Glamping (glamorous camping) often calls for debate.
You see, some people just don’t get the point in parting with their dosh for what is essentially “camping”. Their argument is along the lines of: why not just go to a hotel for a similar price? Those unfortunate souls obviously haven’t been glamping yet, or at least, they haven’t stumbled across any super-luxe glamping spots.
Melding the wonders of nature with some wicked luxuries, here’s our list of glamping spots in Australia that are totally worth the splurge.
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NIGHTFALL WILDERNESS CAMP | LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK, QLD
Nightfall Wilderness Camp has nailed glamping with the perfect combination of secluded wilderness and wholesome luxuries. In summer, you can open your canvas walls (don’t worry, there’s still mesh for the bugs) to relish in the surrounding rainforests. While in winter you can keep it intimately closed, spending your eves relaxing in the free-standing bath or curling up around the fireplace. Pretty awesome, right? Next there’s the finer details of each tent… elements like hand-carved stone basins, smooth wire-brushed timber floors, and lush organic bedding. If you want to go next-level luxury glamping, you can even opt for complete organic catering which basically means more time to enjoy the private natural spa-pools, lazy hammocks, explorations into the tangled forest, or—wait for it—an outdoor massage by the creek. Pure bliss.
THE GROVE | BYRON BAY, NSW
The Grove in Byron is known mostly as a damn fine events venue. Set on 42 acres with views of the hinterland, a 15-metre swimming pool, and purpose-built fire bunker, these pristinely manicured grounds indeed make for a picture-perfect spot. Turns out, you can also glamp on the site. Luxurious teepees decorated in a fashion that can only be described as characteristically “Byron” (think: macrame wall hangings, flowers, and vintage rugs), make for the perfect weekend escape or romantic getaway in a superb location.
PAPERBARK CAMP | JERVIS BAY, NSW
Surrounded by three national parks and a multitude of natural wonders, Paperbark Camp is the ultimate bush hideaway. Each of the 12 safari-style tents sit amongst soaring eucalypts and (you guessed it) paperbark trees, perfectly elevated to catch the breeze coming in from the bay. Opting for sustainability you won’t find air conditioning, TVs or power points in your tent but—with wrap-around verandahs, an open-air ensuite, and (if you book the deluxe or king) an uber luxurious free-standing bathtub—you won’t need them. Don’t worry, if you suffer smartphone separation anxiety, you can recharge (and simultaneously nab yourself a divine meal) at the epic on-site treetop restaurant, The Gunyah Restaurant.
SAL SALIS | NINGALOO REEF, WA
Fancy swimming with a Whale Shark or Humpback on your next glamping adventure? Ningaloo Reef is Australia’s largest fringing coral reef spanning 260km. It’s 1,200km from Perth, which makes it basically in the middle of nowhere, but it’s well worth the hike. For a less adrenaline-pumping experience, there’s also incredible snorkelling, kayaking, and loads of walks. As for the glamping bit, Sal Salis‘s huge wilderness tents are designed to blend with the environment. They’re carefully placed on raised platforms in the sand dunes and have something super special very few others can boast about… epic ocean views.
COSY TENTS | DAYLESFORD, VIC
It’s all about the little things that make your stay, well, cosy, with Cosy Tents. Their fully-furnished European canvas tents have extras like bluetooth speaker systems, bottled water, BBQ cooking facilities, charging stations, and (most importantly) hot showers. They’re located just minutes from Daylesford, which could easily be dubbed one of Victoria’s cutest towns and is in fact home to Australia’s largest concentration of mineral springs. With art galleries, delicious food, quaint architecture, and an abundance of natural spas, you’ll be able to glamp by night and pamp by day at this stunning spot.
KETCHUP’S BANK GLAMPING | BOONAH, QLD
Okay, so let’s be frank for a second. You don’t exactly hear “Boonah” and think “ideal holiday destination”. Nonetheless we totally rate this bush retreat. Located on the secluded (and stunning) Boonah Scenic Rim,Ketchup’s Bank Glamping is real bush glamping. You even get your own rudimentary private bush kitchen and campfire complete with a billy and cast iron campfire oven. And when you’re not getting your outback on, there are loads of walks and wildlife to take in.
HAGGERSTONE ISLAND RESORT | NORTH QLD
Haggerstone Island Resort the crème de la crème of glamping. You literally need a private charter from Cairns to get to this secluded little gem of an island. The beach hut may not be a tent, but with very few walls, and literally made from driftwood, we decided it’s close enough. Your hut is your own private tropical oasis right on the beach, surrounded by palm trees and hammocks. Once you’re there, you’ll want and need for nada. Absolutely all meals and adventures (like snorkelling, jet-boating, and fishing) are included. The only optional extra is a helicopter joy flight to check out some of the waterfalls on the island. This is casual, barefoot beach-hut style glamping at its very best. Looking to pop the question soon? This may be just the place.
PITCH LUXURY CAMPING | SUNSHINE COAST, QLD
We couldn’t help but include a Sunny Coast favourite! Based in Noosa, Pitch Luxury Camping can set up your dream glamping holiday at just about any campsite or private property on the Sunshine Coast. Do you need… Dog-friendly? Beachfront? Remote? The ability to party into the night? You tell them what you’re after from your campsite and they’ll give you their recommendations. Then they’ll get about setting up your luxurious five-metre tent and plush it out with all the creature comforts you’d like. They’ve also got a long list of optional extras like firewood, private toilets and showers, separate pop-up kitchen and dining tents, and… if you want to go all out… even a private chef or butler service! Hot damn, this can get as fancy as you wish.
Image credit: Paperbark Camp