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Adder Rock Camping – North Stradbroke Island

Despite the weather forecast being less than ideal for the weekend, we hitch up the camper trailer and head over to North Stradbroke Island for two days of camping at Adder Rock.  North Stradbroke Island camping is always great, as the visitor is spoilt for choice. 

From beach camping on Main Beach and Flinders Beach (4WD access only) to camping grounds with easy vehicle access at Cylinder Beach, Adder Rock, Amity Point and Dunwich.  There is a small camping area at Home Beach with a handful of sites.

Adder Rock Camping Facilities

  • Generous powered camp sites with water.
  • Unpowered sites are right on the beach.
  • Clean, well lit toilet and shower facilities (accessed by programmed card key).
  • Undercover cooking/dining areas.
  • Well maintained camping area.
  • Children’s play area.
  • Adjacent vehicle access to Flinders Beach.

The Adder Rock camping area has two well-appointed undercover cooking and dining areas. Each has concrete floors, 4 electric barbecues, picnic tables and a washing up area.

  

To add to the overall mood of the camp ground, there is a family of Stone Curlews; whose long, whistle like call can be heard through the night.

Weekend Itinerary

Day 1

We arrive at Adder Rock Camping area, where we have booked a powered campsite.  A quick glance at the weather radar, and there’s another round of showers on the way.  So we get stuck into it.  Get the camp set up, rooftop tent sorted, and gazebo tent up and gear stowed inside it.

Just in time, as the rain comes down.

Day 2

So that’s Saturday; back to the camp ground to put our head down for the night.

Sunday the weather’s perfect.  We drive around the corner to the Adder Rock beach access road.   Due to the recent heavy weather, it’s not possible to go all the way along Flinders Beach. There’s a washout that makes it nigh on impossible to get past.

We go over to Flinders Beach township, and get onto the beach from there.  Beach conditions are good.  We drive back towards Point Lookout, checking out the beach camping areas as we go.

We park off the beach a bit; and take the time to really enjoy the pristine beauty of the area for a few hours.

It is necessary to have a Vehicle Access Permit to drive on North Stradbroke Island beaches.  They cost $46.80 and are valid for twelve months.  They can be obtained from the visitors centre at Dunwich, down to the left as you come off the vehicular ferry.  Adder Rock Camp Ground reception/check-in can also issue them.

Glamping and Eco Tents

In addition to the traditional Stradbroke Island camping, there are a number of bell tents for those who don’t care to pitch their own.  Glamping layout with wooden floors, two single beds or double beds, mains power, table and two directors chairs.  They have boardwalks connecting them.

I first stayed in these glamping tents April 2018, and they become very hot around the middle of the day.  I notice this time the local management have installed shade sails over some of them to make them  pleasant during the hotter times. 

Next up in the line of luxury are the Eco Island Tents. They are fitted with queen size beds, large exterior deck, screened  windows and doors, canvas shutters, ceiling fans, tables and chairs, mains power, fridge  and storage space.  Glamping plus.

There are cabins in the camping area as well.   Some have two bedrooms, others are single bedroom. 

Best to check online to see what prices are, as they vary by season and peak booking times.

Flinders Beach Camping

If you’re looking for a bush camping experience, then take a look at Flinders Beach camping.  There are around 200 unpowered campsites along Flinders Beach.  They are divided into 12 camping areas.  Around Area 4 there is a composting toilet block.  No showers or any other amenities are available.  It is possible to buy an amenities pass for $10 per campsite per night.  This allows access to the Adder Rock Camping area shower/toilet block. As part of the regeneration plan, not all campsites will be available at all times.

Access to North Stradbroke Island

To get a car to North Stradbroke Island is by vehicular ferry.  Stradbroke Island Ferries are based in Cleveland at nearby Toondah Harbour.  Basic cost is about $160 return.  Prices vary depending on time of day/day of week.  Book online via their website to save a few dollars as well.  If towing a trailer/caravan/RV, it’s extra.

There is a passenger ferry that runs between Cleveland and Dunwich.  It’s called the Straddie Flyer.  The trip takes about 20 minutes and costs $20 per adult/$10 per child.  It’s great for day trips if the cost of getting a car across is a bit expensive. There are bus services that take passengers from Dunwich to Point Lookout and Amity Point.

Great Places To Relax

There are a number of places within a short drive of Adder Rock Campground.  Here are our pick.

Point Lookout Surf Club

Surf clubs are part of Australia’s beach culture.  They are always worth a visit.  They also command world-class beach views.  Point Lookout Surf Club is no exception, with stunning views.

The bar area overlooks the Bathing Gorge and Main Beach.  Even though the weather is not the best, the view is still spectacular.  The SLSC bar (The Point Bar) is open from 2:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays only.  The Point Bar offers a basic, comfortable layout, and does not serve meals.Adder Rock Camping Supplies

Chillers Cafe

Again, partly due to the state of play with the weather, we head up to Chillers Café (43/57 East Coast Road, Point Lookout) for our evening meal.  They do breakfast, lunch as well.  They have an excellent pizza menu.  Our choice was a half and half of Goat Cheese and Stradbroke Island Honey/ BBQ Chicken.

Bowls Club

It’s along Dickson Way, and serves lunches and dinners from their Bistro.  Good, basic meals at an affordable price.

Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel

The view from the beer garden/bistro area is second to none.  It offers a range of meals, cold beer and live music during the busier days of the week. Check it out further here – www.stradbrokehotel.com.au

Blue Room Cafe

Magnificent views over the Pacific Ocean from its headland location.  During the migration season you can enjoy a coffee and watch migrating whales.

Verdict

Adder Rock is a well-run, quiet, clean camping area that is family friendly. It’s well worth considering if you’re looking for North Stradbroke Island camping accommodation.  The traditional owners who now run the Straddie camping grounds have invested a great deal of thought and work into them.   This has produced a great camping experience for all tastes and budgets.

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