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Luxury of camping

Gold Coast couple Joe Bleakley and Jennifer Chambers have gone for the easy option at Bluesfest with a pre-built tent.
Gold Coast couple Joe Bleakley and Jennifer Chambers have gone for the easy option at Bluesfest with a pre-built tent. Blainey Woodham

WHO says camping means roughing it?

For some campers at this year's Bluesfest, tent life is a luxury.

Joe Bleakley and Jennifer Chambers from the Gold Coast have decided to take up the pre-built option for the second year running.

"It's just easier not having to worry about putting it up and taking it down," Ms Chambers said. "That way you can focus on bringing some creature comforts and good food."

This year there are three camping options, including tepee life or "the hippy version", camping sites and the two or three-bedroom tent motels the Gold Coast couple decided to go for.

A tent motel includes the tent set up for you, complete with an awning, carpet, light, a camp-style stretcher bed, roll- up windows and a door mat.

This year there are 260 tent motels at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, but only 140 are available to punters. The rest are for staff and performers.

Five days in a three-bedroom tent motel is $425, compared to $280 for a standard site.

"You're only here at night time and in the morning before the festival starts," Mr Bleakley said. "It's too hot during the day, but it's nice to not have to worry."

They were looking forward to seeing "pretty much everyone" at the festival, but said Nick Lowe, Earth, Wind and Fire and Donovan were on their must-see list.

"It's the people we don't know that are always the best, though," Mr Bleakley said.

The couple said they had friends who had been coming to Bluesfest for around 15 years but only decided to come themselves last year.

"It was definitely on our list of things to do," Mr Bleakley said.

And what better way to do it than in style.

Topics:  bluesfest 2012, camping


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