Ketchup’s Bank owner Leona Taylor kicks back with a glass.
Ketchup’s Bank owner Leona Taylor kicks back with a glass. David Nielsen

Get ready to go glamping

FORGET roughing it – a property near Boonah is offering glamping getaways for the discerning travellers who want to enjoy the great outdoors in style.

Leona Taylor, owner of Ketchups Bank Glamping at Cannon Creek in the picturesque Scenic Rim, is tapping into the rapidly growing trend of mixing glamour with camping to create glamping.

“After a lot of research it was obvious that travellers are looking for unique experiences but are demanding quality as well. So our mandate was to create unique quality accommodation,” Ms Taylor said.

Mix the great outdoors with wildlife at your doorstep, a remote location and a camp fire and you have the perfect camping spot but throw in a flat screen TV, Sheridan towels, electric blankets and a working toilet and you have glamping.

“The glam in glamping means you get just enough of the little touches of luxury to make it a very special place but also the special feeling of freedom which comes from camping in the bush,” she said.

Ms Taylor’s original accommodation idea was based on the glamorous safari-style camping, but that evolved into a more luxurious style of eco-tent as planning progressed.

Since opening the first eco-tent to the public on May 14, Ms Taylor has been rushed off her feet with bookings including a couple from Colorado, America who are keen to explore the beauty of south-east Queensland.

A second eco-tent is scheduled to open at the end of the month.

“We have simply been amazed at guests’ reaction. Everyone has loved the concept and the location,” she said.

“Most of them are coming because it is unique and they liked the idea of camping without the hassles.”

The glamping eco-tent is equipped with an individual camp fire, camp kitchen and of course an ensuite.

“I love camping and camping to us is all about finding your own spot in the bush, making a campfire, sitting back in the camp chair and totally relaxing while you take in the environment around you,” she said.

“Unfortunately it is becoming very difficult for people to find a relaxing place to camp where they aren’t almost sharing peg holes and a single campfire for the entire campsite.

“We have ensured everyone has their own campfire.”

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