Australia’s beauty is undeniable. It boasts some of the globe’s best landscapes and unique wildlife paired together with stunning beaches and clear blue waters. For the nature lover, this is one of those destinations that can’t be missed in one’s lifetime. With brilliant snorkeling and scuba diving, million-year-old rainforests, vibrant cities and inventive cuisine, Australia a multi-cultural country filled with endless activities and experiences to discover. While there are plenty of hotels in the Land Down Under, one of the best ways to really see the country is by glamping. Here are five of the best luxury camps to consider on your next Aussie adventure:
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Uluru or Ayers Rock is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Australia. It is located in the Northern Territory near the geographical middle of the continent and known as the Red Center. It is quite a distance from any of the metropolitan hubs in Australia, and is home to Longitude 131°. The resort provides luxury camping facilities with one of the best views in the entire desert. The 15 tents include a full glass wall, classical colonial and contemporary furniture pieces, king-sized beds and modern amenities such as climate controls. Guests are treated to fine dining, spa services and private tours. The property also has very little impact on the environment, and partial profits are reinvested into the Indigenous Land Corporation’s training and development efforts across all of Australia. Nearby is Uluru-Kata-Tjuta National Park where you can marvel at Kata-Tjuta.
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Mornington Wilderness Camp
Only open between May and October, Mornington Wilderness Camp is located in the Kimberley region in Northwestern Australia. This region is very remote, but that doesn’t mean that the wilderness camp is akin to camping in the bush. The resort has 10 safari-style tents with en-suite bathrooms, private balconies, a mini bar and laundry service are available. There is also a restaurant on-site that offers catered meals for breakfast and dinner, and picnic lunches for guided adventures. The Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) owns and runs the eco-friendly non-profit sanctuary. The camp is a sanctuary that protects the habitats and the endangered wildlife species that make their home there.
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Wilsons Promontory Wilderness Retreat
Wilson’s Promontory Wildnerness Retreat is located on the southern tip of Victoria and is actually the southernmost point for the entire mainland of Australia. The park is made up of 123,550 acres of this southern tip, with no shortage of nature to explore, both on land and in the sea. The Prom has the ultimate eco-certified luxury glamping experience with safari-style tents featuring en-suite bathrooms, timber decks, queen-sized beds, a small fridge and tea and coffee-making facilities. Around the resort are mountains, forests, granite headlands and fern gullies. A short distance away is Tidal River and Norman Bay, which is safe for swimming.
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Spicers Canopy sits right in the heart of Main Range National Park on Spicers Peak, a working Australian cattle station, which adds to the authenticity of camping out in the mountains. Each tent features a luxurious king size bed, hardwood flooring, Bemboka throws and blankets, and window flaps that allow you to experience the incredible views of the dormant volcanic mountains. Amenities include a stone fireplace, hot showers and solar-powered bathrooms. Among its activities, guests can participate in guided walks, off-site excursions or hikes along the Scenic Rim Trail.
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The family-owned and run Paperbark Camp allows guests to experience an Australian bush safari. The resort is located in Jervis Bay, which is two hours south of Sydney in New South Wales. There are three accommodation options including the King Deluxe Safari Tent. Known as “King Parrot,” the tent is the ultimate suite and sleeps up to six guests, has a large deck area with lounge areas, hardwood floors and a both an indoor and outdoor shower. At The Gunyah Restaurant, travelers will dine on local fare high up in the treetops under a canopy of foliage. When you are not enjoying the scene at Paperbark Camp, you’re just minutes away from the crystal clear waters of Jervis Bay and its beautiful white sand beaches.