Sure, the idea of pitching a tent and foraging for firewood to cook your own dinner as you reconnect with nature sounds great in theory, but to be honest camping's one helluva tough gig. There's the sweltering 40-degree heat, blowing up your air mattress to the point of exhaustion, going days without a proper shower and waking up swollen from a mosquito's overnight feast. The realities of it all are enough to have you trading your swaggie for a hotel room in no time at all, and we almost wouldn't blame you.
That was until glamping entered the holiday planning picture. Equal parts glam and camping, the modern-day variation bridges the hotel room-tent similarity gap with its best-of-both-worlds charm featuring a ridic proximity to nature minus the sacrifice of your favourite creature comforts i.e. actual beds. Enough of the DYO (Digging Your Own) dunny, and the PYO (Pitching Your Own) Tent. Why put yourself through the hassle, when it can already be done for you? And with that, here's where to go glamping around Brisbane in South East Queensland.
Lamington National Park
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.
Ketchup’s Bank Glamping
Ketchup’s Bank Glamping is the Scenic Rim’s best kept secret—and it’s barely over an hour from the centre of Brisbane. One of just two fully kitted out luxury eco tents awaits you, complete with a plush bed, en suite bathroom, fridge, gas BBQ, fire pit and everything else you could possibly need for a luxe weekend stay. Heck, there’s even a hammock and a yoga mat. You’ll be given goodies for an epic BBQ dinner, marshmallows and toasting prongs (no twigs here) for roasting on the fire and a tasty breakfast basket, plus feed for the local wallabies. We could go on and on—but we’ll let you discover the rest for yourself. Ok, one more treat—there’s a CAMPFIRE JAFFLE MAKER. Now we’re done.
Sanctuary by Sirromet
A glamping ground is the latest feather in Sirromet Winery’s plumage, consisting of 18 safari-style tents pitched on the hillside and kitted out with all mod cons including hairdryers and wifi. Because you haven’t had it all until you’ve gone bush and brought the modern world with you. The tents are pitched amongst paperbark trees and scribble gums, putting glampers right in the thick of nature and the company of local wildlife. Each tent boasts king-sized beds, air conditioning, and en suite bathrooms as well as a balcony for guests to watch the sunset. During their stay, guests have access to all three of Sirromet’s on-site dining venues, as well as all the drop they can drink.
At The Hideaway, boho canvas tents are scattered around to create a gorgeous village, just moments away from some of Queensland's best beach. You can sleep in stunning bell tents complete with plush beds, featuring pillowy soft Koala mattresses, floor rugs, bedside tables and lamps, charging sockets and tripod fans for those hot summer nights. The luxury versions even have their own air-conditioning unit, bar fridge, king-sized bed and lounge chair—it’s practically a hotel room. As well as the stunning tents, the compact resort features shipping containers upcycled to create a chill out zone, communal kitchen and cooking area, complete with BBQs and inviting picnic tables, designed with mingling in mind. Basically, a stay here will ruin your reality of everyday camping for life.
Adder Rock Camping Ground
North Stradbroke Island
Straddie understands your need for mod-cons and a touch of luxe (even when you're trying out island life for size), so you can now glamp on Queensland's North Stradbroke Island. Adder Rock Camping Ground are the legends who've set up a glamping quarter, complete with teepee-esque tents and potted plants. There are 10 glamping tents in total all nestled amongst a gorgeous tea tree grove, consisting of fully made-up beds (either twin or double), a bamboo table and deck chairs—even wi-fi—and all the perks of luxury—without the price tag. Oh and don’t forget you can always step outside your front door to enjoy the calming splash of the ocean during the day and all the stars you forgot existed at night-time. Sound like the best night's sleep ever, right? We think so.
If it's absolute wilderness you're chasing, halt your search now because Elanda Point is the place for you. Located three hours from Brisbane and surrounded by 65 acres of natural bushland, don't be surprised when a mob of kangaroos rocks up for a morning cuppa Joe at your glampsite. Take a break in one of the modest Wilderness tents with shared restroom facilities, or hold out till April when the Paperbark tents are due to launch. Ensuite bathroom, private deck, continental breakfast—need we say more? Sometimes we all need a little temptation, by means of luxury, to enjoy the great outdoors, and when there's a complimentary shuttle to main-hub Noosa in the works, you know you gotta add Habitat to your weekender bucket list.
Lock in a trip to Rivershore Retreat and you'll be livin' it up on the banks of the Maroochy River in a safari tent fit-out with a king-size bed, kitchenette, bathroom, and TV for all the #netflixandchill you can handle (when you need a break from nature, that is). Throw a few snags on the Weber Q of the outdoor deck that's sizably on par with the tent, just the way we like it. For all your onsite fun times take a dip in one of several pools, swing your way through the mini golf circuit or unleash your inner child on the giant 20m x 9m trampoline as you brace for the tsunami sized onslaught of childhood memories that'll come flooding in.
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