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National Parks in Brisbane - Campervan Guide

Which are the best national parks to visit in South East Queensland?

Whether a seasoned hiker or a first-time visitor, you will be mesmerised by the incredible beauty and diversity of these South East Queensland national parks. Brisbane's convenient location, range of campervan rental options, and proximity to national parks make it a great destination for exploring South East Queensland by campervan rental.

These parks are home to an array of stunning landscapes, from rugged mountains and serene forests to sparkling beaches and crystal-clear rivers. They are havens for a diverse range of wildlife and offer a range of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy.

The top 10 popular national parks in the Brisbane and South East Queensland area include:

  1. Lamington
  2. Springbrook
  3. Noosa
  4. Moreton Island
  5. Glass House Mountains
  6. Mount Tamborine
  7. K’gari/Fraser Island
  8. Bribie Island
  9. Great Sandy
  10. Bunya Mountains
How much is campervan entry to a national Park in Brisbane? Are any permits required?

Penny pinchers will be pleased to hear Queensland’s Department of Environment and Science (DES) doesn’t require entry permits for most national parks and reserves. Notable exceptions include K’gari/Fraser Island, Morton Island, and parts of Bribie Island.

Better yet, DES charges a very reasonable $7 per person per night for camping in all its national parks—much less than most Australian states. Families need only pay $28 per night for two adults and up to six kids.

Reserve your site online before arrival, as there’s often no mobile reception. The most popular campgrounds book out in advance, especially during school holidays.

Popular National Parks in Brisbane

Fraser Island (350 km from Brisbane)

Fraser, or K’gari in the Butchulla tongue, is the largest sand island on earth. But there’s more to this World Heritage-listed wonderland than shape-shifting dunes. Highlights include ancient tall tree forests, shimmering turquoise lakes, and photogenic shipwrecks. Take your 4WD camper on the ferry to Kingfisher Bay Resort, where you can join a 4WD tour.

North Stradbroke Island (56 km from Brisbane)

A 50-minute car ferry whisks your camper from Cleveland to North Stradbroke Island. This inhabited, mostly 2WD-friendly island is famous for its secluded beaches and pretty woodland lakes. Laidback seaside villages like Point Lookout, Amity Point, and Dunwich have picturesque campgrounds.

Sunshine Coast (120 km from Brisbane)

As Queensland’s other big-name beach destination, the Sunshine Coast boasts 60km of breathtakingly beautiful shores. Climb the monolithic Mount Coolum and traverse Noosa National Park cliff tops. Beer lovers should know the Sunny Coast has become the micro-brewery capital of Australia.

Sunshine Coast Hinterlands (90 km from Brisbane)

Easy access to Brisbane makes this lush hinterland region a hit among stressed-out city-dwellers. Sample fresh creamy produce from its verdant dairy farms and plunge into cool waterfall-fed pools. Hike the spiked Glass House Mountains or meander gentle forested boardwalks.