Our picks for the 3 best glamping spots near Sydney.
If going Bear Grylls is simply not your style, yet you still like the idea of sleeping under the stars, then glamping is a fabulous alternative. Glamping is camping with all the hard work done for you. You can experience the great outdoors without sacrificing the luxury. It’s perfect if you’re not an experienced camper but still want to enjoy the freedom of living and sleeping close to nature. With glamping, there’s no need to set up a tent or bedding, just bring your clothes, sometimes your food and drinks, and a sense of adventure!
Glamping is also very popular, so if you are hoping for a specific weekend, you will need to book our top three glamping experiences well in advance. And of course, all the glamping options here are fabulous examples of green travel and sustainable accommodation, so we know you will enjoy responsible tourism at its very best!
“Glamping is camping with all the hard work done for you.”
Paperbark Camp is Australia’s glamping pioneer and is just a few hours south of Sydney.
It took approximately 10 years of unbelievable patience for Irena and Jeremy Hutchings to achieve the vision of opening Australia’s first luxury tented camp. Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay, is eco-tourism at it’s best, being a low impact, niche-market venture that adheres to the principles of ecologically sustainable tourism.
The original landscape was carefully cleared by hand, so that delicate ecosystems, natural flora and birdlife have been preserved. No major earthworks or clearing were done. All toilet waste and waste water is pumped off the site to protect the pristine Currambene Creek, which now forms part of the Jervis Bay Marine Park.
Accommodation consists of twelve elevated canvas tents providing a sturdy haven of simple luxury. Each tent has a steel frame, strong double canvas roof, solar powered lighting, insect screens and is elevated amongst the paperbarks, well above ground level. The spacious interior has comfortable queen beds with high quality linen and towels, lots of pillows and funky, locally crafted furniture.
Paperbark Camp has a new king deluxe tent. The new tent is nicknamed the “King Parrot” and can sleep six people. With all the eco-friendly touches you’d expect from Paperbark, including solar lighting, bamboo-cotton linen and an outdoor bush shower, the tent is perfect for a small group or family. Also new are stand-up paddleboards for exploring Currambene Creek and a wood-fired oven for pizzas, roasts and fresh bread at Paperbark’s Gunyah treetop restaurant.
King deluxe tent from $590 a night including breakfast. Note: Paperbark Camp follows a sustainable philosophy and has Advanced Eco Accreditation. As such, you will not find air-conditioning or heating, TV, bar fridge or power points for your technology (though power and wifi can be accessed in the Gunyah). So switch off and get back to nature!
Find out more about glamping at Paperbark Camp
The Escape sits on 80 acres with over two kilometres of private Clyde River frontage, surrounded by National Parks and State Forests. The Escape is located just two hours from Canberra and 3.5 hours from Sydney.
Nestled among the local blue and spotted gums is this quintessentially Australian bush luxury experience. Their unique blend of bush luxury delivers a rare experience for guests whether for a romantic getaway, a catch up with a group of old friends or simply spending some time with your family in a nature based way.
Wake up to views of the Clyde River in these stunning tent-inspired guesthouses complete with queen-size bed, kitchenette and bio-fuel heater. Kayaking, bushwalking, river swimming, watching the abundant wildlife or simply stretching out on your day bed with a good book and a glass of wine is just the start of what is on offer. The custom designed luxury tent accommodation has spectacular views over the river and the food experience is a highlight – definitely at the luxury end of your glamping experience.
The Escape combines traditional camping elements with comfortable, contemporary simplicity, making it a fabulous glamping experience.
$350-495 per night per couple. Find out more about glamping at The Escape.
UPDATE: July 2019 The Escape now only takes group bookings. Please enquire for further details
Tandara means “here we camp”. This luxury glamping experience is a romantic bush retreat within Lane Cove National Park and Lane Cove River Tourist Caravan Park. It is located in Sydney, so a one night stay is always possible.
The tent itself is a surprise to find, as it is situated in the middle of the main Lane Cove River Tourist Park, with just a rustic wooden fence sectioning the tent off from the rest of the caravan park nearby.
At Tandara, you can stay in the spacious African safari-style tent, curl up on the bed with a great book, wander down through the bush to the river and cook up a tasty barbecue for two. A wildlife tour is a must: hang out with lorikeets, water dragons, tawny frogmouths, ringtail and brushtail possums, owls, sugar gliders and even endangered bandicoots. You can also make use of the two mountain bikes at Tandara.
While there is plenty to do during your stay, it is such a lovely private spot you will probably prefer to hang out in the private surroundings of your tent. The rate is $220 per night per couple.
Note: Bookings are very heavy because there is only one tent. You will need to book a weekend in the summer months about 6-9 months in advance.
Find out more about glamping at Tandara Eco Tent
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