Saturday, November 18, 2017

Queensland’s North Stradbroke Island adds a touch of glam

Following the success of last year’s ‘pop up’ Flash Camp on North Stradbroke Island, Straddie Camping has launched a permanent flash camping site on the beachfront near the island’s most popular tourist village, Point Lookout.

The mini-village of ten flash camping tents is located at Adder Rock on the northern coast, in a shady area, sheltered behind native tea tree and pandanus forests, with a beach directly in front of the camping ground.

The launch of the permanent glamping tents is perfectly timed for visitors to take advantage of the whale migration season – with whales passing by North Straddie throughout the season to November – and also the annual Quandamooka Festival, which offers a packed itinerary of events on North Stradbroke Island, including many on weekends, till September.

Called Minjerribah by the Indigenous Quandamooka people, and affectionately known as ‘Straddie’ among locals, North Stradbroke Island’s laid-back vibe and subtropical beauty have established it as one of Queensland’s most popular camping areas. Visitors can view whales, dolphins and manta rays on the North Gorge Headlands Walk, take a scuba-diving adventure, hike through bushland to magnificent freshwater lakes, enjoy a 4WD tour on the beach, go fishing, or simply sit back and enjoy the glorious sunsets.

Straddie Camping’s acting CEO, Hugo Johnston, said that that the demand for more ‘flash’ style camping was evident during the first ‘pop up’ Flash Camp in 2016: “We experimented with Flash Camp during holiday periods, and it became clear that there was a growing market for this style of camping so we decided to make it a permanent feature of our camping options.

“There’s a revival of interest in camping, but while many people are attracted by the idea of camping under the stars, they’re dissuaded by all the work and hassle that goes with bringing in all the equipment and the potential lack of comfort. With our glamping option you have all the benefits of being in a traditional camping ground and out in the open, but with comforts that are more typical of hotels. A good night’s sleep in such beautiful surroundings can really help make for a memorable holiday.”

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