The Definitive Guide To Australia’s Best Off-Grid Glamping Spots
Find yourself in the middle of nowhere.
Camping is a whole lot more fun with a bit of luxury thrown in. From foodie destinations to reconnecting with nature, romance and adventure, you’ll want to add these Aussie glamping spots to your list.
WA: Sal Salis, Ningaloo Reef
There are just 16 luxury wilderness tents at this far-flung glamping outpost in WA’s Cape Range National Park. It’s also the only spot in Australia where you can swim with migrating whale sharks and humpback whales.
Set snug in the dunes on the shore of Ningaloo Reef, expect birdlife galore and any number of magical up-close wildlife encounters.
Wilderness tents start from $1760 per night and can accommodate two people.
NT: Bamurru Plains, near Kakadu National Park
Nature takes centre stage at this eco-sensitive bush camp on the edge of Kakadu. Teeming with bird and wildlife, Bamurru Plains is Australia’s answer to Africa’s Okavango Delta: 4WD tours go in search of water buffaloes and brumbies; the chorus of dozens of bird species fills the air.
There are guided walks and even a spot the croc cruise that takes in the wild beauty of the Mary River floodplain.
Safari bungalows start from $650 per person, per night, twin-share.
NSW: Tanja Lagoon Camp, Tanja
You can hear the surf from the deck of the safari tents at Tanja Lagoon Camp. Overlooking a coastal lagoon in the Mimosa Rocks National Park, this eco-pocket of paradise is also sweet with the sound of birdsong, buzzing insects and any number of marsupials swishing through the bush.
Tanja Lagoon Camp is nature at its best – one where the glamping is al-fresco. Each of the four private safari tents have a fully-equipped kitchen and large bathroom with freestanding tub. There are bushwalking trails and free use of kayaks and canoes, all within NSW’s pristine Sapphire Coast.
Bookings start from $240 per night.
SA: Ikara Safari Camp, Wilpena Pound
A stay in one of the 15 glamping tents at Ikara Safari Camp puts you within coo-ee of the remarkable natural rock amphitheatre that is Wilpena Pound. It’s also the only resort in the national park and a comfortable base to explore the many natural rock formations, mountains and gorges of the Flinders Ranges.
You can discover the 800-million-year-old landscape in many ways – 4WD tour, Aboriginal cultural walk, self-guided bushwalk, or scenic flight.
Glamping safari tents start from $320 per night.
QLD: Nightfall, Lamington National Park
Romance is everywhere at this secluded, fully catered eco escape, 45 minutes from the Gold Coast. Only six people can stay at a time in the poetically named Lost World rainforest. The three luxury safari tents are each kitted out with a king size bed, wood-fire heater, rain shower and private tin baths. There are candle-lit organic dinners-for-two, massages by the creek, hammocks for afternoon naps and yoga. It’s carbon-neutral, too.
Weekend stays start at $795 per night, twin-share.
VIC: Pebble Point, Great Ocean Road
Victoria’s Twelve Apostles are at your door at this exclusive eco-bush retreat. Nestled behind the rocky cliff tops where the Great Ocean Walk ends, the six spacious safari tents at Pebble Point feature comfortable king-size beds and modern ensuites. There’s a communal kitchen too.
From here, it’s a short stroll to the world-famous limestone stacks as well as any number of secluded beaches. From June to October, southern right whales can be spotted on their migration south. Pebble Point is also one of the few places in the world situated within metres of three stunning national parks.
Bookings start at $150 per couple, per night.
(Lead photo: Archie Sartracom via Sal Salis)