Within a few minutes of being in Queensland, you will see why many choose to camp amongst its fresh country air and sheer mountains. From rough dirt tracks, gloriously cascading waterfalls to the most ornate tree trunks, this state is populated with hidden sanctuaries that only come to life amongst a pitched tent.
Now that winter has settled in, many people start to hibernate in their homes and retract from nature. But little do they know, winter is the perfect time to experience some new frontiers blooming with the weather change. We talked to the outdoor adventure experts at OZtrail to suggest five of the top camping destinations to visit in winter and why.
At the end of a long winding road and nestled amongst the Daintree National Park lies a compact village known as Cape Tribulation. The area is renowned for its diverse flora and fauna, sweeping heritage rainforests and expansive sandy beaches. Being approximately two hours north of Cairns, guests will not be surprised by its un-dramatic weather, which remains a steady 24 degrees for most of the season. The temperature being only one major drawcard, the location offers a range of activities no matter where you pitch your tent. Spend your days snorkelling, kayaking, and trekking through the remote headland.
Double Island Point
Double Island Point is known as one of Australia’s most beautiful stretches of sand, accessible only by 4WD along Cooloola’s beach drive between Noosa North Shore and Rainbow Beach. Set up camp between the sand dunes at Teewah Beach and let the tides take you in. The change in season will not hold a camper back from experiencing all Double Island Point has to offer. If swimming, fishing and surfing aren’t enough, choose from one of the many day hikes right on your doorstep. The Lighthouse Telegraph Line will take you right up to the Double Island Point headland where you will enjoy sweeping ocean views as far as the eyes can see.
Girraween National Park
Many campers are drawn to Girraween National Park because of the mystery behind its ancient balancing rock formations. Set in the Granite Belt, enthusiasts are lured by the panoramic views from where they pitch their tent to where their next bushwalk takes them. There is adventure around every boulder, including wild flora and fauna weaving along every trail. Extend your trip and stop by Stanthorpe on your way home!
Locals call this hidden gem nirvana. Surrounded by white cliffs in the heart of Central Queensland, Carnarvon Gorge overflows with cool waters, native plants, wildlife, and cultural heritage. The gorge is carved out of ancient sandstone, capturing the cool temperatures many crave in the hot and dry heart of this Queensland destination. Campers can experience the real Australia and still feel as if they are travelling through a far off distant country.
Lamington National Park
Like camels to water, campers are drawn to rugged mountains, tropical rainforests, fresh waters and endless adventure. Lamington National Park is a playground for the new-timer and the most experienced camper. From left to right, there is over 160kms of trails that can be trekked, waterfalls to swim beneath and wildlife calling this rare find home. Set up camp one day by the flowing rivers and the next inside a mysterious cave – it is the perfect destination for a diverse day and night in Queensland.
To learn more about how to navigate through Australia’s trodden paths, speak to the outdoor adventure experts at OZtrail.com.au.