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The clear-top bubble tents at Mirumiru in the New South Wales tablelands are designed for couples, groups of friends and families (there’s a tiny bubble tent nestled between gum trees complete with sleeping bags that kids will love). A chef from the village will drop off dinner so the only things left to do are boil your billy on a campfire and watch night descend from your bed.
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Nashdale Lane, Orange2/22
Overlooking neat rows of grapevines in Orange, a four-hour drive west of Sydney, the two cabins on this 24-hectare vineyard live up to their names: Rustig, translating to “quiet” in Dutch, and Kalmte, meaning “calm”. Each boasts a four-poster queen bed, hardwood floors and a sunken outdoor lounge lined with cushions – the ideal spot for sampling Nashdale Lane’s award-winning 2018 riesling.
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Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay3/22
Surrounded by towering eucalyptus and paperbark trees, this pioneering eco retreat has been a hit since opening in this coastal village three hours’ drive south of Sydney in 1999. There are three types of safari-style tents to choose from (the largest sleeps five and features monochromatic North African-inspired decor) plus a treetop restaurant, The Gunyah, that serves up seasonal dishes such as glazed beef sirloin with gingery carrot puree.
Whether it’s coastal camping or bush glamour, New South Wales has an off-grid option for everyone. Find great deals on flights to Sydney at qantas.com
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Kimo Estate, Gundagai4/22
Sink into the wood-fired hot tub overlooking Kimo Estate’s gently rolling hills and it’s likely you’ll never want to leave. The property, a working sheep and cattle farm about four hours’ drive south-west of Sydney, is home to three pitched-roof cabins (positioned a discreet distance from one another), fitted with everything visitors may need, including a barbecue, log heater and a roomy walk-in shower with views.
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Marramarra Lodge, Berowra Waters5/22
With pillowy king beds, huge river-stone bathrooms and leather sofas overlooking the gleaming Hawkesbury River, less than an hour’s drive from Sydney, the Peninsula Tent at this adults-only retreat puts the glam in glamping. Indulge in house-made pastries for breakfast (all meals are included in the nightly rate), then treat yourself to a 45-minute aromatherapy massage at Iyora Day Spa.
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Sierra Escape, Mudgee6/22
Five two-person, screened-in tents are dotted around this bucolic 113-hectare property 20 minutes outside of Mudgee, each with indoor and outdoor freestanding tubs plus access to a communal infinity pool. Activities such as kayaking, horse riding, yoga classes and a private wine tasting will mix things up in between all that relaxation.
If your dream getaway involves glorious isolation with a side of wellness and wine-tasting, New South Wales’ Central West is waiting for you. Reserve a seat to Sydney at qantas.com
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Zoofari Lodge, Dubbo7/22
There’s nothing quite like the view from the shaded deck of a safari-style tent at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. You might spot a giraffe nibbling the treetops, antelopes frolicking or even a young rhino. Family-friendly packages include breakfast, dinner, bicycle hire and guided tours such as a night drive in an open-sided truck.
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Currajong Retreat, Merimbula8/22
Food lovers will revel in this romantic Sapphire Coast farmstay, where the breakfast hamper brims with fresh fruit and small-batch muesli, hearty dinners created by local chefs are included and the minibar is stocked with local tipples such as Longstocking Brewery’s pear cider. Bonus: the chance to meet baby angora goats during kidding season, which kicks off in October.
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Lilypad, Palm Beach9/22
Billing itself as an “all-inclusive floating villa”, Lilypad is a luxe overwater stay in Palm Beach, just an hour north of Sydney. Stand-up paddleboard around Pittwater, work up a sweat in the solar-powered infrared sauna and refresh under the open-air shower before exploring the onboard French wine cellar. A king-sized bed waits upstairs and is dressed in sumptuous linens.
Travel anywhere north or south along the coast from Sydney and you’ll find glorious beaches, quaint fishing villages and incredible seaside accommodation. Book your ticket to Sydney at qantas.com
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Wild and Seek, Oberon10/22
Scandinavian minimalism informs the timber-lined interior of this Blue Mountains tiny house, which comes equipped with a rainfall shower, a two-burner stove and yoga mats to work on your downward dog while basking in the secluded setting. Don’t forget to order the BBQ pack full of sustainably-farmed meats from the region.
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Turon Gates, Capertee11/22
At this Turon River hideaway in the Blue Mountains foothills your neighbours are likely to be wombats, platypi and a curious echidna or two. Kitted out with 25-square-metre decks, light teak interiors and a two-person bathtub, the six lavish glamping tents are reserved for adults (larger log cabins are available for those travelling with kids or pets).
