Our Guide to the Best Glamping Sites Around Australia
Stay in luxury tents scattered among remote deserts, lush rainforests and tropical islands.
December 08, 2022
Glamping tents in Australia are made for those of us who want to get up close to nature — without having to skimp on any of our comforts. We want to hear the sounds of local wildlife rummaging about nearby. We want to smell the native plants and sea air as we wake up. But we also want running hot water, aircon (if the season calls for it) and quality bedding. Room service never hurts, either.
So, if you're looking for a holiday that provides all of the above, read on. Here, we have some of Australia's best glamping sites, located in some of the most unique and beautiful natural landscapes — from remote deserts to lush rainforests and tropical islands.
Set within Queensland's Lamington National Park is the luxury glamping site Nightfall. There's only five permanent, hand-built tents on the property, each spaced far enough apart to give visitors the feeling of total isolation. In summer, you can roll up the canvas walls to immerse yourself in the surrounding forest — native birds gather in treetops and the nearby Christmas Creek is perfect for a little swim. You can even choose to bathe outside in nature, without the fear of anyone walking past. For winter, keep the walls down, have a hot bath inside, turn on the rotating fireplace and get proper cosy.
The Nightfall team will also feed you throughout your stay — they pride themselves on providing organic meals, focusing on food cooked over the fire. Each daily meal is served in a different location, taking full advantage of the vast forest surrounding your glampsite. Produce is sourced from the onsite kitchen garden, wild Aussie bush tucker plants, the local farms of Scenic Rim and organic markets in Brisbane. Sustainability is at the core of everything they do here, helping make this one of the best spots to go glamping in Australia.
DISCOVERY ROTTNEST ISLAND, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Rottnest Island is a must-see for anyone going on an adventure in Western Australia. For one, this is where you'll snuggle up to quokkas and take all the adorable selfies you could want. But there's a lot more going on here too, including an array of stunning white sandy beaches and hidden coves. And we can think of no better way to experience this island paradise, just off the shores of Perth, than by hitting up the Discovery Rottnest Island glamping site.
These low-impact tents are set amongst the dunes of Pinky Beach, right by the water. The entry-level options have ensuites and private decks, while the larger ones have their own kitchens, walk-in robes and extra-large bathrooms. From this beachside location, you can go on sea-kayaking treks, do a bit of snorkelling, head inland for some hiking or just sit on the shoreline all day long, dipping in and out of the clear blue waters at your own leisure.
Editor's tip: right now, you can book a five-day getaway around Perth (including a trip to Rottnest Island and the Pinnacles) here.
SAL SALIS, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
This is where the desert meets the sea — an extraordinary and unique part of Australia that should be on all travel bucket lists. There are a range of accommodations dotted along the Ningaloo Reef, but Sal Salis is just that bit extra special. The 16 off-grid wilderness tents are located right on the beach, surrounded by little else but untamed nature.
Swing in your hammock all day long, gazing into your stupid-beautiful views with an ice cold beer at hand, or get exploring. The Sal Salis team will help you out with sea kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, snorkel gear and wetsuits. They'll even take you out for some guided experiences. This is an all-inclusive stay, too — activities galore and drinks from the open bar are yours for the enjoying, there's not a single need to hold back here.
HAPPY GLAMPER, VICTORIA
This is a really unique glamping experience: you pick your own campsite along Victoria's Mornington Peninsula and the Happy Glamper team will set everything up for you right there. Arriving before you, they'll install one of their large canvas tents — which comes with a bed, lounge chairs, board games, magazines and a spread of other things. And when you're done, they'll pack it all down and clean up — lush.
The mobile glamping company even helps with big gatherings — if you make a big, multi-tent booking, the team's willing to go far beyond their usual patch in the Mornington Peninsula. Either head to a beachside campground or a block of private land, and your bespoke experience will appear. The fine print? You'll need to book your campsite separately — either find your own or opt for one of the recommended sites.
PAPERBARK CAMP, NEW SOUTH WALES
The definition of 'tent' is stretched a little bit at Paperbark Camp. These canopies rest up on large wooden stilts and are surrounded by private decks. Technically, the rooms do have canvas walls, so tents they are. Each comes with an openair ensuite bathroom complete with freestanding bath and separate shower. It's mightily luxurious.
Plus, there's stacks of things to do in the area. The property has a series of trails through the namesake paperbark, gum and mangrove forests, where plenty of kangaroos roam. You can cycle into town within 15 minutes and hang out at the beach, or go for a long canoe trek to Huskisson and back, stopping off for a cute picnic and swim on the banks of Currambene Creek.
SANCTUARY BY SIRROMET, QUEENSLAND
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 live concerts — Mount Cotton's Sirromet Winery also has onsite glamping within its expansive 560-acre grounds. Visitors to this place, Sanctuary by Sirromet, can get cosy in one of 18 tents, with each featuring a king bed, plush places to sit, al fresco dining furniture, bathrooms and reverse cycle air-conditioning to cope with southeast Queensland's usually warm weather.
Every safari-style abode also includes a minibar filled with Sirromet wine, and all bookings include complimentary breakfast at Tuscan Terrace (midweek) or Restaurant Lurleen's (weekends). You can add on all kinds of winery experiences, too, allowing you to take full advantage of the unique location. All these additions help make Sanctuary by Sirromet one of the best glamping sites in Australia.
