Adventure awaits you on Queensland’s secret island!

Just a hop, skip and a jump from Brisbane lies a hidden holiday destination that will entice even the most glamorous of travellers to tackle an adventure in the great outdoors.

Moreton Island, which can be reached by hopping on board the luxurious Moreton Island Adventures MICAT, is just a 75 minute ferry ride from Brisbane.

It’s a great option for those not wanting to use up their precious holiday hours on sitting in traffic for hours and queuing for the toilet at roadside petrol stations!

According to locals, the holiday starts as soon as you board the ferry. From the observation deck you’ll be treated to views of Moreton Bay, Moreton Island and even the Glass House mountains if it is a clear day.

The region is home to a slew of energetic wildlife so while you’re on board keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, turtles, dugongs and whales too.

There are a range of things to do on Moreton Island from snorkelling Brisbane’s only ship wrecks to serious sandboarding fun, but if you’re looking for an island experience that’s a little unique then glamping with Moreton Island Adventures may be the getaway for you.

So, what is glamping, you may ask? Basically, it’s an experience designed to give you the best of both worlds. It’s camping, but with a glamorous and indulgent twist that puts an end to pitching a tent, unrolling an uncooperative sleeping bag and building a fire.

Glamping at Castaways offers both couples and families the chance to enjoy a holiday nestled amongst the giant Melaleuca trees of Moreton Island. The beach is just a short stroll from your front door (well, tent flap), where pristine beaches and glorious sunsets await.

If you’re not a fan of burnt sausages or lukewarm coffee, then the glamping experience also offers you the chance to enjoy a glass of wine at on-site restaurant Castaways.

Here you can enjoy a relaxed meal under the thatched roof, or you can book a meal package and cook on the BBQs in the sheltered campsite kitchen. It’s the perfect chance to enjoy dinner under the stars.

Each tent is fully furnished with a queen size bed, a private ensuite and verandah, located amongst rejuvenating natural surrounds.

Since you’ll be so well rested from sleeping in an actual bed, rather than a half-inflated blow-up, you’ll have plenty of energy for all the activities on offer.

From lazing in the cascading water at the Champagne rock pools to climbing the world’s highest coastal sand-dune, there are so many spots to explore.

And if you don’t have a 4WD, you can jump onboard the ultimate eco adventure day tour, for a full day of fun and real adventure.

You can also laze about in the Blue Lagoon, it’s equal parts cool clear water and tea-tree oil, or catch a spectacular sunset at North Point. It’s the ideal spot to catch a glimpse of the Glass House Mountains while enjoying a bottle of wine and some cheese for an unforgettable experience.

Camping no longer means roughing it, so if you’re yearning for a bit of a city detox but not willing to give up the creature comforts of home, then glamping should be placed firmly at the top of your travel list.

Prices for a two-person tent start from $110 a night in low season and a four-person tent from $150 a night in low season.

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