Free camping spots in Queensland

Camping is already a low-cost activity, but you can cut your expenses even more with free camping sites.

The majority of campsites charge a nightly rate for their use. For a short weekend trip, this generally isn’t a major expense. But if you’re camping for longer periods of time, or trying to camp near a popular destination, the cost can really add up.

Here are a few places where you can camp for free in Queensland.

Free camping on the Gold Coast

Free (and legal) camping on the Gold Coast is hard to come by, some may say impossible. But with stays at $6 per adult per night, these campgrounds may as well be free.

Springbrook National Park – Settlement camping area

The Settlement camping area is the only place in Springbrook National Park to camp. It has BBQs, toilets, and drinking water. It’s suitable for tent camping next to your car — no caravans allowed.

From the site it’s just a short walk to the top of Purling Brook Falls. Camping is just $5.95 per person per night, or $23.80 for a family.

James Sharp Memorial Park

35km west of the Gold Coast, this is a great camping spot for families. Basic facilities are available, dogs are allowed, and open fires are permitted. You can even purchase firewood from the manager. The kids will have plenty to entertain them, as there are places to swim, fish, and canoe.

The site is suitable for caravans, and costs $6 per adult per night or $3 per child.

Free camping on the Sunshine Coast

Landsborough park area

This is a great place to spend the night if you’re heading north. It’s right off the Bruce highway, 95km south of Gympie.

It’s dog-friendly, and provides toilets and drinking water. No bookings are required, but it’s not suitable for large caravans.

Browns Creek camping area

This is a sweet spot nestled in the forest off the Old Bruce Highway, 3km south of Yandina. It’s suitable for caravans and motorhomes.

Little Yabba Creek picnic area

10km from Kenilworth, there are picnic facilities, as well as several waterholes to swim in at this camp site. There’s also an easily accessible rainforest walk. There’s a 24-hour maximum stay.

Free camping in the rest of Queensland

Petrie rest area

This is the perfect rest area. Right on the banks of the Mary River, it’s dog-friendly and provides good fishing. There are toilets and BBQs.

Granite Creek rest area

You’ll love camping amongst the towering trees at this free camp spot 63km north of Gin Gin. Campfires and dogs are allowed, and there are good facilities including toilets.

Saunders Beach camping area

This small camping spot is right on the foreshore of Saunders Beach. The location is great, and there are good facilities, including a playground for the kids.

If we didn’t cover a free camping spot in your preferred location, here are some more free camping spots in Queensland. You can also check out our advice for finding free camping sites.