Winter is the perfect time to get outdoors and discover some of the best camping spots in the Bundaberg Region.
Now is the time to look at the best camping hotspots in the Bundaberg Region because on 12 June as the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 restrictions relax just before school holidays start, people will be allowed to go camping and travelling up to 250km from their home.
1Burrum Coast National Park
Burrum Coast National Park is located between 25km and 95km south-east of Bundaberg and is spread over four sections: Kinkuna, Woodgate, Buxton and Burrum River.
Burrum Coast National Park has the largest and least disturbed coastal plains in South East Queensland.
What makes Burrum Coast National Park special is the abundance of wildlife, the flowering heaths, quiet beaches and several walking tracks that all provide excellent opportunities to explore diverse coastal habitats.
Enjoy your visit with a host of water activities including fishing, canoeing or kayaking and boating.
If boating offshore in the Great Sandy Marine Park, keep an eye out for dugongs, sea turtles and other marine life including the magnificent breaching humpbacks.
If camping at the end of winter keep an eye out for the beautiful Wallum Wildflowers in the Vera Scarth-Johnson Wildflower Reserve.
Lake Monduran is known for its great barramundi fishing and is recognised as one of the premier freshwater barramundi fisheries in Queensland.
Lake Monduran is located 20km north of Gin Gin on the Bruce Hwy and 4km east along Monduran Dam Road.
The family-friendly camp area includes first-rate amenities in an unspoiled location.
Take the opportunity to reel in a big one as barramundi season is open during the winter school holidays.
In March more than 73,000 barramundi fingerlings were released into Lake Monduran to restock the popular fishing area near Gin Gin.
But, if fishing isn't really your game then you can kayak, canoe, swim and waterski too.
Norval Park is about 50km from Bundaberg and situated a short stroll from the ocean between Rules Beach and Miara.
The Norval Park campground has been developed by Council to provide basic ‘bush' camping of a zero or minimum facilities nature.
Camping at Norval Park is arranged by purchasing a permit and is open to tents and camper trailers only. Caravans, motorhomes, campervans and the like are not permitted.
The campsite has toilet facilities and hand basin only. Campers must bring their own water supplies.
Deepwater National Park – Wreck Rock and Middle Rock
Deepwater National Park is located 100km from the Bundaberg CBD and has two ideal camping locations – Wreck Rock and Middle Rock.
The area is one of the few remaining pristine freshwater catchments on Queensland's east coast.
Vehicle-based camping is permitted at both Wreck Rock and Middle Rock in Deepwater National Park camping areas.
Wreck Rock camping area has shady camp sites behind the fore dunes, just a short walk to water and beach activities.
Access from the northern entrance to Deepwater National Park is suitable for high-clearance 4WD only. But from the southern access roads you can reach the camping area in conventional vehicle.
Wreck Rock has the comforts of picnic tables, one cold outdoor shower, composting toilets, fire rings, rainwater and bore water.
Middle Rock camping area features bush camping behind the fore dunes, just a short walk to water and beach activities.
The Middle Rock camping area can be reached by high-clearance 4WD only and is access is suitable for high-clearance camper trailers.
The only facility at Middle Rock is fire rings so it is essential to take your own drinking water.
Mingo Crossing is approximately 125km west of Bundaberg via Gin Gin.
The area is perfect for all types of water sports including fishing, sailing, skiing and tubing.
Mingo Crossing is surrounded by rural countryside which complements the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, and the recreation park sits along the banks of the beautiful Burnett River.
The small historic town of Mount Perry is only a 30-minute drive from Mingo Crossing and a great destination for a day trip to explore the museum, heritage trail or cultural centre.
Mount Walsh is about 50km south of Childers, just outside of the Bundaberg Region and is a prominent landmark in the Biggenden area.
The park is a wildlife refuge for a large variety of animals including amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds including the vulnerable powerful owl and the grey goshawk.
There is no formal camping area but remote bush camping is possible with camping permits required.
Mount Walsh offers remote bush camping, which means staying overnight is accessible only on foot and campers must be self-sufficient and experienced in remote bush walking and navigation.
Bush campers should expect rugged conditions with no facilities.
Mount Walsh also offers a bush walk to Utopia Rock Pools, which are popular fresh water swimming destination for the whole family.
Paradise Dam is only 100km south-west of Bundaberg and 35km from the country town of Biggenden.
Paradise Dam sits on the beautiful Burnett River and is renowned for freshwater fishing along with other water sports include boating, skiing, tubing, sailing and swimming.
The facilities at Paradise Dam include non-powered camping sites, environmentally friendly toilets (no showers), covered gas barbecues, concrete boat ramp, fish cleaning stations, information centre and kiosk.
9Kalpowar State Forest
Kalpowar State Forest is 135km from Bundaberg and is accessible by unsealed roads that are suitable for conventional two-wheel-drive vehicles.
Kalpowar State Forest’s grassy camp site is in an open forest setting and is ideal for picnicking or camping in a tranquil bush setting beside Crane Creek.
The open grassy camp sites are suitable for families and large groups.
It is essential to take adequate food and drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, sunscreen, fuel stove and adequate fuel.
10Bulburin National Park
Bulburin National Park is 150km from Bundaberg and offers three camping areas: Old Forestry, Zamia and Range View.
Old Forestry camping area is the peaceful setting of the former forestry barracks site, it is an open grassy camping area with tall hoop pines dominating the forest.
Zamia camping is a small camping area and an area where early morning songs of the local birdlife will greet you. This is a small camping node on the western side of the four-wheel drive loop.
The Range View camping area has spectacular views toward the east coast, it boosts a dry grassy camping area with lemon scented gums dominating the surrounds.
The road to Range View is unsealed and can be reached, via Builyan, in a four-wheel-drive vehicle in dry weather only.
Take the opportunity these winter school holidays to step back to nature and discover the beauty of camping in the Bundaberg Region’s backyard.