The great outdoors is calling. With international travel off the cards for the time being why not gather your family and head off on an Australian nature based adventure. Glamping is a bunch of fun for the whole family, from the little kids engaging with wildlife, to the pre-teens stoking the fire and yep, romantic star gazing evenings for the parents.
Now’s your opportunity to explore Australia’s most dramatically beautiful landscapes, complete with creature comforts. Read on to discover more about Australia’s best glamping spots (coastal & country side) and get inspired to create a connected family journey to remember forever.
HABITAT NOOSA EVERGLADES ECOCAMP (QLD)
The Sunshine Coast is always a winner for a fun filled family trip. Habitat is nestled in the pristine Noosa Everglades region. A serene environment set on 65 acres of natural bushland with 500 metres of direct private access to the Noosa River. There’s loads of watercraft available to hire or feel free to bring your own. The on-site kiosk serves up tasty snacks and delightful coffee all day or check out the CootharaBAR – Bar & Bistro for a generous feed and a few boutique beers. The spacious all weather tents provide your family with all your need for an epic glamping trip in the Sunny Coast wilderness. Tip: book ahead to secure your spot and select your favourite eco-adventure. tours.https://www.habitatnoosa.com.au/
TURON GATES MOUNTAIN RETREAT (NSW)
Serenity now should be the tagline for a family glamping break at Turon Gates. This tranquil property, spread over a huge 6000 acres, is just a few hours drive from Sydney in the Blue Mountains. The self-catering glamping tents are right near a crystal clear trout stream (great fishing) and the grounds feature an abundance of wildlife such as; kangaroos, wombats, platypus, echidnas, possums, and bush lizards. A Turon Gates glamping experience is not to be missed. Kids absolutely love this authentic bush hideaway and it’s pet friendly too. https://www.turongates.com/
DISCOVERY ROTTNEST ISLAND (WA)
Located behind the iconic sand dunes of Pinky Beach, Discovery Rottnest boasts breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean coastline. Sleeping under the stars in a luxury (yet affordable) eco tent is an experience the whole family will treasure forever. Disconnect from the world and reconnect with your loved ones – it’s the great Australian family holiday reimagined at an eco-friendly escape. Kids of all ages will have a ball exploring the wonders of Rottnest Island and if you’re lucky they may even score a Quokka selfie. Note: please look but don’t touch these adorable creatures. Tip; there’s a series of gentle walking trails that traverse Rottnest. Be sure to take your hiking shoes, swimmers, a hat and enjoy! Or, simply laze poolside and enjoy those magic Western Australian sunsets. https://www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au/discovery-rottnest-island
PARADISE COUNTRY FARMSTAY, GOLD COAST (QLD)
Okay, this place offers unique Farmstay accommodation that will totally impress animal lovers and adventure seekers both. Choose the Family Eco-tent (with or without ensuite) and get ready to have a fantastic Queensland holiday. This is an authentic farm stay experience like no other. Think, rise & shine at sunrise and join in on egg collecting, animal feeds and cow milking. Or, how about a sunset spent relaxing on the hill for outdoor games, wine tasting and a visit from the local farm animals. Closing the day roasting marshmallows around the campfire with your family is the ultimate glamping high. Hint; their package deal prices include entry to affiliated theme parks such as; Wet & Wild, Sea World, Movie World & the Outback Spectacular extravaganza. https://paradisecountry.com.au
THE HIDEAWAY, CABARITA (NSW)
Nestled between the glamour of the Gold Coast and the boho vibe of Byron Bay you will find the Hideaway at Cabarita Beach. The perfect boutique glamping base for a northern NSW escape. Your seaside luxe tent set-up is a picture perfect example of a stylish family holiday. The facilities are truly top notch and include; the Cypress communal room, on-site carpark, direct beach access, BBQ’s, and unlimited Wi-Fi. Plus, the Hideaway is close to a bunch of family friendly eateries if you’re skipping the fireside cook up. Activities; hire bikes and explore Cabarita township, hit the beach surfing, and/or take a day trip to Mt Warning. https://www.hideawaycabaritabeach.com.au/
WILDMAN WILDERNESS LODGE (NT)
Want to get off the grid? As in, are you seeking a family friendly Australian outback experience. Well then friends it’s the Wildman Wilderness Lodge in the Northern Territory for you. The remote location, 2 hours east of Darwin and on the edge of the Kakadu National Park only adds to the allure. To take a glamping holiday here is to immerse your family in Australia’s last frontier of unique and unspoilt adventure. This is precisely where you’re connected with nature on a primordial level and yet surrounded by lush comfort. The spacious safari tents (there’s only 15 on-site) cater to families and reflect the beauty of the surrounding wilderness. Be sure to check out their incredible wildlife tours too. https://www.wildmanwildernesslodge.com.au/
PAPERBARK CAMP (NSW)
G’day Jervis Bay. Paperbark Camp is located just a few hours drive south of Sydney in beautiful Jervis Bay (a regular winner in the world’s best beaches rankings). You’ll want to book a spot here well in advance as it’s an immensely popular holiday destination for good reason. The African inspired canvas safari tents have been thoughtfully placed amongst the soaring eucalyptus and paperbark trees, built above the ground to give privacy and comfort and to capture the sea breeze. Do as much or as little as you like here. Either way you’re guaranteed the kids will love mountain biking, canoeing, and surfing the nearby beach breaks. https://paperbarkcamp.com.au
TRUFFLE LODGE (TAS)
Truffle Lodge sits regally on the edge of the majestic Derwent River in Tasmania. Although it’s not suitable for young families – it makes my list because it’s the perfect place for a Tasmanian holiday escape – especially if you have teens in tow. The natural beauty here is, you guessed it, simply stunning. The tents are essentially like a five star hotel under canvas – true story. I love that the luxe tents feature large decks with hammocks and rocking chairs looking out to the river. The separate ensuites with handmade wooden bathtubs and rain showers add a special touch too. Hint; at the right time of year you could be fortunate enough to see the Aurora Australis light up the Tasmanian skyline. https://www.trufflelodge.com/
PHILLIP ISLAND GLAMPING (VIC)
Concept; contact Phillip Island Glamping, choose your island camping spot and have them come and set it all up. These guys are all about creating memorable beachside glamping trips on Phillip Island – all you need to do is pack your bags and food. Inclusions; 1 queen mattress + up to 3 single mattresses or up to 5 single, thick quilts, blankets, pillows, throw rugs, heater, lamp, Bluetooth speaker, umbrella, bed linen, bath towels & soap, kettle, toaster, crockery, cutlery, chopping board, knife, spatula, tongs, tea, coffee, sugar, milk & water jug, outdoor table & chairs and an esky. Hint: the Cowes Foreshore Tourist Park is a top spot to book as it has stacks of kid friendly activities.
Note: most of the properties listed are currently open but some are waiting it out a few more weeks. Best double check your travel dates before booking.
By Roxanne Williams