Over­seas Walks: Nth Strad­broke Is­land adds a touch of glam to the great out­doors

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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 glamp­ing tents of­fer high-qual­ity bed­ding, cot­ton sheets, fresh tow­els, two bam­boo chairs and power, and are fully made up and ready for the ar­rival of guests, who also have ac­cess to the Ad­der Beach Camp­ing Ground’s com­mu­nal fa­cil­i­ties. Restau­rants and shops are within easy ac­cess of the camp site. 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 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.” Nightly rates for the flash camp­ing start from $99 for two peo­ple. North Strad­broke Is­land is lo­cated in More­ton Bay, 30 kilo­me­tres south east of Bris­bane. The is­land is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble by reg­u­lar ferry ser­vices (car and pas­sen­ger).

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