I have a love-hate relationship with camping holidays.
On the one hand I love – truly love! – waking up in the morning and immediately being surrounded by nature, feeling the crisp air on my skin, still wet with the gentle touch of the night, the tentative first rays of light. I love sipping a hot cup of tea in the afternoon with just the birds to keep me company, when all you can see is green and the soft tufts of clouds. I love that the kids spend an unusual amount of time without electronic toys and actually enjoy themselves. I love throwing and kicking balls with them, lighting a fire, feeling their physical exhaustion when I kiss their cheeks goodnight.
But boy, do I also hate camping. I hate having to use communal showers, the discomfort after a night on a sloppy mattress or on the floor, the mosquitos and bugs, the feeling that I went on holidays to get away from it all only to realise that while the chores have changed the amount of work I need to do is still the same.
Does this sound a little bit like you?
Lucky that there is this rather new concept of glamping. It’s like camping but with that little bit of added luxury to make it truly enjoyable. Tents have become little palaces, caravans come not just with perks but also plenty of cool retro style, and glamping providers take hospitality to a new level with all-inclusive luxury packages that include tent pitching and more. New South Wales is one of the leading camping destinations in Australia, and with so many beautiful locations to choose from we in Sydney and indeed visitors from all over the world are spoilt for choice. If you don’t want to venture far I have even a hot tip for you in the Sydney area!
In the following post I would like to introduce you to a number of hot and exciting glamping providers that are just perfect for a romantic weekend away from Sydney or for a longer family trip over the holidays.
Flash Camp – This summer go glamping on Clark Island in Sydney Harbour
You don’t even have to leave the city to enjoy all the romance of a camping experience deluxe. The Flash Camp team normally pairs up with music festival providers such as Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival, but this summer you will get the chance to experience their “premier pop-up hotel” right in the heart of Sydney. The roomy tents are fitted with comfortable king-sized beds, bamboo furniture, rugs and a host of extra creature comforts. Award-winning Three Blue Ducks will take care of the catering. If you cannot make it this summer in Sydney, check out also their offer of a glamping experience in the Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. To book, register your interest here now: http://www.flashcamp.com.au/sydneyharbour/
Plenty of glamping options between Sydney and Melbourne – the choice is yours!
The South Coast is not just easy to access from Sydney, it is also an incredibly beautiful destination that is just perfect for a sneaky weekend getaway. Amazingly, there are a few options to choose from if you want to camp out in style. For example, Tilba Lake Camp offers Yurt like tents that have more standing room than traditional tents. Inside, the beds are freshly made, and you can also request in-tent dining. You can hear the waves as you drift off to sleep, and the views of Mount Dromedary and the lush green paddocks are just stunning. If you don’t want to drive down from Sydney you can also book a short 30-minute flight. To book your stay please consider this link. (Booking.com is one of the most trusted online accommodation providers worldwide. I personally use them for my own bookings and can recommend them. When you book using this link you will send a small commission my way which will benefit the blog. Many thanks!)
If safari tents are more your cup of tea, check out Paperbark Camp in beautiful Jervis bay (where you will find the supposedly whitest beach in the world). The tents have been placed slightly raised right in the middle of a forest of eucalyptus and paperbarks – can you imagine the perfume that you would wake up to in the morning? Of course, luxury is key here with a dining room in the tree tops, polished hardwood floors, an open-air private ensuite (some even with a free standing bath!) and solar lighting. With the fresh salty air of the ocean to cool you down and the sounds of the bush lulling you to sleep, I cannot imagine a better way to switch off and get back to nature.
Go retro in Byron
If you think that ordinary camper vans look pretty boring and uncool then check out the retro campers by RetroPod Camping. You can hire these glamping campers in the Byron area and they will transport and set it up for you anywhere in the area between Tweed Heads and Lennox Head. All you need to do is organise a site on a camping ground of your choice. You can also add to that a BBQ and bikes. The fire engine red 1964 Sunliner Caravan for example comes with everything you need for a relaxing family holiday, including double bed and optional extra beds, cooking utensils, plates and cutlery, powerpoint, annex and outdoor furniture.
Get someone else do all the work of pitching a tent for you
The team at Simple Pleasures make sure you that all your needs are looked after the second you arrive: your supersized tent will be set up so that all you need to do is drop your bags and relax. The tents are furnished with air mattresses, carpets, bedding, a coolbox and equipment for food preparation including a grill plate, solar lighting and lots more. I recommend checking out Treachery Camp at Seal Rock in the Myall Lakes National Park – just a five minute bush walk to the beach and very relaxing, peaceful surroundings where even your mobile reception will fail (and yes, that’s sometimes a good thing!).
Now is a good time to sort out your next camping holiday, and if you want to add that little bit of luxury to your experience then give this idea a go. I will definitely have it on my list for this summer!
All photos kindly supplied by Destination NSW.