For those who think the idea of sleeping on dirt isn’t much fun, there’s glamping. You can enjoy all the beauty of the natural landscape while sleeping in cool sheets at night and washing your hair in the morning. Imagine spending your day riding a camel in Uluru, returning only to be treated with a massage as the sun sets over the rock. You’ll never roll your eyes at the thought of camping again.
1. Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay NSW
Not far from the untouched white sands and blue waters of Jervis Bay, you’ll find Paperbark Camp. Built above the ground to take advantage of the sea breeze, the open tents feature polished wooden floors, solar-powered lighting, and crisp linens. The entire camp follows a sustainability credo, so TVs, microwaves and air conditioning are not offered. It’s easy to overlook these minor details when dining in the rooftop restaurant or relaxing in your outdoor tent.
Paper bark camp
2. Karijini Eco Retreat, Karijini National Park, WA
The gorges of Karijini National Park are among the most breathtaking places in the great brown earth. Karijini Eco Retreat offers tents for glampers in the bush around Joffre Gorge. Spend your day hiking the gorge, admiring the beauty of the plunge pools and waterfalls before returning to your eco suite. It’s a luxurious home in an otherwise unforgiving bush.
Karijini Eco Retreat
3. Mile End Glamping, Margaret River, WA
Deep in Western Australia’s first wine region are these domes that look more like an observatory than a tent. These geodesic domes allow you to contemplate hectares of greenery, a private domain from your bed. While the scenery is stunning, the local vineyards are the selling point. Head out during the day to sample some of Australia’s finest Cabernets, buy a bottle or two and return to enjoy them at your private retreat.
4. Longitude 131º, Uluru, NT
Longitude 131º bills itself as a “transcendent discovery experience,” and you can see why. The site comprises fifteen luxurious tents that overlook the ocher landscape and overlook one of Australia’s most iconic stages. There is a spiritual connection you feel when looking at Uluru and each tent is positioned to enjoy a private view of the rock. You can experience this connection all day if you wish. Priced at over AU$1,300 per night, this stay earns its tag as one of Australia’s top ‘glamping’ destinations.
Paper bark camp
5. Tanja Lagoon Camp, Tanja, New South Wales
Located almost at the top of the Tanja Lagoon, this accommodation offers the peace and quiet you expect from a campsite without any compromise on comfort. The best part about these tents (apart from the queen beds, living rooms, and desks) are the decks where you can sit for days on end while sipping on the lagoon views.
Tanja Lagoon Camp
6. Dusk, Lamington National Park, Queensland
Sitting next to the rainforests of Lamington National Park are these secluded, hand-built tents. These open-air safari tents offer panoramic views of the surrounding national park, making you feel like you are one with nature. In winter, the tent walls collapse and the rotating fireplace kicks in. Nightfall offers all the attributes of a traditional nature spa. Can you think of a better way to spend your weekend than a massage next to the stream while listening to the birdsong?
7. Taronga Zoo, Mosman, New South Wales
Roar and snore! This is how Taronga Zoo markets its nocturnal glamping experience. Take in the sounds of Taronga Zoo’s nocturnal housemates while overlooking Australia’s most iconic postcard scene. With the ability to hear the sounds of nature without leaving town, this is surely a glamper’s dream spot. In addition to the unique accommodation, guests enjoy a buffet dinner and a quiet, intimate walk through the zoo. It’s an unforgettable way to spend a night.
8. Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Arnhem, Northwest Territories
These stand-alone cabins take glamping to luxurious levels. You could be forgiven for thinking you’re lying in bed in a fancy city apartment if you’re not paying too much attention. With hardwood floors and modern wood furniture, you might start wishing these cabins were your everyday home. Located close to the famous Kakadu National Park, there is plenty to see and do during the day before retiring to the absolute comfort of the lodge.
Wildman Wilderness Lodge
9. Ikara Safari Camp, Wilpena Pound, South Africa
Wilpena Pound is one of Australia’s most underrated natural scenes. Ikara’s safari tents offer the amenities you would expect from a glamping site without any pretense. The air-conditioned getaways are in the bush of the national park, offering respite from the dusty landscape of the Flinders Ranges.
Ikara Safari Camp
10. St Jerome’s – The Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
It is a site that is both unique and typically Melbourne. St Jerome’s – The Hotel takes the idea of camping from the bush to the city. Now, before you think this defeats the essence of camping (i.e. escaping the city), you need to see what’s on offer. Located on the roof of the Melbourne Central shopping centre, these 21 tents offer customers the opportunity to wake up to views of the Melbourne skyline in all directions. No convenience is overlooked, with each guest receiving tablets preloaded with movies and an esky filled with beer. Of course, it’s Melbourne, so there’s a barista making coffee.
What is glamping?
Glamping stands for “glamorous camping” and is essentially a hotel experience, but in permanent tents with facilities like bathrooms and real floors. These experiences tend to be set in beautiful natural environments such as mountains, forests, and even in the desert near Uluru. They are a great way to escape the urban routine without compromising on luxury.
What is the best glamping spot in Australia?
Australia is obviously blessed with incredible natural landscapes that make it the perfect place for glamping. Some of the most breathtaking destinations include Uluru, Jervis Bay, and Karijini National Park.
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