Enjoy the outdoors but afraid to leave the comforts of home? Perhaps it was a school camp horror experience involving a sleeping bag that has put you off. Fear not, glamping is for you. Experience the wild from your carefully perched tent, without having to struggle with pegs and poles. If you’re looking for a weekend escape or a Christmas gift worth raving about, look no further than a glamping.
Bedouin on the Beaches, Manly
Setting up a mere wander from Manly’s Shelley Beach, this location is blissfully distant and wonderfully located at the same time. Each home for the evening comes alive at dusk, with a bottle of champagne waiting for you chilled upon arrival. You can stay in and soak up the surrounds or take part in all Manly has to offer, from fine eats to surf lessons. A camping experience for the luxe adventurer.
Roar and Snore, Taronga Zoo
Nestled atop the jungle, well the zoo at least, Roar and Snore allows you to get a little more familiar with the locals. Exquisite views over the harbour, see the bridge from a whole new angle before you rest your weary head. You’ll get to mingle with the furry inhabitants without the crowds and gorge yourself on a buffet dinner before rolling into camp. Be sure to wake up early here, the sunrise is sublime.
Glamping Out, South Coast
Clamping out let you pick the location, setting up a camp worthy of royalty wherever you please. They’re South Coast based and have a range of spots they recommend if you’re unfamiliar with the locale. From a lush tent to a retro caravan, the choice is up to you. Pack your bags and enjoy a civilised night away in secluded paradise.
Cockatoo Island Glamping, Sydney Harbour
Tucked away in the centre of the harbour is a campsite where you won’t have to compromise your routine. Explore the industrial wonder by day and sip right by the water at night. Raised beds, hot showers and breakfast BBQ freshly scorched over the fire, this is how to do camping right.
Safari Palm Tent, Central Coast
Just an hours drive from Sydney, this beachside setup is a summer stunner. Experience camping without the hassle or inconveniences, positioned in bush greenery with the surf rolling in only moments away. Porch bevs are a must.
Tandara, Lane Cove National Park
Immerse yourself in the bushland with this lush setup in Lane Cove National Park. Tranquility is only 10km north of the CBD, and you’ll feel even further away on your stay. Bush walk the surrounds and appreciate the wildlife with a glass of vino on the deck, an evening under the stars in comfort.
Glampr, Cattai National Park
An real charmer, nestled west of Sydney in bush heartland is this whimsical stay. Assemble the crew and book out a bedouin or two for a gathering to remember. Sitting on the banks of the Hawkesbury river, the tents glow with an assortment of coloured bulbs in the evening. Sit by the fire and soak it all up in style.
Image source: AirBnB, Simple Pleasures, National Parks NSW.