Glamping at Castaways on Moreton Island
Glamping at Castaways on Moreton Island. Just down the beach and around the corner is Honeymoon Bay. Photo: Simon Holt
Glamping at Castaways
P: 07 3909 3333
Cost: Prices start at $80 mid-week for two people, and $110 for a family tent for four. Packages which include breakfast and dinner packs, including transfers, start at $199. If you’re taking a four-wheel-drive or want to book a guided tour, there are extra charges.
There are eight glamping tents pitched permanently at Castaways.
Here’s the scenario: The family’s split. Two want to go camping, but the other two are digging their heels in, refusing to pitch a tent, dig a toilet or clean under a camp shower. The holiday plans are at a stalemate.
Glamping at Castaways was set up primarily with this in mind. Tents are basic in terms of hotel accommodation. There’s a queen-size bed and a bunk in the four-person option. The private ensuite has a shower, toilet, mirror and basin. Problem solved.
There’s also a small deck with camp chairs and a table, and a common area has barbecue cooking facilities and a fridge. The rooms don’t have a power point, but those compelled to charge their phones can do so in the common area.
To the back of the tents, there’s a campfire area for socialising, games and a quiet drink after dark.
Don’t let the Castaways name fool you. There are a few dining options. Castaways shop and café opens during the day most days and at night on weekends. It’s popular with the locals – partly because it has a couple of televisions – and serves up a hearty feast. It’s also licensed.
Salads with steak, schnitzel or seafood are popular choices, and there are children’s meals as well. During the day, the steak sandwich is massive and takes some hefty laughing gear to get a full bite.
Alternatively, there are packages which include food packs – with meats to cook, along with sides. Glampers can also take their own food.
Let’s face it. While the accommodation is comfortable, that’s not why most people are here. It’s the island they’ve come to see. Anglers will probably head up to North Point where they’ll find plenty of company.
But Moreton Island Adventures charges $110 per adult and $90 per child to tour in one of their large four-wheel-drive buses. The guides have been taking school groups around the island for years, and consequently they’ve picked up a fair whack of knowledge about the surrounding flora and fauna.
Sandboarding at the Desert is a must try, even if getting up the sand dunes are an effort. Just keep thinking of that steak sandwich which awaits at Castaways. Honeymoon Bay is a lovely option for a saltwater dip, while Blue Lagoon is a freshwater option.
Check out the view from the lighthouse, the sunset from North Point, and the underwater sea life which lives around the wrecks. Snorkelling is a great way to finish the weekend, especially on hot summer days.
This glamping site isn’t as luxurious as other options around the state. There is no television in the tents, nor are there many of the mod cons some sites have. What the others don’t have, however, is a giant sand island on which to play.
You will either need your own four-wheel-drive or tour guide if you are to fully expore the island. It’s possible to do by foot, but will take a lot of time and effort to do properly.
Moreton Island has until now been missing this type of accommodation – something which sits mid-way between the resort-style Tangalooma, and the do-it-yourself camping grounds scattered throughout the island.
Visitors here are not even close to “roughing it”. They are, however, able to enjoy all the attractions of what some might label “real” camping. Glampers of the world, unite in comfort.
- Simon Holt was a guest of Glamping at Castaways.