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11 Of The Best Glamping Spots Around The Gold Coast

By Laura Braulins
7th Sep 2023

The Hideaway Glamping Cabarita Beach

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 camping's one 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. 

That's until glamping entered the holiday planning picture. Equal parts glam and camping, glamping is the best of both worlds. Scroll on for 11 of the best glamping spots on and around the Gold Coast in 2023.

Moogie Glamp 

Lake Moogerah 

a luxe eco safari tent in the bush

Find yourself a home-away-from-home amongst the gum trees at this serene new glamping spot, which is nestled in bushland on 19 acres of koala-protected habitat near Lake Moogerah. While the sanctuary is surrounded by endless national parks, wineries and scenery, you may not want to leave your luxe eco safari tent, which has its own four poster bed, crackling fireplace and full ensuite bathroom complete with a triple head rainshower.

You’ve even got choices for where to do your relaxing—will be by around the fire pit with a glass of local fortified wine or in the double hammock under the starry skies? Bookings are available from 1 September, and you can lock yours in here

Sanctuary by Sirromet 

Mt Cotton 

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. Book here.

Rivershore Retreat


rivershore glamping

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 Netflix and chill you can handle (when you need a break from nature, that is). Throw a few snags on the barbeque 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. Hands down, of the most family-friendly glamping spots around.

Nightfall Wilderness Camp

Lamington National Park

If you're looking for something closer to home, 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 Hideaway 

Cabarita Beach 

hideaway cabarita

At The Hideaway, boho canvas tents are scattered around to create a gorgeous village, just moments away from the 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. 

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. 

Minjerribah Camping

Stradbroke Island 

Are you someone who likes having options when it comes to setting? Well, the beachfront glamping across multiple iconic beaches in Minjerribah could be perfect for you—with over 200 campsites available your options are quite literally endless here.

Among the locations on offer are Amity Point for a family friendly atmosphere, calmer waters and daily dolphin sightings, or Adder Beach is ideal if you’re after more of a surf-friendly vibe, enveloped in the shade of native tea trees. Book here.

Habitat Noosa

Elanda Point

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 live it up in one of the more private and luxurious Paperbark tents.

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. 

Pitch Luxury Camping 

Various locations

Remember the choose your own adventure series that stole hours of your childhood life? Pitch Luxury Camping basically sways a little that way. Choose your location, book your tent, pack your bags and let the Pitch team take care of the rest (aka the scary stuff). Based in Noosa but delivering glamp dreams as far south as Byron, your options are literally limitless.

Let your imagination guide you into a vacay feat. BBQ breakfast with an entrée of sand between your toes, or delve into the bushlands for an evening soiree beneath the milky way. With the freedom to choose your campground locale, this one scores a giant tick (and lick) of your furbaby's approval. 

Okay so you insist on camping? Here are our favourite camping spots on the Gold Coast, no experience necessary.  

Image credit: Supplied, Lumea Photogrpahy & Amy Higg 

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