The Best Glamping in Australia

July 30, 2019
Top End Adventure

A land of full-throttle outdoor action and adventure, Australia is the perfect destination for a camping experience with a difference. Offering all kinds of unique tours and trips, camping in Oz can be a far cry from the average tent-based trip you might think of when someone mentions the word camping. For those who fancy a walk on the wild side or an authentic outback excursion with a luxe feel, here are some of the best deluxe camping experiences on offer. Be tempted to try a bit of glamping in Australia on your holiday.

Camping Holidays in Australia

Forget images of soggy weekends, freezing cold tents and slaving over a stove to produce a gourmet feast of sausages and beans. Camping holidays in Australia offer a very different take on the traditional tent-based break, with the opportunity to experience once-in-a-lifetime adventures in some truly magical settings.

Deluxe camping affords all the creature comforts one could possibly need. Visitors can sleep in the lap of luxury, dine on fine food and enjoy some of Australia’s most magnificent scenery without having to put up a tent or keep a fire going. Luxury camping offers an unrivalled opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and embrace the Australian sense of adventure without having to do all the work.

5 of Australia’s Best Deluxe Camping Experiences

So if you’re heading Down Under on your next holiday and fancy camping without the hassle, try one of these iconic glamping experiences in Australia:

1. Taronga Roar and Snore

Have you ever wondered what happens when the gates to the zoo close and all the visitors have left? With the Taronga Zoo Roar and Snore overnight explorer, visitors have the chance to find out the answer to this long-standing quandary. One of Sydney’s prime tourist attractions, Taronga Zoo is home to hundreds of native and exotic species.

Overnight at Taronga Zoo, Sydney

The deluxe camping on offer here is an overnight tour presenting visitors with the chance to enjoy an evening safari, an animal encounter, day entry to the zoo and a night in a tented safari camp.

The tour begins as the zoo closes, when guests will be greeted by zoo staff and provided with drinks and snacks. The highlight for many is an animal encounter, which enables visitors to get up close and personal with some of the zoo’s friendliest, cutest inhabitants. It’s possible to take photos and learn all about the animals before enjoying a buffet dinner and then setting out on an evening safari drive. As darkness descends, nocturnal animals come out to play. The location of the zoo also makes it an ideal place to watch the twinkling harbour lights and marvel at the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House in all their luminescent glory.

After a restful night in camp, your second day begins with a hearty breakfast followed by a behind-the-scenes tour. Once this has finished, visitors can explore the rest of the zoo at leisure. The Tarongo Zoo Explorer is ideally suited to animal lovers and those keen to see and learn about Australia’s most well-known species.

2. Top End Deluxe Camping

An outstanding cultural experience, which offers visitors the chance to learn all about Australia’s indigenous population, the Top End Deluxe Camping Adventure is a wondrous way to see the best the Northern Territories have to offer.

This four-day tour covers the beauty spots of Litchfield and Kakadu national parks, providing guests with an insight into the history of the region and the profound connections between indigenous people and the land. In the evenings, retreat to private campsites featuring rooms with a view to combine an adventure trip with the comforts of great accommodation.

On departing Darwin, visitors will stop off at Litchfield National Park, which is famed for its waterfalls and crisp, clear pools. After hiking and swimming, it’s time to enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by scenic views. The next leg is a 4WD trip to Kakadu National Park, which is renowned for its waterways. On day two, guests will get the chance to explore these intricate watery paths with a relaxing boat cruise on the Yellow Waters billabong. Keep your eyes peeled for crocs lurking – a great Australian sight.

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The next stop is Bowali Visitor Centre, a must for anyone with an interest in Aboriginal art and the final destination on day two is Ubirr Rock, a symbolic site within Kakadu National Park.

Day three is spent exploring two of Kakadu National Park’s most precious gems: Jim Jim and Twin Falls. First, visitors will travel by 4WD and then take a short boat ride and rocky hike to reach Twin Falls. Next, the party hike through the sun-dappled forests to reach Jim Jim Falls, a heart-stopping sight that encapsulates the untamed beauty of the park perfectly.

The final day offers an incredible opportunity to visit Western Arnhem Land to engage in cultural experiences and browse Aboriginal masterpieces in the stunning setting of Injalak Hill. Spend your days exploring some of the most iconic sights of this incredible continent and your evenings in private campsites cooking over an open fire, looking up at the peerless starry skies above. Book your Top End Deluxe Camping Adventure today.

3. Rottnest Island Glamping

Just a 30-minute ferry ride from Fremantle lies the stunning floating idyll of Rottnest Island – a great destination for nature lovers but also the perfect retreat for some luxury camping.

