New glamping options on Stradbroke Island give you a low-stress luxury camping stay with more time to relax and enjoy the island.
It didn’t take much to convince me that a trip to Stradbroke Island where I could jump in the surf and wash away all the Brisbane, was a good idea.
Throw in a luxury eco-tent complete with a queen size bed and fan and the deal was sealed.
Glamping with Minjerribah Camping
Minjerribah Camping (aka Straddie Camping) operates several campsites on the island which is an hour’s ferry ride from Brisbane. The Adder Rock campsite, which is a 20-minute drive from the Dunwich Ferry terminal, is the location for a group of eco tents.
There are nine tents for couples and three family tents that include an annex with bunk beds for the children. The tents are set back from the beachfront in an elevated position which ensures good breezes. They are also close to the amenities block, accessed by a swipe card, which is where the toilets and showers are located.
It doesn’t feel like camping
It doesn’t feel like camping inside the eco tents at until you lift the tent flap and look outside. Inspired by the natural palette of the beach and island setting, the room looks like it has been lifted from a Freedom catalogue with plenty of textured wood must-haves that would fit perfectly into my home.
I particularly like the locally designed cushions created by talented artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins from Made On Minjerribah, but am equally entranced with the Elkhorn plant in its wooden bowl. I didn’t even realise it is fakery!
The screen-printed linen cushions are available for purchase from Delvene as is the wall hanging artwork which features in some of the other cabins.
Let’s not forget the very cute bedside table and colourful luggage rack, or the stylish crockery inside the sideboard.
What’s inside the glamping tent?
The bed is very comfortable with crisp white sheets, and the ceiling fan keeps it fresh even when the sea breeze drops.
There is a jug and the makings for coffee and tea plus mugs to drink it in. The bar-size fridge is just big enough to store essentials and those few kilos of Straddie prawns or freshly shucked oysters that you pick up along the way.
If you want to cook up a meal, you will need to walk to the communal kitchen. If you have banned cooking for the weekend, you can easily enjoy a takeaway option on the tent deck. That’s when a table would come in handy so remember to pack that in your car.
The eco-tents would also benefit from mirror and towel rail to hang up those thick white towels and keep the glamour in the camping.
Just minutes from the beach
The unpatrolled swimming beach out the front is a five-minute walk from the tent and has shallows are a good spot for children. There were plenty of surfboard riders there enjoying the right-hand point break with a sand bottom which is best on a southerly wind.
There’s no need to forgo cafe food options and stylish shopping either. A Straddie break is not about retail purchases but if you like to browse there are just enough options to fill a rainy afternoon. At Point Lookout, there’s dress shop, designer homewares and plants with designer clothing next door.
As well as basic supermarket stuff, the island’s predilection towards organic and natural means there’s some excellent fruit shops and local food outlets. You’ll find almost every gourmet item you might have in your pantry at home plus some new ones to add to your collection.
The Quandamooka people, ‘people of the bay’, refer to North Stradbroke Island as Minerribah. They have been caring for the island since time immemorial. Archaeological sites show evidence of countless generations of Qandamooka people enjoying the island and the surrounding waters for food, work and recreation.
Blue Lake is an area of special cultural significance and the Quandamooka people call the lake Karboora, which means deep, silent pool. Other places of cultural significance include Eighteen Mile Swamp, midden and bora ring sites and Moongalba (Myora Mission and Spring.
The Sunday markets at the community centre are where you’ll find Diabla Oysters and Stradbroke honey. Local artists display their latest works, ranging from highly professional and desirable pieces to fun snapshots of Straddie life. There’s also some beautiful quilts, cushions and Turkish towels plus a range of other homewares and plants worth exploring in a lovely shop called Linen Caravan.
My favourite places to dine are the Island Fruit Barn at Dunwich or Blue Room at Point Lookout for breakfast or lunch, weekend afternoon drinks on Point Lookout Lifesaving Club balcony and Whales Way for dinner.
Where is it?
Straddie Camping (Minjerribah Camping) operates six beachfront camping grounds on Stradbroke Island. The island is a 40-minute drive from Brisbane’s CBD plus a 25 or 50-minute boat or vehicular ferry ride across Moreton Bay.
Glamping is available only at the Adder Rock campsite. Double glamping tent rates are $149 per night, and family tents are $199 per night. The bonus is free wifi.
These eco-tents are great news for couples or families who want to get back to beach camping without too much effort. There’s all the atmosphere of a camping ground, but instead of having to do all the work putting up and taking down the tent and bringing all the equipment, everything is done for you so that you can spend more time enjoying the island
Disclaimer: Ed+bK was a guest of Minjerribah Camping.