LOVE nature but also love a few creature comforts? … then glamour camping, or ‘glamping’ as it is better known, might be perfect for you.
It allows you to commune with nature in the comfort of a luxurious tent and experience Australia’s nature in glorious, eco-friendly style.
You get the simplicity of the great outdoors combined with the opulence of fresh linen, private bathrooms, spa treatments and gourmet meals prepared for you.
Here are some of the top glamping locations around the country, in some of the wildest and most remote places throughout Australia.
NIGHTFALL WILDERNESS CAMP, QLD
Where: 45 minutes from the Gold Coast, beside the crystal-clear tumbling headwaters of Christmas Creek and Queensland’s ancient Lamington National Park rainforests.
Highlights: Redefining luxury through architect-inspired, hand-built, permanent safari tents, sumptuous fire-cooked cuisine, secluded wilderness, rotating in-tent fireplace, vintage baths, rain-head showers and more. Only three guests tents ensure privacy and delicately positioned to minimise impact on the camp’s sensitive Australian wilderness surrounds.
Cost Tents from $445.
Contact: 0498 130 486.
LONGITUDE 131°, NT
Where: Overlooking Uluru (Ayers Rock) is located in the Red Centre of Australia, in the Northern Territory.
Highlights: Luxurious air-conditioned tents welcome private views of Uluru – Australia’s best-known natural icon – and comprise of king or twin beds, lounge, spacious bathroom and balcony with daybed and fireplace. Other features include complimentary in-suite bar, music system, wireless internet, climate control, premium amenities, bathrobes, safe, telephone and twice daily housekeeping.
Cost: Luxury tent from $1350 per person per night inclusive (min. two night stay).
Contact: (02) 9918 4355.
ROAR AND SNORE, NSW
Where: Taronga Zoo, Mosman, Sydney.
Highlights: Taronga Zoo Sydney’s ultimate sleepover experience. Enjoy refreshments and nibbles at the zoo’s harbour-side campsite, followed by an opportunity to get up-close with some of the zoo’s friendliest creatures with a 1.5 hour night safari. Camp in safari style tents in the heart of Taronga Zoo and wake up to spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, with a continental breakfast in the morning.
Cost: Roar and Snore accommodation is from $300 per person per night.
Contact:(02) 9978 4791.
THE ESCAPE, NSW
Where: Shallow Crossing, South Coast, New South Wales. About two hours from Canberra and 3.5 hours from Sydney.
Highlights: Four luxury tents and a luxury studio are positioned beside the Clyde River, each with well-appointed bathrooms. On-site restaurant and activities including kayaking, stand up paddling, bush walking, river swimming, watching the abundant wildlife, or simply stretching out on your day bed with a good book and a glass of wine.
Cost: Tents from $495 a night, including all meals and on-site activities.
Contact: (02) 4478 1212.
PAPERBARK CAMP, NSW
Where: Jervis Bay, New South Wales.
Highlights: A peaceful bush retreat, combining unique luxury tented accommodation with wonderful food and warm hospitality. Enjoy the glorious night sky and stars, and wakeup to birdsong and sunlight streaming through the trees in the morning. Twelve canvas safari-style tents placed thoughtfully amongst the soaring eucalyptus and paperbark trees, built above the ground to give privacy and to capture the sea breeze.
Cost: Deluxe tent from $520 a night, including breakfast.
Contact: (02) 4441 6066.
PHILLIP ISLAND GLAMPING, VIC
Where: Phillip Island is a little slice of paradise only 90 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD.
Highlights: Camping in style. You book the site and they set up a cosy, blissful retreat in a beautiful bell tent, complete with lots of little luxuries. All you need to do is pack your bags. Features include a queen-size air mattress in a 4m tent for two people, or one queen-size air mattress and up to three single mattresses in a 5m tent for up to five people). Thick doonas, blankets and pillows, heater, linen and bath towels provided.
Cost: From $120 per night, plus site fees.
Contact: 0404 258 205.
PEBBLE POINT, VIC
Where: Three kilometres from the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road and at the end of the Great Ocean Walk, about 2.5 hours from Melbourne.
Highlights: An exclusive bush retreat nestled behind the cliff tops and rock formations of the world famous Twelve Apostles. Six spacious luxury tents with luxurious king-size beds with a natural latex mattress and all your linen and towels supplied and spacious ensuite bathrooms. Also a shared BBQ, tea and coffee facilities, camp kitchen with fridge and offering a range of recreational opportunities and natural experiences.
Cost: From $145 per night.
Contact: (03) 5243 3579.
HUON BUSH RETREAT, TAS
Where: Ranelagh, Huon Valley. About 50 minutes south of Hobart.
Highlights: The deluxe teepee have a timber and canvas construction, built within the natural bushland without major clearings, giving a privacy and a close connection with the peaceful surroundings. Teepees include a sofa bed, towels, bedding, wood fired heater, balcony and outdoor furniture, shared shower and outdoor two person bath. This Tasmanian glampingexperience combines comfort and nature at a low price.
Cost: From $100 per night or less for long stay.
Contact: (03) 6264 2233.
IKARA SAFARI CAMP, SA
Where: Wilpena Pound Resort, Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park, 429km north of Adelaide.
Highlights: Fifteen luxury safari tents. Two-person Ikara safari tents are suitable for singles or couples wanting a luxury ‘glamping‘ getaway. Each tent has a modern ensuite bathroom, a luxe king-size bed, reverse cycle air-conditioning and its own private deck and fire pit. The two family safari tents sleep up to four people and have all the luxuries of the couple’s tents with an annex added for the extra people.
Costs: Tents from $320 a night, including breakfast.
Contact: 1800 805 802.
KARIJINI ECO RETREAT, WA
Where: Karijini National Park, just 35km from the Karijini Visitors Centre in the nature-based destination of the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Highlights: Stay in one of the eco tents for a comfortable and natural glamping experience within the National Park. These tents are semi-permanent structures that incorporate ecologically sustainable principles and can easily be erected and dismantled in remote areas with little impact to the natural environment using recycled materials wherever possible. Each tent has its own private ensuite bathroom, front and rear deck, spacious stylish interiors, king-size bed or two single beds, and quality bedding and linen.
Cost: From $315 including breakfast.
Contact: (08) 9425 5591.
Where: Cape Leveque, located 220km north of Broome on the Northern tip of the Dampier Peninsula. Access is either by air or by 4WD vehicle.
Highlights: An off-the-grid wilderness camp located on Native Title land sustained by solar power and local bore water, surrounded by a range of natural wonders. The amazing wildlife, the vast array of marine life and the stunning coastline, makes this a truly unique experience. The glamping safari tents make for an unforgettable stay with their private balconies, barbecues, ensuites and comfy beds. Affectionately named ‘Pop Louie’ after a local Bardi Elder, this safari tent has been created with the environment in mind.
Cost: Three-night stay from $155 per night (twin share).
Contact: (08) 9192 4970.