Camping is the ultimate get away for those who like to get lost in nature and don’t mind roughing it a bit. It’s also a great option for those wanting a vacation on a budget. There are many fun things about camping that I enjoy: camp fires, long nights with friends or family and being surrounded by the quiet of nature. Followed by a longer list of things that are less than luxurious: waking up on a deflated air mattress, mosquitoes, burning your food on the camp fire, sand in the tent, being stuck in a thunderstorm, the thought of bears ravaging my tent and the list goes on. Canopy Rainforest Treehouses and Wildlife Sanctuary in Queensland, Australia have redefined what it means to go camping.
This resort has a number of, you guessed it, treehouses that let you experience nature from above the forest floor. The treehouses are built of local materials and include a kitchen, living area, bathroom and two bedrooms for comfortable living. No more flimsy tents, air mattresses, sleeping bags or sand! Instead you become part of nature with daily visits from parrots, spotted catbirds, cassowaries and cockatoos. Take part in the feeding of the possums offered every evening. Walk through the forest and discover tree kangaroos, paddymelons, platypus and tortoises among other things.
There’s plenty else to do in the area besides animal watching, travel to the Innot Hot Springs where the water is approximately 78oC and is believed to have healing abilities. Absorb its magical properties at soaking houses in the town of Ravenshoe. If you’re more of a beach person head north to the city of Cairns where there are a number of beautiful white sand beaches. You can also take a boat ride out to view the barrier reefs.
Foodies will enjoy the area of Tablelands, known as a haven for gourmet enthusiasts and coffee connoisseurs. Visit the Skybury coffee plantation in Mareeba, the oldest in Australia or enjoy some of the best cheese and yogurt in area in Millaa Millaa, also known for its waterfall circuit. Learn about the history of Australia Sugar Industry at the Australia Sugar Industry Museum in Mourilyan with a collection of books, document, photos, tractors, locomotives, static displays and professional theatre with an audio visual presentation.
Whatever way you choose to spend your time, this will be the best ‘camping’ trip you’ve ever experienced.