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15 Of The Best Glamping Spots In NSW

By Jessica Best
2nd Jan 2022

A safari-style glamping tent built into bushland in NSW

If shopping at Kathmandu, wearing hiking boots (not the fashionable sort), tripping over pegs and poles, sleeping on the floor and waking up to the sweet smell of condensation inside a cramped one-man tent are all absolutely not your vibe—but you do want to reconnect with nature and disconnect from crazy city life—this list is for you. 

Whether you are planning a romantic vacation, a long weekend with your crew, or a family adventure, we have dug up some of the best glamping getaways located in Sydney and throughout NSW. Think sweeping properties, bubble tents with uninterrupted views of the night sky, waterfront safari tents, and giant open-air baths.  

Here are the best glamping spots near Sydney and thorughout NSW. 

Paperbark Camp

JERVIS BAY, SOUTH COAST

At the forefront of ecotourism and glamping in Australia, Paperbark Camp fuses together luxury tent accommodation and delicious food and wine within a peaceful bush setting. This hidden gem is tucked away near the sandy beaches of Jervis Bay, and there are four different types of tents to choose from, including a king deluxe suite with a sunken bathtub.

Here, you can embrace a safari-style camping experience amongst the beautiful eucalypts and towering paperbarks. Shower in an open-air private ensuite while watching kangaroos, and be lulled into a peaceful sleep in a king deluxe bed without the fear of literal bed bugs biting. In 2021, Paperbark Camp has had a slight glow up too—with a new set of ultra luxurious glamping tents now available. While all of the 13 tents at Paperbark feature bath tubs with bush views and plush daybeds, the new Deluxe Plus safari tents feature an open-air stargazing deck. 

Forget canned beans and other regular camping snacks, Paperbark's onsite restaurant, The Gunyah has you covered for fancy chef-prepared three-course meals (market fish, duck, lamb rump and more are regular features on the seasonal menu). Book your stay here

Distance from Sydney: 2 hours 40 minutes

Marramarra Lodge

Hawkesbury River

Framed by the stunning Marramarra National Park, this newly-built luxury lodge is only accessible by boat from Mooney Mooney and Brooklyn and is just one-hour from Sydney. At Marramarra, you’re in for two different types of accommodation—the high-end Hawkesbury Bungalow, or the ultra luxurious Peninsula Tent. Each room features a balcony with river views where you can scheme your grand kayaking adventure down the Hawkesbury. There's also a mini day spa, and luxe add-ons like private helicopter charters to wine tastings in the Hunter Valley. Book your stay here

Distance from Sydney: 1 hour

Currajong Retreat

Burragate

Not too far from both Merimbula and Eden on the stunning Sapphire Coast is Currajong Retreat, a spectacular hideaway with a stunning outdoor tub. Located on the Currajong Commune farm, the luxury tent is perched high on a cliff, overlooking the Towamba River and an expanse of peaceful bushland. As well as outdoor bathing, the spacious deck is perfect for stargazing, and surrounding the tent you'll find quiet swimming holes and perfect picnic spots. This one is an ideal romantic getaway. Book your stay here

Distance from Sydney: 6 hours

Nashdale Lane

ORANGE

If you think glamping and drinking wine goes hand in hand then this one is for you. Nashdale Lane is one of Orange's fully-fledged vineyards (and one of our favourites). Here you’ll be glamping right beside the vines and Nashdale Lane's incredible cellar door, pitched on the rolling green hills that rise up to the mysterious Mount Canobolas. Each tent is decked out with a verandah, kitchenette, couch and dining area plus there’s a BBQ area where you can cook up your own dinner. Book your stay here

Distance from Sydney: 4 hours

Faraway Domes

Warialda

Set on a sprawling 9,000 acre working beef and sheep property in the region of Warialda, Faraway Domes is a literal world away. Created by the property’s owners, the Munsie family, you’ll be able to lap up a little luxury while taking in the serene, rolling hills and crystal-clear skies of Warialda. 

These geodesic domes are the first of their kind in NSW and bring a whole new level of luxury to NSW's glamping scene. Featuring a super comfy four-poster bed, open plan living and kitchen area, a private bathroom and a four-metre-high elevated deck with a private outdoor bath—you couldn't be any closer to actual heaven here.

The Munsies will also pre-stock the kitchen with ingredients for breakfast, lunch, dinner or picnic hampers so you can skip the grocery shop too. As well as the breathtaking southern sky, a tonne of magical bushwalks are nearby, and the sunrises and sunset across empty plains have to be seen to be believed. Book your stay here

glamping tent in the middle of the bush

Turon Gates Mountain Retreat

Turon Gates, Blue Mountains

Turon Gates Mountain Retreat is a 6,000-acre property in the beautiful Blue Mountains where self-catering glamping tents are dotted beside15km of crystal clear trout stream. Tents come with a four-poster bed, lounge area and a fully-fledged contemporary bathroom and kitchenette. Only a two-and-a-half-hour trip outside of the city, this pet-friendly retreat offers their guests a myriad of outdoor and indoor (no judgement) activities, like horse riding, bushwalking, canoeing and in-tent massages. Book your stay here

Distance from Sydney: 2 hours 30 minutes

luxe interior of glamping tent

South Coast Retreat

Greenwell Point, South Coast

Located in the Shoalhaven region just south of Batemans Bay, you won't need to pitch a tent or unravel a sleeping bag at South Coast Retreat's glamping set up. Your stay here has the added bonus of sparkly waterfront vibes and sea breeze, as the property's six African safari-style tents front up to the shores of the Crookhaven River. Inside your tent, you'll find a Tasmanian Oak queen or king bed, warm alpaca blankets and twinkling fairy lights. Fully equipped with all kitchen appliances, a large modern bathroom and BBQ fire pit, this is an ideal home away from home when you just want to escape Sydney. Book your stay here

