When a dazzle of nature meets luxury camping, it’s glamping!
If you’re wanting to soak up the great outdoors and pitch a tent under the stars all with a bit of luxury, glamping should be the first thing that comes to mind.
Because what’s better than switching off your phone and immersing yourself in nature? Minus the mosquitos, lack of electricity and public toilets of course…
A portmanteau of glamour and camping that fuses the basic ideas of camping with five-star living. This style of camping has become extremely popular, and it’s no wonder with its ability to suit those with both a penchant for the great outdoors and the luxuries of resort living. Whilst we all might like the idea of going back to basics, who doesn’t love a fluffy hotel robe and a ridiculously oversized bath?
So, to help you for your next outdoor adventure, we’ve found Australia’s 10 best luxurious glamping campsite experiences for you to indulge in:
When is the best time to go camping in Australia?
Depending on your destination and preferred climate, the best time to camp (or glamp) in Australia is between October and April.
1. Longitude 131, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory
Burrowed amongst the dunes in Australia’s heart, awaits 16 tented pavilions offering an immersion like none other. Wake up to unparalleled views of Australia’s iconic Uluru, and be witness to a dazzling light show at night from a swag by the fire (nightcaps complimentary). With fine dining, Indigenous-inspired spa treatments, a plunge pool, complimentary champagne and rooms fitted with original Indigenous artworks, this is truly the only way to fully immerse yourself in the spiritual heart of our beautiful country. Now this is camping.
Prices from $1400 (2 night minimum stay) | Yulara Dr, Yulara NT 0872 | Website
2. Bubbletent Australia, Capertee Valley, New South Wales
Get out of your bubble and into this one. If you’re look to get closer to nature more than ever before, you can now spend the night in a fully transparent bubble. Thanks to the team at Bubbletent, they will take you off the grid and place you in the heart of nature, in one of their three bubbles overlooking the untouched Capertee Valley. Ensuring your stay is nothing short of first-class, Bubbletent have thought of just about everything; from the spacious bed to the eco-friendly bathroom, fully equipped BBQ style kitchen and even to the wood-fired hot tub (yes, you read that correctly). Plus, if you’re stuck on things to do, Bubbletent’s also come with a telescope for star gazing – what are you waiting for?
Prices from $310 per night | NA Capertee, NSW 2846 | Website
3. Sal Salis, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
Prices from $750 per night | Yardie Creek Rd, Cape Range National Park WA 6707 | Website
4. Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay, New South Wales
Pioneers of the glamping scene in Australia, this family owned and operated campsite is a must on any glampers list. Just a short two hour drive south of Sydney, hidden amongst the eucalypts and paperbarks in the world famous Jervis Bay, Paperbark Camp offers guests a haven of tranquility with crisp white linen and fluffy slippers to match. You will not want to leave your elevated safari-style tent, with its wrap-around deck, queen-size bed and open air en suite. But you should, for one reason: The Gunyah. At the heart of the camp, this breathtaking treetop dining space boasts a fine dining menu abundant with locally sourced produce.
Prices from $395 per night | 571 Woollamia Rd, Woollamia NSW 2540 | Website
5. Nightfall Wilderness Camp, Lamington National Park, Queensland
Why go regular glamping, when you can now go super-intimate-exclusive glamping? Be one of the just six guests allowed at a time at the serene Nightfall Wilderness Camp, located near the lush Lamington National Park in the aptly named Lost World Valley. Here, guests are invited to enjoy natural spa-pools, personalised yoga sessions, wilderness massages, an open bar (we know exactly where we’ll be), and lazy afternoons in their own freestanding bath. As if you weren’t already sold on the idea, evenings are capped off by the campfire before heading back to one of three architect-inspired, hand-built safari tents kitted out with rotating fireplace, rain-head shower, hand carved stone basin and luxurious organic bedding.
