Camping is cool. Setting up and packing up tents is not cool. This is where glamping comes in – permanent tents, kitted out with everything you might need. Here’s our pick of Australia’s best.
Glamping from the Outback to Sydney: Australia’s best
Luxury safari tents on NSW's South Coast
A two-hour drive south from Sydney will land you in the beachside village of Greenwell Point. Here, the luxury safari tents at South Coast Retreat come with queen beds, bathrooms and full kitchens. Enjoy the south-coast sunrise from the daybed on the deck. Glamping loving pets are also welcome!
A glamping tent with a fireplace inside?
The tents at Alure Stanhorpe are seriously luxe. There are four poster beds, flat screen TVs, mini-bars and fireplaces – all inside a tent. The standout here is the range of food hampers available. Go for the gourmet picnic hamper, which contains an antipasto plate, English pork pies brownies and a bottle of local wine.
A top camping spot in Jervis Bay
The best way to experience Jervis Bay is camping at Paperbark Camp. There are a few different types of tents here, but the clear winner is the King Deluxe Safari Tent. Two king beds, bamboo cotton sheets, an ensuite, and an outdoor ‘bush’ shower are just some of the features.
An award-winning glamping hangout
It doesn’t get much more ‘Strayan than camping in the outback. Deep in The Pilbara is Karijini Eco Retreat, an award-winning, eco-certified hangout. It’s an 80-kilometre drive to Tom Price, the nearest town, taking the term ‘secluded getaway’ to another level.
Glamping in Kakadu National Park
On the edge of the Kakadu National Park sits Wildman Wilderness Lodge. Here, guests are offered a taste of the outback without skipping on luxuries like an infinity pool. Indigenous bush tucker and tailor-made Archie Rose vodka are key ingredients on the lodge’s restaurant and bar menu.
Glamping in the middle of Sydney Harbour
Glamping at its finest in the middle of Sydney Harbour. There’s no skimping on luxury here at Cockatoo Island Accommodation – toiletries are courtesy of APPELLEES Apothecary, and you can order BBQ and breakfast packs (including beer and wine) from nearby café, Societe Overboard. If glamping is too posh for you, bring your own tent and keep it old school.