Stradbroke Island glamping gives you a low-stress luxury tent camping stay at Bradbury’s Beach, Adder Rock or Cylinder Beach with Minjerribah Camping. Some of the glamping tents even have ensuite bathrooms!
Stradbroke Island glamping
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, and the deal was sealed.
Glamping at Bradbury’s Beach. IMAGE: Kerry Heaney
Bradbury’s Beach glamping tent view.
What’s inside a glamping tent?
You can relax on a very comfortable queen-sized bed (king-sized at Bradbury’s Beach) with crisp white sheets. A ceiling fan keeps it fresh even when the sea breeze drops and air conditioning is an extra treat in the Bradbury’s Beach tents. 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 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.
Inside eco tent 2 at Bradbury’s Beach
Stylish Glamping on Stradbroke Island
It doesn’t feel like camping inside the eco tents until you lift the tent flap and look outside. Inspired by the natural palette of the beach and island setting, the Stradbroke Island glamping 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. The screen-printed linen cushions are available from Delvene, as is the artwork.
How the day ends when glamping at Bradbury’s Beach. IMAGE: Kerry Heaney
Stradbroke Island glamping with Minjerribah Camping
Minjerribah Camping operates several campsites on the island, an hour’s ferry ride from Brisbane. The six Bradbury’s Beach beachfront glamping tents are the most luxurious, with air conditioning, a television, and an ensuite. The Adder Rock campsite, a 20-minute drive from the Dunwich Ferry terminal, has 12 glamping tents. 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, where the toilets and showers are located. There are three glamping tents at Cylinder Beach, also located close to the amenities block.
The kitchen inside the Bradbury’s Beach glamping tent. IMAGE: Kerry Heaney
Bradbury’s Beach glamping ensuite bathroom
Bradbury’s Beach Glamping
The glamping tents at Bradbury’s Beach take Stradbroke Island glamping to a new level. Once inside, these tents are more like a unit than a tent with four separate rooms and all the comfort of home. The views from the spacious main deck sweep out over the bay, and you are in a prime position to watch the passenger ferry dock at One Mile Jetty.
These six tents are fully equipped with everything, including the kitchen sink and artfully decorated using the work of local artist Delvine Cockatoo-Collins. Delvine’s shop is within walking distance in Dunwich.
The main room is air-conditioned and includes a wall-mounted television. There is a king-size bed and table for four people, with more chairs, a table and a barbecue for the spacious deck. Two bunk beds in a side annexe room are perfect for children. A coffee machine is a great addition to the spacious separate kitchen, and the separate bathroom (described on the site as an ensuite) is every bit as comfortable as what you probably have at home. It’s very fancy camping and no surprise that these tents are the most expensive on the island. For a waterfront view, make sure you book cabins one, two or three. Cabin one is designed as fully accessible.
It’s only a short walk from the jetty to the camping area, so Bradbury’s Beach is perfect if you don’t want to bring a car to the island. There are shops within walking distance and a bus to take you around to explore. The disadvantage of the position is that depending on the wind direction, the ferry can be quite noisy. For me, the view outweighs the noise.
Bradbury’s Beach is popular with those who like to fish and boaties because of the proximity to the beach. It’s designed as a caravan park, and no tents are allowed here.
Decor from Delvine Cockatoo Collins.
Adder Rock glamping tent
Adder Rock Glamping
There is a very comfortable queen-sized 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 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.
The unpatrolled swimming beach out the front is a five-minute walk from the tent and has shallows that 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.
Adder Rock glamping tent site.
What to do on Straddie
This island may be small, but it punches high when it comes to interesting shopping. There are several galleries featuring the work of local artists to explore. Check my Stradbroke Island Arts Trail for some touring ideas. A Straddie break is not about retail purchases, but if you like to browse, there are just enough options to fill a rainy afternoon.
There’s no need to forgo cafe food options either. As well as basic supermarket stuff, the island’s predilection towards organic and natural means there are 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. One of my favourite places to dine is the Blue Room at Point Lookout for breakfast or lunch and weekend afternoon drinks on the Point Lookout Lifesaving Club balcony.
The markets (held on some Sundays – check here for dates ) at the Point Lookout Bowls Club 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 are also some beautiful quilts, cushions and Turkish towels, plus a range of other homewares and plants worth exploring in a lovely stall shop Linen Caravan and island-themed screen-printed t-shirts, clothes and homewares at Starfish Studio.
Stradbroke Island oysters.
The Green Room, next to the Blue Room, is a small corner store with fresh fruit, vegetables and dry goods. Photo: Kerry Heaney
Where are the glamping tents?
North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah is a 40-minute drive from Brisbane’s CBD or a 25 or 50-minute boat or vehicular ferry ride across Moreton Bay. Minjerribah Camping operates six camping grounds on the island but only three offer glamping, and only one of these has ensuite bathrooms.
Glamping on Stradbroke Island is available at
- Adder Rock (One bedroom/sleeps 2 glamping tent rates $179 per night – 2 bedroom sleeping 4 people $199 a night),
- Cylinder Beach (2 bedrooms, queens size bed and bunks $209 per night) and
- Bradbury’s Beach (2 bedroom Eco Island Tent Family sleeps four with ensuite $210 per night)
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
More what to do on Straddie
- The ultimate Stradbroke Island road trip.
- 10 top things to do on Straddie
- Stradbroke Island Oyster Festival
- Minjerribah Arts Trail
Disclaimer: Ed+bK was a guest of Minjerribah Camping.
Not at that price! No thanks.
Looks wonderful – might just glamp along to Straddie.
You’ll love it Bev. Peter Hook is your man to talk to.