Not your classic campsite, nor your typical tents; glamping is rarely as romantic as on the white coral sands of just-remote-enough Wilson Island on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the ultimate barefoot-luxury getaway.
Style Cool castaway camping
Setting Tiny sandy cay
Why this week? Don’t say we don’t treat you well. Book Smith’s exclusive Wilson Island offer by the end of October and receive free return boat transfers for two from Gladstone – a saving of almost AU$400. The deal is on three-night stays until 31 December 2014, and all your meals, alcohol and soft drinks are included in the price, too.
Our favourite bits… You’ll struggle to find another slice of paradise this secluded. With only six stylish tents, at its busiest you’ll be sharing the entire island with just five other couples, a few staff and the odd nesting turtle. Spend your days snorkelling the greatest reef in the world, playing bocce on the beach or watching turtles hatch in season (mid-January to April). Come evening, head to the Longhouse for gourmet barbecues of flapping-fresh barramundi with Vietnamese salad or Moreton Bay Bugs. Stargaze at night on one of the most tranquil cays you could possibly hope to chill out on. The tents aren’t half bad either.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘We while away the afternoon lying in the shallows on Main Beach. The only thing we can see on the skyline is the distant speck that is Heron Island. The sun blazes and we spot neither passing boats nor people. The most difficult decision we face is whether we should have a pre-sundowner in the community tent or retreat to the hammock on our own.’ Read Trevor Hannam’s full Wilson Island review here.
*Copy compiled by Alex Moore