Rottnest is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, wildlife aficionados and sun-seekers, and there’s a host of activities on offer. One of the most popular pursuits for tourists is tracking down the island’s most famous and inquisitive native inhabitant, the quokka.

Quokkas are very friendly because they’re used to seeing humans in close quarters and often, they’re more than happy to pose for photos. Consequently, the quokka selfie has become something of a social media phenomenon in recent years.

The Rottnest Explorer tour is a two-day excursion that features everything from those unique selfies to snorkelling in bright blue waters. This Rottnest Island glamping trip is a wonderful opportunity to explore this beautiful island, affectionately known to the locals as ‘Rotty.’

Discovery Rottnest Terrace

Visitors will be based at Discovery Rottnest Island for one night and there’s a flexible schedule on offer. Cycle or walk around the island, hit the beach or go snorkelling. There are no cars or roads on the island and travelling on two wheels is a great way to discover secluded coves and deserted beaches. The Rottnest Island Explorer includes an overnight stay and Rotty is the perfect place to spend a night camping in incredible surroundings to really get close to this amazing place.

4. Deluxe Uluru Camping

The Red Centre is one of Australia’s most iconic regions and it’s also an ideal base for a once in a lifetime camping adventure with a difference.

This four-day trip takes in some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the world, providing visitors with unrivalled access to Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Watarrka. Travelling by 4WD, this is the ultimate outback voyage of discovery for intrepid explorers with a taste for the finer things in life.

Your Red Centre Deluxe Camping Adventure begins in Alice Springs and the first day is spent travelling to and discovering the wonders of Uluru. There is an option to enjoy a camel ride en route and a guided tour of the area will be provided on arrival. You’ll receive detailed information about the history and symbolic meaning of this iconic landmark and have the chance to learn about indigenous culture, as well as seeing ancient cave paintings and local flora and fauna. The sunset is a bucket list essential for many and there’s nothing better than sipping on a glass of fizz watching the golden orb set over the burning red rocks.

The private campsites on this tour are set in remote parts of the Outback, away from the crowds and inclusive of permanent safari tents, hot showers and comfortable beds, providing the perfect place to relax after a day’s sightseeing and a meal out under the stars.

Camping, Ayers Rock (Uluru), Red Centre

In the mornings, visitors are encouraged to rise early to watch the sun ascend before enjoying breakfast and heading to Kata Tjuta for a 7km hike in the stunning Valley of the Winds. The next port of call is a working cattle station en route to the campsite in Kings Creek Station.

On day three, guests will embark upon a guided hike through Watarrka, witnessing the wonders of Kings Canyon, the Lost City, the Amphitheatre and the Garden of Eden. The next leg is completed in a 4WD and involves conquering the rugged, wild terrain of the Mereenie Loop Road. The night will be spent at Glen Helen.

The final day is devoted to meandering through the twists and turns of the West MacDonnell Ranges and concludes with transport back to Alice Springs. The ranges are famed for their rock holes, dramatic formations and deep gorges, and there are some breathtaking swim spots, including Ellery Creek Big Hole.

5. Noosa Everglades Glamping

A verdant jewel that sparkles in the Queensland sunshine, the Noosa Everglades are home to a dazzling array of flora and fauna. A unique place, this beautiful spot provides an enchanting base for an outdoor adventure that exposes visitors to all kinds of sensory stimuli. Wake to the sound of birds calling and feast your eyes upon crystal clear rivers and kangaroos bouncing around with wild abandon.

During a three-night stay in a luxury tented camp with a restaurant, shower and laundry facilities – not to mention its own microbrewery – visitors can also enjoy leisurely cruises, canoe trips and rainforest hikes. As the sun fades, delicious, authentic Aussie barbeques are fired up before waking up the next morning to spectacular views of local kangaroos and birds in good voice. Find out more about our Noosa Everglades Explorer now.

Camping in the Noosa Everglades

Australia is a wonderful place to camp out and enjoy the great outdoors. If you are used to hotels and apartments rather than tents and toilet blocks, this is a country that still offers some incredible deluxe experiences when you choose camping.

These five tours give visitors the chance the opportunity to discover Australia’s dramatic scenery without worrying about setting up camp or shivering in a tent. Offering authentic experiences in scintillating settings, these camping adventures offer the best of both worlds.

Enjoy a night out under the stars, spot wildlife in their natural habitat and watch the sun setting over Uluru before enjoying a gourmet meal, gazing upon the starry night skies and returning to a comfortable, warm, cosy bed. Start planning your Australia Camping Holiday now.