One of the things that motivated us to start Outdoor Connection was the family camping experience. Connection of family and friends with the bush by day and, at night, the wondrous glory of the never ending stars (paraphrasing Banjo Paterson).
There’s nothing quite like just sitting around a fire with all your friends and loved ones recalling memories, telling stories and generally having a laugh.
That’s why we decided to share the love for this experience by inviting two families for a wonderful camping weekend at North Stradbroke Island.
But before we get to that, let’s talk a little bit about Straddie!
It is such a beautiful place and a favourite summer and winter camping ground in Queensland. The island is surrounded by clear, blue waters and natural, white sand beaches. It is managed by the local indigenous people with the traditional respectful beliefs and practices around nature of the First Nations people. It is home to many of Australia’s protected wildlife species.
We couldn’t ask for a better place for our trip. The best part was that everyone had plenty of time to enjoy all the outdoor fun Straddie had to offer. Our guests found our gear was so quick, easy and simple to put up, meaning they could easily get back down to the beach or explore the bush.
One family had a go at the Aria Elite 3 Air Pole Tent and they pumped it up in a matter of minutes! The tent also provided them with plenty of comfort as it is specially designed, with great ventilation and space, specifically for the Aussie climate.
Over at the beach, the ladies and gents didn’t waste time winding down either! They instantly set up the Fiesta Sun Shelter to have some nice shade while enjoying a few drinks - no need to try to crowd under an umbrella for some shade. Anything else they needed was easily brought over with the Off Road Hauler, a handy wagon that easily rolls across the sand.
The Outdoor Connection gear continued to deliver at every step of the way, even during lunchtime! The guests cooked up a feast on the Premier Burner stove, where all the food was done just right. These Premier Stoves have regulated gas pressure, with superior flame adjustment, making the cooking heat easy to manage. The stainless steel tray makes the cleanup afterwards a breeze.
Larger shelters, such as the Coolum 430, provided plenty of shade elsewhere. This shelter is compact shelter for transport. It then sets up to be high, wide and spacious. The whole family could pull up some chairs, sit down together and still have plenty of legroom and ‘walk-around’ space.
Speaking of sitting down, the Outdoor Connection team provided plenty of quality chairs to relax in, including the Rocking Director Chair and the Daydreamer Lounger. These too have been designed to be compact and quick to set up, all while still being sturdy and incredibly comfortable. Along with that, our Dual Height Trifold Table proved handy as its height could be adjusted to first, work bench height for food preparation and then to dining height for the family to sit around.
All in all, our guests loved so many different parts of the trip and were happy to say their experience with our Outdoor Connection gear was just fabulous.
We design our products so that these kinds of experiences can be fully enjoyed. We know all too well the stories of families who had been put off camping entirely just because the gear they used fell apart and didn’t provide the security and living comfort to make their stay a pleasant one. Inferior gear that breaks just turns the whole experience into an ordeal.
That’s why our mission is to turn this around by making gear that is great quality, comfortable and lasts through many years creating great family memories. It’s our way of getting more families to enjoy what our guests just did at Straddie. We hope you’ll get to experience that same joy.