My favourite glamping spots

Lisa Clark
Assistant Content Editor

Bondi-based journalist, Lisa Clark, has an acute appreciation for travel, fashion and photography. The marketing and PR graduate showcases her photography and styling prowess by creating beautiful and inspiring content for The Guide, on fashion, fitness and lifestyle.

"I visited a few of Australia’s best glamping spots to get the low-down on this luxe adventure."

I find the thought of camping a little daunting… Don’t get me wrong, I love the outdoors but I’m not an experienced tent pitcher, I would have no idea how to cook over a fire, and I rely on Google Maps to get me anywhere within 3km of my house.

Enter Glamourous Camping, or what most call, ‘Glamping’! Step into a world where luxury meets the outdoors without the awkward shower block encounters and the trip to Kathmandu for thermals and supplies. Glamourous camping gives you the experience of sleeping under the stars with just that little bit more comfort. Now this is my idea of an adventure!

I visited a few of Australia’s best glamping spots to get the low-down on this luxe adventure.

Paperbarle Camps, Jervis Bay NSW

Head South, just 3 hours out of Sydney and you will immediately feel like you are in a different world. The drive is spectacular with gorgeous views of rolling green pastures dotted with farm animals and even more beautiful views of the sea. I head to Jervis Bay where Paperbark Camp has been operating for 17 years.

As the name suggests, Paperbark have taken special care in ensuring that the camp is completely eco-friendly, so not only can you get lost among the stars, flora and fauna, but you are also doing your bit for the environment by staying there. There are 12 tents in total with the choice
of the original, deluxe or king deluxe safari tents. All offer ensuite bathrooms, privacy, and have been built with the intention to keep you as close to nature as possible. There are three national parks at your doorstep, and the use of the guest bikes, canoes and kayaks are all complimentary so exploring is a must. To top it all off, the dining experience is next level - there will be absolutely no tin spaghetti or damper dinners for you. Restaurant Ganyah is built up among the trees, with head chef Emilio Erazo (formerly of Melbourne hot spot Mamasita) cooking your meals. Keeping within the eco-friendly theme, all produce is sourced locally.

Do yourself a favour and add this to your bucket list, you certainly won’t be disappointed!

Paperbark Camp is located at 571 Woollamia Road, Woollamia

Rates start from $395 per night in the low season, at the date of publishing this.

St Jeromes Hotel, Melbourne VIC

Glamping just got even more luxurious. If you want to ‘glamp’ but the bush isn’t really your thing, this Glamping spot is really for you! On the rooftop of the St. Jerome’s Hotel in Melbourne CBD, luxe belle tents are pitched and awaiting your arrival. It’s like a downtown urban oasis – genius! The hotel has literally thought of everything. Upon arriving, your huge tent is stock-pilled with all the goodies you will need for your stay. You’ll find an esky with local craft beers, ciders and water, custom made ice cream treats from none other than Gelato Messina, luxurious bedding, robes, and even a tablet loaded with every movie you could imagine to keep you entertained while you ‘Messina and chill’. In the mornings a gourmet breakfast box is delivered to you, so you can dine from the privacy of your own tent (or of course, explore the culinary delights that Melbourne is famous for). They also offer in-room dining which can be purchased online through their booking system while you are there. A truly magically inner city experience, with views to-die-for, no long drive home and a freshly brewed latte to wake you up. It’s a huge yes from me.

St. Jerome's Hotel is located at Level 3, 271 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Rates start from $380 per couple per night, at the date of publishing this.

Roar and Snore, Taronga Zoa NSW

Does this sound like something for you? A luxurious safari tent, nestled on a cliff top overlooking Sydney Harbor, listening to the roars of the animals at Taronga Zoo. This Glamping experience is seriously so much more than a sleep over. Arrive in the evening to start with nibbles and a ‘meet and greet’ with some of the zoo’s cutest creatures. A buffet dinner is then on the menu, and followed by a private safari tour to check out some of the nocturnal animals and see what they really get up to after dark.

Once you settle in for the night with the view over the harbor, you’ll be sure to fall asleep with the noises of the larger animals at play. In the morning you will be treated to a delicious breakfast, then you’re free to roam the zoo during the day at your own leisure.

For animal lovers, families and couples alike, this experience really is like no other. Roar and Snore is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights every weekend of the year and does book out well in advance, so best to book as soon as you can if you have a special occasion in mind!

Roar and Snore is located at Bradleys Head Road, Mosman

Adult prices start at $288.00 per person at the date of publishing this, and are all-inclusive of meals, tours and food.

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*Photography and videography by Billy Zammit