For many of us, the idea of camping in the cooler months through winter and spring seems a little cray. With temperatures in some parts of Australia dropping to below zero during the cooler months, the last thing that appeals to even the most enthusiastic camper is to set up a tent in frosty temperatures and wake up in the middle of the night shaking in our little thermal booties. Luckily you don’t have to, if you take things up a degree or ten and become a fully-fledged glamper! Glamping (glam camping) is the perfect for ‘campophobs’ and is the new ‘it’ travel trend sweeping the globe for those who like a their camping sojourn to be a little bit more bubbles and stars, rather than pit toilets and bugs.
The concept marries the idea that one can combine camping and luxury together with no need to set up a tent, be cold or walk long distances to use the bathroom. That’s right, glamping allows you to experience the outdoors with all of your usual indoor comforts and zero of the negatives that come with camping in cooler months. And let’s face it, by the time you pay for all your camping stuff and ‘spend lots of money to live like a homeless person’ you could have just arrived with a small bag to glamp like a king!
Since the boom of this trend more and more beautiful places around Australia have started hosting their own glamping sites. So, we picked our fave six that will keep you toasty warm, without blowing a hole in your budget!
1) St Jerome’s Hotel, Melbourne
St Jerome’s Hotel offers a luxurious and price savvy stay, perfect for the ‘glamp curious’ that don’t want to leave the creature comforts of a big city. St Jerome’s Hotel is breaking new ground for glamping with in-tent dining services, complimentary eskies with mini-bar drinks, tablets loaded with movies and sauna sessions, all whilst sleeping under the stars in the stunning Melbourne CBD.
This glamping hotel also offers various winter comforts including split system heaters in every tent (powered prior to arrival), electric blankets and bedding with premium linen, complimentary slippers and robes, plus amenities are only footsteps away! You’ll also have access to a 24-hour concierge service, a General Store serving as the bar and communal area, an infrared sauna, plus nine amenity units with toilets and showers. And if your sweet-tooth kicks in Gelato Messina is only footsteps away!
2) BIG4 Rivershore Resort, Sunshine Coast
If a colder climate really isn’t your thing but you want to escape the cool weather, the Big4 Rivershore Resort in Queensland is a seriously glam and peaceful option. Located in Diddillibah on the Sunshine Coast, the resort offers an affordable stay in safari style tents that would cost thousands of dollars per night in some parts of the world. Whilst you might not see lions and elephants, you will be able to take in the beauty of the pristine Maroochy River and laid back coastal vibes. BRB!
As well as being self-contained these safari tents have open fire places to keep you toasty in the cooler months! Extra elements include: a licensed restaurant at your doorstep, a bar, laundry and BBQ facilities if you are the DIY camper. All starting from $229 per night. During the cooler months, BIG4 are offering a deal with a minimum 2 night mid-week stay (Mon to Thurs) in a King Safari Tent saving you 20% and throwing in a free glass of sparkling wine on arrival, complimentary paddle boards to dip your toes into the river, Continental breakfast delivered and a late check-out!
3) Pebble Point, Great Ocean Road
To experience the great Australian outback, you cannot go past Pebble Point, situated on the Great Ocean Road. Here you can experience The Twelve Apostles in style at this exclusive glamping bush retreat!
The accommodation provides king size beds, latex linen and each tent has its own en suite bathroom, all within metres of three amazing national parks. To cater for cool temps each tent has electric blankets and hot water bottles. The best part about this lavish getaway is it can be scored for just $150 per night in the colder months!
4) Flash Camp Cooinda, Kakadu National Park
What’s the best way to escape cooler months? Go somewhere that never really gets them! Glamping experts ‘Flash Camp’ have set up base for a limited time at Cooinda in the World Heritage Listed, Kakadu National Park from the 23rd of June to the 21st of September during the Northern Territory dry season.
Immerse yourself in Kakadu with the ultimate glamping experience, including full size beds fitted with quality linen, bamboo furniture, Armadillo & Co rugs and more. The campground is also within close proximity to Cooinda Lodge Kakadu, which features a large tropical pool and alfresco dining at the Barra Bar and Bistro. Wake up to a myriad of bird life and fauna each day and pretend the cold is just a myth! The best part is your piggy bank won’t hate you at $150 per night.
5) Grapevine Glamping, Victoria
If you are looking for pure indulgence, look no further than glamping beside a vineyard at Grapevine Glamping in rural Victoria! The picturesque surroundings beckon you to unwind with glass of Cofield Wines Quartz Vein Shiraz right next to the vineyard where the grapes were grown. Tough gig right!
Enjoy the comforts of home including a mini bar and a star gazing kit, with each tent kitted up with warm bedding and an onsite fire pit for cooler nights! The best part about Grapevine Glamping is you can grab a great winter deal with a weekend stay of 2 nights totaling $440 until August 31st, a unique relaxing getaway for all wine lovers.
6) Cosy Tents, Victoria
Cosy Tents is located in the stunning Hepburn Shire, Victoria which is a 1 hour 30 min drive from Melbourne, featuring fully furnished European canvas tents in a luxe little glamping hub! Pop a bottle of red or Moet (you can purchase it there!) as the sun sets and listen to the tune of the crickets while an open camp fire sparks into the night sky. Then wake up to a brekkie box full of little goodies!
Each Cosy Tent is furnished with a full queen or double size beds, in-tent wood fire stove, 1200tc luxury bed linen, goose down quilts, Bluetooth speaker system, onsite cooking facilities and access to hot showers just to name a few. There’s a large variety of tents to choose from ranging in size from 4 metres to 6 metres ready to lure you out to the gorgeous Victorian countryside. The best part is they start from $166 per night during the cooler months!