Camping, much like politics or how to appropriately eat Nutella, is one of those topics that divides people.
You either love it or you hate it. You think it's glorious or you think it's gross. Whichever side of the fence you sit on, you are utterly confused by those who don’t see eye to eye with you.
Luckily for the good mankind, there is a new-ish phenomenon you may have heard of called ‘glamping’. Yes, it's the ultimate compromise for campers and non-campers. You get all the luxuries and conveniences of home inside one very fancy (and often fairy-light-adorned) tent. It’s the best of both worlds. It’s the way of the future.
So if you’re keen to give it a whirl, here are some of the best glamping spots in WA.
Two Blind Cows
Located on a secluded property in Margaret River, the eco-friendly tents at Two Blind Cows each have a queen-sized bed decked out with super comfortable linen, a kitchen and a bathroom complete with bathrobes and handmade natural soaps and lotions, not to mention air con and heating. By night, you’ll find yourself relaxing on the outdoor deck enjoying a BBQ with a bottle of wine that you picked up from a neighbouring winery, of course.
Mile End Glamping
These people have got a seriously fancy camping situation going on. Instead of a tent, you sleep under a transparent dome, so you can enjoy staring up at the night sky without having to worry about mosquitos, snakes, spiders or any of the various Australian wildlife that wants to kill you. Designed for two people, each dome comes equipped with a bathroom, kitchen, king bed and is attached to a deck area complete with a private spa and barbeque. The whole place is set on a 144-acre estate so you can enjoy the quiet solitude of nature from your speccy dome—and Margaret River’s wineries are only a few minutes away.
Imagine if you could be so entrenched in nature that you wake up to the sounds of birds singing, watch kangaroos grazing among sand dunes and catch glimpses of whales on Ningaloo Reef, all without having to pack the car full of camping gear. Imagine no more. Sal Salis is a remote beachside safari camp in the dunes of Cape Range National Park on the shores of Ningaloo Reef, featuring 16 ‘wilderness tents’. What’s a wilderness tent, you ask? It’s a tent that sits on a raised platform (away from the dangerous insects, thank you) fitted with a jarrah bed, cotton sheets and an en suite bathroom. Sal Salis also offers communal long table dining with meals prepared by their expert chefs, snorkelling equipment, kayaks and a library full of books—so you literally need to pack nothing. NOTHING.
The thing that often puts people off camping is having to pack the car full of everything you’ll need, drive it all to your destination, unpack it, set up your tent and lay out all your camping supplies—and then in two days’ time have to pack it all down again, load it back in the car, unpack it all at home and clean all the dirt off it all. It just ain't worth the hassle. Which is why Soul Camping started their biz of going out to wherever you want to camp and setting up an amazing bell tent complete with a bed, fresh linen, pillows, side tables, lamps, rugs and an outdoor table and chairs. All you need to do is rock up and then leave again. While they do only service within the Busselton to Margaret River region, they are happy to travel further for an extra fee if you wish.
Drafty’s Campsite By WA Wilderness
Deep in the forest at the heart of Warren National Park sits Drafty’s Campsite, a cool, green campsite right on the banks of the Warren River. No planning or extensive packing is necessary, you just pull up and everything is there ready for you; a tent has been set up, there’s a bed in there with fresh sheets, plus barbeque areas and fully-maintained cooking facilities are on-site. There are wineries, restaurants and galleries all scattered around the area, so instead of wasting time packing and unpacking your carload of camping supplies you can spend that time drinking wine instead. Seriously, why has nobody thought of this brilliant concept sooner?
Ramada Eco Beach Resort
This award-winning eco-resort is about an hour’s drive south of Broome and provides guests with an unforgettable natural experience, has minimal impact on the environment and your tent is set up ready to go when you get there. Tick, tick and tick. Their eco-tents are perfect for those who really want to soak up the natural glory of the Kimberley in all its wonder, while still having a bit of comfort and convenience. Each one has a king bed with amazing ocean views, so you can feel rested and rejuvenated for all the rad activities they offer like yoga, kayaking, paddle boarding and fishing. Glamping in WA never sounded so good.
The Glamping Co. have really perfected what is the best idea ever: awesome, comfy, boho tents set up anywhere you want. Their glamping experiences are much like having a hotel room crammed into a tent, which truly makes it the ultimate compromise if you’re a non-camper being forced into a camping situation. Their luxe bohemian bell tents feature five-star hotel beds, super soft linen, rugs, tables, chairs, candles, showers, toilets, and they can even set up power for you. Now if that’s not glam, we don’t know what is.
This environmentally friendly retreat and campground is nestled in the heart of the spectacular Karijini National park—you just don’t get much closer to nature than that. And you can really soak it all up by staying in one of their deluxe eco tents fully equipped with beds, linen, lanterns, fans (because it will get hot out there, guys), a private en suite bathroom, and an attached outdoor deck area so you can sit and enjoy the starry night sky.
Nomadika is all about making something special from the otherwise mundane. They'll come and set up one of their beautiful bell tents wherever you please, from Dwellingup to Yanchep to your own backyard. You'll get a double bed with all the trimmings, rugs, side tables and a cushioned lounge area for your very own picnic. Speaking of, you can leave the food up to them and add a hamper to your package so you don't have to lift a finger.
Glamping in Broome is serious business and the super luxurious eco tents at The Billi are a glamper's dream. Complete with air conditioning, a BBQ, kitchenette and free WIFI, we're not sure this resembles anything even close to camping, but we're kind of ok with that.
Margaret River Glamping
Margaret River and the South West
The guys at Margaret River Glamping will sort you out wherever you might find yourself glamping in WA's beautiful south west region. If you're not sure where to stay, they've got a few stunning locations to suggest, or if you find yourself inviting a few too many people down to your Margaret River holiday home, you can get these guys to set up a couple of extra beds for your guests.
Discovery Rottnest Island
Rottnest's glamping eco retreat, Discovery Rottnest Island, is just a week away from opening and we're already itching to book one of their 83 luxury eco-tents, complete with ensuites, pillow-topped mattresses and decks. Tucked into natural surroundings, there are four types of tents available: Base Camp with all the basics, Tuart with a kitchenette and private deck, Family with a separate annexe for kids and Dune with the whole shebang plus ocean views. With an on-site restaurant, bar and pool, what more could you want from a Rottnest adventure?
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Image credit: Mile End Glamping, Sal Salis and Karijini Eco Retreat