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.
Victoria has a ton of great glamping spots, and most aren’t too far away from the city.
Here are the best glamping spots you’ll find in Victoria.
Set on the working vineyard of Balgownie Estate, 15 luxury bell tents are decked out with everything you could possibly want from an outdoor weekend away. Expect an eco-friendly hot tub, queen-sized bed, split system air-con, a well-stocked bar fridge, tea and coffee and approximately a bazillion rugs, blankets and squishy pillows.
Book at balgownieestatebendigo.com.
Prom Coast Eco Glamping
Prom Coast Eco Glamping offer up locations in the Tarra Bulga National Park as well as the Yanakie Caravan Park, but you can also nominate another spot in South Gippsland if you know someone who’s got a spare parcel of land.
The team will provide you with a mattress, all the bedding you need, an electric heater, games, along with everything else you’ll need for a great stay.
Book at promglamping.com.au.
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 at cosytents.com.au.
Stepping outside of Bell Tents and into something a little bigger, Wilderness Retreats 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 Glamping
Only one thing will make your visit to Phillip Island better and that’s adding some glamping to the mix.
Phillip Island Glamping has a range of preferred sites on the island which include Cowes Foreshore Tourist Park, San Remo Foreshore Caravan & Holiday Park and Big4 Phillip Island in Newhaven.
All you have to do is book via the Phillip Island Glamping website. They’ll sort your site and tent out and you’re good to go.
Book at phillipislandglamping.com.au.
Great Ocean Road
Pebble Point is a bush retreat set back in the bush on a clifftop. They have 12 safari-style tents available to book all with decks that overlook the ocean. It doesn’t get any more peaceful than this spot.
Book at pebblepoint.com.au.
Happy Glamper has been at it for a while now, and 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.
Mornington Peninsula Glamping
A new glamper on the scene is Mornington Peninsula Glamping, which is set up on the owner’s family vineyard—Blue Range Estate Wines.
Surrounded by great views of Port Phillip Bay and surrounds, Mornington Peninsula Glamping features Bell tents fitted out with pillowtop mattresses, 1000 thread count linen, solar lights and power and more.
Book at mpglamping.com.
The Sheltered Glamping Company
Opening in late-2017, The Sheltered Glamping Company has ten available spaces and can hold up to 44 people on site.
The unique glamping experience feels like you're out in the wilderness by Native Dog Creek, away from it all. But it's just a 10-minute drive from Cowes.
Tents start from $220.
Book at shelteredglamping.com.au.
Another company that is ideal if you’re looking to hire glamping tents for a wedding or a corporate event is Undersky. They’ve got a range of bell tents, and tipis available for hire.
Book at undersky.com.au.
If you’re looking for further great glamping spots around Victoria, check out glampinghub.com.
Image credit: Griffin Simm