Straddie Camping's Ecoshacks at Amity Point are glamping at its best. Situated on absolute waterfront sites, the striking timber shacks are quite spacious and well designed.
These shacks have been designed to incorporate the culture of the Quandamooka People (North Stradbroke Island's traditional owners) and their connection to country. Design inspiration also came from the style of the traditional Australian tent and the quintessential beach shacks of North Stradbroke Island.
With one double bedroom, a twin share room and a flip out sofa, each shack can sleep up to 6. Bedrooms are fitted with wall fans for the warmer months and with canvas blinds rolled up, cross ventilation takes full advantage of sea breezes. Slight elevation off the ground means that cool air passes underneath each shack, also helping to keep the interiors cool.
Each compact kitchen is well equipped with a full size fridge, microwave, portable twin hot plates, toaster and kettle. Cooking utensils, pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and glassware are also supplied, as is all linen. A flat screen TV in each shack means nobody has to miss their favourite shows - but really, who needs TV when there's a million dollar view right on the doorstep?
From the deck guests look straight out at Moreton Bay and there is no better place to watch the sun go down and enjoy a cool drink. As evening closes in, internal blinds can be dropped and zipped into place, to keep in the warmth and provide privacy. The front doors of the Ecoshacks are simply stunning, featuring an inlayed design by local Quandamooka artist, Belinda Close.
The two Ecoshacks located in Straddie Camping's Amity Point campground are prototypes and future plans include more of these shacks being built in other Straddie Camping campgrounds on the island.
The campground at Amity Point is well maintained and a beautiful peaceful spot with dazzling waterfront views. And humans aren't the only ones who appreciate the natural environment to be found here. Those who take the time to peer into well established trees may be rewarded with koala sightings - they can often be heard before they're spotted. Wallabies, rainbow lorikeets, galahs, noisy friarbirds, plovers, curlews, kites and sea eagles reside in this area too. By downloading the QRReader app onto their phone, guests can enjoy the campground's interpretive walk which provides information on the area's cultural history, fauna, flora and more.
The beautiful clear waters at Amity are also home to a variety of creatures. Marine life to be found here includes dolphins, dugongs, turtles, a variety of fish, crabs and the occasional wobbegong. Stunning sunsets draw keen photographers to the beach and the jetty and this is when dolphins can often be seen paying a visit. A swimming enclosure at Amity Point provides a safe place for swimmers, the boat ramp is well utilized by boaties and there's always a hopeful fisherman whetting a line either from the jetty, beach or rocks.
During the school holidays, visitors can participate in aboriginal cultural activities. These include sand art, spear throwing, boomerang throwing, a cultural talk and a guided walk. The activities are very reasonably priced at $5 per person - further details are posted on the Straddie Camping website page and facebook page. For information on the many other activities available on the island, see the helpful and friendly staff at the campground office.
A general store located in the main street at Amity Point stocks a good range of grocery items but for those wanting to have a real holiday and give the cooking a miss, the Amity Point Community Club serves meals as does Amity Point's very chilled and popular Seashells Cafe. Just a short walk from the cafe, Rufus King Seafoods is the local go-to spot for great seafood.
All of this is just a short stroll along the waterfront from the Ecoshacks, making life easy for holiday makers. There is one more treat for guests of the Ecoshacks - complimentary electric bikes can be booked at the campground office and these are a great way to explore the area. The bikes can also be hired by the public at reasonable rates.
There's so much to do and yet blissfully, so little to do at Amity Point. A break in Straddie Camping's Ecoshacks is a true holiday. Forget the hard work of setting up camp and enjoy the luxury of glamping - Straddie style.
Need to know- Land based whale watching (during the season) can be enjoyed from Point Lookout, just a short drive from Amity Point. Guests staying at Straddie Camping's Ecoshacks and not wanting to take their car to Stradbroke Island should enquire about courtesy transfers when booking. North Stradbroke Island is accessible by water taxi or vehicular barge, leaving from Cleveland.
By Sandy Ludinski
Must do Brisbane.com was a guest of Straddie Camping's Ecoshacks, Amity Point.