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Crafters Cabin, Crackenback12/22
Set on five hectares of rugged alpine bushland, this off-grid bolthole is a 10-minute drive from Jindabyne. It’s got plenty of the perks of a swish hotel stay (gorgeous sandstone interiors, double-sized marble shower, comfy king mattress) but you can also soak under the stars in an outdoor hot tub overlooking Thredbo Valley.
With so many gorgeous outdoor bathtubs, New South Wales’ glamping spots make it difficult to return to indoor bathing sans champagne. Book your ticket to Sydney at qantas.com
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The Hideaway, Cabarita Beach13/22
The Hideaway on New South Wales’ Far North Coast is home to 18 canvas bell tents filled with boho chic furnishings and a communal kitchen area, making it a great option for groups. Spend the afternoon at Cabarita Beach (less than a five-minute walk) then throw some snags on the barbie (Tweed Coast Meats does a mean parmesan and truffle lamb sausage).
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Amaroo Escape, Gloucester14/22
Sip a fruit-forward Hunter Valley shiraz while the sun sets over Amaroo Escape’s 182 hectares of farmland in the Hunter region before retiring to the deep claw-foot bath in your safari-style tent. Next morning, take a dip in the gently flowing Manning River right on your doorstep or simply lounge on the deck and watch the kangaroos graze.
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The Farm at Wilga Station, Bathurst15/22
Filled with distinctive touches such as reclaimed timber furniture, fluffy sheepskin rugs and a picture window framing pastoral views, the adults-only Farmer’s Hut on a 105-hectare working sheep farm 12 minutes from Bathurst is five-star indulgence with a bush soul. Blending seamlessly with the verdant landscape, the spectacular grass-covered roof takes eco chic to a whole new level.
Seclusion doesn’t come much sweeter than a cosy country hut just minutes from the country-town charm of Bathurst. Make a plan to fly to Sydney at qantas.com
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Blackbird Byron, Byron Bay16/22
Low-fi doesn’t get more luxe than this three-room retreat in the Byron Hinterland. Think: modernist corrugated-iron pavilions with sunrise views over the Pacific Ocean, Moroccan-tiled bathrooms and private-chef degustations served by the communal magnesium pool (recent hits include Byron grass-fed beef with burnt onion, puffed barley and muscatel jus).
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Nature Domes, Toms Creek17/22
Wake up in a light-filled dome to sweeping rainforest views and the sound of kingfishers on the Mid-North Coast. There’s a cute bathroom, kitchenette and two-person hot tub. Tuck into your breakfast hamper and set out on a hike of the 45-hectare private valley, keeping your eyes peeled for koalas as you pass gurgling streams and waterfalls.
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Chalets at Blackheath, Blue Mountains18/22
Couples seeking solace in nature can’t go past Chalets at Blackheath. Nestled at the edge of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park, freestanding cabins have wide decks ideal for stargazing, wood-burning fireplaces, and oversized limestone bathrooms with a soothing soundtrack of native birds.
The serene beauty of the Blue Mountains is just a couple of hours from Sydney – spend a weekend in World Heritage-listed beauty. Book your flight to Sydney at qantas.com
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Evamor Valley, Mudgee19/22
Evamor Valley is close to food and wine mecca Mudgee, three-and-a-half hours north-west of Sydney, but you can do as much or as little as you like when you get there. Expect six canvas tents outfitted with biscuit-hued soft furnishings, hot tubs that convert into plunge pools come summer and views across a mirror-like dam.
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Glenayr Farm, Mudgee20/22
This picturesque 130-hectare working sheep farm feels like a world unto itself, making it the perfect site to set up camp in elegantly-outfitted bell tents or off-grid cabins that can accommodate everyone from reconnecting couples to lively families. There’s a communal lodge, where guests can gather for meals, a game of billiards or chats by the fire.
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Tanja Lagoon Camp, Tanja21/22
Shaded by spotted gum forests on the Sapphire Coast, the family-friendly tents at Tanja Lagoon Camp have been designed with sustainability in mind. Built with locally-sourced timber, the site is solar-powered and only uses filtered rainwater. Kayak the lagoon, bushwalk in Mimosa Rocks National Park and if you’re visiting in spring, don’t miss the chance to go whale watching.
The sparkling Sapphire Coast is dotted with perfect deserted beaches, cute villages and restaurants serving up the freshest oysters you’ve ever tasted. Explore it now on a road trip from Sydney – reserve a seat at qantas.com
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