A STRADDIE CAMP­ING AD­VEN­TURE

Style Magazine - - Travel - BY PA­TRICK WIL­SON

There is a say­ing about North Strad­broke Is­land — “Where a trip be­comes a tra­di­tion” — which rings true for our fam­ily.

Af­ter our first fam­ily camp­ing trip on Straddie, we can’t wait to get back.

We booked our ad­ven­ture months in ad­vance, re­serv­ing two tent sites side by side at Amity Point camp­ground.

Our two boys, aged 4 and 8, were burst­ing with ex­cite­ment.

Join­ing us on the trip were good friends who also have two sons (al­most ex­actly the same age as ours).

As this was our first fam­ily camp­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, we hired the com­plete tent set-up from Strad­broke 4WD Tours and Camp­ing Hol­i­days and the owner, Paul Mer­gler, was busy putting up the tents when we ar­rived.

We had one large fam­ily tent and two smaller two to three-man tents, along with a large liv­ing area made up of two 3m x 3m gaze­bos.

Also in­cluded were LED light­ing, camp chairs, an esky, bed­ding, gas stove, pots, pans, plates and cutlery — we only brought sleep­ing bags, bikes, clothes and food.

The great thing about hir­ing the tents, was pack­ing the cars and check­ing out on the fi­nal day af­ter break­fast with no tents to pack up.

The jour­ney to Straddie was su­per easy (the ferry trip is only 45 min­utes) and our ad­ven­ture be­gan as soon as we set foot ashore.

Amity Point camp­ground is known for be­ing fam­ily friendly and it was — the check-in was friendly and ef­fi­cient, our camp site was beach­front (though shel­tered by be­ing on the bay-side of the is­land), and it has a real fam­ily feel.

The kids roamed rel­a­tively freely; they jumped on their bikes and joined the other kids rid­ing around the camp.

The fa­cil­i­ties were first class, al­ways kept clean and tidy and it never felt over­crowded even dur­ing the busy Septem­ber hol­i­days.

The days were spent play­ing at the var­i­ous play­grounds at the camp­ing ground and on the beach, go­ing for walks along the jetty to look for the res­i­dent dol­phin (we saw him once), and rid­ing around on bi­cy­cles.

Day trips to Point Look­out and Cylin­der Beach are amaz­ing and the kids loved the trip to Brown Lake.

There is so much to do on Straddie, we only scratched the sur­face.

It was the most amaz­ing, re­lax­ing hol­i­day, and we can’t wait to go back for more.

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