Australia's Top Places For Glamping

Photo of Christiane Barro
9 February 2017

Queen-sized beds, electric blankets, bar fridges, and candles. None of these items are what you would expect to find at a campsite, but they’re becoming more common, as glamorous camping, or glamping, increases in popularity. The Australian Traveller reported a strong growth in the number of glamping resorts in Australia and this has opened up new opportunities for luxury travelers to experience the outdoors while indulging in the comforts of luxury camping.

Lotus Belle | © Happy Glamper

Happy Glamper, Melbourne

Happy Glamper, located in Melbourne’s Southern Mornington Peninsula, is known for its quirky style and mix between its coastal living and European charm. There are an unlimited number of activities guests can enjoy while glamping near the Mornington Peninsula. From simply exploring the beautiful beaches of Mt. Martha and The Pillars, enjoying a Horseback Winery Tour and getting pampered at the Peninsula Hot Springs to tree surfing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding, there is without doubt something here for everyone. Vintage caravans, Airstreams, bell tents and lotus belle tents are available for your enjoyment. They can be pitched anywhere along the Mornington Peninsula, whether that may be near its beautiful beaches or in the space of your own home. All the necessary glamping gear and essentials such as beds, fresh linen, heating and lighting facilities are provided for your comfort.

St Jerome’s – The Hotel | © Theo Karanikos

St. Jerome’s – The Hotel, Melbourne CBD

What was considered a remote area, specialty luxury accommodation only a couple of years ago has become firmly mainstream, with the opening of rooftop glamping at Melbourne CBD Hotel St Jerome’s. This is the first time Australia has introduced the comfort and luxury of camping to the realm of city life. St Jerome’s rooftop glamping hotel provides an urban feel to outdoor luxury camping. All tents come fully furnished with a queen-size bed, linen bedding, and quality sheets. It is additionally fitted with heating facilities and all guests are provided with electric blankets to stay warm during the cold winter nights. Bookings range from a starting price of $330 a night.

Cosy Tents | © Cosy Tents

Cosy Tents – Victoria

Based in two locations, Jubilee Lake and Blackwood (Victoria), Cosy Tents uniquely combines the essence of European comfort with the outdoors. Tents come fully equipped with a queen size bed, fresh linen, heating, kitchen facilities and even a Bluetooth speaker system, providing a luxurious feel to your unique camping experience. The location within Jubilee Holiday Lake Park provides guests with a beautiful scenic view of the surrounding forest and its habitat wildlife. Guests are actively invited to go fishing, canoeing and bushwalking, just to name a few. The location in Blackwood is for those who want to take a more relaxed approach to outdoor camping. Guests are able to indulge in the local cafés and souvenir shops, discover the vast range of plants and flowers within surrounding gardens and even visit a plant nursery. Cosy Tents are set to open a brand-new location in Daylesford. Glamping rates begin at $185 per night.

Knapps Eco-tent | © Ketchup’s Bank Glamping

Ketchup’s Bank Glamping – Queensland

Ketchup’s Bank Glamping applies a traditional Australian approach to glamping. Each eco-tent is luxurious and comes fully equipped with a private ensuite, a flushing toilet, hot shower and queen ensemble beds with electric blankets for winter. This added luxury does not take away from the guests’ ability to enjoy the outdoors, interact with nature and appreciate its beauty. Ketchup’s Bank Glamping stays true to the Australian tradition of bush camping, providing a balance between the comforts of home and the earthiness of outdoor camping. During the day, guests can feed the wallabies and parrots, explore the eucalyptus forest, cook on a BBQ in their private outdoor bush kitchen or try their hand at cooking over the campfire with cast iron cookware. At night, guests are able to marvel at the millions of stars visible in the country skies, while roasting marshmallows over the fire. Guests are also able to set their eyes at the many native animals surrounding the area. Accommodation begins at $299 per night, per couple. This rate changes, depending on the type of glamping experience chosen. Everyone is unique and Ketchup’s Bank Glamping understands this. Each package is tailored to suit the client’s needs and desires.

The Avant-Garde Camping Company | © Jennah Porter

The Avant-Garde Camping Company – NSW

The Avant-Garde Camping Company originated just over two years ago and is one of the original glamping businesses in Sydney. It is also one of the only glamping businesses to hold permits to stay in local national parks within Sydney, introducing clients to the world of national park camping. This is one of the many different types of experiences Avant-Garde Camping offers. In addition to children’s slumber/camp-out parties or weddings, they make each experience specific to the client’s wants and needs. The tent is pre-assembled, upon arrival to the site. There is absolutely no need to go and buy necessary gear and equipment as it comes complete with cutlery, cooking utensils, firewood, toiletries pack, warm blankets and bedding, chairs and local information on the campground for you to explore over the weekend. Guests are able to avoid the unwanted difficulty of packing up and packing down a campsite, particularly for first time campers. Prices start from $250, which covers the cost of setting up a tent. From there, clients are able to tailor their package to suit their desired interests. Package options, according to Jenna Hallam from Avant-Garde Camping, are essentially “limited to your imagination.”

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