For many, camping is the age-old way to get out there and explore the wilderness. It’s a chance to reconnect with Mother Nature and breathe in some of that non-city air. But if you’d rather not deal with the faff of setting up the tent or finding a way to sleep comfortably in a sleeping bag — we guarantee glamping is where you’ll find your happy medium.
To help, we’ve rounded up some of the best (and most unique) glamping experiences up for grabs in Victoria. So, plan a trip out of town and get ready to take your camping to glamorous new heights.
Pebble Point consist of six spacious and well-stocked safari tents conveniently situated at the end of the Great Ocean Walk, in the small coastal village of Princetown. This exclusive bush retreat sits between the cliff tops and rock formations of Victoria’s iconic Twelve Apostles, with an amazing variety of scenic walks nearby, thanks to the three National Parks that surround its location. This means that you’re bound to meet some of the local wildlife including wallabies, kangaroos and many native birds, so prepare to do some spotting.
If glamping in a vintage Airstream or caravan is more your cup of tea, then perhaps wander on over to Wanderlings, located in Balnarring, within the Mornington Peninsula. These guys hire out lovingly renovated tiny homes on wheels which are towed to your desired location and collected once you’re ready to check out. They have two delights on offer, 'Skye', a 1962 Airstream, and ‘Miss Myrtle’, a quirky, cosy vintage caravan — both of which can sleep two people and have ‘Please Instagram me’ written all over them.
Phillip Island is a popular day trip from Melbourne known for its sand, surf, and waddling penguins. It’s now also a place where you can go glamping on a scenic beach setting, thanks to the aptly named company, Phillip Island Glamping. These guys offer spacious and stylish bell tents with comfy mattresses and linen, heaters and kettles. Each tent can sleep up to five people, so all you have to do is figure out who’s coming with you, pick a site, and everything will be set up for you upon arrival.
When you visit Unyoked’s website, the first words that pop up to greet you say ‘Minimum footprint, maximum chill’, and that right there says it all. This Australian start-up offers tiny houses in the wilderness for short stays, located no more than two hours from the city — though the locations are carefully chosen to appear as though you’re in the middle of nowhere. They launched in 2016 first with NSW-based cabins but have since expanded to include two Victorian-based cabins named ‘Yogie’ and ‘Wal’. Perfect for the adventurous types, Unyoked makes a point not to disclose the exact location of your stay until you have booked, adding to the spontaneous nature of this unique glamping experience.
Located just 30 minutes from Melbourne, Slumber Safari welcomes guests to have a sleepover at the zoo, inside one of their eight safari-themed lodges, which can sleep up to five people. Although the design of these tents have “an authentic and earthy touch”, all creature comforts are covered including en-suites, fans, heating/cooling and electric blankets. They even have purpose-built balconies, perfect for watching the giraffes and rhinos going about their day as you wake up in the morning.
For anyone who's ever been curious about staying in a yurt, this little glamping experience may just be for you. Nestled in the heart of the King Valley, The Yurt Alpine Retreat is only a three-hour drive from Melbourne’s CBD, situated in the Victorian High country on a 345 hectare working cattle and sheep farm. The yurt itself is uniquely decorated in Mongolian style and can sleep up to four people. On offer are 360-degree views of rolling hills, which come with the unique sound of silence, plus there’s also a glass dome in the yurt which allows guests to view the stars while lying in bed.
Nestled in the hills of the Hepburn Shire, Cosy Tents’ bell tents come so stylishly fitted out, you may just think you’re staying in a luxury hotel, rather than glamping in the Victoria countryside. Not only does this ideal location offer many nearby wineries — as well as neighbouring the spa capital of Australia, Daylesford — it also provides all the finer details that one may (will) miss when simply camping — a full queen or double size bed with luxury bed linen, a Bluetooth speaker, and access to hot showers, to name a few.