There’s no shortage of luxurious accommodations in Australia, from boutique hotels in Melbourne to sustainable eco-lodges in the Daintree rainforest. One type of lodging that may not immediately scream out “luxury” is a campsite, but today’s camping experience doesn’t have to involve roughing it.
Luxury camping, also known as “glamping,” is a hot trend thanks to today’s travellers who want to commune with nature, reduce their ecological footprints, but still enjoy all the creature comforts of a luxury hotel stay. You may stay in a tent, but you’ll also enjoy hot stone massages, continental breakfasts, and the unforgettable sight of the sunrise just outside your tent flap. The following are a few of the hottest spots.
Double Decker Bus in Bathurst
One of the most unique camping spots in Australia is located at Bathurst, just a 3-hour drive from Sydney on a well-tended road. Situated high on a mountaintop, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the Blue Mountains along with crystalline rivers and picturesque hiking trails. Although there are many different glamping units to choose from, the cream of the crop is a London double decker bus dating back to 1949. It’s been done up with a full kitchen, bathroom and deck areas for ultimate relaxation.
Nestled on Australia’s North West Cape near the World Heritage site of Ningaloo Reef, the Sal Salis camping site offers nine luxurious tents. Each tent comes fully equipped with 500 thread count sheets, yet toiletries are eco-friendly and the power is solar-generated. Drinks, gourmet meals and use of a library are all included in a stay here, but the real star is the beauty of the nearby coral reef.
Kooljaman, Cape Leveque
You can feel like you’re on your own private island at Cape Leveque, at the tip of the Dampier Peninsula. You may want to choose a more rugged vehicle from local sites like carsales.com.au rather than relying on a rental at the airport to get up here, due to the remote location. Enjoy luxurious accommodations with private cabins and room service, along with the rugged wilderness environment. You can spot humpback whales and take part in a fishing class with Aboriginal guides.
Eco Beach Glamping, Broome
Located just an hour outside of Broome, the Eco Beach Glamping site offers a range of activities to guests, including whale watching and yoga in pristine beachfront surroundings. Eco-tents come equipped with a king size bed, en-suite shower, wardrobe, and access to a bar and restaurant. Massage, yoga, and surfing will help you stay relaxed.
On the edge of Kakadu National Park, Bamurru Plains is perfectly situated for those who want to go on a wetland safari and spot the abundant wildlife, including buffalos and crocodiles. Accommodation is designed to blend into the surroundings, using recycled lumber and solar panels. Drift away on organic cotton linens and enjoy the remote location.
These are just a few examples of the glamping options available in Australia. No matter how remote your destination of choice may be, chances are that you’ll be able to find a spot to enjoy the wilderness in comfort and privacy.