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Top 4 Budget Campgrounds near the Gold Coast

A holiday along the Gold Coast is definitely not something to be missed. Sure, it might be a popular travel destination, but that doesn’t mean it has to be expensive.

With a plethora of nature, wildlife and beautiful summit views, we’ve put together the 4 best budget campgrounds near the Gold Coast. These rare finds are highly recommended from all types of travellers, whether your adventure awaits as a family, lovebirds, or a lone traveller.

With something for everyone, let’s have a look at the 4 top budget campgrounds for your Gold Coast getaway.

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  1. Ngumbi Campground
  2. The Settlement Camping Area
  3. James Sharp Memorial Park
  4. Flanagan Reserve Bush Camping

Winter sunset at Wyaralong Dam

Wyaralong Dam

1. Ngumbi Campground

Mount Joyce Recreation Park, QLD

Ngumbi Campground is located along the banks of Lake Wyaralong, making it a picturesque spot for inland camping. The spacious campground features an old farm house where you can eat your meals and have some shelter, plus it’s equipped with a rainwater tank for when you need to refill your recycled water.

The campsite is also surrounded by plenty of activities, be it: beginner or expert hiking trails up to Mount Joyce, canoeing and kayaking along Lake Wyaralong or bird watching up to the summit.

Overall, Ngumbi Campground is a great location to get away into nature. With beautiful views of Mount Joyce, Lake Wyaralong, and the remote star-filled sky, this campground suits all travellers whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation!

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • Toilets
  • Water Tanks
  • Shelter

Purling Brook Falls

Purling Brook Falls

2. The Settlement Camping Area

Springbrook National Park, QLD

Located south of the Gold Coast in Springbrook National Park, The Settlement Camping Area is a tranquil spot for campers. In fact, you’ll find the campsite is surrounded by lush forestation, and an abundance of hikes and trails to send you on your way.

The Settlement Camping Area is also a great base for the Warrie Circuit, and the Purling Brooks Falls walk – which is not to be missed. From this particular spot, you’re within walking distance to various hikes, as well as coffee shops for your morning caffeine fix.

As a bonus, the campsite welcomes plenty of wildlife, with wallabies, bush turkeys, and native birds often gracing the area. It also includes electric BBQs for all to use, as well as toilets and recycled water.

At night, you’ll see why the stargazing is praised by all travellers, with the large bushland giving each group adequate privacy. So, to get yourself a spot, make sure you book through the Queensland Parks website!

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • BBQs
  • Toilets
  • Picnic Tables
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Recycled Water

A beautiful morning on the banks of the upper Coomera River.

Upper Coomera River

3. James Sharp Memorial Park

Canungra, QLD

James Sharp Memorial Park is the perfect family campground: a large, open camping space located inland from the Gold Coast. There’s plenty of space for the kids to play, local activities nearby, and across from the campsite, Coomera River gives you the opportunity to fish, swim or canoe.

The campsite also features amenities, such as flush toilets and wooden BBQs to use during your stay. Look further out, and you’ll find plenty of things to do nearby: a game of golf at the Canungra Golf Course or perhaps a walk in the Canura State Forest.

Oh, did we mention you’re allowed to take your furry friend along? So bring them, your partner or the kids, and we’ll see you there!

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • BBQs
  • Flush Toilets
  • Pet friendly
  • Recycled Water

Lower Portals Rock pools at Mount Barney

Mount Barney National Park

4. Flanagan Reserve Bush Camping

Barney View, QLD

Flanagan Reserve is the perfect spot to stay for bush camping along the Logan River. With 12 hectares of camping and lots of shaded areas, Flanagan Reserve is the prime spot for travelling inland of the Gold Coast.

At this particular campground, you definitely won’t run out of ideas during your stay: check out the wildlife at the bottom of Mount Maroon, the hikes up Mount Barney National Park, or perhaps a combination of swimming, fishing and canoeing along the Logan River.

It’s got everything you need, from toilets, hot showers, firewood and plenty of privacy – plus you’re allowed to bring a furry friend.

Should you wish to find some adventure elsewhere, you’ll also find the town of Mount Barney a short drive away, where you can enjoy wineries and coffee shops.

What are you waiting for? Book on their website, and we’ll see you at Flanagan Reserve!

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • Toilets
  • Pet Friendly
  • Hot showers
  • Open fires

From lakeside bushland to lush forestation, these top 4 budget campgrounds are a must. Seclude yourself in nature at these inland getaways, and explore the different hikes, views, and wildlife the Gold Coast has to offer.

If you’re looking to get away from the crowded campgrounds, we highly recommend these rare finds.

To organise a budget holiday, consider your nearest Travellers Autobarn or book online – we’re always here to help you plan your next adventure.

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