While Australia is a country known and loved for its year-round sunny climes, endless stretches of sandy beaches, stunning coastlines and solid surf, the allure of the land down under goes way beyond its waterways and weather. For beyond the country’s sparkling shores is an abundance of secluded spots perfect for a luxury getaway in the great outdoors. And while Aussies are known as a nation of sun-worshippers, few things beat a cosy weekend away spent under the stars in the cooler winter climes.
From an eco-retreat in Western Australia to an island with an unrivalled view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, here are some of Australia’s most stunning glamping spots, perfect for an exclusive escape, whatever the weather.
If you fancy an escape in one of Western Australia’s most picturesque spots, add The Karijini National Park to your travel bucket list. Breathtakingly, rugged and weathered, this park has a wealth of dramatic gorges, vivid waterfalls, beautiful bushland and red earth. Nestled amongst it all is this award-winning eco retreat that offers a range of accommodation, including 40 deluxe tents complete with stylish ensuites, luxe linens and wooden decks. In the mood for adventure? Request the gourmet picnic basket, and set off on an adventurous day of hiking, chasing waterfalls and and swimming in the plunge pools.
Weano Road, Karijini National Park, WA
Those in search of a romantic getaway will love South Australia’s Ikara Safari Camp. Found in the heart of the Flinders Ranges, Ikara’s sumptuous tents are tailor-made for passion, with deluxe king-sized beds, en-suites, timber decks, firepits and minibars stocked with South Australian wine, perfect for a romantic night under the stars. With the wilderness right on your doorstep, it’s a faultless locale from which to indulge in a bit of outdoor exploring, before returning home to watch the sun set with a glass of wine by the roaring fire.
Wilpena Pound Road, Flinders Ranges, SA
If you love your glamping with a side of olive oil, you’ve come to the right place. The team behind some of WA’s best salad dressing also lays claim to one of the country’s best glamping. With six lakeside safari-style bungalows, you’ll be treated to a private en-suite, not to mention a beautiful (and comfortable) spot to rest your head. When you feel like getting out and about, you can explore the olive grove, fuel up at the cafe, sample some oils or go for a drive and explore Margaret River.
Armstrong Road, Margaret River, WA
Surrounded by dramatic mountain ranges, rugged gorges and wildlife at its very best, the Wilpena Pound Resort in South Australia is among the crème de la crème of glamping. You’ll sleep under the stars, curled up next to a backdrop of the 95,000-hectare Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. Situated in a secluded corner of Wilpena Pound Resort, there’s a wealth of camping options on offer, to cater for all types of glamper, complete with king beds, en-suites, air conditioning and wooden decks to kick back and soak in epic views of the surrounding jaw-dropping natural amphitheatre.
Wilpena Rd, Via Hawker, SA
If the sound of glamping in the heart of South Australia’s wine region sounds like your idea of heaven, you’re in for a treat. A dream couple’s getaway for anyone with a penchant for wine, Bellwether Wine’s luxurious tents are surrounded by 400-year-old gum trees and come complete with a roaring and romantic campfire. An idylic base for a romantic escape to the Limestone coast guests will enjoy waking up to the sound of wildlife, and you’ll love cooking up breakfast with local supplies from the farm before popping over to the adjoining cellar door to grab a bottle or two of wine. Bottoms up!
Riddoch Hwy, Coonawarra, SA
In Western Australia’s premier wine region (about a three-hour drive south of Perth) you’ll find the luxurious, if quirky, elevated domes of Mile End Glamping. They include luxury bathrooms, king-sized four-poster beds and full kitchens. Decks have spa baths and barbecues so you can enjoy the beautiful surrounds of this stunning area. The domes, with Hamptons-inspired decor, also have air-conditioning and heating. Head out to discover the wine and produce Margaret River is famous for, or stay close to base and have gourmet hampers and meals delivered to you.
Yelverton Road, Yelverton, WA
Located just two-and-a-half hours south of Sydney, Paperbark Camp is the glorious, eco-friendly glamping set up in the heart of idyllic Jervis Bay. Inspired by their trips to Africa during the 80s, this beauty remains family-operated by Jeremy and Irena Hutchings. Who fused their trips to Africa and passion for the Australian bush to create one of NSW’s most scenic glamping experiences. Peppered across 100 hectares of beautiful bushland, Paperbark Camp has four different kinds of canvas safari tents (pending how all-out you want to go). The property also has some easy walking trails that track through mangrove forests (perfect for morning strolls and spotting kangaroos) and the option to hire out some mountain bikes. If you’re more of a water baby, rent a canoe and head to Huskinsson and back, stop off for a picnic and go for a swim on banks of the Carrumbene Creek.
Woollamia Road, Woollamia, NSW
Nestled in the Lane Cove National Park, this scenic glamping spot in NSW offers the ultimate in luxury and style, without having to sacrifice on creature comforts. A stay that offers would-be guests the chance to stay in a sumptuous, safari-style tent complete with a hot tub and plasma TV, there too is an abundance of lush bushland on your doorstep. While you’re there, you’ll have the chance to walk through the wilderness or go on a wildlife tour to see lorikeets, possums, owls, sugar gliders, kookaburras and water dragons. In the evenings, whip up a meal in your kitchen and retire to your deck for a tipple or two under a blanket of stars.
Lane Cove River Tourist Park, Plassey Road, Sydney, NSW
Fusing farm gate visits, guided walks through Tasmania’s stunning landscape and luxury glamping each night, the three-day Bruny Island Long Weekend experience combines three days of hiking through Bruny Island’s magnificent surrounds while sampling local gourmet produce and sleeping in sumptuous glamping tents each night. Over the course of the itinerary you’ll enjoy slow-cooked pork from a farm, harvest fresh oysters directly from the water and indulge in some of the creamiest, handmade cheese Tasmania has to offer. With no light pollution on the island, you may be lucky enough to spot the Southern Lights. The price includes spectacular coastal walks and the chance to indulge in Tasmania’s finest food and wine.
Lobdales Rd, South Bruny, TAS
Cited by guests as a 5 Star Hotel under canvas, you’ll step out of your comfort zone without sacrificing on comfort when you stay at Hobart’s Truffle Lodge. Situated on the banks of the Derwent River just 39 km from Hobart, Truffle Lodge feels like it is a million miles away from the buzz of the city while remaining within easy reach of Tasmania’s capital city. Created in one of Australia’s first truffieres, Truffle Lodge boasts absolute river frontage and unrivalled views of the nearby mountains. Styled to resemble an Aussie Bush Camp, it sits comfortably in its Australian landscape, and offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime glamping experience
Lyell Hwy, Gretna, TAS