Let’s be honest here, camping is not for everyone. Roughing it takes a certain type of person, and you either love it or you hate it. There is no middle ground. That’s why glamping has blown up over the past few years. It feeds that middle ground, giving those who can’t deal with a rough sleep a great comfy bed to sleep on surrounded by stuff you wouldn’t even consider taking on a proper glamping trip.
There are a ton of great spots across the state, and most aren’t too far away from the city, here's where you can find the best glamping spots in Victoria for 2022:
Sheltered Glamping - 'Adèlie' tent
Set on one of Victoria’s most-prized coastlines on Phillip Island this glamping retreat is the perfect combination of boujee outdoor accommodation with prime proximity to the beach. The five-metre tent stay offers some serious luxury with a queen-sized bed, and rustic beach chic furniture, ceramics and fairy lights making it feel like the perfect coastal retreat—and if you feel like a swim day or night, it’s just a short walk away. Book in here.
Set up on a private site just 15 minutes from Daylesford, Cosy Tents come furnished with everything you’ll need as well as the option to order a brekkie box or a Moet and chocolate package.
Given you’ll be right up in spa country you’d be mad not to also book a mineral spa package at The Mineral Spa in Hepburn Springs. Book here.
Stepping outside of Bell Tents and into something a little bigger, Wilderness Retreats is some of the best glamping in Victoria and have a number of locations throughout Gippsland; Wilsons Promontory, Cape Conran, and Buchan Caves are all locations you can book. Wilderness Retreats is run by Parks Victoria and inside every retreat, you’ll find timber floors, decks, chairs and tables, a fridge, as well as all the bedding you’ll need. They’re the perfect spot to set yourself up before exploring Gippsland’s national parks. Book at wildernessretreats.com.au.
PHILLIP ISLAND & MORNINGTON PENINSULA
one way to make your visit to Phillip Island or the Mornington Peninsula even better is to add some glamping to the mix. Getaway Glamping has a range of preferred sites across both Phillip Island and the Peninsula. All you have to do is book via the Getaway Glamping website. They’ll sort your site and tent out and you’re good to go. Book in over here.
Garden Beds Glamping
Just on the fringes of the Lederderg State Park, Garden Beds is the ideal spot to revitalise after a day of hiking. This picturesque setting features a small lake, sloping hills and plenty of spots to enjoy a cheeky wine or two. Less than a two-hour drive from Melbourne, you can easily escape here for a weekend of exploring, or a zero-plans kind of trip. As a guest, you’ll receive free breakfast, free wifi, toiletries and towels for your stay, as well as access to a kitchenette complete with a dishwasher—not your average camping kitchen. Book your Blackwood minibreak starting from $286 a night here.
Luxury Safari Tents
Set on the grounds of Castlemaine with sweeping views of the surrounding botanical gardens, the Safari Tents are some of the best glamping in Victoria. Designed for those who prefer to inject a little more luxe into their getaway there’s rustic recycled timber wood panelling and flooring, a claw-footed bathtub that looks out onto the surrounding nature as well as a hideaway cabin bed—giving serious enchanted vibes. Rail, hail or shine this glamping spot’s got it all with a split system to heat you up through the winter period or cool you down through the summer months.
Soak up those stunning mountain views and stay at the base of Victoria’s high country.
Created by experienced glampers, Josh and Lucy, these tents have such a cosy atmosphere to them, think indoor plants, macrame, jute rugs and fairy lights. The tents are serviced daily and breakfast is offered every morning during your stay. You can also make the most of the undercover outdoor kitchen at this super-sustainable, off-grid campground. During your stay, you can kick back under the stars, or set off for a day of nearby mountain biking. You’ll be within driving distance of Delatite River, Lake Eildon, Mansfield Golf Club and various local restaurants and cafes so you won’t be struggling for things to do. Book your stay at some of the best glamping in Victoria, with prices starting from $255 a night for the best view in town.
GREAT OCEAN ROAD
Right near the 12 Apostles down on the far end of the Great Ocean Road, you’ll find Pebble Point, in the locale of Princetown. Pebble Point is a bush retreat set back in the bush on a clifftop, surrounded by native bushlands. They have more sturdily structured tents available to book all with decks that look out over the ocean on the sprawling former farm property. It doesn’t get any more peaceful than this spot. Book in over here.
It’s no surprise Melburnians love the Mornington Peninsula, it’s close to home, full of things to do, and packed with top-quality wineries and gourmet restaurants. Red Hill is right in the centre, giving you access to it all. You’re within driving distance of the Peninsula Hot Springs, the best bayside beaches, Arthur’s Seat Lookout and the ferry to Queenscliff. Iluka Retreat provides the perfect setting to switch off from city life. One of the unique things about this site is the range in tent sizes. You can book for the standard double, or if you’re needing a weekend away with your mates you can book tents for up to four people. Kids are also welcome at this site, so keep that in mind if it’s seclusion and romance you’re after. Lock in your dates here for this Peninsula glamping experience. Tents start from $330 per night.
Happy Glamper has been at it for a while now, establishing themselves as one of the best glamping Victoria has to offer, they offer three different tent styles that range from 4m to 6m. Recommended campsites include Point Leo Foreshore, Balnarring Beach Foreshore, Capel Sound Foreshore, Shoreham Foreshore Campground, and the Whitecliffs to Cameron’s Bight Foreshore.
The team set everything up for you and you can also book on private land if you’ve got a hook up on the Peninsula. Book at happyglamper.com.au.
Eight Acres Lakes Entrance
Deep into coastal Gippsland, the Eight Acres glamping tents are perfectly minimalist; a classic canvas bell tent adorned inside with a beach-chic fit out of plants, rugs, and a spacious king bed to sprawl out onto. Cascading fairy lights at night illuminate the accommodation and for those worried about faring in the frigid Victorian temperatures, each tent is loaded with an electric blanket. Set on the property there are fire pits and barbecues, bathrooms, a lounge area and a fully equipped kitchen just mere metres from where you rest your head.
Castlemaine Gardens Luxury Glamping
These tents are seriously Insta-worthy. With beautiful Persian-style rugs on the floor, colour-coordinated cushions and throws, and greenery right outside your door, you might be surprised to find these tents right in the middle of town. Backing onto the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens and within driving distance of Bendigo and Daylesford, the tents are tranquil, adults-only retreats for your ideal city getaway. Each tent comes complete with wifi, kettle, fridge and heating. All feature a garden view and have access to the shared terrace and al-fresco BBQ and dining facilities. Guests can also enjoy the firepit and shared lounge on the site. Tents start from just $213 a night. Book your Castlemaine stay here.
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