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10 best family glamping spots in Australia

JODY ALLEN, from parenting website Stay at Home Mum, reveals the top places for family glamping holidays around the country

For those who aren’t too keen on camping, there is a more attractive version – glamping. And it’s fancy! In fact, some of these glamping spots are far more luxurious (and expensive) than a five-star hotel! Here are some of the most diverse, unique and popular glamping spots around Australia.

1. Roar & Snore Taronga Zoo Sydney

Roar and Snore at Taronga Zoo Sydney
Roar and Snore at Taronga Zoo Sydney

For those who aren’t too keen on camping, there is a more attractive version – glamping. And it’s fancy! In fact, some of these glamping spots are far more luxurious (and expensive) than a five-star hotel! Here are some of the most diverse, unique and popular glamping spots around Australia.

2. Reefsleep, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Reefsleep in The Whitsundays. Image Tourism and Events Queensland
Reefsleep in The Whitsundays. Image: Tourism and Events Queensland

Hop on a boat at Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays and head to Hardy Reef, where you can snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, ride in a semi-submarine and visit the underwater observatory before sleeping under the stars on a permanently moored pontoon. All snorkelling gear is provided. Minimum age is three-years-old.

cruisewhitsundays.com/reefsleep/

3. Treehouse Glamping Tent at Tiona Holiday Park, Pacific Palms, NSW

New treehouse glamping tents at Tiona Holiday Park near Forster. Image Elisa Elwin
New treehouse glamping tents at Tiona Holiday Park near Forster. Image: Elisa Elwin

Stay in a new Treehouse Glamping Tent at Tiona Holiday Park, near Forster on the NSW Barrington Coast. Located on an isthmus at Pacific Palms, the pet-friendly holiday park sits on either side of The Lakes Way, with the pristine Seven Mile Beach on one side and Wallis Lake on the other. The two-berth tents are located 3m off the ground on the lake side of the park, surrounded by palm tree rainforest.

tiona.com.au/treehouse-glamping-tents/

4. Longitude 131, Uluru, Northern Territory

Longitude 131 in the Northern Territory. Image Tourism NT George Apostolidis
Longitude 131 in the Northern Territory. Image: Tourism NT George Apostolidis

Families with children aged 10 and over can book a stay at the ultra-luxury Longitude 131. Located just 20km from Uluru, Longitude 131 has 16 beautifully decorated glamping tents with pillowtop beds, designer toiletries and espresso makers. The tents have floor-to-ceiling windows and a high canopied roof. All stays are fully inclusive with gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner provided, and inspiring menus that change daily. There is an open bar with French Champagne and premium wines. There are two types of tents to choose from – The Dune Pavillion, which has two king beds and sleeps up to four people, is best for families. It’s not cheap, and a minimum three-night stay is required, but imagine waking up with a view of Uluru at your feet!

longitude131.com.au

5. Karijini Eco Retreat, Karijini, Western Australia

Karijini Eco Retreat in Western Australia
Karijini Eco Retreat in Western Australia

In Western Australia’s Pilbara region, Karijini Eco Retreat offers an environmentally friendly and aware glamping experience. Each tent has a front and rear deck with beautifully soft beds and a recycled timber floor. The tents each have an ensuite bathroom, and the friendly staff provide guests with a torch and thermos flask. The eco retreat has an onsite restaurant and bar and barbecue facilities are available.

karijiniecoretreat.com.au

6. Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay, NSW

Kids sitting around the fire pit at Paperbark Camp
Kids sitting around the fire pit at Paperbark Camp

This is glamping at its finest. Suitable for families with children aged six and up, the tents have polished hardwood flooring, quality linen, a private open-air ensuite with a hot shower, a bathtub to soak all your worries away and a wrap-around deck with outdoor furniture. Pricing includes a full three-course dinner, a full breakfast, and use of recreational facilities such as canoes and stand-up paddleboards boards. They are also introducing new tents for a family of four in August. A minimum two-night stay is required.

paperbarkcamp.com.au

7. Huon Bush Retreats, Huon Valley, Tasmania

Stay in a tepee at Huon Bush Retreats
Stay in a tepee at Huon Bush Retreats

Stay in a unique glamping accommodation at Huon Bush Retreats in Tasmania – a deluxe tepee! The tepee has solid timber floors and carpet, nice linen and a cosy wood fire heater. There is also a covered deck out the back. There is no bathroom in the tepee, but amenities are only one minute’s walk away.

huonbushretreats.com

8. Cockatoo Island, Sydney NSW

Spend the night in a tent on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour. Image Destination NSW
Spend the night in a tent on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour. Image: Destination NSW

Spend the night in the middle of Sydney Harbour on Cockatoo Island, a former convict settlement and UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. The island offers five different camping packages suiting all budgets and styles of glamping. There are two-man and four-man tents available, and the campground has toilets and hot showers, including accessible facilities.

cockatooisland.gov.au

9. Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef Safari Camp, Cape Range National Park, Western Australia

Sal Salis at Ningaloo Reef. Image Tourism Western Australia
Sal Salis at Ningaloo Reef. Image: Tourism Western Australia

Sal Salis is an eco-friendly glamping experience located in the dunes of the Cape Range National Park, near Exmouth. The camp has 15 luxury wilderness tents with ensuite bathrooms that look over the Ningaloo Reef, just steps from the Indian Ocean. The camp’s chefs prepare delicious contemporary dishes made with local ingredients. There are many activities you can enjoy during your stay, including snorkelling, sea kayaking, swimming with whale sharks, humpback whales and manta rays (in season), gorge walks and stargazing.

salsalis.com.au

10. Tanja Lagoon Camp, Tanja, NSW

Tanja Lagoon Camp
Tanja Lagoon Camp

On the edge of a beautiful wild coastal lagoon, Tanja offers safari tent accommodation on the NSW Sapphire Coast. Each of the four tents rests on a timber deck and has its own bathroom and kitchen facilities. The camp has a barbecue area, a library, disabled access rooms and Wi-Fi. Stays are a minimum of two nights, with a minimum of three to five nights over the Christmas and Easter school holidays.

tanjalagooncamp.com.au

This is an edited extract of a story which originally appeared on stayathomemum.com.au

It has been reproduced with permission.

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