Experiencing the ‘great outdoors’ is every Australian’s favourite pastime. However, not all of us love roughing it. There’s no need to miss out, with glamping destinations putting a whole new spin on campsites across the country.
Over the last few years, the glamping trend has truly taken the holiday market by storm. So what exactly is it? ‘Glamorous camping’ is camping without the hassle of bringing your own equipment. There’s no tent to pitch, no sleeping bag to unroll, no fire to build. From simple setups that are easy on the finances, to luxurious abodes with all the trappings (and costs) of a 5-star hotel, you won’t have to go far to try it yourself.
Here’s a look at some of Australia’s best glamping destinations.
Nightfall, Lamington National Park, Queensland
When you want to find a secluded spot in the rainforest, but still enjoy the finer things in life, an open-air, fully-equipped safari tent is just what you need. To keep the bugs out though, there’s handy mesh walls, so you can still see the panoramic views, birds and bubbling creeks. With timber floors under foot, hand-carved stone basins, rain-head showers, a fridge and fireplaces in winter, Nightfall offers a camping experience for luxury lovers.
If you love traditional camping but don’t have the equipment or the desire to setup and pack down, you’ll find the experience at WA Wilderness. Located in the national park near Pemberton, you’ll arrive to a fully self-contained tent, with beds, chairs and cooking facilities. It’s perfect for families, with swimming holes, canoeing and bushwalking just steps away.
Glamping at Tanja Lagoon Camp, NSW
Tanja Lagoon Camp, New South Wales
Tranquillity is one of the reasons camping is so enjoyable. Add to that a safari tent with a wooden deck, queen bed, lounge area, sofa, desk, bathroom and kitchen – and you’ve got the best of both worlds, in Tanja. Here, you’ll be right on a lagoon, with the beach, a surf break, wildlife and bushwalks for peaceful entertainment at its best.
Facing dramatic Uluru with views from floor to ceiling windows, the ‘tents’ at Longitude 131º are every bit as glamourous as a luxury hotel room.
Longitude 131º, Uluru Northern Territory
Facing dramatic Uluru with views from floor to ceiling windows, the ‘tents’ at Longitude 131º are every bit as glamourous as a luxury hotel room. Named after explorers and pioneers, each room offers organic linens, balconies, indigenous artworks, daily housekeeping and even plush bathrobes, taking glamping to a whole new level of indulgence.
St. Jerome’s - The Hotel, Victoria
Do you want to go camping without even having to leave the city? Introducing glamping with a difference, including Melbourne city views, from the rooftop at St. Jerome’s – The Hotel. In your canvas bell tent, you’ll find a queen bed, throws, robes, an air-conditioner, a tablet with movies and, best of all, an esky stocked with craft beer and cider. Need we say more?
Nicole Leigh West
Nicole Leigh West is the author of fiction novel, 'The Gypsy Trail' and an internationally recognised travel and lifestyle writer.