Want to go camping with all your creature comforts? Welcome to glamping. The ultimate back-to-basics getaway, glamping allows you to sleep under the stars while enjoying all of life's little luxuries like, you know, a comfortable bed and hot water. There’s no pitching tents or lugging around a car’s worth of supplies – all the hard work is done for you, so all you need to do is show up, and get ready to feel grounded.
Thanks to our coast-meets-country landscape, Sydneysiders have plenty of plush glamping spots to choose from. These are our favourite sites in and around Sydney.
Fancy camping in Sydney Harbour? Stay at Cockatoo Island, where two- to four-person tents are on offer with uninterrupted views of Sydney’s crown jewel. The glamping packages include a Safari Bow tent (pre-erected for your arrival, of course), camping beds and mattresses, crisp linen bedding, towels, sun lounges, a fridge, microwave, Zip boiling system, an esky and a lantern. There are also communal kitchens, BBQ areas and hot showers stocked with complimentary toiletries from Appelles Apothecary.
Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour
If the rolling hills of wine country are calling your name, make your way to Mudgee. The region’s first ‘eco-glamping’ experience, Sierra Escape sits on 110 hectares, which is home to kangaroos and other Aussie wildlife, and is just a short drive from vineyards like Lowe Wines and Thistle Hill Wines. After spending the day exploring, come back to your tent, complete with power, a king bed, glass sliding doors, a bath, and basic cooking facilities.
1345 Lower Piambong Road, Piambong
The experts in pop-up accommodation, Flash Camp provides luxury glamping tents for events, wedding and festivals. You can either hire directly from the team who will come in and set up your temporary hotel or look out for their next pop-up location, currently in Jervis Bay and Coolendel. With all the comforts of a hotel, like comfortable bedding and toiletries, you will never want to set up your own camp again.
Safari Palm Tents strike the perfect balance between a laid back and luxe camping experience. Part of the Ocean Beach Holiday Resort Park at Umina Beach, the tents sleep up to four people and feature a kitchen, TV and DVD facilities, an ensuite bathroom and an undercover veranda with a BBQ. They’re comfortable and popular among families. There’s bushland (including waterfalls) and a waterpark close by, as well as playgrounds.
Ocean Beach Holiday Park, Sydney Avenue, Umina Beach
Wake up the sounds of animal life at Roar and Snore, Taronga Zoo’s overnight camping package. After the gates have closed to visitors for the day, the behind-the-scenes experience begins. Enjoy a buffet dinner before going on a night tour with a zookeeper, where you’ll spot lions, tigers, and snow leopards. Then, snuggle up in a safari tent set up with all the creature comforts, along with stunning views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Bradley’s Head Road, Mosman
This is a bush getaway, but not as you know it. A leisurely 3.5 hours from Sydney, The Escape is a 32-hectare property complete with luxurious, tent-inspired guesthouses, a spa, and views of the Clyde River. The rooms feature a queen-sized bed, bathroom, kitchenette and bio-fuel heater, with breakfast delivered every morning. During the day, you can go kayaking, bushwalking, swimming or wildlife watching, or kick back with a massage and a glass of bubbles before a three-course dinner.
The River Road, Shallow Crossing, South Coast NSW
Just a 2.5-hour drive south of Sydney, Paperpark Camp takes glamping to another level. The safari-style retreat has 12 canvas tents, but these aren’t regular tents: they feature a bed, ensuite showers (and a freestanding bath in some), and a wraparound veranda made for sunset sessions in your robe. The bush setting is beautiful, as are the beaches of Jervis Bay. The food is fresh and locally-sourced, and pairs well with wines from NSW vineyards.
571 Woollamia Road, Woollamia
On the South Coast of NSW, Tanja Lagoon Camp really takes the glamping experience up a notch. Their four safari style tents are kitted out with a handcrafted Queen-sized bed, a lounge area, an ensuite, a fully equipped kitchen and a gas barbeque. Then there is the spacious deck with views of the lagoon and a dining setting. #bliss
142 Haigh’s Road, Tanja
This genius company is like the home delivery of camping services: you pick the location, and they’ll set up a bell tent for you, and deck it out with a bed, linens, deck chairs, mats and all the mod cons you need for a glamping getaway. The Avant-Garde team has a list of recommended campsites, such as Putty Beach, Euroka (Blue Mountains) and Cattai (Hawkesbury River), but they’ll pitch a tent for you anywhere you like – just ask!
Anywhere within NSW
Located in the Lane Cove National Park, this glamping spot offers the best of both worlds: a stylish, safari-style tent with a hot tub and plasma TV, with lush bushland on your doorstep. While you’re there, walk through the wilderness or go on a wildlife tour to see lorikeets, possums, owls, sugar gliders, kookaburras and water dragons. In the evenings, whip up a meal in your kitchen and retire to your deck for wine and storytime.
Lane Cove River Tourist Park, Plassey Road, Macquarie Park
Sitting on 100 acres of lush bushland with views over Mount Warning and The Border Ranges, Silk Pavilions in Mount Burrell (an hour inland from Byron Bay) has glamping experience with modern comforts – Queen beds, ensuite, deep set bath tub and a private deck with BBQ. It’s quiet, peaceful and utterly relaxing.
274 Mount Burrell Road, Mount Burrell