Camping is all about getting out in fresh air, getting away from technology, and enjoying the great outdoors. For some it is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. For those without access to equipment, who prefer a proper bed to sleep, or who are sensitive to the elements, it might not be so appealing. Some of us want to get into nature and some like a luxurious hotel.
Glamping is where the two worlds become one.
‘Glamorous camping’ has swept onto the scene in the last few years as part of the evolution of camping and offers all the perks of outdoor experiences without getting your hands dirty.
Essentially, glamping is a luxurious form of camping with options ranging from safari tents, to treehouses, beach shacks and more which are often fully equipped with electricity, baths and even kitchen facilities depending on the place.
Glamping is a way of combining the wonders of nature with the excitement and glamour of a luxury retreat. You can enjoy bush walks and outdoor activities during the day, and spend the evening relaxing inside with creature comforts.
Glamping also offers an exciting option for couples or groups of friends.
Bernie McGovern, co-owner of Rivershore Resort, said glamping is also a great option for adventurous couples or groups of friends.
“I think it really suits young couples who are a bit adventurous… in a hotel you kind of know what you’re going to get, but with glamping there’s a bit of intrigue,” he said.
“It’s very organic; no photos can truly portray sleeping under the canvas and being able to feel the outside elements from inside.
“I’m not sure what it is about camping, but there is something about it which is relaxed, free flowing, and social, and that’s why a lot of people like it.
“A big part is the group thing too, if you’re camping with a group of friends and you have a tent or camper trailer and your friends don’t, you can still all stay in the same place.”
All around Australia and the world, scenic destinations are offering unique experiences on mountains, beaches, rainforests and more.
All that’s left to do now is book your trip. But where to go?
New South Wales
If you’re in or heading to the New South Wales central coast, it’s hard to go past the NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort. In addition to the usual cabins and campsites, the park also offers open plan Palm Treehouses overlooking the garden and close to barbecue facilities and fully equipped with both queen and single beds. The ‘treehouses’ offer a comfortable and cozy version of camping and are fully equipped with air conditioning, heating, a kitchenette, bathrooms and more. Book at the Ocean Beach Holiday Resort website.
Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park encompasses everything glamping dreams are made of. From safari tents, to a vintage caravan, Australian bells tents and more. Surrounded by the Grampians National Park and Australian wildlife, the park is equipped with campfires and offers a relaxing atmosphere. You can book in your glamping trip at the Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park Website.
In the Sunshine State, Rivershore Resort is the place to surround yourself in extravagance and luxury with their five-star safari tents. The self-contained tents offer ensuite bathrooms and a kitchenette along with river views and all the joys of being back in nature. Located at the Sunshine Coast, the campsite is also in close proximity to some of the country’s greatest beaches and natural wonders. Find out more at the Rivershore Resort website.
If you’re venturing to South Australia, Rawnsley Park Station offers a wide variety of options for campers of all levels of experience. Complete with campsites, luxurious eco-villas, holiday units, a caravan park, and cabins, there is truly something for everybody. If you’re looking to up the glam factor, the eco-villas offer breathtaking natural views coupled with kitchens, bedrooms, skylights and even a swimming pool. To help you appreciate your natural surroundings even more, the villas are also designed to complement the natural environment and have the added bonus of being energy neutral.
Over in the Northern Territory, Uluru is one of Australia’s most famous and breathtaking landmarks, and the accommodation at Longitude131 offers a front row seat to the jaw dropping view. Longitude 131 is a gathering of 16 tented individual pavilions which offer a luxurious sanctuary complete with custom furnishing, indigenous artwork, king size beds, a fireplace and more. The outback views can be enjoyed via private balconies, through floor to ceiling windows, or even from the comfort and warmth of a luxury swag for the full outback experience.
For a romantic escape in Western Australia, look no further than Mile End Glamping. The unique geo-domes are designed to suit two people and include private bathrooms, a deck, and even a private spa. The site is located on 144 acres of beautiful surroundings and is conveniently only a 15 minute drive from Margaret River and a variety of local attractions, while also offering an opportunity to enjoy peace and quiet in natural surroundings.
With majestic golden safari tents, luxurious queen size beds, vintage styling and roaring fires, Wington’s can virtually take you on a glamorous trip back in time. The tents are equipped with personal dining areas and the Tamar waters are located just metres away from the campsite. Popular tourism attractions including the Tamar wine route, unique Tasmanian wilderness and breathtaking beaches are also located close by and truly encompass what camping is all about.
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