Coming home every day to our gardens and plant babies is something we’ll never tire of. But every now and again, the daily grind is overwhelming and we’ve got to recharge our batteries with some serious nature time.
Camping is great but for some, there’s too much bring and do, and it doesn’t feel like enough of a break. Cue glamping – the perfect combination of comfort, escape and nature. Read on for a list of our favourite glamping destinations around the country. Go on, treat your self…
NEW SOUTH WALES
Set in a lush gum forest in the heart of Jervis Bay, Paperbark Camp is the epitome of glamping luxury. With finer touches such as steaming tea urns every morning, and the amazing Gunyah Restaurant, this place should be high on your bucket list.
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Tilba Lake Camp
With bell tents, tiny houses and homemade jam, Tilba Lake Camp has us road tripping south happily. Close to quaint-as-anything Tilba and the beautiful beaches of Narooma and surrounds, this makes for a great long weekend retreat.
Nestled in Northern NSW, this futuristic getaway is just what the doctor ordered. The “energy efficient geodesic domes” provide “first-class comfort and luxury with minimal carbon footprint” – what’s not to love?
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Unrestricted views from sunrise to sunset, and all night long with your own private telescope! This destination takes your experience seriously and offers a unique perspective for the star-gazers amongst you.
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Karijini Eco Retreat
The only accommodation of its kind in the Karijini National Park, this glamping spot provides a unique experience and benefits the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation, which represents the collective interests of the Nyiyaparlii, Banyjima and Innawonga Aboriginal people of the Pilbara region.
Mile End Glamping
More geodesic domes – this time in the beautiful surrounds of the Margaret River. This place offers the added bonus of being near all the famous wineries of the region – we’ll cheers to that!
This is a luxurious base camp from which to explore the extraordinary ‘red centre’ of Australia and, with its own restaurant, spa and local guided tours, this is somewhere you won’t want to miss.
Banubanu Beach Retreat
This retreat is on a small island in Yolgnu Sea Country and hosts a maximum of 14 guests at a time. A truly unique destination providing access to the wonders of Australia’s far north.
Set in the midst of the lush rainforest of Brisbane’s “scenic rim”, this glamping destination comes from a reforestation project and now also offers organic food and yoga in luxurious surrounds.
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Sanctuary by Sirromet
Only 30 minutes from Brisbane Airport, this venue is surrounded by paperbark trees and scribbly gums. Located on the grounds of a winery (hello!) this venue also features a restaurant as well as a troop of friendly wallabies.
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Ikara Safari Camp
A more cost-effective cousin (to some of our list), this South Australian gem provides easy access to adventure and exploration in the Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park.
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Kangaluna Camp is set in the stunning Mallee wilderness region of the Gawler Ranges in South Australia and offers a central dining area with access to all the natural wonders of the region.
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This Tasmanian hideaway takes luxury to another level, with exquisite tents and a communal lodge for meals, drinks on the deck or sitting by the fire. There are plenty of activities on offer or you can embrace the venue’s ethos of ‘slow hospitality’ and just relax.
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Huon Bush Retreats
Just 50 minutes from Hobart, the “tipees” of Huon Bush Retreats feel a million miles away. A bit more simple than some of our other spotlight venues, but focussed on minimal impact tourism and with a much smaller price tag too.
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Nestled in the hills of the Hepburn Shire, this luxury camping getaway is nearby to restaurants, galleries and yes more wineries (!). A great one for a weekend minibreak from Melbourne.
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A slightly DIY experience, this crew bring the glamping to you! They operate in the beautiful Mornington Peninsula and will recommend a spot or let you pick your own.
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