The foreshore along the Gladstone coast is a perfect location to base yourself while camping Photo Tannum Village
The foreshore along the Gladstone coast is a perfect location to base yourself while camping Photo Tannum Village Contributed

Top three camping spots around Gladstone

IN Gladstone, the beauty of our campsites is the diversity in choice, the facilities and the endless fun for all members of the family. We love our outdoors, and here are the prime local pickings for your Easter escape:

1 Boynedale Bush Camp

GPS: 24.2179230 E, 151.2401640 S

How to get there: Boynedale Bush Camp is off the Gladstone-Monto Road about 26km south from Calliope. Look out for the signed turnoff to the east and follow the unsealed road for about 2km to the campground.

Why it's great: This free camping spot nestled on Lake Awoonga is the optimal family escape, with swimming, fishing and boating all popular recreational activities.

According to locals, this window into the stunning Boyne Valley is unmatched within our region for those looking for a camping spot with all of the facilities and activities to occupy the family.

Tips: Bookings are not required but Boynedale can be busy in peak season.  Arrive early to guarantee your spot. Toilets, fireplaces and sheltered picnic tables are available.

Watch out for: The serene landscape of the stunning Boyne Valley.

2 Eurimbula National Park

GPS: 151°39'43"E, 24°0'25"S

How to get there: Head south on the Bruce Hwy and turn left at Miriam Vale towards Agnes Water. 10km before the township, watch for the left turn to the National Park. Continue for 4km to a junction. The road to the right leads to Eurimbula camping area (9km) and the other leads to Middle Creek camping area (13.5km). Access by 4WD only.

Why it's great: A culmination of everything that is great about the outdoors, Eurimbula is a locally renowned campsite area, with enough activities to ensure each member of the family is entertained.

Coastal camping with spectacular views and opportunities for fishing, bushwalking and boating; a visit to Eurimbula National Park is for nature lovers who enjoy self-sufficient escapes . Campfires are permitted. Toilets and picnic tables are on site. Direct access onto Bustard Beach.

Tips: Remember to leave little to no footprint. Camping permits and bookings are required through National Parks. Also check their website for any alerts.

Watch out for: Birds - bring a camera for close encounters.

3 Calliope River

GPS: 23.961223 E, 151.152744 S

How to get there: Turn off the Bruce Hwy at the Calliope Historical Village onto Carrara Road, following the Old Bruce Hwy, 8km north of Calliope.

Why it's great: A local escape 30 minutes from Gladstone central. Camping by the river is an experience every local needs to undertake to earn their title. Caravans are also welcome.

Tips: Camping is free but there is a 48-hour limit. Grassy knolls provide an easy tent-pitching spot. Campers will need to be largely self-sufficient but Calliope is 10 minutes away.

Watch out for: Jellyfish - stings have been reported at Calliope River; exercise caution.