Editor's note: right now, CP Trips is offering you the chance to go on an exclusive wine lovers' glamping getaway (including a wine tour, a wine-filled picnic and wine parings with a three-course twilight dinner). Book your spot here.
BANUBANU BEACH RESORT, NORTHERN TERRITORY
Run away to the Northern Territory's Bremer Island for a tropical island holiday. It's well and truly off the beaten path, so you'll be away from the crowds, surrounded only by well-preserved wilderness. To make it even more remote, head to Banubanu Beach Retreat, right at the northernmost tip of the island. Here, you'll find five glamping tents sitting pretty on the beach.
All rooms come with a king or twin single, an ensuite, a deck with views over the water and an outdoor shower — the penthouse bungalow even has its own plunge pool. And as you are so far away from everything, a stay here also includes transfers to and from the mainland, all meals (courtesy of onsite chefs) and access to all the kayaking and snorkel gear you could need. Just bring your togs and a sun hat — there's no need to wear anything else during your stay.
BAY OF FIRES RETREAT, TASMANIA
As far as glamping goes, Bay of Fires Bush Retreat is laid-back. The large bell tents are basic, but come with a king bed, power for recharging your tech and space for you to store your gear — more than your swag will allow for. Then, there's a communal kitchen and toilet block. You can choose to cook up some of their pre-prepared meals or BYO grub to fuel you through your adventuring. Unlike many of the other inclusions in this list, here you're closest to actually camping (but you've still managed to score a big comfy bed).
The local area is ripe for exploring. The retreat is located within the bushlands at the southern entrance to Tasmania's Bay of Fires. You're not really in walking distance from a lot, but you can quickly drive to all the best bits of the area. Head north from the retreat along Gardens Road to find the iconic white sand beaches, crystal blue water and the orange-hued granite boulders the Bay of Fires is so renowned for.
WERRIBEE OPEN RANGE ZOO, VICTORIA
Going on an African safari is on so many travel bucket lists. But they are an investment trip and fairly far away from Australia's shores. So, if you're wanting to do some holidaying that's reminiscent of an overseas safari, the Werribee Zoo's slumber safari is for you. Expect tents all set up and ready to go in a private section of the zoo, close to the giraffes, elephants and lions — but still safely hidden behind fences. Worry not.
Kick back in your tent with all the usual amenities — plus a private deck overlooking the zoo's open plains. Then, head to some closed-off parts of the zoo, where most visitors never go, to see the animals up close. It's a behind-the-scenes tour of Werribee Zoo with glamping accommodation, a three-course dinner and sunset drinks.
LONGITUDE 131°, NORTHERN TERRITORY
This is one of Australia's most famous glamping accommodations — Longitude 131°. Here, set within iconic red sand dunes, each luxury tent gives guests views over Uluru itself. You won't want to miss any of the sunsets or sunrises from your room, and thankfully you won't even need to get out of bed to experience them. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows will have you mesmerised by the surrounding landscape for your entire trip. You'll also have a private deck (with fireplace and day bed), a king bed and large ensuite bathroom.
The grounds? Built like a luxury resort. They have restaurants and bars onsite — the most impressive being Dune Top, which even has its own plunge pool complete with uninterrupted views of the surreal vista. Plus, there's a spa for those who want to be pampered. This is an incredible glamping site for the most special of special occasions. Save this Red Centre stay for one of life's major milestones.
WILPENA POUND, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
This is far more than your usual glamping site. Yes, the natural surrounds are truly epic in scale and your luxury tents comes with all your creature comforts, but Wilpena Pound has a special ethos that respects the traditional landowners of the Flinders Ranges region — the Adnyamathanha people. The area is known for its geological history, ancient fossils and Aboriginal rock art. And the team here works closely with local Indigenous communities to educate guests about the cultural significance of the land they're on.
During your stay, you can go on an Aboriginal cultural tour of the area, led by an Adnyamathanha guide. You'll be taken on a hike thorough the Flinders Ranges, experiencing the landscape through the eyes of its Traditional Owners. The Wilpena team can also organise a 4WD tour, scenic flight or another stellar jaunt through the bush. Meals combine modern Aussie cuisine with Indigenous ingredients — all prepared with genuine respect to the Adnyamathanha people. It's not just for show.
PEBBLE POINT, VICTORIA
The Twelve Apostles is a must-see when touring The Great Ocean Road. But few people know about the hidden glamping site located behind these cliff tops and rock formations. There are six safari tents at Pebble Point, which may not look out over the ocean but offer do offer countryside views that are nothing to gawk at. Besides, they're super close to the beaches situated at the end of the Great Ocean Walk.
Rooms come with king beds, ensuite bathrooms and access to the communal kitchen area and barbecue site. But keep in mind: the tents aren't heated. It can get fairly cold on the Victorian coast in winter, so be sure to bring your thermals and woolly jumpers. The beauty of these comfortable-yet-simple glamping tents is that you won't be breaking the bank, while still getting all the best bits of sleeping amongst Australia's unique wildlife and natural scenery.
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