Sleep under the stars: 20 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 17 awesome glamping sites in Australia.

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?

King Deluxe Safari Tent © Paperbark Camp
King Deluxe Safari Tent © Paperbark Camp

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

Flash Camp Coolendel, South Coast, NSW

Spend a night under canvas along the banks of the Shoalhaven River at Flash Camp Coolendel‘s pop-up-style bell tents. The campsites are all set up for arrival, but are un-hosted, so don’t forget to pack your cheese and wine.

You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a hotel with each tent featuring a king or queen bed with bedding, linen and throws. Plus, a small dining table, chairs and cooking utensils.

Spend the day exploring the many walking trails before cooling off with a dip in the river.

Cheese and wine by the fire © Flash Camp
Cheese and wine by the fire © Flash Camp

Astronomer glamping – Bubbletent Australia, Capertree Valley, NSW

Spend the night under the stars in a clear, inflatable dome tent. With a telescope next to the bed, it’s tempting to stay up all night, but after a soak in your woodfired tub (outside the bubble), you’ll be happy stargazing from bed.

By day, tour the many wineries on offer in Mudgee, or hike, abseil and explore the area. If a slow stay is on the agenda, bring a good book and lounge in the hammock until your heart’s content.

Stargazers heaven © Destination NSW
Stargazers heaven © Destination NSW

Luxury glamping – Spicers Canopy Luxury Tents, QLD

A hot water bottle with turn down – now we’re talking! Throw in bath robes, slippers and an outdoor hot tub, and you’ll never pitch your own tent again. One stop on Spicer’s five-day Scenic Rim Trail Walk, this takes multi-day hiking up a notch.

Spicers Canopy Luxury Tents are perfect for those who want all the niceties in nature. Less than two hours from Brisbane, nestled in a two thousand-hectare nature refugee, exists your next luxury glamping experience.

With only ten luxe tents, peace and quiet will be aplenty here. There’s also a communal lodge with a fireplace and open-plan kitchen, ideal for evenings shared with like-minded glampers.

Great Dividing Range views © Spicers Retreats
Great Dividing Range views © Spicers Retreats

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, Southern Great Barrier Reef, QLD

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is completely off-grid, operating 100% on renewable energy. The glamping tents are set amongst native coral cay vegetation. Glass sliding doors open up to a large deck where you can enjoy the surrounding environment. The glamping tents accommodate up to two adults in a queen bed and have an ensuite and private balcony. Each tent is fan-cooled with a mini fridge and tea and coffee-making facilities.

Visit to see the turtles come ashore to lay eggs and the mantas glide through the surrounding lagoon.

Romantic glamping – Scenic Rim, QLD

Looking for romance in nature? Retreat to an untouched pocket of Lamington National Park and stay at Nightfall. Limited to only eight guests at a time, you’ll be surrounded by blissful privacy. The luxurious hand-built safari tents feature a rotating fireplace, vintage baths, a rain-head shower and organic bedding.

Dine on sumptuous organic meals, cooked by the hosts in the wood-fired oven. The produce, sourced from Nightfall’s kitchen garden, as well as local suppliers, will keep you nourished and satisfied during your stay. Your glamping tent also includes a kitchenette with a fridge packed full of complimentary goodies such as sweet and savoury snacks, coffee and organic teas.

Spend your days exploring the national park, relaxing with a massage or facial in the privacy of your tent, or a private yoga class.

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

Affordable 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

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

Quick city escape glamping – Sanctuary by Sirromet, Mount Cotton, Qld

Just 30 minutes from Brisbane, Queenslander-meets-canvas in these elevated pavilion-style tents at Sirromet Winery.

Hide away in your tent for a day or two, before venturing out for a wine tasting or long lunch at the on-site, and award-winning, Restaurant Lurleen’s.

From couple and family pavilions to the Merlot House which sleeps up to eight, Sanctuary by Sirromet is a picturesque patch ideal for those seeking a quick city escape.

Your own sanctuary © Sanctuary by Sirromet
Your own sanctuary © Sanctuary by Sirromet

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

Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, Broome, WA

If you have your sights set on remote Western Australia, Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm has 15 glamping tents with the environment in mind. Although you will find air-conditioning in the tents, it would be hot on the Dampier Peninsula without it. The owners are also supportive of local businesses such as Aguyna, a non-profit Indigenous furniture supplier. Other tent features include ensuites and king beds.

Glamping at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, Broome, WA
Glamping at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, Broome, WA
Glamping at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm

Off grid – Serenity Gully, Bridgetown, WA

Completely off-grid with solar energy and rainwater in use, Serenity Gully is a great example of how tourism businesses can embrace environmentally friendly initiatives. Located in Western Australia’s South West, Serenity Gully has an eco-glamping experience where you can unwind in one of three tents among jarrahs and wildflowers. Guests are encouraged to open windows or use ceiling fans in the warm months for natural ventilation and enjoy the slow-combustion indoor fireplace (firewood is free) in the cooler months. There are also extra blankets and hot water bottles for chilly nights, and recycling is in place. Make the most of your day by exploring the variety of walking trails, and keep your eyes peeled for ‘roos and emus.

Stargazing 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

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.

Wine-lovers glamping – Olio Bello, Margaret River, WA

Spend a few days lakeside at Olio Bello, a working olive oil farm, where just six canvas bungalows come with all the bells and whistles of a hotel room. Dozens of wineries are on your doorstep – what could be better than a few cheeky sips before an in-tent massage with products straight from the olive grove?

Explore your backyard with a walk through the olive groves, bird watching or a game of bocce on the lawn. While you’re there, be sure to make the must of discovering the world-class Margaret River region. From stunning beaches and caves to chocolate and cheese factories, your plate can be as full as desired.

Gathering in the groves © Olio Bello
Gathering in the groves © Olio Bello

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.

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.

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

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

Gourmet glamping – Bruny Island Long Weekend, Bruny Island, TAS

Go straight to the source on this three-day guided walk. You’ll arrive via private boat, wade out to an oyster farm to grab lunch, shucked on the spot, and end your days eating Bruny Island cheese and drinking local drops by the fire. Along the way, you’ll discover the varied terrain of Tasmania including beaches, rocky headlands, bush trails and rainforests.

Your off-grid private canvas tent is nestled in amongst tall eucalypts on the foothills of Mt Mangana. There’s a hot water bottle between your sheets at night, and quite possibly the best alfresco shower you’ll ever come across.

Shucks, that's good © Tasmanian Walking Company
Shucks, that’s good © Tasmanian Walking Company

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