6 top camping spots to spend your next long weekend

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We love a long weekend. Whether we’re clocking off early on Friday or cashing in one of our handy Monday public holidays, Aruga is determined to make the most of a three-day weekend.

Embrace south-east Queensland’s glorious climate and stunning scenery and spend your next mini-break in a private campsite or glampsite, cosy cabin or secluded caravan park.

Hipcamp pairs private landowners with avid campers to offer a huge range of unique outdoor stays. We’ve roadtested some of Hipcamp’s best private campsites and unearthed these hidden outdoor gems for your next long weekend getaway.

Natural Bridge Retreat

DISTANCE FROM BRISBANE: Approx. 2hrs drive

BEST FOR: Couples, families, friends.

If you like secret waterfalls, secluded campsites and pristine views, then schedule a road trip to Natural Bridge Retreat for your next weekend getaway. The outrageously beautiful property backs onto the NSW/QLD border, adjoining Lamington National Park, and features an iconic private waterfall under which Hollywood actress Laura Dern washed her hair in a global Sunsilk shampoo commercial in 1998.

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DISTANCE FROM BRISBANE: Approx. 1hr 30mins drive

BEST FOR: Couples, solo travellers, young families.

Nestled in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Jandarra Farm is an Ecotourism Australia-certified regenerative farm where resident cows are put to work building soil biology and rebalancing nature. This farm is a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle and features an infrared sauna, rock pools and workshops with organic food available to purchase.


Image from Jandarra Farm

Crystal Creek Ranch

DISTANCE FROM BRISBANE: Approx. 2hrs drive

BEST FOR: Families, couples, large groups.

Crystal Creek Ranch backs onto the beautiful Springbrook National Park and, as the name suggests, features private crystal-clear freshwater creeks. Most campsites are situated next to the creek, giving campers direct access and waterfront views – a camper’s dream.

Mountain View Retreat

DISTANCE FROM BRISBANE: Approx. 40mins drive

BEST FOR: Families, couples, friends.

Located in the Samford Valley, Mountain View Retreat is the perfect destination for those who want a quick weekend escape. Campers can enjoy the beautiful mountain views, take a dip in the South Pine River that flows through the property, hike or bike one of the nearby trails or pet some of the resident horses, geese, chickens and Labradors.

Tent in a Forest

DISTANCE FROM BRISBANE: Approx. 2hrs drive

BEST FOR: Couples, solo travellers, romantic luxe getaways.

For those who like to put the glam in glamping, Tent in The Forest is your next long weekend getaway destination. Located in Kin Kin and surrounded by Woondum National Park, Boulder and Mothar Mountains, this eco-friendly glamping experience includes exclusive use of the entire two-hectare campsite.

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DISTANCE FROM BRISBANE: 1hr 20mins drive

BEST FOR: 4WD-lovers, couples, friends.

With rolling hills, access to kilometres of walking and riding trails and 500 metres of creek frontage, Stonesthrow is an avid adventurer’s dream. Situated on top of a hill in Illinbah, this 20-hectare property can only be accessed by 4WD and offers breathtaking scenic views for campers.

So, grab your flannel shirt and pack some marshmallows for a truly wholesome weekend with Hipcamp.