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 in 2023.
Find yourself a home-away-from-home amongst the gum trees at this serene new glamping spot, which is nestled in bushland on 19 acres of koala-protected habitat near Lake Moogerah. While the sanctuary is surrounded by endless national parks, wineries and scenery, you may not want to leave your luxe eco safari tent, which has its own four poster bed, crackling fireplace and full ensuite bathroom complete with a triple head rainshower.
You’ve even got choices for where to do your relaxing—will be by around the fire pit with a glass of local fortified wine or in the double hammock under the starry skies? Bookings are available from 1 September, and you can lock yours in here.
Kanimbia Luxury Glamping
If you're after luxury immersed in wilderness then look no further than Kanimbia Luxury Glamping. This idyllic glamping spot is located on a fifty-acre homestead in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and was a finalist for Airbnb's 'Most Unnique Stay' in 2021.
The 60-square-metre luxury safari tents sleep two guests in a queen size bed, and you can take a soak in the claw-foot bath while admiring the scenery and picturesque billabong. 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. Oh, and there are three friendly farm dogs, Goober, Frankie and Daisy who might say hello. Book here.
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.
Nestled 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. Book here.
If it's absolute wilderness you're chasing, halt your search now because Habitat Noosa 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 onsite bar and restaurants you know you need to add Habitat to your glamping bucket list. Book here.
Ingenia Holidays Rivershore
Lock in a trip to Ingenia Holidays Rivershore 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, one of the most family-friendly glamping spots on the Sunshine Coast. Book here.
Are you someone who likes having options when it comes to setting? Well, the beachfront glamping across multiple iconic beaches in Minjerribah could be perfect for you—with over 200 campsites available your options are quite literally endless here.
Among the locations on offer are Amity Point for a family friendly atmosphere, calmer waters and daily dolphin sightings, or Adder Beach is ideal if you’re after more of a surf-friendly vibe, enveloped in the shade of native tea trees.
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.
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 entree 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. More information here.
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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