Sleep under the stars: 11 bucket-list glamping sites in Australia

Seeking a bit of space? Nothing quite does it like camping or glamping. If you’re ready to sleep under the stars and retreat to some of Australia’s most wondrous locations, brace yourself. From the untamed wilderness of the Western Australian coastline to the rich reds of Uluru, here are 11 awesome glamping sites in Australia.

Cultural glamping – Wilpena Pound Resort, SA

Few outback experiences beat South Australia’s Flinders Ranges. The state’s largest mountain range has towering ancient cliffs, dusty red roads and ancient rocky gorges.

Within the Ranges is the star attraction, Wilpena Pound. It is a massive bowl that looks like a giant crater from the sky and is almost 100 kilometres wide.

To experience this unique landscape, somewhat akin to Mars, base yourself at Wilpena Pound Resort, where you can join a cultural tour with the Traditional Owners, the Adnyamathanha people. The 15 glamping tents come replete with ensuite bathrooms, air-con, a private firepit and ample stargazing opportunities.

They’re within easy access of the main resort, where rooms come with four concrete walls, should you prefer. After, wander over to the restaurant for inspired meals made from native ingredients. Including kangaroo, bush tomatoes, saltbush and quandong.

 Wilpena Pound Safari Camp under the stars with a campfire
Wilpena Pound Safari Camp, SA © South Australian Tourism Commission

For families or just for two glamping – Paperbark Camp, NSW

Australia’s pioneering glamping retreat, Paperbark Camp in Jervis Bay has upgraded its five Deluxe Plus Safari Tents with larger interiors, more beds to cater to travelling families. These Delixe Plus Safari Tents complement its other luxe eco-tent offering.

Set amid native bushland, each plush abode has polished hardwood flooring, double canvas roof, outdoor deck seating and private open-air ensuite.

Each stay also includes a three-course dinner and full breakfast in the applauded treetop dining room, The Gunyah. You can expect a close encounter with wildlife here. It’s home to kangaroos, possums and an abundance of birdlife. Plus nearby, you can join a whale or dolphin cruise.

Read: Is this the ultimate Jervis Bay glamping experience?

Deluxe Plus Tent at Paperbark Camp
Deluxe Plus Tent at Paperbark Camp

Spiritual glamping – Talaroo, QLD

Combine one of outback Queensland’s most extraordinary geological wonders with Aboriginal hospitality and you have Talaroo – a 31,500-hectare property on the Einasleigh River in Far North Queensland.

The new, purpose-built facility is managed by the Ewamian people as an Indigenous Protected Area and Refuge. On-site are powered and unpowered campsites and glamping tents, a camp kitchen and a fire pit, where stories are shared nightly around the Yarning Circle. Two eco-tents are the latest additions to this spiritual site. You’ll only need the stars for light at night, and the swarming galahs and pottering kangaroos make the ideal alarm clock.

Join a tour with Ewamian Traditional Owners then soak in one of four private pools in mineral-rich waters formed over millions of years, taking a staggering 20,000 years to reach the surface.

child floating in a pool from a birds-eye view of Talaroo Hot Springs glamping location
© Talaroo Hot Springs

Dog-friendly glamping and camping – Big4 Gold Coast, QLD

Nothing screams a great outdoor escape like a BIG4. With its new Deluxe three-bedroom retreats and campsites BIG4 Gold Coast has truly levelled up.

The park is home to Australia’s tallest water park in an accommodation which is nestled among luxe tropical gardens. It has seven waterslides, some up to 13.5 metres tall – from the top you can spot Warner ros. Movie World and the Gold Coast hinterland. Not that the kids will be looking at the view. They’ll be too busy running up and down the slides.

After the kids have exhausted themselves, parents can escape to relax by the Bali-style pool, cocktail in hand. Your furry family member doesn’t miss out either; this dog-friendly park has an off-leash area for the dogs, plus a puppy pampering palace and dog-friendly cabins.

Pool at night at Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park
Pool at Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park

Red centre glamping – Longitude 131, NT

Watch as the sun rises over Uluru from the lavish linens of The Luxury Tent at Longitude 131. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows give you uninterrupted views of Australia’s best-known natural icon.

