Top spots for glamping in the Mackay region
THERE will always be the die-hard campers who are keen to do away with technology, pitch a tent in the scrub, dig a hole in the ground and enjoy nature's show for a week or so.
But for those who wish to find some peace and quiet and experience the Mackay region's natural beauty without sharing a bed with a myriad creepy crawlies, there's glamour camping, or glamping as it has been aptly branded.
Broken River Mountain Resort's Leigh Strack is well aware of the glamping trend, and said there was no shortage of tropical retreats in and around Mackay designed to accommodate keen glampers.
"That's why a lot of people do stay here, because they want to enjoy the park and the wildlife without actually camping," she said.
"We also get those who just want to come and enjoy a relaxing weekend away.
"We've got 18 rooms, we've got internet, hot showers; all of that.
"We've also got a restaurant and a swimming pool, so it's glamping five-star."
There's also the Finch Hatton Gorge Cabins or the Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park which offer relaxing cabin options, and the Stoney Creek Farmstay gives visitors a proper Aussie bush experience.
But BCF Mackay's Greg Saron said you didn't have to bunk up in a cabin to get away from the forest-floor nasties.
He said BCF stockists had caught on to the glamping trend and released a range of products that allowed campers to get outdoors without "roughing it".
"Not everybody likes to rough it that much these days," he said.
"People aren't doing the old dig-a-hole-in-the-ground thing any more - you're not allowed to do that in national parks now anyhow.
"We sell a lot of portaloos, and even portable out-houses and change-room kind of things.
"The groups of boys will (rough it) but nine times out of ten, when it's families or couples, they won't.
"We also get a lot of tourists who come to Australia and say we've got a lot of bities over here, and say: 'I'm not so sure I want to hang it over a bush'."