What is Glamping?
Glamping or glamorous camping, is a luxury travel trend sweeping the world. Glamping destinations offer a way to experience remote and wildly beautiful locations and get close to nature without sacrificing any creature comforts or going to the effort of pitching a tent and lighting a fire. At a luxury glamping destination, you can enjoy all the creature comforts of staying at a luxury hotel with the adventure and serenity of being immersed in nature.
Camping was an option for a weekend away and has never been appealing for those of us that love the luxury of a hotel room somewhere abroad. Luckily the concept of Glamping is here for everyone to enjoy. You probably have your own memories of camping, teenage adventures, family holidays or possibly a romantic escape. Camping allows for many simple pleasures, whether it’s becoming one with nature or mastering the primitive skills that we just don’t come into contact with in our hectic lifestyles. Glamping incorporates all of this but makes your experience a little more comfortable, convenient and a lot more glamorous.
There are many activities you can undertake to inject glamour into your camping trip. You can pick your own wild berries to infuse into a delicious champagne cocktail or why not try your very own outdoor sauna whilst watching the sunset? If you think that successfully planning such a trip is so daunting that you would rather pay more for a generic package holiday then maybe it’s time for a change.
Glamping’s appeal is that it offers a stylishly original way to enjoy your holiday, without sacrificing any of the quality of your trip. The journey to the growing choice of nationwide sites won’t incur the costs that flights to your chosen destination abroad will. Going green is also becoming too important to ignore for many of us and we shouldn’t let playing a part stop when it comes to having a unique and fun holiday.
Australia holds some of the world’s wildest, most unspoiled and unique landscapes, from the rainforest and reefs of Queensland to the Red Center of the Northern Territory to the rugged wilderness of Western Australia. Many are as far from civilization as you can get, only enhancing their off-the-beaten-path uniqueness and charm. That doesn’t mean you have to go full-on Crocodile Dundee to get back to nature, though. More than almost any other travel destination, Australia has embraced the glamping trend and now boasts some of the world’s finest luxurious wilderness accommodations.
However if you want to stay at one of the premier glamping locations, here are our suggestion:
Located in lush Jervis Bay two hours south of Sydney, Paperbark Camp feels like a safari camp in the heart of New South Wales. It contains just twelve naturally ventilated safari tents (picture above) surrounded by paperbark and gum trees, each with its own private veranda. It allows guests to get back to nature with private open-air en suite bathrooms, while still feeling pampered with plush towels and linens. The camp was designed to be low-impact on the wildlife corridor in which it sits; lighting is provided by solar energy, and guest products are sourced to be biodegradable and recyclable. Guests can dine in the camp’s treetop Gunyah restaurant, and take advantage of complimentary bikes and canoes to explore the area and its wildlife corridors, where they might spot kangaroos, and possums in the evenings. Here you can watch whales migrate along the coast, watch dolphins at play and walk and swim at exquisite and secluded white sand beaches lapped by clear waters.