While some people think winter is the perfect time to stay indoors, here at Apollo we think it’s one of the best times of year to pack up the car and take off on a mid-year family holiday. Not only is the weather more predictable -you’ll skip those unpredictable summer storms- but the night air is mostly dry and cloudless making it perfect for a spot of stargazing. This also means it’s the perfect time to cosy up by a campfire – with lots of toasted marshmallows of course! There is also less bugs and insects, and you’ll skip the summer school holiday crowds.
If you live in south-east Queensland then there are plenty of camping and caravan spots that offer activities to keep the kids entertained during the day and will allow you to have your very own campfire when the sun goes down. To help make planning your trip easy, here are some of our favourite family-friendly camping and caravan grounds that are all only a few hours drive from Brisbane.
Binna Burra Lodge
If you’re looking for caravan spot that has loads of activities to keep the kids entertained, then make sure to put Binna Burra on your list. Located in the Lamington National Park (1.5 hr from Brisbane), the Rainforest Campsite has a number of powered and unpowered drive on sites that each come with a designated fire-pit. Once you’ve set up your camp it’s time to get your adrenaline pumping by abseiling down their 90m cliff face or zipping along their 165m long Flying Fox. If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, then the lodge also offers archery and more than 160km of walking trails. The park also boasts an Adventure Playground and horse riding tours for those wanting to explore further than the campsite. If you need a little break from all this adventure, then join one of their weekend yoga classes or truly spoil yourself at their Bliss Massage studio.
Charlie Moreland Camping Ground
Located in the Imbil State Forest (2hrs from Brisbane), Charlie Moreland Camping Ground is set in an open grassy area and is close to Little Yabba Creek and native pine plantations. There are several bush walking trails that leave directly from the campsite including smaller walks like the little Yabba Circuit (1.5km) and slightly longer walks like the Mount Allen Trail (8.8km). If the kids can brave the cold they can also go for a swim or kayak down the creek. There are plenty of fire pits to keep you warm when the temperature drops at night, but make sure to bring your own firewood!
Glenlodge Caravan Park, Bundaberg
If you don’t mind a little longer road trip then head north of Brisbane up to the Glenlodge Caravan Park in Bundaberg (5hrs from Brisbane). Bundaberg is of course home to Australia’s famous Bundaberg Rum Distillery and Ginger Beer Factory which are open for daily tours and taste testing. Head to also visit the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, Hinkler Hall of Aviation, Bundaberg & District Historical Museum and Fairymead House Sugar Museum.
A quick 90 minute drive from Brisbane, Bigriggen Camping & Caravan Park is set at the foothills of Mt Barney and just a short distance from Rathdowney. The park is pet friendly so your furry friends can come along for the trip, and it offers both powered and unpowered sites. Surrounded by the Logan River and Burnett Creek be sure to pack your fishing rod, your togs if you can bear the cold, and your walking shoes for the local hiking tracks. Open fire pits are permitted with firewood available at their kiosk.
Murphy’s Creek Escape
Head inland towards Toowoomba and you’ll find the picturesque Murphys Creek Escape. While the sandy beach is perfect for cooling down in the warmer months, there is still lots to do during winter. The campground features a rope course, abseiling, archery, a flying fox, and a highline cliff walk! If that still isn’t enough to keep the kinds entertained then pack your bikes and hit the mountain bike tracks, before heading back to camp for the afternoon bird feeding session. While they don’t allow ground fires you can bring your own brazier or can hire a fire drum from their office.
If you’re new to camping and caravanning and don’t know where to start, don’t stress! Apollo now offers caravan rental from their Brisbane branch. Choose from their Adria 472PK or their luxury Mossman C, both of which come with stoves, sinks, fridges, and can sleep up to 5 people. Check out more info on renting a caravan here.