Want to see the great outdoors of Australia but still want access to luxurious amenities and five star dining? No problem, says Amy Huang.
Luxury camping, or ‘Glamping’ is a trend on the rise, and there are plenty of options around Australia to suit any taste. Here are Worldette’s top five.
Longitude 131, NT
This is possibly one of the poshest, the most spectacular and luxurious glamps in Australia.
Longitude 131 is situated right in the heart of Australia, next to the iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) where tents with one way windows look out to the magical monolith and you can watch it change colour throughout the day from the comfort of your own tent.
Rates include all meals, drinks and exclusive touring. Prices start at AU$2070 per night per couple.
Tandara, Sydney, NSW
There are so many luxury accommodations available in Sydney but none so tranquil and close to nature as Tandara in Lane Cove National Park.
These permanent tents have everything, including lounge area, flat screen TV and a comfortable bed. The tents are designed to integrate into the Australian bush, and it is almost impossible to believe you are only 10Km away from the bustling Sydney CBD.
Rates are accommodation only. Prices start at AU$200 per night per couple.
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, WA
Part of the Luxury Lodges of Australia collection, Sal Salis is a slice of exclusive safari heaven in Cape Range National Park on Australia’s west coast. The property’s philosophy is to provide ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ and with only nine tents on site, its exclusivity is one of the nest in the country.
While the tents have all the qualities of a luxury accommodation, it does not have TVs, telephones and mini-bar. However with plenty of activities on offer, including the famous swim with the whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef and fine dining at its beautiful restaurant, it is easy to forgive the lack of modern electronics.
Rates are inclusive of accommodation, all meals and beverages (from a select open bar) and scheduled guided activities which may include guided kayak-snorkels, guided snorkels (all gear provided), guided gorge walks and national park entry & camp fees. Prices start at AU$685 per person twin share.
Spicers Canopy, QLD
The Spicers group have been known to provide unique and intimate accommodation experiences to travellers around Australia, and their glamp offer is no less luxurious than their other properties.
Located two hours drive north of Brisbane in Queensland Australia, Spicers Canopy is a rich eco tourism experience where guests can get up close and personal with Australia’s native plants and animals in its 8000 acres of private nature refuge.
Rates include accommodation, all meals, drinks and walks. Group bookings are welcome.
Paperbark Camp, NSW
Paperbark Camp is located in Jervis Bay on New South Wale’s South Coast, where the sands are said to be the whitest in all of Australia. Built on 100 acres of untouched bushland, being at Paperbark allows you to experience the best of both worlds – the bush and the beach.
Think rugged country charm served with fluffy beds and gourmet meals, it is perfect for those who want to escape the chaos that is Sydney for a few days, to relax in the bush without having to lose access to all the modern luxuries.
Multiple packages are available, and prices start at AU$370 per tent twin share with breakfast.
Have you ever tried glamping? Got any recommendations? Tell us your experiences in the comments below!