Pack your bags, guys, you’re going glamping. Well...glamorous camping in a caravan. So what's that—glampvanning?
We just found a seriously cute Gippsland getaway. It's called Wild Valley—a collection of vintage caravans, set on a ridge, with views over the valleys of Budgeree.
Wild Valley is run by Samantha and Eric. They've combined their passion for fresh air and op shop finds (not to mention their love for entertaining) by opening a country oasis—retro vintage caravans and glamping bell tents on 120 glorious acres.
The vans and tents are located on Samantha and Eric’s property in South West Gippsland. That’s about a 3-hour drive from the city. The property covers 120 acres of lush green fields, approximately 500 meters above sea level (dem views...) Each van and tent offer incredible panoramic views of the valley (which btw, overlooks Strzelecki Ranges) and stunning sunsets. Turn your phone on flight mode. That’s an order!
Guests are encouraged to explore the property and have full access to the 120 acres. That includes the paddock where the Alpacas live (this is where you go 'Squeeeee!') The Alpacas are friendly guys. They’ll spit on you, though.
Personally, we recommend staying in the 70’s French Vintage Van. This beauty sports a retro-inspired interior (obviously) and comes stuffed with French antiques. The caravan comfortably fits two people and contains all of the basic necessities for your stay. This includes a small gas stove and oven, a fridge, Queen bed with bedding, cooking utensils and a small table and chairs (indoor and out).
Just bring along a cheese plater and crack open a bottle of wine at sunset. Can’t be bothered to cook? No wakcas. The owners offer you crepes in the morning for breakfast and wood-fire pizzas for dinner for a small fee.
Image credit: Allira Sher