Australia's Top Places for Glamping

With outback views like these, its time to book a glamping trip in Australia
With outback views like these, it's time to book a glamping trip in Australia | Courtesy of Longitude 131˚ / Expedia
Justin McDonnell

From five-star retreats sheltered in volcanic forests to beachside cabins overlooking white sands and safari-style lodges, the glamping options are as diverse as Australia’s natural landscapes – all bookable on Culture Trip.

The Australian outback contains an abundance of incredible glamping spots, so leave the roll-mat at home and get on the road. Each of these places will set up camp for you, and provide a range of creature comforts so you can enjoy the great outdoors in luxury. Here’s our guide.

1. Longitude 131˚

Resort, Hotel

Longitude 131˚bedroom interior
Courtesy of Longitude 131˚ / Expedia

On Uluṟu’s western flank, across the desert from Kata Tjuta, Longitude 131° is one of Australia’s most opulent campsites. Against a backdrop of tawny dunes, with the sandstone monolith of Uluṟu in sight, 16 floating tents serve as a luxurious base from which to explore the Red Centre. There are striking Aboriginal artworks displayed alongside relics from the region’s explorers, a restaurant and bar offering modern Aussie cuisine, with welcoming staff.

2. Nightfall

Camping

The luxurious glamping tents at Nightfall run along Christmas Creek’s headwaters and Lamington National Park rainforest, in a vast and relatively undeveloped pocket of forest. With design-inspired safari tents, organic cuisine and a laid-back vibe, the Nightfall glamping experience is a break from the rigours of modern life. The luxury tents – with rotating fireplaces and two separate bathtubs – are ideal for couples, and the exclusive eight-person setting makes it ideal for quiet nights of stargazing.

3. Bamurru Plains

Eco-Lodge

Bamurru glamping experience
Courtesy of Bamurru Plains / Expedia

Wake up to the call of blue-headed geese as the orange light of dawn rises across the floodplains. Located on the edge of Kakadu National Park at the mouth of the Mary River, 10 safari-style bungalows allow you to experience the surrounding environment and the creatures that live there. Bamurru Plains Safari Lodge offers exclusive access to 186mi (300km) of floodplains and savanna woodland. Three suites overlook the floodplain, with mesh walls giving you unparalleled views of the wilderness.

4. Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef

Boutique Hotel, Lodge

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef glamping tents at night
Courtesy of Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef / Booking.com

Located in the remote stretches of Western Australia’s Ningaloo coast, this eco-friendly camp offers a luxury sanctuary for guests. Each tent offers sweeping views of the surrounding bush and the Indian Ocean, as well as the nearby Ningaloo Reef. A wild soundtrack of exotic birds greets you every morning at Sal Salis, and red kangaroos and wallaroos are regularly spotted leaping through the bush. Spend days diving in the reef, alongside more than 500 species of fish and 250 kinds of coral – then return to camp to witness a canopy of stars in the night sky.

5. Mile End Glamping

Camping, Glamping

Mile End Glamping dome
Courtesy of Mile End Glamping / Booking.com

The South West is one of the most beautiful travel destinations in Australia, and the Margaret River deserves special attention. Mile End Glamping offers an idyllic setting on a 144-acre (58ha) estate, with geodesic domes overlooking the riverside. A great option for two people, Mile End Glamping’s domes are equipped with a private bathroom, kitchen, king-size bed, adjacent deck with a private outdoor bath, a grill, and many more luxury amenities. Your private dome gives you a fabulous view of wildlife, the native bush and the river flowing through the estate; it’s also a perfect base to explore the nearby Margaret River, Dunsborough and Busselton.

6. Paperbark Camp

Camping

Paperbark Camp canvas tent bedroom interior with a mosquito net door, rustic design and linen bedding
Courtesy of Paperbark Camp / Expedia

There’s no better way to experience the pearly-white sands of Jervis Bay than by staying at Paperbark Camp, located just two hours from Sydney. Several canvas safari tents have been positioned carefully amid the eucalyptus and paperbark trees, elevated to provide privacy from the ground while allowing guests to savour the salt breeze floating in from the Pacific. Nearby, Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay National Park, and Jervis Bay Marine Park are natural habitats for fauna and underwater wildlife.

7. Happy Glamper

Glamping

Happy Glamper provides portable, unique glamping experiences in the Mornington Peninsula. Get in touch with nature while you relax in luxury: it’s all done for you, as they set up, style, and pack down your bespoke camping lodge at a location of your choosing. There’s a range of luxury camping options and lotus-style bell tents to pick from – and a menu of additional upgrades so you can furnish your campsite with everything you need for a weekend in the great outdoors.

8. Cosy Tents

Glamping

The luxurious interior of a guest tent at Cosy Tents
Courtesy of Cosy Tents / Expedia

Go glamping in the spa capital of Australia – more than 80 percent of the country’s natural mineral springs are situated nearby in Daylesford and Macedon Ranges. Just a 1.5hr drive from Melbourne (and 15 minutes from Daylesford’s wild springs), Cosy Tents combines the amenities of a luxury hotel with the great outdoors. An off-grid retreat composed of 14 luxury glamping tents, decked out with Egyptian cotton linen, Bluetooth speakers and private campfires, Cosy Tents prides itself on providing memorable, relaxing stays beneath the stars.

9. Ketchup’s Bank

Camping

Ketchup’s Bank bedroom interior
Courtesy of Ketchup’s Bank / Booking.com

Advertising itself as an exclusive glamping retreat for couples, Ketchup’s Bank features a small cluster of private lodges snuggled neatly among the hills of the Scenic Rim. Exclusive is the word you’re looking for: only four guests can stay here at one time, with 100 acres of private land to enjoy and spectacular views of the mountains belonging to World Heritage-listed National Parks. The resort lies within a lush eucalypt forest, full of wildlife including koalas, wallabies, goannas, eagles – and much more.

10. The Avant-Garde Camping Company

Glamping

Based in Sydney, the Avant-Garde Camping Company provides a pop-up glamping experience catering for one-off events. They take the hassle out of large-scale camping, by setting up and packing down your campsite in the space of a long weekend. Luxury bell-tents can be booked in a variety of styles, plus extra amenities such as timbered furniture and solar-powered lighting are available. The service has a capacity for up to 200 guests – a unique solution for weddings and other special events.

Want to experience the outdoors on a trip to Sydney? Read our guide to the best camping spots near Sydney.

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