From the Great Barrier Reef to the vastly untouched Outback, Australia’s landscapes are nothing short of amazing.
For those wanting to experience these landscapes full on, glamping - or luxury camping - under the stars is the way to go.
Whether you’re after honeymooning in Ningaloo Reef or safari-style glamping on the Scenic Rim trail, these are our picks of the best spots for glamping in Australia.
Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
Western Australia covers a third of the entire country, lending itself to incredibly diverse landscapes including 12,000km of beautiful coastline. Ningaloo Reef,a particularly special place, is the largest fringing reef on earth. This pristine underwater world is home to whale sharks, turtles, reef sharks, rays and over 500 species of fish, making the snorkelling here an out of this world experience.
For environmentally conscious travellers, Sal Salis is the perfect base. An eco-luxe lodge providing one of the most environmentally friendly forms of glamping in Australia, Sal Salis is truly off the beaten track. The opportunities to get up close to marine life are second to none, as balmy waters lie adjacent to the camp. If you stay between August and October, you may even have the incredible opportunity to swim with rare Humpback Whales. Sal Salis’ commitment to ecotourism and its unique surroundings are also commendable, with 100% of its power generated through solar panels.
Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory
Kakadu National Park is one of many beautiful reserves in Australia’s Northern Territory. Its great waterfalls, flowing rivers and hidden pools make it the perfect escape from modern life. If you’re into hiking, the surreal rock formations of Bungle Bungle National Park are a must-do, or you can spend some time learning with the local Aboriginal community of guides.
Glamping in Australia reaches is outstanding in the country’s Northern Territory. Luxury bush camp Bamurru Plains is a wonderful way to experience the unique and beautiful floodplains of this region. Offering the highest levels of comfort, the ecologically sensitive luxury camp allows guests to reconnect to nature without going back to basics. Ten safari-style bungalows exude a wild bush luxury feel, complete with mesh walls so you can hear, see and almost touch the wildlife and wilderness that surrounds you.
With no internet access, TV or mobile signal, switching off has never been easier and you’ll find yourself tuning in to the sounds of the bush as you drift off to sleep. Each luxury suite is finished off with home comforts, such as supremely comfortable beds and generous living spaces. Dining at Bamurru Plains is also a real treat, with locally sourced produce used to create a menu that is authentic yet contemporary.
With an ancient past steeped in Aboriginal history and lore, the Australian Outback gives glamping in Australia a mystical feel. A place filled with stories, myths and legends, it’s a region that encourages exploration of both the landscape and the soul. The immense landscape is dotted with national parks and spiritual areas. None are more recognisable than Uluru – a towering red monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory.
With Uluru always in sight, Longitude 131° ensures that visitors experience the magic of Australia’s spiritual heartland. Fifteen luxury tents are nestled among the rust-red dunes, offering a true sense of stillness. Each tent is beautifully furnished and features floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing guests to gaze out across the ochre landscape. While staying there, you can enjoy a sundowner at the Dune House’s convivial bar or dine under an incredible canopy of stars at Table 131°.
Scenic Rim, Queensland
Queensland’s Scenic Rim Trail is a three or six day guided hike through valleys, creeks and rainforest. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by your Scenic Rim Trail guide and kitted out with extensive hiking equipment while you enjoy morning tea. Throughout your hike, you’ll be introduced to the region’s varied flora and fauna, as well as its cultural history and indigenous traditions.
On your first night, after climbing Mount Mitchell, you’ll be treated to a warm welcome at the incredible Spicers Canopy. After tackling a day’s hiking, guests can unwind by taking a dip in the camp’s hot tub or freshening up with a hot shower. Located 600 metres above sea level on a private nature refuge, Spicers Canopy features ten permanent safari-style glamping tents. Polished timber floorboards, plush beds and private viewing decks all combine to create a perfect luxury experience of glamping in Australia.
Jervis Bay, New South Wales
New South Wales is Australia’s oldest state and has blossomed into one of the most beautiful and diverse regions in the country. The pristine clear waters and white sandy beaches of Jervis Bay lie just two and a half hours drive south of Sydney. Home to some of the best surf beaches in the world and coral reefs bordering a chain of dramatic mountains, Jervis Bay is ideal for escaping the hustle and bustle of nearby Sydney.
Situated close to the clear waters and bright sand of Jervis Bay’s beaches, Paperbark Camp offers guests the best in canvas accommodation surrounded by a nature lover’s paradise. The twelve canvas tents have been thoughtfully placed above ground amongst soaring eucalyptus trees and intriguing paperbarks. Each one offers not only privacy, but also wrap-around decking, full insect screening, solar lighting and luxurious linen. Paperbark Camp’s showstopper is The Gunyah, a restaurant in the tree tops where guests can enjoy their meals.
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