Strademark places are special destinations (or experiences) that embody Stray’s values and ethos as an adventurous, off the beaten track travel operator.
They are the places that you are less likely to find in guide book, but the ones you’ll be talking about long after the adventure has ended.
Put simply, if they carry the ‘Strademark’ stamp, they are what makes Stray stand out from the crowd and are ‘not to be missed’!
To earn this badge, each destination must meet some or all of the following criteria:
- An iconic Stray stop with X-factor, simply not to be missed.
- Unique local, cultural experience.
- Has an environmental or conservation focus.
- Cannot be accessed by public transport.
- No other hop-on hop-off operator goes there.
Located within a World Heritage Listed Area, Barrington Tops National Park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. We stay at Stray Exclusive accommodation on the edge of the national park, overlooking the Barrington River. Grab a tube and head down to the river for wildlife spotting and some cheap thrills on small rapids. Afterwards, relax in the massive spa pool with a cold drink while your awesome hosts cook you dinner.
There really is no better spot to learn to surf on the East Coast! Located right in the sand dunes in Arrawarra Beach, Spot X is a sheltered beach with warm water, gentle waves and legendary surf instructors will have you standing up in no time. Whether you stay one night, or hop off and spend a week here, you'll be sure to love the laidback and welcoming vibe of Spot X. If surfing isn't your jam, you can try your hand at ocean rafting, or kangaroo golf (yes, that is a real thing).
River Retreat is right off the beaten track in a little place called Nymboida - the real, rural Australia! This relaxing country spot is home to a variety of wildlife, including the elusive platypus. Your stay here includes a guided canoe trip or walk around the bush, where a knowledgeable local will teach you about the native flora and fauna, and the history of the area. Finish your day with a shared BBQ meal and stargazing around the campfire when the weather is right.
Snorkels at the ready... Emu Park is the gateway to the incredible Great Keppel Island, home to some of the most diverse marine wildlife on the East Coast. Situated at the southern end of the world famous Great Barrier Reef, this is your chance to swim amongst turtles, rays and hundreds of species of tropical fish. Back at Emu Park, you can relax by the pool with a cold drink or put another shrimp on the barbie!
Tully is a small town located between Townsville and Cairns, in the Cassowary Coast region of Queensland. It’s known for its sugarcane and banana crops as well as being one of the wettest towns in Australia. From here we get off the grid for our epic Rainforest Experience. This is the place to get deep into nature. Enjoy a BBQ dinner and camp beneath the stars in the evening. The next day, we'll explore the tropical rainforest, swimming holes and waterfalls before heading back to Cairns.