Camping is cool. Setting up and packing up tents is not cool. This is where glamping comes in – permanent tents, kitted out with everything you might need. Here’s our pick of Australia’s best.
Angler’s Rest - NSW
A two-hour drive, south from Sydney will land you in the beachside village of Greenwell Point. Here, the luxury safari tents come with queen beds, bathrooms and full kitchens. Enjoy the south-coast sunrise from the daybed on the deck. Glamping loving pets are also welcome!
Alure Stanthorpe - QLD
These tents are seriously luxe. There are four poster beds, flat screen TVs, mini-bars and fireplaces – all inside a tent. The standout here is the range of food hampers available. Go for the gourmet picnic hamper, which contains an antipasto plate, English pork pies brownies and a bottle of local wine.
Paperbark Camp - NSW
The best way to experience Jervis Bay is camping. There are a few different types of tents here, but the clear winner is the King Deluxe Safari Tent. Two king beds, bamboo cotton sheets, an ensuite, and an outdoor ‘bush’ shower are just some of the features.
Karinjini Eco Retreat - WA
It doesn’t get much more ‘Strayan than camping in the outback. Deep in The Pilbara is Karijini Eco Retreat, an award-winning, eco-certified hangout. It’s an 80-kilometre drive to Tom Price, the nearest town, taking the term ‘secluded getaway’ to another level.
Wildman Wilderness Lodge - NT
On the edge of the Kakadu National Park sits Wildman Wilderness Lodge. Here, guests are offered a taste of the outback without skipping on luxuries like an infinity pool. Indigenous bush tucker and tailor made Archie Rose vodka are key ingredients on the lodge’s restaurant and bar menu.
Cockatoo Island - NSW
Glamping at its finest in the middle of Sydney Harbour. There’s no skipping on luxury here – toiletries are courtesy of APPELLES Apothecary, and you can order BBQ and breakfast packs (including beer and wine) from nearby café, Societe Overboard. If glamping is too posh for you, bring your own tent and keep it old school.