The idea of pitching a tent and foraging for firewood to cook your own dinner as you reconnect with nature sounds great in theory, but camping's one tough gig. There's the sweltering 40-degree heat, blowing up your air mattress to the point of exhaustion, going days without a proper shower and waking up swollen from a mosquito's overnight feast.
That's until glamping entered the holiday planning picture. Equal parts glam and camping, glamping is the best of both worlds, with proximity to nature minus the sacrifice of your favourite creature comforts i.e. actual beds vs. flat-as-a-pancake camp 'beds'. Scroll on for our guide to the best glamping on the Sunshine Coast.
Starry Nights Luxury Camping
If you’re to get away from it all without actually going too far from civilization, Starry Nights in West Woombye is for you. Perched amongst the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, you’ll have complete privacy in the midst of a tranquil forest. Take a bath, lie in the large king-sized bed or laze around on the couch next to the food fire as you take in the peaceful serenity of Woombye. Being just ten minutes from Montville and twenty minutes from Mooloolaba Beach, it’s the perfect place to unwind and relax while still being close to everything else you want in a weekend break.
Pitch Luxury Camping
Noosa, Various Locations
Remember the choose your own adventure series that stole hours of your childhood life? Pitch Luxury Camping basically sways a little that way. Choose your location, book your tent, pack your bags and let the Pitch team take care of the rest (aka the scary stuff). Based in Noosa but delivering glamping dreams as far south as Byron, your options are literally limitless. Let your imagination guide you into a vacation featuring BBQ breakfast with an entrée of sand between your toes, or delve into the bushlands for an evening soiree beneath the milky way. With the freedom to choose your campground locale, this one scores a giant tick as one of the best glamping services on the Sunshine Coast.
Kanimbia Luxury Glamping
Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Looking for luxury? Look no further than Kanimbia Luxury Glamping. This idyllic campsite has everything that you can expect from your favourite getaway spots and dare we say, even more. Located on a fifty-acre homestead in the Sunshine Coast hinterlands, the tents are the perfect place for a much-needed getaway. The massive tents sleep two guests in a queen size bed, and you can take a soak in the claw-foot bath while admiring the scenery that the area has to offer. If you’re not sold yet, the tent also comes with a fireplace to keep warm after you spend the day exploring the Harry Potter-esque forest and the creek on the property.
Glamping at the Castle
Aptly named, Glamping at the Castle, this glamping dome tent has recently opened on the lush property of the Castle Retreat just minutes out of the town of Fernvale. Equipped with a large king-sized bed, Glamping at the Castle makes the perfect weekend spot to escape from the city and spend some time undergoing some much-needed relaxation. Local birds, swans and donkeys overrun the property, bringing you even closer to nature, but it is also surrounded by many country towns if you need a small taste of civilization again.
If it's absolute wilderness you're chasing, halt your search now because Elanda Point is the place for you. Located three hours from Brisbane and surrounded by 65 acres of natural bushland, don't be surprised when a mob of kangaroos rocks up for a morning cuppa joe at your glampsite. Take a break in one of the modest Wilderness tents with shared restroom facilities or live it up in one of the more private and luxurious Paperbark tents. Ensuite bathroom, private deck, continental breakfast—need we say more? Sometimes we all need a little temptation, by means of luxury, to enjoy the great outdoors, and when there's a complimentary shuttle to main-hub Noosa in the works, you know you gotta add Habitat to your weekender bucket list.
Lock in a trip to Rivershore Retreat and you'll be livin' it up on the banks of the Maroochy River in a safari tent fit-out with a king-size bed, kitchenette, bathroom, and TV for all the Netflix and chill you can handle (when you need a break from nature, that is). Throw a few snags on the barbeque of the outdoor deck that's sizably on par with the tent, just the way we like it. For all your onsite fun times take a dip in one of several pools, swing your way through the mini golf circuit or unleash your inner child on the giant 20m x 9m trampoline as you brace for the tsunami sized onslaught of childhood memories that'll come flooding in. Hands down, of the most family-friendly glamping spots on the Sunshine Coast.
Rainbow Beach Ultimate Camping
Inskip Road, Rainbow Beach
We could easily sum this one up for you in four words (aka "fully equipped beachfront campsite") but we're gonna delve a little deeper because this north Queensland paradise has oh-so-much more to offer. It overlooks World Heritage Listed Fraser Island, for goodness sake. As you lose hours of your trip exploring the coloured sands of Carlo Sandblow and nearby Tin Can Bay, you'll effortlessly reward yourself and the environment with eco-friendly holidaying that's guaranteed to leave minimal footprint. We know you love the sound of that, so let's move straight to the next steps once you're done here; submit your annual leave and get packing. We're in love with Rainbow Beach Ultimate Camping.
Okay, so you insist on camping? Pitch a tent at one of the best camping spots on and around the Sunshine Coast.
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