‘Glamping’ is another wonderful Australian colloquialism, this one referring to glamorous camping. But the only thing these luxurious getaways have in common with their primitive camping counterpart is the tent. Think king-size beds, organic linen sheets, rain-head showers and three-course meals instead!
Here are our five favourite glamping recommendations:
Karijini Eco Retreat - WA
Owned and run by the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation, Karijini Eco Retreat is a multi-award winning and eco-friendly campsite nestled among the ruby-red cliff tops and verdant green waterholes of Joffre Gorge in the Pilbara. Here you will find deluxe eco tents to sink into after a day of trekking by rock pools, chasms, gorges and waterfalls - replete with private ensuite and 100% cotton sheets.
Nightfall Camp - QLD
Nightfall Camp in Queensland pitches itself as the ultimate glamping experience, and we believe it. Situated in a ‘deep gorge escarpment’ of ancient volcanic rock that’s now the world’s largest tract of Gondwana subtropical rainforest, step into your artisanal custom-designed safari tent and you’ll find a wood fire, hand-carved stone basin, rain-head shower and organic luxury bedding. Pampering is all part of the Nightfall experience, with access to a natural creek spa, world-famous hikes, massages, private yoga and fine dining - and you might even see a platypus.
Bruny Island Long Weekend - TAS
Total seclusion is the promise at Tasmania’s Bruny Island Long Weekend, a glamping site nestled into the side of Mt Mangana. The luxury tents are off-grid and fed by harvested rainwater that you can truly enjoy in your own private outdoor shower amongst the towering eucalypts. Spend your days hiking this wild coastal landscape and your nights dining on well-deserved artisanal fare beneath the southern stars. You might even be lucky enough to experience the Aurora Australis.
Gone Glamping – NSW & South East QLD
If you've got somewhere special in mind for your glamping getaway, Gone Glamping offers a premium pop up experience throughout NSW and South East QLD. They'll do all the hard work for you, from delivering and setting up as many as 20 bell tents to returning and packing it all down at the end of your stay. Each tent is set up with floor rugs, a queen size bed, winter weight wool or goose down doona, luxury bedlinen, bedside tables, battery or solar-operated lanterns and two comfy outside chairs - just what you need for star gazing in our beautiful night sky.
Kooljaman at Cape Leveque - WA
Kooljaman at Cape Leveque is a deluxe off-the-grid wilderness camp owned and run by two surrounding Aboriginal Communities - Djarindjin and Ardyaloon. At Kooljaman you’ll find distinct bush-based culinary techniques and native foods, king-size beds and sunset ocean views over the Indian Ocean. If you’re a foodie, you can cook up your own feast on the timber BBQ deck of your self-contained safari tent. Be sure to keep one eye on the horizon for breaching whales just off the shoreline!
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