An ultimate camping experience at Queensland's Rainbow Beach

By Andrew Louis

Andrew Louis checks out a campground where you can have the tenting experience without having to pitch and pack away the tent.

Rainbow Beach, Cooloola.
Rainbow Beach, Cooloola.

Check-in experience: Greeted by friendly owner Rachel and rugby-mad son Talon.

Where: Inskip Peninsula on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Queensland. North of Brisbane.

Rooms: The campsite consists of a main living tent, two-room sleeping tent, toilet tent and a shower tent. I am nestled just under the treeline so the tents never get too hot and there's a bit of protection if the wind picks up.

View: Situated right on Rainbow Beach, only metres from the refreshing surf. I can see fine white sand stretching left and right with views across the water to Fraser Island.

Services: The private toilet is emptied, gas and water refilled when required. There is also a daily ice truck that sells ice, bait, firewood, milk, icecreams and newspapers during the peak and shoulder periods.

Living: A huge 5m x 6m marquee tent that has enough room for the gas barbecue and billy stove, large chilly-bin, washing table, pantry and a dining table in the centre.

Bathroom: Having my own private toilet and hot-water shower while camping is, for me, the true definition of Glamping. The shower is powered by a 12-volt pump connected to a large water reservoir the same size as my hot water cylinder back home. The water is heated by an optional gas heater that automatically switches on as you use the shower. This may be more convenient if you have young kids, otherwise you would need to mix hot water into the reservoir.

Food and beverage: Water is included but food hampers are an optional extra. I enjoyed a dinner of steak with mushrooms and vegetables, all cooked on the beach. Finished off with a fruit platter and a glass of wine as it got dark and the stars came out.

Entertaining: The usual beach activities: good fishing, swimming, lounging/relaxing, reading. But fires are also allowed as long as you bring your own wood.

Perfect for: Families with young children or anyone new to camping who can't do without the luxuries of home. They are very flexible and customise to your needs. They can accommodate up to 30 people.

Price: I recommend at least a four-night stay A$690 (NZ$731) (low season) A$820 (high season). It takes a day or two to sort out the camp routine and get into camping mode.

What's so good about this place? A tenting experience without having to pitch and pack away the tent.

In a nutshell: No mosquitoes, no tent hassles, no crowds and warm temperature all year round.

- NZ Herald

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