What’s a girl to do if she loves to travel, but hates to camp? Having to deal with camping trips with the confined spaces to sleep, the struggle of changing clothes while lying down in awkward angles, trying to stay hygienic when only a wet wipe is available… I personally don’t understand it and after experiencing too many camping trips where I wake up (usually hungover) in an oven of a tent under a burning summer sun, feeling like a general mess, I had to find an alternative. And god dammit, I found a pretty good substitute.
‘Glamping’ is the glamorous version of camping which is a trend that is really taking off in Australia. Luxurious tents and bedding with some even providing butlers, meal deliveries and house (tent) cleaning. And with Australia having some of the worlds most stunning exotic scenery, which a lot is still untouched and beautiful, what better way to experience the wild than in a 5-star camp under the stars… if I can’t backpack in heels, I’ll be sure to sleep in a four poster bed in the bush! It is an incredible ecological wilderness experience as glamping attempts luxury while having minimal impact on the environment and surroundings. Did I mention that they mean you skip the awkward tent construction?
Here are the top GlamCamps in Australia. The level of comfort and nature is ridiculous.
It’s 90 minutes from Brisbane, with epic views of the mountains of World Heritage listed national parks of the Scenic Rim… and near plenty of wineries…. The South East Queensland Glamp site is proud to be an eco-retreat and only has two tents (you can hardly call them tents) to really give you a private and unique camp experience.
Food Hampers with tastbud tantalising cuisine can be ordered but they still keep some traditional aspects of camping with a camp fire in the communal area for guests to congregate around. Hot showers, flushing toilets, soft beds: These raised homes are a haven among the trees… and the view ain’t bad either.
photos by Ketchups Bank Glamping
2. Sal Salis:
The nine tents in Cape Range National Park near Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, is an exclusive safari camp amongst sand dunes. The rates are $730 a person per night but it includes transfers, meals, national park entry and guided sea kayaking, snorkelling and walks. ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ is their slogan and having a fantastic beach location to the world’s greatest fringing coastal coral reef, you’ll have so much to do other than lounge serenely in your canvas palace. And just see what kind of view you would wake up to every morning from your spacious sleeping quarters.
Their ‘casual dining’ area is more like a camping banquet hall and just look at the gourmet food that you’re provided. No more burnt marshmallows on the camp fire for dinner!
photos by Sal Salis
3. Eco Beach:
This place notches up the quality of glamping. The award winning eco resort is in the stunning Kimberley environment which is 130 kilometres south of Broome, and has 25 Eco Villas and 30 safari style Eco Tents.
photo by twa
Eco Beach has the perks though, like daily complimentary yoga sessions, turtle-monitoring, whale watching, live bands on the sands, kite surfing – it’s a nature extravaganza! There’s a beautiful infinity pool with a bar and restaurant to allow you to see the coast in style. And after a hard day of nature loving, you have a soft bed to snooze in. Or book yourself a massage. A total experience to spoil yourself, I believe.
photo by LLoyd-Smith Photography
Also, a prime well-desired spot for a wedding location… You can follow them on twitter for all kinds of special offers and nature updates from that area.
4. Longitude 131°:
Now I definitely left the BEST till last.
Ignore the somewhat cheesy nature of the website and focus on the mind-blowing location. When you think of Australia sights, many think of the big red rock immediately…. so why not do Australia in style and set up camp next to it? The 15 tented rooms have a unique view of Ayers Rock (or Uluru) with five-class luxury in the red desert on the gateway of the World heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta national Park. Uluru is your very own colour show as the light changes and turns the rock from colour to colour.
photo via Finding My Way
Your bed is full of comfort and crispy white linen sheets under a Ali Babba style canopy tent ceiling where you can feel like you are camping, just without the red Aussie desert sand getting in your pillow and turning all white clothing a murky brown. Guides can take you exploring the surrounding land and you can roll home to a delicious three course dinner served under the ‘glittering canopy of stars’. Wow. Prices begin from $2070 a night (eeep!) including all meals, tours, airport transfers and national park entry. But there’s a spa located in the vicinity if you need to destress from the price.
Rated as the best place to see sunrise and sunset with a night of amazing star views in between (apparantly the view of the Milky Way from here will gobsmack you), this place is true glamping in a totally unique and iconic part of Australia.
But glamping isn’t confined to Oz, it’s worldwide. From Thailand, to England, to the U.S.A., it’s there in all its glamour! Check out Go Glamping for more of this new ecological camping in style. It’s the new breed of campers as more variations are popping up for all tastes! So don’t shy away from the word ‘camping’ if you’re not a true gung-ho outdoorsy kind of traveler, there’s always something for everyone in the world.Tweet