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Where is the Best Glamping Spot in SA?

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Published September 27th 2017
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Watch the sun set in your glampsite (by Wilpena Pound Resort)


Adelaide is one of the world's most liveable cities, with festivals, fishing, op shopping, factory outlet bargains, seafood dining, high tea and horse riding keeping us happy.

While you can escape the city with free camping, the latest luxury option, glamping, or glamorous camping, immerses us in spectacular natural beauty of South Australia without "roughing it".

To turn a campsite into a glampsite, you'll need a plush mattress or deluxe sleeping bag, with a kitchenette to tempt your palate and an ensuite to refresh for a new day in the outback. In the evenings, you might leave the tech switched off but an iPod and fairy lights add ambience after watching the final glow of a campfire before slipping into slumber beneath a starry night sky.

Treat yourself with these top 5 glamping experiences in South Australia.

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Glamping with champagne and canapes (by Arkaba Station)


Wilpena Pound Resort - Ikara Safari Camp - Flinders Ranges

430km north of Adelaide, Wilpena Pound Resort is the best place for glampers in the spectacular Flinders Ranges. Captivated by breathtaking scenic flights over the vast Lake Eyre and guided tours through one of SA's first pastoral settlements, you'll be surrounded by the cleansing scent of eucalyptus from the gum trees, towering over the site for centuries.

Delve into Australia's natural history on a 4WD tour, plunging through undulating gorges with native wildlife, including rock wallabies and red kangaroos, while hearing echoes from abandoned copper mines.

Relax as the sun sets, bathing the ancient wilderness in glorious shades of red as you sip a cool drink. In the evening, retire to your 2 or 4 person safari tent, with bar fridge, ensuite and air conditioning. Prices start at $320 for a couple, with breakfast included.

Book your holiday at the Wilpena Pound Resort website.


Kangaluna Wilderness Safaris - Gawler Ranges
600km northwest of Adelaide, the Gawler Ranges are accessed via a charter flight from Port Lincoln or with the ultimate road trip to Wudinna on the Explorer Highway.

On the Eyre Peninsula, your glampsite will be in a diverse landscape, with mallee wilderness, desert plains and woodland forests on your doorstep, glows with colour as wildflowers carpet the sands in spring and twittering birds flutter through treetops.

Guided tours transport you to a place far from the city, with a vast white salt pan in Lake Gairdner crunching beneath your feet and nature sculpting organ pipe formations in the rocks as native animals are your only neighbours.

In the evenings, your glamping tent is cool and comfortable, ensuring a deep and refreshing sleep in the outback or you can stay up late in the galaxy suite, a custom wagon with telescope installed to stare into the stars.

Contact Geoff and Irene via email at info@gawlerrangessafaris.com or call 1800 243 343 to book. Visit the Kangaluna Wilderness Safaris website for more info.

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Glamping beneath the stars (by Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris)


Bellwether Wines - Coonawarra
Wine lovers won't regret the 4-hour drive to Coonawarra, checking in at their glampsite beside the cellar door just north of Mount Gambier.

Once you've unpacked, join your host in the former 1860s stone shearing shed, now lined with oak barrels of Mediterranean and cool climate wines for a wine tasting tour.

Receive a masterclass in cooking and wine appreciation from award-winning winemakers and chefs before a 6 course degustation is served with a selection of seasonal produce from the Limestone Coast and matched Bellwether wines.

Your glamping tent is shaded beneath red gum trees, swaying in the gentle night air for over 400 years.

Prices for a twin share glamping experience which includes the degustation, start at $500.

Book your holiday at the Bellwether Wines website.


Arkaba Wild Bush Luxury - Flinders Ranges
The remote Australian outback can still be luxurious, with only 10 guests sharing this 60,000 acre conservation park in the Flinders Ranges.

After unpacking, jump in the open-top vehicles for a safari tour to catch the quick-footed emus and kangaroos in your camera lens.

While you can stay in classic Aussie homesteads, with leather lounges, a crackling fireplace and a swimming pool, glampers will always choose the bush camps, with swags setup comfortably on timber decks, open to the nightsky with millions of stars as your canopy.

Waking to the sunrise, refresh for a new day with bush showers fed by campfire-heated water.

Meals are culinary delights, prepared with local produce and enjoyed on the outdoor terrace, overlooking the ever-changing colours of the ranges.

Prices start at $930/night twin share, which includes all tours, meals and drinks.

Book your holiday at the Arkaba Wild Bush Luxury website.

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Dinner in style (by Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris)


Flinders Bush Retreats - Hawker
On an estate managed by a 6th generation farming family, this retreat in Hawker, an hour north of Port Augusta, offers the serenity of a secluded homestead in a gorge of the Flinders Bush.

From your glampsite, you'll be guided to the natural highlights of South Australia, with tours to hike the Heysen Trail, cycle over the Mawson Trail, master 4-wheel driving on the legendary Oodnadatta Track, or marvel at the Painted Desert on a panoramic flight.

The guest house and homestead have been stylishly renovated, but the deluxe eco tent, with insulation, deck floors, kitchenette and ensuite, is the go-to for glampers.

Email info@flindersbushretreats.com.au or call (08) 8648 4441 for prices and booking options.

Visit the Flinders Bush Retreats website for more information.


Have you spent a night at another glorious glamping site in South Australia? Please let us know with a comment.
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