We're pretty ‘outdoorsey’ here, in our own way. Hikes down a CBD laneway for a new pop-up restaurant, BBQ-ing slow-roasted tofu and pork belly as part of a six-course degustation, and camping in tents with Wifi and split system air con. Welcome to glamping. It's like camping, but without so much dirt.
We’ve shared our favourites with you before, but it's time to add a couple more to the list.
For the first time, Parks Victoria is introducing two official glamping trials in our National Parks: one at Lake Catani, Mt Buffalo, and the other at Devil's Cove, Lake Eildon.
"The vast majority of visitors to our parks have indicated they’d like more diverse and accessible park services," says COO of Parks Vic, Simon Talbot. "Offering different types of accommodation, like glamping, helps enhance people’s experiences in our unique and magnificent parks."
So how will these glamping trials be different? Well you know how sometimes you show up at a ‘glamping’ location and find it kind of…well…a bit shit? That won't be the case here. The guys at Under Sky are handling the Mt Buffalo site, and Yea Peppercorn Hotel is taking care of Lake Eildon. Both operators are known for stand-out accomm (which is why Parks Victoria picked them to launch the program).
So how pimped are we talking? Well, at the new Mt Buffalo site, you’ll be kitted out with a queen-size bed, linen, daily housekeeping, gas cookers and everything else you'd find at home. There'll be 10 luxury bell tents to choose from.
At Devil’s Cove in Lake Eildon, you can do regular glamping, or spring for one of their glamping wellness retreats: two nights' accommodation, all meals provided, Tai Chi, cooking workshops, hikes, a personal trainer and fitness plan, plus a bunch of other seminars and activities.
“Lake Eildon’s offer will be ideal for those looking for a getaway," says Simon. "The tranquil lakeside setting will be the perfect atmosphere for kayaking, wellness activities and cooking classes, or just for relaxing with a good book and a bottle of local wine.”
Both these glamping getaways are on super limited runs (Parks Vic is basically trialling the concept to see if it works). So unless you want a chronic case of FOMO from looking at everyone else’s Insta feeds, book in ASAP. Prices start from $130 per night, and it's all over after December this year.
When: Thursday 20 September-Thursday 13 December
Where: Devil Cove, Lake Eildon National Park, Eildon 3713.
For more info, click here.
When: Tuesday 2 October – Monday 17 December
Where: Lake Catani, Mount Buffalo National Park 3740
For more info, click here.
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Image credit: Charlie Kinross