WHAT IS GLAMPING?
Glamping is luxury camping or “glamorous” camping.
Glamping in Australia combines the best of sleeping under the stars, with modern conveniences such as bathrooms, comfortable bedding and deck areas.
The idea of luxury excursions into the wilderness is nothing new. In the early 1900s, British and American adventurers to the African plains hired tailors, chefs and dozens of porters per person for extravagant game hunting trips. But the term “glamping” itself is only a few years old; Google searches show that people started looking for the term on the internet only from about 2007. The word “glamping” first appeared in the United Kingdom in 2005 and was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2016.
What exactly defines the glamping experience as distinct from plain old camping? Some glampers may like to step out into the natural wilderness with a sense of adventure, but more often than not, they like someone else to handle all the details – and with style. Others glampers prefer a “minimal frill style” and are happy preparing their own meals, but like having a comfortable bed.
Camping is the no-frills way to get out and experience nature. You usually sleep in sleeping bags on a mat on the ground, in a tent you’ve pitched after perhaps hiking into a campsite on one of Australia’s fabulous walks, or you’ve just brought the family to the closest National Park. You’ll build a fire in a fire pit or power up your barbie and make a meal that, is usually pretty basic. Your toileting facilities are either a pretty basic amenities block (complete with frogs) or a spot away from camp that you dig yourself. You may have to purify water to drink and cook and clean with; there may not be showering or bathing facilities.
“Glamping” on the other hand combines the experience of the wild with a bit more glamour and comfort, enabling you to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing luxury. It differs from camping in that the focus is on comfort, luxuries and having the very best of it. More often than not glamping sites are ready for you to move into straight away. The beds are already made up with fresh linen, and the fire (if there is one) will be ready for your arrival. So all you have to do is get on with the business of having a great time, whether with your partner, family, or a group of friends.
Glamping tents are usually set up as safari-style tents on a semi-permanent basis, enabling services to be brought directly to the tent site. Glamping is perfect for people who love the idea of sleeping outdoors, but aren’t quite so thrilled with the idea of doing without the comforts of home! Luxury camping is a trend that is on the rise throughout the world and Green Getaways offers a superb collection of safari-style tents that are light on the earth and aim to be as environmentally friendly as possible.
Here at Green Getaways we have extended the definition of glamping in Australia to incude other styles of accommodation that allow travellers to feel that they are sleeping outside close to nature in semi permanent accommodation. These can include:
A tree house is a platform or building constructed around, next to or among the trunk or branches of one or more mature trees while above ground level. Tree houses can be used for recreation, work space, habitation, and observation. You can stay in a treehouse near beautiful Maleny, Queensland.
A trailer is a prefabricated structure, built in a factory on a permanently attached chassis before being transported to site (either by being towed or on a trailer). Used as permanent homes, for holiday or temporary accommodation, they are left often permanently or semi-permanently in one place, but can be moved. You can stay in a fabulous retro Airstream trailer on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.
A tipee (also tepee or teepee) is a cone-shaped tent, traditionally made of animal skins upon wooden poles. A tipi is distinguished from other conical tents by the smoke flaps at the top of the structure. You can stay in a tipee in Tasmania’s Huon Valley.
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