Distance from Sydney: 2 hours 50 minutes

safari style glamping tents

The Escape

Clyde River, South Coast

Pitched along two kilometres of the Clyde River, The Escape is a glamping getaway that's completely immersed in the Australian bush. With the options of the luxury tents or a luxury studio (both fitted with bathrooms), you have the opportunity to embrace the traditional elements of camping, but without compromising on any sense of style, sophistication or comfort. Book your stay here

Roar & Snore

Taronga Zoo, Mosman

Ever fancied waking up to the sound of a lion’s roar or having a sleepover with a giraffe? Taronga's glamping experience means you can get up close and personal with the zoo's exotic animals as well as their incredible native Australian residents, as you relax in award-winning tents, situated perfectly with the spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. This once in a lifetime experience includes an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner, an exclusive night safari and two fabulous behind the scenes tours of the zoo. You'll also have the opportunity to learn more about Taronga's extensive conservation programs, including their Australian wildlife appeal and the work they are doing to help our native animals recover from the recent bushfire disaster. Book your stay here

Distance from Sydney: 20 minutes

Tandara

Lane Cove National Park 

Situated 10km north of Sydney’s CBD at Lane Cove River Holiday Park, at Tandara you will be surrounded by an abundance of flourishing gardens and the serenity of the natural world. Tandara offers a fabulous and luxurious alternative to the conventional way of camping, incorporating sustainable initiatives and eco-friendly principles. Who knew that you could simultaneously enjoy the picturesque views of the national park, while also relaxing in your safari-inspired tent that has its very own private ensuite, plasma screen TV and outdoor, deluxe kitchen. You really can get the best of both worlds. Book your stay here

Distance from Sydney: 30 minutes

Sierra Escape

Mudgee

If wine, relaxation and 110 hectares of rolling hills is your glamping cup of tea, you'll want to add Sierra Escape to your local escape bucket list. Located just 20 minutes outside of Mudgee and home to all your fave Aussie wildlife (kangaroos, anyone?) this is the perfect location to take in the sunset after visiting all of Mudgee's incredible wineries. You could barely call them tents, but the humble abodes include everything from king beds to wood fireplaces, baths and even a private deck. Not to mention these are fully-fledged eco tents, so live it up in nature knowing that you aren’t even leaving a footprint. Book your stay here

Distance from Sydney: 4 hours

Bubble Tents Australia

Capertee, Blue Mountains

For one of the best “slow stays” around, Capertee’s insane Bubble Tents are an absolute must. There are only three tents to stay in (each with a bespoke offering) but each tent gives you panoramic overviews of the second biggest canyon in the world. Aside from lapping up all the luxury of outdoor baths and a transparent tent made for all the midnight stargazing, you’ll be in the prime spot to watch the sunset, go on a number of hikes, use the on-site telescope to spot your favourite constellations or take a helicopter tour. Book your stay here. 

Distance from Sydney: 2 hrs 50 minutes

Cockatoo Island 

Sydney Harbour 

Don't want to travel too far? Only have one night to spare? No worries. Cockatoo Island, the largest island in Sydney Harbour, offers some pretty spectacular, award-winning glamping options. With full views of one of the world's most famous harbours, you're in for a real treat. Tents come furnished with Appellees Apothecary toiletries included. 

Obviously, New Year's Eve on the island would be life-changing (front row seats for the fireworks), but with lots of events being hosted on the island, it pays to check what's on to see if it's worth adding in a stay-cay. Book here

Distance from Sydney: 25 minutes

Flash Camp

Coolendel

In spite of the devastation of this summer's bushfire season, Flash Camp has re-established its Coolendel glamp site. Both "Camp Hollow" and "Camp Nest" feature six spacious six-metre bell tents, and both sites are perfect for individual tent bookings or a big group take over. Both also have their own communal areas and cooking facilities—including custom made campfire brazier with a flat-plate grill (so pack your BBQ skills). 

With plenty of recent rainfall, you'll be able to witness the regrowth of the Australian bushland. Flash Camp are also offering the opportunity to purchase native flora plants to sow yourself on the site, so you can help the bush grow and heal. Book your stay here

Distance from Sydney: 3 hours 10 minutes

glamping tent in the bush

Simple Pleasures Glamping In The Garden

various locations

Simple Pleasures offer pop-up glamping experiences—meaning they'll pitch a fancy five-metre bell tent on your behalf and pack it down after you leave. Inside the tent, you'll find everything ready to go—from fancy linen and duck feather pillows, cookware, a two-burner gas cooker and gas bottle, lighting and an outdoor table and chairs. Simple Pleasures service eight campsites including Mayfield Garden, Seal Rocks, Booti Booti National Park, the Central Coast and Forster. Book here

Distance from Sydney: 2 - 4 hours (location dependent)

If you're ready to rough it, check out our the best camping spots in NSW right here

Image credit: Currajong Retreat, Marramarra Lodge, Paperbark Camp, Currajong Retreat, Faraway Domes, Turon Gates, South Coast Retreat, The Escape Clyde River, Pauline Morrissey, Roar & Snore, Bubble Tents Australia, Tandara, Sierra Escape, Cockatoo Island, Flash Camp, Simple Pleasures

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