Leave the shabby tent at home and forget the blow-up mattress, you won’t need either where you’re going.
From lavish safari tents in the wilderness to see-through bubbles perched atop rolling hills, sleeping under the stars in pared-back luxury has never been easier or more inviting.
Read on for our list of the very best glamping spots in Australia.
Cape Range National Park, WA
Top photo by Jarrad Seng
No ‘glamping in Australia’ list would be complete without mention of the incredible, all-inclusive Sal Salis. Sitting in the dunes, a quick 50-metre stroll from the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, this remote glamping retreat is home to 16 off-grid safari tents. Blending the outback, rocky ranges and the crystal-clear ocean, words fail to describe the beauty of this place. Trek across the arid terrain of Cape Range National Park before cooling off with a snorkel out front or do nothing but read a book and take midday siestas—the choice is yours.
CUBBY & CO.
Majura, ACT, Australia
Photo by Nathan Harradine-Hale
Photo by Jessica Discipio
Combining wine and camping in the most beautiful of ways, Cubby & Co. is home to two bell tents on a picturesque working vineyard, close to Canberra (alongside their compact tiny home, Dinny). Kitted out with goods and furnishings from local and regional designers, the tents, named Frank and Edgar, are the ultimate home-away-from-home. Flaky croissants and coffee in bed are included with your stay, but for a total local taster, opt to have delicious eats from nearby XO Restaurant delivered to your private deck and wash it down with a bottle of wine from Mount Majura Vineyard’s cellar door. This really is glamping at its finest.
Lamington National Park, Qld, Australia
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Conjure up images of glamping somewhere deep in the forest, and it’s likely to look exactly like Nightfall. Rubbing shoulders with the luscious Lamington National Park, this magical collection of five custom-made safari tents is made for couples who want to switch off, get back to nature and indulge a little. Hitting pause and surrendering to a slower pace is simple here with a rotating fireplace, freestanding bathtubs, buttery linen and all organic meals cooked for you by the hosts with fresh, local produce. Turn the pampering up another notch and make time to enjoy a massage by the creek or salute the sun with a private yoga class.
Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia
Photos by Rachael Tagg
Tucked under towering paperbarks and swaying eucalyptus, Paperbark Camp is made for romantic weekend getaways and is one of the best glamping spots in Australia. Located in Jervis Bay, two-and-a-half-hours drive south of Sydney, there are three types of African-inspired canvas tents to choose from, each with king beds, private open-air bathrooms and all your favourite hotel trimmings, like handmade soaps and lotions. Whether you spend your days wandering from bed to deck or exploring nearby Huskisson on the camp’s bikes, be sure to divulge your senses with at least one meal at the on-site restaurant, The Gunyah. You’ve never tasted bush tucker quite like this.
TILBA LAKE CAMP
Tilba, NSW, Australia
For a country meets coast glamping experience, there is nowhere better than Tilba Lake Camp (we love their eco pods too). Located a few minutes from the historic village of Central Tilba, on NSW’s Sapphire Coast, a visit here comes with captivating views of the ocean, green rolling hills and Tilba Lake. Basically, it’s got all the vistas you could want in a Slow Stay. And, when night falls and the flames in the firepit dwindle down, climb into your cosy Lotus Belle tent, complete with a king-size bed and soft rugs underfoot, and watch shooting stars outside in utter comfort.
Capertee Valley, NSW, Australia
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If you consider yourself somewhat of a glamping aficionado and have tried and tested many a bell tent, then shake things up with a stay at Bubbletent Australia. Swapping canvas walls for a clear inflatable bubble, you’ll have a jaw-dropping view of the world from your own little cosy cocoon. Planted on over 1000 acres, with epic views spanning across Capertree Valley—the second widest canyon in the world—there are three private tent sites dotted across the property, each with their own unique offerings, like hammocks and heavenly Swedish wood-fired bathtubs.
Mudgee, NSW, Australia
Setting the glamping bar excruciatingly high, Evamor Valley in the blessed food and wine region of Mudgee is glamping at its finest. Rest and unwind in one of the three luxury eco tents, filled with locally sourced furnishings, sprawling king-size beds and thoughtful touches, like bathrobes and Leif body products. If you’re ready to explore, an 80-acre farm awaits at your canvas door, ready for adventurers to discover its nooks and crannies. Trek down to the Cudgegong River, check out the Red River Gums and billabong along the way, before returning to a picnic on the jetty. This is the good life.