Camping is a hassle. I get that. There’s no doubt that the time and effort involved stops our family from going camping more often and puts other people off camping at all.
Which is a shame because camping is THE great Australian holiday experience and it creates amazing memories. There’s something about camping that gets everyone feeling relaxed, helps families bond and makes everyone sleep well at night.
When you get it right it’s hard to beat camping for a family holiday experience and everything was certainly right when we experienced camped with Rainbow Beach Ultimate Camping.
Here’s what we loved about our recent camping experience at Inskip Recreation Reserve near Rainbow Beach.
1. No camping equipment necessary
The Rainbow Beach Ultimate Camping team have all the equipment needed for a comfy camping experience. The set up for our family of four (the big lad was elsewhere with his BAE!) included:
- Big shady communal area for cooking, eating and hanging out;
- Gas stove;
- Sink with running water;
- Dining table with table cloth and solid chairs;
- Cupboards to store food;
- Pots, pans and cooking utensils. Even a cheese grater and colander.
- A portapotty – a bit odd if you’ve never used one before but it flushes and is way better than the communal longdrop campsite toilets;
- Separate sleep tents for adults and kids with a bedside table and carpet;
- Camping chairs to use on the beach or round the fire;
- A hammock for the kids to squabble over;
- A hot shower – possibly the best camping addition ever, closely contested by running water in the kitchen sink which was brilliant too.
Apart from the comfy chairs, hammock, carpets and hot water shower, I also appreciated having a comfy double bed to sleep in. My husband and kids love camping but I’m not usually that keen. I always joke about how I’ll be spending my holiday squatting in the dirt and it’s pretty close to the truth.
On this camping holiday I managed to avoid squatting anywhere, thanks to the generous supply of chairs and I avoided dirt because there was heaps of running water. There was even a bowl outside my tent to get the sand off my feet before entering.
I’m not really a princess, I just sound like one at times, but the older I get and the more luxury hotels I stay at the more I dislike being uncomfy. Thankfully I didn’t have to endure any discomfort on this camping adventure.
Either because I’m female or because I am a control freak, or due to a horrible combination of the two, I take charge of packing food and clothes when we go away. Finding bags, hats and swimmers for everyone in the family shouldn’t be too hard but something always seems to be missing.
Packing the food shouldn’t be hard either but if you want to remember every single type of sauce, condiment and health addition it takes time. Then, because packing the camping equipment is tricky too, I usually have to help find, pack or lift something.
But on this holiday, we didn’t even have to take bedding or towels, let alone camping equipment, so packing and getting settled in couldn’t have been easier.
Inskip is also very close to Rainbow Beach which has shops, restaurants and cafes so, even if we had forgotten anything, it would have been easy to nip into town to pick it up or to eat out.
Bonus 1 – Camping at Inskip has the Wow Factor
As well as being comfy and easy our accommodation was also absolute waterfront with amazing views across the channel to Fraser Island.
Bonus 2 – Lots to see and do at Rainbow Beach
Inskip is perfectly placed for a day trip to Fraser Island, Double Island Point or even Noosa. If you have a 4WD you can drive down the beach but if you want a no-hassle experience, there are plenty of options of day trips and excursions in Rainbow Beach.
We loved horse-riding on the beach and it’s brilliant for water-based activities like surfing, stand up paddleboarding or kayaking all of which you can try with a lesson or tour.
So now anyone can enjoy the classic Aussie beach camping experience with no hassles. I’d rather not do it any other way.
See the Rainbow Beach Ultimate Camping website to find out more about camping at Inskip.
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