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Published April 27th 2014
Where Camping Meets Glamour in Sydney
When was the last time you went camping?
If the answer is back when you were a child, I must warn you you are in for a big surprise. The allure of assembling your own tent, lighting a fire without the proper supplies and constantly applying mozzie repellent will quickly wear off. It isn't all that fun to make it without your everyday gadgets you don't realise you use that much.
Glamping, on the other hand, is a fabulous alternative. You can experience the great outdoors without sacrificing the luxury. Being relatively new to this global trend, I felt compelled to look for the best glamping sites in NSW.
So leaving my home to the cleaner, I decided to check out the most recommended glamping sites near Sydney and even a bit further, if the long-distance trip was really worth it. Hopefully, once you are done reading, you will feel compelled to give glamping a try. Trust me, you are in for a treat, no matter which of these sites you decide to visit!
Just a two hour drive from Sydney, you will find Jervis Bay - for a long time the picturesque area has been a well-kept secret. As more and more visitors discover the beauty of the bay, tourist services evolve to include surfing, snorkelling, biking, bushwalking and, yes, glamping. Paperbark Camp offers the perfect retreat for those who are prefer a comfortable, modern base from where they can organise their expeditions. With 12 safari-style tents, an award-winning restaurant and a can-do attitude, the glamping site certainly has a lot to offer. From the tents placed on timber platforms, visitors can take in the peaceful surroundings and have a rest like nowhere else.
Price: Twinshare $395.00 for an original safari tent
Don't want to leave the city but still need a weekend away from the modern life stress (without giving up any luxury, of course)? The UNESCO Heritage Site has been turned in a "to go" camping site. While you still need to bring your own sleeping bags, utensils and cutlery, upon arrival you will receive a pre-erected bow tent, loaded with two or four camping beds, sun lounges and all the necessary side-tables, cushions and even lanterns. Preparing your meals is also optional as you can get woodfired pizzas and super-delicious anitpasto dishes. Cockatoo Island might not be the glamorous type of glamping site but it's certainly a fun way to spend a weekend under the starry Sydney sky.
Price: Monday - Thursday: $89 per night; Friday - Sunday: $99 per night.
This might seem like your typical boutique hotel. Just a few rooms, picturesque views and discreet staff. However, Atlantic Byron Bay also offers a type of glamping very few of us are likely to find anywhere else. Staying in an American Airstream Trailer. The iconic caravan has been redesigned to accommodate modern day luxury and still retain its vintage beauty. If you want to try a 60's American road trip experience, the retro caravan with its air conditioning, private bathroom and double bed are just what you need.
Just 10 km from the Sydney CBD, Tandara is the ultimate retreat for campers who hate camping. It offers accommodation in a spacious (utterly beautiful) African-style tent. The spacious tent and the wooden deck are integrated harmoniously into the surroundings, as if they have always been there.
Erected on a sandstone shelf with a 180 degree view of the Lane Crove Valley, the glamping site offers both seclusion and top-of-the-range 24/7 service. In addition to the comfortable, modern accommodation in serene setting, you can also go on an adventure. From kayaking to biking, from bushwalks to spending the afternoon with a glass of wine on the deck, you can do whatever makes you feel most relaxed.
$200 per night 8203; The Pop-Up Tents, You Choose a Location, NSW
When I heard about these pop-up tents, I almost couldn't believe it. You pick the location and a team goes there upon your arrival and sets everything up. From erecting a beautiful European canvas Bell Tent to furnishing it with everything you need. A romantic weekend at a secluded location? What about family get-together? What about a long-awaited reunion with high school buddies? Just decide on the location and leave the rest to the Avant-Garde Camping team.
Cockatoo Island also has the bring your own tent option at a cheaper price on the same campsite, and can use the excellent bathroom and barby facilities I noticed. For a large group, some might want to go glamping and pay more (like a couple maybe), while others in the group go camping with own tent or glamping with less
provided in tent already set up - 3 cost options; also big tents too