Glamping is not just camping with bigger tents. They’re luxurious accommodations in truly back-of-beyond locations. The best of both worlds? We think so. Here's our round-up of the best glamping spots in Australia to book now.
Cosy Tents, Victoria1/18
Revel in the rustic cool of a four-, five- or six-metre bell tent with plush linen, goose-down quilts and woodfired stove (in winter), 15 minutes from the spa towns of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. The bathroom and cooking facilities are shared but chic.
Spicers Canopy Luxury Tents, Queensland2/18
Set on a 2000-hectare nature refuge not far from Brisbane is Spicers Canopy, a luxury glamping spot where you can bushwalk by day and bathe in a hot tub by night. Spicers Canopy is available on a group-booking basis only and can accommodate up to 20 people so bring a crew of friends.
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Under Sky, Victoria3/18
Under Sky doesn’t tell you where to set up camp, you tell them. They facilitate unique glamping experiences around Victoria – bell tents in the bush for you and some friends, say, or a tent village for a wedding or festival. Just decide where you want to sleep and they’ll do the rest.
Tanja Lagoon Camp, NSW4/18
You could canoe, bushwalk or simply bask in nature’s glory from your base at NSW’s Tanja Lagoon Camp but once you check in, you might not want to leave your room. Each safari tent rests on its own timber deck, with the bed positioned to give you the best view of the bush outside.
Karijini Eco Resort, Western Australia5/18
Cool off in the bracing waters of Circular Pool at Dales Gorge before returning to your deluxe eco tent with king-size bed and ensuite in Karijini National Park, 350 kilometres south of Port Hedland.
Roar and Snore at Taronga Zoo, NSW6/18
Stare nature in the face without leaving the city by checking in at Taronga Zoo. The Roar and Snore package treats guests to an evening zoo safari and personal encounter with the animals, after which you can retire for the night with a view of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Bamurru Plains, Northern Territory7/18
A trip to the Northern Territory’s Bamurru Plains is like going on safari without leaving the country. It’s situated beside the Mary River, home to an abundance of native birds and wildlife, which you can observe from one of the property’s 10 bungalows.
Sierra Escape, NSW8/18
Twenty minutes’ drive from Mudgee, Sierra Escape spans 114 hectares of bushland. Five glass-fronted tents boast indoor fireplaces, shade sails and flyscreen windows that zip shut. In addition to hot showers and flushing toilets, each bathroom has an indoor freestanding bathtub, an outdoor tub or both.
Twilight Glamping, Victoria9/18
Want a camping escape from Melbourne but don’t want to pitch your own tent? Twilight Glamping offers no-fuss experiences along the Great Ocean Road, Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula – just pick a spot and they’ll set up a luxe bell tent, then pack it down when you’re done.
Wingtons Glamping, Tasmania10/18
Three bell-tent encampments with queen-sized beds, ensuite bathrooms, elegant furnishings and wood-burning heaters sit on the shores of the Tamar River, about 45 minutes from Launceston. Thoughtful touches such as 1000-thread-count linen, goose-down quilts and crystal glassware amplify the indulgence factor.
Pebble Point, Victoria11/18
By the Great Ocean Walk in Princetown, Pebble Point offers creature comforts without the budget blowout. The six safari tents each feature a king-sized bed and ensuite bathroom with floor-to-ceiling vistas. Set amid tea-trees in coastal scrub overlooking wetlands, the camp is a six-kilometre coastal walk to the Twelve Apostles.
Sanctuary By Sirromet, Queensland12/18
Surrounded by giant scribbly gums, a tented pavilion with private balcony awaits those wishing to relax and sample the local wines. The retreat, on the grounds of Sirromet Winery in Mount Cotton, is just 30 minutes from Brisbane.
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Squeakywindmill Boutique Tent B&B, NT13/18
Bask in the rich colours of the Western MacDonnell Ranges from your eco tent with queen-size bed, ensuite and kitchenette, 15 minutes from Alice Springs. Host Michelle can also supply hampers.
Huon Bush Retreats, Tasmania14/18
Bed down in a timber-and-canvas “tipee” with woodfired heater and covered deck, 50 minutes south of Hobart. The bathroom and kitchen are shared but you’ll have plenty of protected native Tasmanian forest all to yourself.
Tilba Lake House, NSW15/18
Situated in a verdant paddock with views of Lake Tilba and the ocean beyond, this retreat has a range of accommodation options, including a bell tent (with a private ensuite) and four self-contained “tiny home” cabins.
Talo Retreat at Moama On Murray Resort, NSW16/18
Looking for something exotic? Try a Mongolian-style yurt insulated with Australian wool. There’s a domed skylight for starry nights plus ensuite, kitchenette, barbecue and outdoor spa.
Kings Canyon Resort, Northern Territory17/18
With family-sized tents and more than 85 square metres of interior space decked out by Temple & Webster, the glamping at Kings Canyon Resort is decidedly stylish. Awaken to the song of the crested bellbird and emerge from the comfort of the tent to the full crimson drama of the Red Centre at dawn.
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