of Whitehaven Beach.
Hop on your private boat or catch a ferry to get to Fitzroy Island off the coast of Cairns. While you’re there, make the most of the great walking trails at your disposal: explore the Secret Garden track, stroll on over to the cheekily-named Nudey Beach for a spot of snorkeling, or tackle the Lighthouse track to be rewarded with jaw-dropping ocean views (and in winter, migrating humpback whales).
Plonked about 45 kilometres southeast of Cairns you’ll find the five uninhabited coral-fringed islands of Frankland Group National Park. Self-sufficient camping is available on two of the islands – Russell Island and High Island – both home to white sandy beaches, nesting seabirds, mangroves and walking tracks. Access is via private boat from Mulgrave or Russell river boat ramps.
Pass on the luxury accommodation for a prime beach camping spot at Watsons Bay on Lizard Island. Plane or private boat are the only two ways to get here, but this refined remoteness is worth it for the range of walking trails alone!
(P.S. While there are no supplies available on the island, camping visitors are welcome to get down and jiggy with it at the Marlin Bar at the eastern end of Anchor Bay, about a 40-minute walk from the campsite.)
Think Orpheus Island, think lavish resort? Sure, but there’s also three campsites on this gem that is 11 kilometres of turquoise coastline and unspoiled national park.
Find the island 110 kilometers north of Townsville, in amongst the Palm Group of Islands best known for their fringing reefs. Make sure you pack your flippers when you set up camp at Yanks Jetty, Pioneer Bay or South Beach. Access to campsites is via private boat only.
So many camping spots, so little time! Once you know what to pack, choose from around a dozen beach or bay camp sites on Hinchinbrook Island, including nine sea kayaking camping areas, which, as the name suggests, lends itself to some serious sea exploring. (FYI, the sea kayak sites are such a hotspot that camping is restricted to a maximum of two nights.)
They didn’t coin the phrase “Great Keppel” for nothing! Island hop the seven islands in the Keppel Bay Islands National Park boasting a range of beaches and bays worthy of lazy days exploring.
North Keppel Island and Humpy Island are great spots for larger camping groups, but if you’re after a more self-sufficient, get-back-to-nature camping experience, the smaller islands are your go-to. Access to all are via private boat only.