Straddie Holiday Parks review & photos — Adder Rock, Cylinder Beach and Amity Point

We recently camped at Adder Rock Holiday Park on Stradbroke Island — or Straddie as the locals call it. While we were on Straddie, we took the opportunity to visit two other Straddie Holiday Parks, Cylinder Beach Holiday Park and Amity Point Holiday Park.

We were camping in winter, so mosquitoes were not a problem. But being a sand island, mossies can be a problem on Straddie. My eight year old daughter also picked up a tick somewhere around our camp site. Ticks are quite common in the Australian bush, so are something to be aware of, but not alarmed about. My wife delicately removed the tick with no ill effects to my daughter.

To read more articles about our holiday on Stradbroke Island, please browse the Stradbroke Island tag.

Adder Rock Holiday Park

We initially set up our BlackWolf Turbo Plus 300 tent in the Sea Eagle Hideaway camping area behind the beach. We were absolutely hammered by a northerly wind straight off the Coral Sea. I understand that northerly winds are not the prevailing weather on Stradbroke Island. However, that did not help us. With a coastal wind warning current on the third evening, we shifted our camp site to the Goanna Rest area behind a line of protective trees and practically no wind! It is amazing how much difference 20 metres can make. Goanna Rest had an incline though. Even though we chose the flattest part, my five year old daughter still rolled down the hill in her sleep.

We found Adder Rock Holiday Park was well maintained and the staff friendly. There was a relatively new amenities block as well as a modern camp kitchen. It is quite a long walk from the Sea Eagle Hideaway camping area to the amenities block though. There was also an older amenities block, but it was also well maintained.

A three minute shower rule was enforced by timers in the showers. After three minutes, the hot water would go off for a minute before you could turn it back on. It is probably not a big deal in summer, but in winter I was not keen for a cold shower. In practice though, three minutes is more than long enough for a shower. I presume that the three minute shower rule is enforced at the other holiday parks because they are all run by Redland City Council.

I was not a big fan of the change area being outside the shower cubicles. I would like to see more hanging hooks in the shower and toilet cubicles. Campers value being able to hang their clothes and towel up, so at least three hooks in each cubicle are needed, not just one hook.

The camp kitchen had electric barbecues, but no running hot water for the sink. A kettle was supplied should you require hot water.

The holiday park has swings and a small children’s playground.

The beach opposite Adder Rock Holiday Park was wide and flat. There is no surf patrol on the beach. Adder Rock itself is fun for the kids to clamber over.

There is a four wheel drive access point to Flinders Beach next to the camping ground, as well as a service station just around the corner — great for ice and pumping up your tyres after a day of driving on the beach.

Adder Rock Holiday Park is dissected by a swamp. Perhaps I should have looked at the park map more closely, because I did not notice this when booking our camping site. I do not know why they don’t refer to it as something more pleasant — perhaps ‘wetlands’ is a more tourist friendly term?

The winter’s sun rising over the beach in front of our camp site at Sea Eagle Hideway

 

Our camp site at Sea Eagle Hideaway

 

Camping ground powered sites

 

Modern amenities block

 

Camp kitchen

 

Cylinder Beach Holiday Park

We had planned to stay at Cylinder Beach Holiday Park, but the 6 m x 6 m marked camp sites at Cylinder Beach were too small for our BlackWolf Turbo Plus 300 tent. Apparently park management monitors closely any encroachment over the camp site borders.

When we tried to book the site, they were not keen to book two sites for us, but having inspected the camping ground, this would have been okay. Most of the sites seemed to be on an incline at Cylinder Beach Holiday Park.

Cylinder Beach was also affected by the unseasonal northerly winds.

Again, the amenities were kept clean and well maintained. There is a kids playground and Cylinder Beach had a daily surf patrol.

Cylinder Beach Holiday Park office

 

View from the Cylinder Beach Holiday Park to the beach and ocean

 

View from the Cylinder Beach Holiday Park to the beach and ocean

 

Powered van sites on the left

 

6 m x 6 m unpowered camp sites

 

Marking for the corner of a 6 m x 6 m camp site

 

Amity Point Holiday Park

Amity Point Holiday Park is a wide, open, flat camping area with a number of large, shady trees. The holiday park was relatively empty when we visited.

This is fishing-central with a boat ramp next to the park entrance.

Again, the holiday park was well maintained. The park had several children’s play areas.

I have heard that Amity Point Holiday Park often suffers from sand flies or mosquitoes, but we did not notice any while we were there.

Some years ago a teenage girl swimming near the jetty was attached by a shark and subsequently died. There are plenty of warning signs and and enclosed swimming area near the jetty.

Amity Point Holiday Park entry sign

 

Powered van sites

 

Unpowered camping sites

 

Camp kitchen

 

Warning signs at the public boat ramp

 

Swimming enclosure at the jetty near the Amity Point Holiday Park

To read more articles about our holiday on Stradbroke Island, please browse the Stradbroke Island tag.

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