Prices from $795 per night (2 night minimum stay) | 3009 Christmas Creek Rd, Lamington QLD 4285 | Website
6. Balgownie Estate, Bendigo, Victoria
If there’s one thing we like better than glamping, it’s wine. So when Balgownie Estate announced that they would be pitching 15 luxury bell tents amongst their vineyards, we just about lost our minds. Thanks to the long summer days ameliorated by cool overnight temperatures that are combined with the superb alluvial soil, these are just some of the reasons why the region is considered as an optimal condition for premium grape growing. The beautifully styled tents offer all the luxuries of a hotel, plus a private deck to sip copious amounts of their famed cabernet sauvignon, and a plush queen sized bed to rest on after a full day of tastings. Pro-tip: book the safari tent and relax in your own eco-friendly hot-tub overlooking the picturesque Bendigo wine region.
Prices from $205 per night | 46 Hermitage Rd, Maiden Gully VIC 3551 | Website
7. Roar and Snore, Sydney, New South Wales
Take a walk on the wild side and get up close and personal with the wildlife at Taronga Zoo on this once in a lifetime glamping experience. With an exclusive guided night safari and a rare behind the scenes tour of the zoo, this is glamping with a difference. Not only are the luxury tents award-winning, they are set before the most stunning backdrop of them all: Sydney’s immaculate harbour including the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge (a view that the giraffes wake up to every day, mind you). This one-night unmissable experience is the perfect inner-city solution to any long-held African safari dreams. Lions and tigers and all-you-can-eat-buffets, oh my!
Prices from $295 (adult) and $195 (child) | Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088 | Website
8. Twilight Glamping, Great Ocean Road, Victoria
The duo behind Twilight Glamping spotted a niche in the camping market, and ingeniously turned it into a living. The pair offer beautiful bell tents for hire along Victoria’s stunning Great Ocean Road. But here’s the best bit: they set up the whole darn thing for you (bohemian chic styling included) at the site of your own choosing, and then pack away your entire mess afterwards (like your own mum sans the nagging). This wouldn’t be glamping without a touch of luxury, and Twilight Glamping has you covered with a range of seasonal packages. Why not try their Moonlight Package ($80) which includes a locally-sourced bottle of wine, cooking utensils, dinnerware, esky and ice packs and even an outdoor table and chairs – all you need to pack is yourself and a set of clothes!
Prices from $340 (based on 2 people for 2 nights) | 4/12 Castles Dr, Torquay VIC 3228 | Website
9. Wingtons Glamping, Clarence Point, Tasmania
The team at Wingtons Glamping are all about transporting you back to a time when going on safari was as glamorous as it got. Think majestic bell tents, queen-sized beds dressed in the finest Egyptian cotton linen, luxurious Persian style carpets and a roaring fire under the stars. Located in the heart of the Tamar Valley, spend the day hunting down the finest wines along the region’s famed wine route, then return home, relax in your plush Turkish bathrobe and enjoy an abundance of fresh Tasmanian produce in your own private outdoor kitchen. Don’t worry, you won’t have to leave the 21st century entirely: electric lighting, Bose Bluetooth Speakers and chargers are all available for your convenience.
Prices from $220 per night | 41 Sunset Blvd, Clarence Point TAS 7270 | Book here
10. Ikara Safari Camp, Wilpena Pound Resort, South Australia
Head five hours north of Adelaide and you just might stumble across the beautiful Flinders Ranges. You are unlikely, however, to stumble across the 15 luxurious tents tucked away in a secluded part of the Wilpena Pound Resort. The safari tents, equipped with king-sized beds, tiled bathrooms and timber decks are dotted between breathtaking red river gums and native pines to help you enjoy the expansive and breathtaking views of the rocky surrounds. With fluffy towels, fresh coffee, a mini-bar and room service, we won’t blame you for accidentally thinking you’ve taken a wrong turn and ended up at a luxury hotel.
Prices from $320 per night | Wilpena Rd, Via Hawker SA 5434 | Website
Note: Due to COVID-19 some of these venues are temporarily closed. For more information please visit their websites to keep up to date with openings.
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