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By Sarah Ward
May 14, 2020
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The Eight Best Glamping Spots Near Brisbane

For those who don't want to go all the way back to basics.
By Sarah Ward
May 14, 2020
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When it comes to camping, it's possible to have the best of both worlds: sleeping under the stars and enjoying creature comforts. Yes, we're talking about glamping, which lets you spend an evening or two in the great outdoors, but without all the less-than-luxurious elements.

Like its portmanteau name suggests, it's a more glamorous kind of camping that's perfect for everyone, even those who prefer hotels and cosy bathrobes to tinned meals and singing around the campfire. It's also something that Brisbanites can experience in plenty of spots — including these, our eight favourites — whether you're after a scenic beachside stay, a secluded mountainous getaway or something in-between. Rest assured, you won't be doing it rough.

From pristine beaches and bountiful wine regions to alpine hideaways and bustling country towns, Australia has a wealth of places to explore at any time of year. We've partnered with Tourism Australia to help you plan your road trips, weekend detours and summer getaways so that when you're ready to hit the road you can Holiday Here This Year.

While regional holidays within Queensland are now permitted, some of the places mentioned below may still be closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please check websites before making any plans.

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MINJERRIBAH CAMPING, STRADBROKE ISLAND

It doesn't get much better than this: a roomy tent decked out with everything you could need, all within a stone's throw of the water on Stradbroke Island. And that's just what Minjerribah Camping has up its sleeves at its Adder Rock site at Point Lookout. You'll get cosy in a mini village of ten beachfront tents, with each equipped with cotton sheets, fresh towels, two bamboo chairs and power. Plus, as well as roaming around the camping ground's communal kitchen, barbecue and picnic facilities, you can stroll up to the shops and pub — when you're not splashing around or soaking in the view, that is.

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SANCTUARY BY SIRROMET, MOUNT COTTON

Not only home to grapevines as far as the eye can see, but also a restaurant with views over Moreton Bay, a nine-hole modified form of golf and regular concerts — Mount Cotton's Sirromet Winery also has onsite glamping within its expansive 560-acre grounds. It's also the first vineyard glamping experience in Queensland, and visitors can get cosy in one of 18 tents, with each featuring a king bed, indoor day chairs, outdoor tables and seating, bathrooms with a shower and toilet, and reverse cycle air-conditioning to cope with southeast Queensland's usually warm weather. Every safari-style abode also includes a mini-bar filled with Sirromet wine, and all bookings include complimentary breakfast at Tuscan Terrace (midweek) or Restaurant Lurleen's (weekends).

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NIGHTFALL, LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK

It takes less than two hours for Brisbanites get to one of Queensland's best glamping spots — and its most exclusive. At Nightfall in Lamington National Park in the Scenic Rim, only eight guests can stay at any one time, with each of the permanent safari tents located in its own private clearing. When you're not enjoying your own space within the lush thickness of nature, everything from creek-side lounging and dining to a waterfall walk and taking a dip in the swimming hole is on the agenda. Unsurprisingly, this kind of outdoorsy luxury doesn't come cheap, so expect to pay $795 per couple per night (with a minimum two-night stay), which includes all meals and an open bar.

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CASTAWAYS, MORETON ISLAND

Straddie isn't the only island calling Brisbanites' names, or the only one with a glampground perfect for an outdoorsy holiday. While you won't be directly on the beach at Castaways, you may as well be — you'll just have to stroll a mere 100 metres to stick your feet in some water. Each tent comes with a queen bed, private ensuite, solar lighting, verandah and linen, with every stay also including use of the communal camp kitchen. The best part? Switching off and truly getting away from it all, because you won't find any power points in your canvas home away from home.

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ALURE, STANTHORPE

'Go West' isn't just a catchy 70s Village People track — and 90s Pet Shop Boys cover — that you probably now have stuck in your head. It's also good advice if you're after an epic glamping experience. At Alure in Stanthorpe, you'll spend your time in a 56-square-metre tent on a timber deck, with interiors put together by a designer. With a fireplace, Netflix, a kitchen and even air-con part of the package, this is the kind of tent you stay in when you really, truly, definitely don't want to rough it. You'll be situated on 50 acres of farm, with an outdoor spa ready and waiting, right in the middle of the Granite Belt wine region.

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LAKE SOMERSET HOLIDAY PARK, SOMERSET

Everyone in Brisbane has heard of Somerset. In a city so reliant upon our dams, it pops up in the news whenever there's too much water or not enough. And, we've all heard of folks day-tripping out to the lake and even staying the night — but, knowing you can do just that and following through are completely different things. An affordable, scaled-back glamping option that'll still have you sleeping in a safari tent on a bed with your own fridge, tea- and coffee-making facilities and dining area, Lake Somerset Holiday Park is all about its location. Want to wake up metres away from the water, and spend your days frolicking about on the shore? Of course, you do. And don't forget to bring a frisbee and a fishing rod for some primo lake fun.

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MURPHY'S CREEK HIDEAWAY, UPPER LOCKYER

There's glamping, and then there's glamping at Murphy's Creek Hideaway. Yes, not all fancy camping experiences are created equal. Or, perhaps a better way to look at it is this: getting out in nature without actually kipping on the dirt comes in many shapes and sizes. Here, the offering is located on a sandstone ridge overlooking the eponymous waterway and boasts king beds, fluffy bathrobes and even a clawfoot bath in each tent. You will need to bring your own food, but you'll find a bar fridge, kettle, toaster, barbecue and utensils onsite — or, you could drive 25 minutes into Toowoomba to combine your trip with some eating and sightseeing.

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KETCHUP'S BANK GLAMPING, BOONAH

A secluded spot? Tick. Views of mountains and national parks that'll make you want to say goodbye to city-living forever? Tick. Mod cons, even when you're immersed in nature? Tick again. That's what's on offer at Ketchup's Bank Glamping in Boonah in the Scenic Rim. Here, going bush gets the glamorous treatment. The site's eco-tents feature everything from wifi to DVD players, while you can also get into the swing of the setting by cooking your meals in a cast iron campfire oven. Or, do both — because if glamping is about one thing, it's about picking, choosing and combining the best parts of going away and heading outdoors.

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Whether you're planning to travel for a couple of nights or a couple of weeks, Holiday Here This Year and you'll be supporting Australian businesses while you explore the best of our country's diverse landscapes and attractions.

Published on May 14, 2020 by Sarah Ward

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