The Classy Outdoors: Glamping in Melbourne and Beyond

Glamping is the new way to travel and stay across some of Melbourne's prettiest landscapes
Glamping is the new way to travel and stay across some of Melbourne's prettiest landscapes | Courtesy of Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa
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29 July 2021

Blow away your travel cobwebs in style with a stay in one of these super-luxe glamping sites a stone’s throw away from Australia’s garden city, Melbourne – all bookable on Culture Trip.

If fiddling with flimsy poles, pumping up mattresses and roughing it in sleeping bags doesn’t sound appealing, then perhaps it’s time to upgrade from traditional camping to luxurious glamping. Glamping takes the hard work, sweat and stress out of weekend getaways by providing a glamorous outdoor experience – and in Australia, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Peninsula Hot Springs

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Tucked away on Mornington’s Bass Strait coast, just 90 minutes from Melbourne, Peninsula Hot Springs is the perfect place to relax. Ten chic tents – dotted among hot springs in the shade of eucalyptus trees – come with split-system air-con and private verandas, thermally-heated polished concrete floors, spacious ensuite toilets, and comfy beds with selectable sheets. You can slip on your robe, let twittering birds enchant you, and kick back in dozens of geothermal pools around the clock.

Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa

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4.5/5 (986 Reviews)
Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa
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Price Drop
Now from $139 per night

Snuggled into Bendigo’s Yarra Valley on a 30ha (74 acres) vineyard overlooking Myer’s Creek, Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa puts the glam in glamping. Choose between safari-style or bell tents, kitted out with kitchenettes, split-system air-con, sofas and four-poster beds, with private patio baths overlooking rows of vines. Various experiences such as breakfast, wine, or cruise packages will scratch your travel itch – the latter of which includes a three-night stay on the Murray River aboard the world’s only wood-fired cruising paddle steamer.

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Prom Coast Eco Glamping

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Prom Coast Eco Glamping
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Prom Coast Eco Glamping is an ethereal place set on South Gippsland’s grasslands that’ll get your kids – and your – imagination running wild. Offering ocean views, the family-run business is ideal for a truly off-the-grid experience without the raw edges of traditional camping. Their 16ft (5m) lotus bell and 13ft (4m) soul-pad tents are roomy enough for a boogie – and a wood fire – and it comes with cooking facilities, electric heaters, plenty of wood, and a hammock to lounge in.

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  • Happy Glamper

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    Happy Glamper Frankston Hastings Victoria
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    Half the hassle of camping is unpacking, but at Happy Glamper, someone else takes care of the heavy lifting. Since 2013, Jessie and Scott Curtis-Griffiths have been offering a mobile camp service on the Mornington Peninsula. All you have to do is pick from one of five sites and choose your glamping experience, and they’ll do the rest. You can choose from vintage camper vans, including the 1966 Peggy Sue, which can sleep up to four people – or the 1955 Miss Myrtle which sleeps two. If tents are more your style, Happy Glamper has cosy bell tents available in three sizes and the lotus belle tents, which can sleep up to five people. The campers and tents come complete with complimentary magazines, colourful mats, board games, chairs – and much more.

    Wanderlust Glamping

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    Wanderlust Glamping Clementine
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    For those looking for a luxury getaway in the mountains, Wanderlust Glamping is a set up and pack down service in the Grampians National Park. Wanderlust Glamping – run by Lisa Eastick – allows you to choose from a vintage caravan named Clementine, fitted with cooking appliances and a double bed, or the four-metre bell tent which can sleep up to four people. Deluxe packages are also available for newlyweds. There are a number of extras to choose from, including a portable DVD player for those late nights, and if you prefer to camp on the Great Ocean Road, arrangements can be made for Melbourne Cup weekend.

    Notel

    Hotel, Glamping
    4/5 (9 Reviews)
    Notel
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    Price Drop
    Now from $289 per night

    As of August 2016, guests can virtually check into a space age caravan park on a nondescript rooftop overlooking Flinders Lane. James Fry came up with the idea to hoist six chrome trailers shipped from America onto a Melbourne rooftop to be refurbished and transformed into a Notel – not a hotel. Choose from one of five Airstream suites, complete with a Barbie pink shower, deck area and an iPad pro loaded with Netflix for some serious chillaxing. Alternatively, you can choose the Airstream with benefits, which includes a private Sapphire Spa and overlooks Flinders Lane. Red carpet running throughout the rooftop and a mural by Ash Keating finish off the vibrant space.

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    Cosy Tents

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    4.5/5 (2 Reviews)
    Cosy Tents bedroom interior
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    Price Drop
    Now from $221 per night

    For a truly Aussie adventure, you can’t pass up bush glamping. With two locations in the Macedon Ranges – Daylesford and Blackwood – Cosy Tents brings all the comforts from a luxury hotel into the wilderness with sophisticated sleeping spaces. Your hosts, Jarek and Eva, have a selection of 16ft (5m) and 13ft (4m) canvas bell tents which include a queen bed with luxe linen, a variety of pillows, Bluetooth speakers and an esky – plus brekkie boxes can be requested for an additional cost. Both campsites come with a communal BBQ area and cosy – we couldn’t resist – fire pit.

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    Philipp Meier contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on July 29, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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