What better way to truly take in the beauties that Australia has to offer than to pitch a tent and sleep under the stars? However, I can imagine after flying for so long to get here the last thing you want to do is pack your car, choose a place, pitch a tent, and eat lukewarm beans for dinner. But imagine this—you arrive and everything you need including a tent, bedding, sofa, shower, and dinner are all waiting for you. These glamping in Australia experiences will take the hard work and ruggedness out of it and put the glam into camping. They’re the perfect family trip or romantic getaway for the next time you wander Australia.
1—Glamping Paperbark Camp in New South Wales
Located just a two-hour drive away from Sydney in the beautiful Jervis Bay is Paperbark Camp. While glamping in each of the twelve canvas safari tents, you’ll be surrounded by soaring eucalyptus and paperbark trees. The architect-designed campsites are built above ground, and each tent features polished hardwood floors, solar-powered lighting, linen, and hotel amenities. The most stunning feature of Paperbark is their open-air private en suite bathrooms in each tent. The tents also offer BYO, and the restaurant is fully licensed.
If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Paperbark is a perfect choice. Although a glamping experience, the campsite is also ecologically sustainable so you won’t find air-conditioning or heating, power points to charge your devices or refrigerators. Included in prices are dining options and all water activities. Not to mention, you’re only a 15-minute drive away from Sydney’s whitest sands—Hyams Beach.
2—Glamping Nightfall Wilderness Camp in Queensland
With only six adults staying at this glamping site at any one time, Nightfall Wilderness Camp is perfect for those looking for an intimate and private experience. The tents are well spaced out and nestled in the natural environment. With the ecologically sustainable ethos of the camp hosts, you’ll see that the camp is so perfectly harmonious with the environment and is not obtrusive. However, you won’t come across pretentiousness in this environment as the hosts provide fire-cooked meals around the campfire that creates a space for sharing stories and connecting with the land and people. If you’re looking for a more intimate experience there are alternative dining options.
Nightfall Wilderness Camp is situated next door to the world heritage-listed Lamington National Park. You’ll be able to check out the clear rapids of Christmas Creek, the untouched natural environment, or even go on a guided tour around the surrounds. Booking a massage with Nightfall is also worth it because you won’t find pre-recorded sounds of nature, you’ll be smack bang in the middle of it. The best part of the massage is its open-air and by the creek or in the forest.
3—Glamping Longitude 131° in the Northern Territory
In the middle of Australia’s ‘Red Centre’ holds one of Australia’s most premium glamping experiences at Longitude 131°. You’ll be treated to panoramic views of the Aussie outback and really immerse yourself in the Australian environment. At the Dune House you’ll be treated to an open bar filled with a top-shelf selection of Australian wines, beers, and spirits. Included in the package are all meals and drinks; however, the cellar masters' list is additional. At Longitude 131° the chefs offer up the best Contemporary Australian cuisine.
Take relaxation to new levels and unwind at Longitude’s Spa Kinara. At the spa you’ll be offered rejuvenating and relaxing treatments that feature traditional bush medicines and remedies incorporated into the treatments. From the base camp you’ll also be able to book further touring experiences that take you deep into Aboriginal culture, and learn how the surrounding environment is connected to their culture. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience.
4—Glamping Sal Salis in Western Australia
If you live for the beach and camping then you’ll want to get yourself up to Sal Salis in Western Australia. The camp is located on a remote stretch of WA’s Indian Ocean coast and is essentially untouched. It is so isolated that there is little to no mobile phone coverage, and no internet access; the perfect place to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of life. During the day you’ll explore Ningaloo Reef which is home to hundreds of species of fish and coral, with the likes of whale sharks, humpback whales, and dolphins. On the arid outback shore, you can catch glimpses of natural fauna such as kangaroos, wallaroos, wallabies, and echidnas!
Sal Salis combines ecological sustainability practices with human connection to the land and environment. This is further promoted in the communal area where campers have board games, an open bar at their leisure, and dinner is served at a communal long table. With Sal Salis, you’ll also have unlimited access to snorkel gear, kayaks, and during April through July, you’ll be able to book in to swim with the world’s largest fish—the whale shark!
5—Glamping at Taronga Zoofari Lodge in New South Wales
If you love the idea of an African safari but haven’t had the chance to get to Africa just yet, Taronga Western Plains Zoo – Dubbo offers the next best option—a zoofari! With the lodges sleeping up to six people, this is the perfect family getaway with the close-up encounters with the animals being a surefire hit with kids and adults alike! Guests choosing to stay at the Taronga Zoofari Lodge are treated to private viewing of the African Savannah exhibit where animals such as giraffes, zebras, and buffalo roam around freely.
With your overnight stay at Taronga, dinner and breakfast are included in your package. Stimulate your senses with an African style banquet dinner with full bar service, and a range of stunning desserts. Don’t expect your average steak and two veggies; you’ll be treated exotic (but sustainably sourced) cuts of crocodile, buffalo, grasshopper, and more!
So I’ve mentioned a few glamping experiences that may seem out of the way for those flying to Australia most likely landing in Sydney. Don’t fret though, Australia has multiple domestic and regional airlines, so finding cheap domestic flights are a breeze! You’ll be relaxing and glamping before you know it. Happy glamping! For more ideas while traveling Australia, see these articles by Wander writers.
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