The timelessly designed glamping lodges are mixed with culture, heritage and history to create a personal and lasting connection to this special destination.

Your dining experience will feature a contemporary Australian menu of premium produce and bush ingredients, showcasing the unique taste of the land. Spa Kinara is their on-site spa, which offers a cool sanctuary for retreat.

The location is perfect for exploring the region. You can choose from a range of signature, bespoke and private experiences, or guided and self-guided tours.

The luxury tent at Longitude 131 facing the red sands of Uluru
Luxury Tent, The Longitude 131

West coast glamping – Sal Salis, WA

Sal Salis rests 1,200 kilometres north of Perth in a magical place on the west coast. It’s where the outback meets the reef, where ranges merge with the sea. Just 50 metres away from the World-Heritage-listed Ningaloo coral reef, your eco-luxury safari tent awaits. Offering all the luxuries of a hotel.

Inside your glamping tent, you’ll find organic products, fresh linen and ample space to relax. The wilderness tents are all-inclusive. This includes your meals, beverages, national park fees and also a range of activities.

Hot springs glamping – Peninsula Hot Springs, VIC

Peninsula Hot Springs is the ultimate Victorian destination for glamping in nature. From the geothermal hot springs and spa centre to their luxury glamping tents, there’s an experience for you. Its rejuvenating menu will make you feel nourished from the inside out.

The facilities feature a bathhouse, with packages to suit everyone’s needs, and a spa centre, where you can surrender your body to their therapeutic treatments. The garden, lake or secluded glamping tents offer privacy. This is the perfect place to soak in nature.

Glamping on the sea – Whitsundays, QLD

Under the stars, on the ocean, it’s truly a unique glamping experience. Reefsleep is a two-day, one-night experience where you can sleep on a moored pontoon located on the outer Great Barrier Reef. The ocean is literally at the tips of your toes. Spend your day snorkelling and swimming. After your adventures, enjoy a sunset drink and then a dinner of fresh local produce.

In the morning, rise with the sun as it lights up the turquoise waters after a night of glamping in style.

a tent on a moored pontoon where you can sleep on the great barrier reef
Reefsleep, Cruise Whitsundays

Glamping the country way – Currajong Retreat, NSW

Holistic farming, country glamping – what’s not to love? Currajong Retreat’s Safari Tent overlooks the Towamba River on the Sapphire Coast, NSW.

It’s fully equipped with a kitchenette, private waterfall shower ensuite, an exclusive verandah and an outdoor bath. The wood burner and couch in the living area make it the perfect cosy winter getaway. Join your hosts for bonfires and roast dinners. Then meet the ‘kids’ and help out on the farm. The property is home to Angora Goats, and come Kidding Season some of the young need bottle feeding.

outdoor bath on a verandah at Currajong Retreat, New South Wales
Outdoor bath, Currajong Retreat

Minimalistic glamping – Cubby & Co, ACT

This hidden gem in Canberra takes hassle-free glamping to the next level. Cubby & Co are nestled amongst the vines of Mount Majura Vineyard, offering cosy cubbies of simplicity and grounding.

With an empathise on the ‘naked’, their values are reconnecting with the present, with your loved one and to the little things in life. Featuring curated local produce and goods and local wines, choose from two packages. ‘Stay simple’ and bring what you need for your overnight stay, or ‘stay local’ and let them take care of you with their food and wine package.

a glamping tent with a front porch with recliners nestled in Mount Majura Vineyard in Canberra
Cubby & Co

Stargaze glamping – Mile End Glamping, WA

The luxurious light-filled geodesic domes at Mile End Glamping are a quirky way to sleep under the stars. Located just 20 minutes from Margaret River, Dunsborough and Busselton, its location is great if you’re planning to visit local wineries. Complete with a private ensuite, kitchen, adjacent deck, and outdoor bath, these glamping sites have it all. Now you can go off the grid, destress and reconnect in all the glamping comfort.

luxurious light-filled geodesic domes at Mile End Glamping in Yelverton WA
Mile End Glamping, Yelverton WA

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