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.
Located in the heart of the Rutherglen Wine Region, this glamping site is right in the middle of the Cofield Wines vineyard—the grapevines are literally at your front step. The Pickled Sister Cafe and cellar door are a short walk from your tent too. You can hire a bike for a vineyard tour during your stay, or you could opt for walks along the scenic Murray River trails nearby. But if it’s wine tasting you’re after, then you’ve got almost 20 wineries to choose from in the region.
Grapevine Glamping tents include daily continental or à la carte breakfast, tea and coffee, a large double bed, power sockets and air conditioning. Guests can use shared bathroom and kitchenette facilities too. Don’t worry though, wine is definitely allowed in your tent.
Book here for the ultimate gourmet glamping trip. Tents start from $400 for 2-night stays.
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.
Minimal, luxurious and tranquil, this site is ideal for luxury glampers. It is one of the few glamping locations with private bathrooms and showers for each tent, and is perfect for couples in search of a romantic setting. The location is quiet and sheltered, with gardens and trees surrounding each glamping site. You might even spot some local kangaroos if you’re lucky.
There’s plenty to see and do in this historic part of Victoria, but if you prefer the peace and quiet of the campsite, there’s a BBQ and garden area for you to use on the property. The hosts, Norman and Joy, are highly rated and reviewed, and they’re there to help you get the most out of your stay.
Book your romantic escape here. Prices start from $221 per night.
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.
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 $214 a night here.
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 here, with prices starting from $250 a night for the best view in town.
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.
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 $150 for two nights.
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.
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 $173 a night. Book your Castlemaine stay here.
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