Eco-re­treat with added lux­ury

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - WEEKENDSHOPPER -

EASTER hol­i­days are on Queens­land’s doorstep once more and with the au­tumn break comes re­lax­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties such as camp­ing.

Out­door items such as es­kies, tar­pau­lins, and much more are all avail­able in Week­end Shop­per’s Camp­ing sec­tion, with camper show­ers avail­able from $35 and air pumps on of­fer from $30.

How­ever, peo­ple who pre­fer crea­ture com­forts but also crave a bush ex­pe­ri­ence can still en­joy the great out­doors.

Ac­cord­ing to Queens­land Hol­i­days, ‘glamp­ing’ or glam­orous camp­ing is one of the fastest grow­ing lux­ury accommodation op­tions now avail­able.

While glamp­ing accommodation can in­clude huts, tents, and cab­ins, the com­mon fac­tor is deluxe of­fer­ings rarely found on av­er­age camp­ing trips.

Such of­fer­ings are a high­light of Ketchup’s Bank Glamp­ing near Boonah, which of­fers a lux­ury tent ex­pe­ri­ence for cou­ples.

The eco-re­treat pro­vides glamp­ing de­lights in­clud­ing queen-sized beds with 300 thread count linen, elec­tric blan­kets, and doonas; fluffy bathrobes; en­suites; com­ple­men­tary clean­ing and dish­wash­ing; self-con­tained kitchens with bar­be­cues and camp­fires; a gourmet food ham­per ser­vice; and flat screen tele­vi­sions which can play DVDS and CDS.

Plunger cof­fee and com­ple­men­tary port and marsh­mal­lows are also avail­able.

Owner and man­ager of Ketchup’s Bank Glamp­ing, Leona Tay­lor, said glamp­ing was a level of camp­ing that pro­vided the com­forts of home while tak­ing away the has­sles of camp­ing.

“Our tents are raised on decks away from any creepy-crawlies and there are en­suite bath­rooms so peo­ple don’t have to go out in the cold at night,” she said.

“We also do all the wood col­lect­ing and set up the camp­fires.”

Ms Tay­lor said while Ketchup’s Bank Glamp­ing was cur­rently just for cou­ples, she had re­ceived in­quiries from fam­i­lies as well as peo­ple of all ages who were in­ter­ested in glamp­ing.

“A huge range of peo­ple like glamp­ing, from those who like the idea of the bush but don’t want the has­sle of camp­ing to those who have never been camp­ing but want the ex­pe­ri­ence of sit­ting around a campfire, sleep­ing in a tent, and see­ing dif­fer­ent an­i­mals,” she said.

Ketchup’s Bank Glamp­ing has two lux­ury eco-tents avail­able from $249 per night.

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