Let’s be honest, camping is not for everyone. Roughing it takes a certain type of person, and you either love it or you hate it. There is no middle ground.
Luckily for the good of mankind, there is a new-ish phenomenon called glamping. 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. And we need it in our lives—now. Enter The Hideaway.
Located a short drive from the Queensland border on NSW’s magical Tweed Coast, Cabarita Beach’s new boutique glamping retreat is your next weekend escape. No planning or extensive packing is necessary, just pull up and everything is waiting for you.
At The Hideaway, boho canvas tents are scattered around to create a gorgeous village, just moments away from the beach. You can sleep in stunning bell tents complete with plush beds, featuring pillowy soft Koala mattresses, floor rugs, bedside tables and lamps, charging sockets and tripod fans for those hot summer nights. The luxury versions even have their own air-conditioning unit, bar fridge, king-sized bed and lounge chair—it’s practically a hotel room.
As well as the stunning tents, the compact resort features shipping containers upcycled to create a chill out zone, communal kitchen and cooking area, complete with BBQs and inviting picnic tables, designed with mingling in mind. The Hideaway’s common area faces away from the tents, so you can linger into the night without feeling obliged to whisper. Plus the space encourages you to socialise with your fellow glampers over BYO cheese platters, gourmet snags and bevvies.
There’s a fire pit for impromptu sing-a-longs (don’t forget the marshmallows) plus modern shared bathrooms with steamy hot showers and quality toiletries, where you can head for a refresh, before retreating to your bed to listen to the sounds of the ocean as you drift off to sleep. Basically, a stay here will ruin your reality of everyday camping for life.
Come for The Hideaway and stay for a weekend exploring the unassuming seaside township of Cabarita Beach. Famous nationwide, lauded Halcyon House is literally one block away, meaning you can seriously up the holiday ante with a Halcyon Spa treatment followed by sunset cocktails on the deck of the award-winning Paper Daisy restaurant.
Head down to the squeak-between-your-toes sand of Cabarita Beach, which you’ll likely have all to yourself, for a dip in the salty blue or a wave or two. Next, strap on your runners and saunter up to Norries Headland for a spot of whale watching, before wandering back to thumb through a magazine or banter with the lovely resort manager, Sean.
If you don’t opt for bacon and eggs on the camp barbecue, we totally recommend rubbing shoulders with the locals for coffee and breakfast wraps at Kartel Espresso. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself slinking slowly past the real estate agent’s window with dreams of a permanent sea change.
Adjoining the communal area is a pop-up bar that’s available for group events, which totally lends itself to booking out the entire resort for that next extra special soiree for 50 or so of your closet friends.
The Hideaway Glamping is already booking up, with prices starting at $189, so check their website for rates and start planning your annual leave now.
What: The Hideaway Cabarita Beach
Where: Corner Tweed Coast Road and Cypress Crescent
For more information, click here.
Image credit: Fitgree Pictures for The Hideaway + Brooke Darling