It’s time to bid farewell to the days of tripping over the ghastly guide ropes, injuring yourself with the bunsen burner and waking up to the sweet smell of condensation inside the tent, because ‘glamping’ is about to change your experience of camping forever. Whether you are planning a romantic vacation, a weekend trip away with the girls or a family adventure, we have selected some of the best glamping getaways, located in and around Sydney.
Greenwell Point, South Coast
Located in the Shoalhaven region at Greenwell, you wouldn’t be caught dead pitching yourself a tent or unrolling a sleeping bag at Angler’s Rest. Here’s your chance to get a glimpse of Africa (but without the air miles) by staying in the luxury of these safari-style tents. This glamping experience is perfectly tailored to suit those who have a taste for the exotic, with a Tasmanian Oak queen bed, together with 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.
Jervis Bay, South Coast
At the forefront of ecotourism and glamping in Australia, Paperbark Camp, a family operated business, fuses together luxury tent accommodation and fine food and wine from The Gunyah Restaurant, within a peaceful bush setting. This hidden gem is tucked away near the sandy beaches of Jarvis Bay just 2.5 hours drive south of Sydney. Here, you can embrace a safari style camping experience amongst the beautiful eucalypts and towering paperbarks, and since it is situated right near the coast you can capture the sea breeze, which is perfect for all you nature lovers. Shower in an open-air private ensuite while watching kangeroos, and be lulled into a peaceful sleep in a king deluxe bed sans the fear of the bed bugs biting.
Clyde River, South Coast
Truly escaping the hustle and bustle of the city, situated 3.5 hours south of Sydney is an award winning glamping destination, completely immersed in the Australian bush. Where else can you embrace 80 acres of land, together with over 2 kilometers expanse of the Clyde River? Exactly, there is nowhere else but The Escape. Relax and unwind by the tranquil riverfront and breathe in the sweet fresh air of Mother Nature, while sipping from your glass of wine – so idyllic. With the options of the luxury tents or a luxury studio (both fitted with modern bathrooms), you have the opportunity to embrace the traditional elements of camping, but without compromising on any sense of style, sophistication or comfort.
Roar & Snore
Taronga Zoo, Mosman
Ever fancied waking up to the sound of a lion’s roar or having a sleepover with a giraffe? I know this sounds like a bizarre dream inspired by jungle book, but this is a genuine must-do experience for both locals and visitors in the heart of Sydney! You can get up close and personal with the exotic Taronga zoo animals (don’t worry they won’t bite), 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 scene tours of the zoo. Go on, we know you want to get in touch with your wild side. Roar.
Tandara Luxury Safarai
Lane Cove National Park
Situated 10km north of Sydney’s CBD at Lane Cove River Tourist Park, you will be surrounded by an abundance of flourishing gardens and the serenity of the natural world. The 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.
Blue Mountains National Park
This cave rental experience allows you to travel back in time a few millions of years and live life as a caveman (or woman). Yes, we know this is not your typical camping trip with a tent, but we think this is pretty awesome. The Enchanted Cave is built on a natural rock platform, which overlooks the world heritage national park. Not dissimilar to an adventure to the Middle-Earth, you will discover a realm like no other. The intimate space of the cave accommodates two people, which is perfect for that romantic weekend away that you have been meaning to book. Don’t fret – being a Neanderthal is not a requirement. Relax by the cozy fireplace,indulge in the outdoor spa and hatch a plan on how to stay here forever.
Bell Tent Rental
Seal Rocks, NSW
These pop-up luxury bell tents, all fully equipped with luscious beds and exquisite kitchen facilities, let you select the precise location for your camping experience. This hassle-free, eco-friendly glamping getaway offers style, comfort and practicality, catering for up to 4 adults per tent. Like a choose your own adventure, choosing your own location means you can either set up camp on a white sandy beach or go bush. We’re totally sold.
Near Blue Mountains Park, Capertee
Planning a hen do? A family trip away? Or just want to get escape from city life? We have two words for you. Cabin Rental. Perfectly located right along the scenic riverside, this cabin rental is ideal for glamping in large groups as it comfortably sleeps up to 8 people. Completely furnished with spacious social areas, a cozy fireplace and a private terrace looking over the surrounding woodlands, you’ll be able to keep everyone happy.
Cockatoo Island, the largest island in Sydney Harbour, is a haven in itself. Choose between one or two bedroom glamping options for 2-4 people, then sit back and relax, that’s the only hard work you’ll be doing. No glamping experience would be complete without some added luxury, so enjoy your complimentary toiletries from Appelles Apothecary before falling asleep to the sounds of the harbour.
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Image Credit: Roar and Snore at Taronga Zoo