If the thought of camping sends you into a fit of nervous rage and the closest to slumming it you will consider is a double bed, then 'glamping' is something you should definitely consider.
Otherwise known as 'glamorous camping', glamping bring you the best of both worlds – wide open spaces and the natural Australian bush, campfires… as well as king sized beds, proper toilets and life's little luxuries such as TV and Wifi. It also gives you all the fun of camping, without actually having to do any of the work.
Located in Furnissdale, about ten minutes out of Mandurah, you will find a friendly glamping spot on the homestead of Natalie and Jarrod and their three friendly sons. Perfect for larger families or groups of friends, they have a 31 foot caravan plus a luxury trailer, both sleeping five people each. You can hire one or both of the caravans with free access to the play equipment and fire pit, with freedom to wander around the property and (soon) enjoy the unique outdoor bathroom currently being built between the trailer and the caravan.
This is glamping family style, with kids not only welcomed but rejoiced on this fantastic property. The trailer and caravan are close enough to the house so that your kids can play on the fantastic equipment (including a huge trampolines, slides, swings, flying fox and more) yet far enough to have your own space and plenty of shady grass to run or set up a game of cricket.
There is plenty of equipment and trampolines for the kids to play on
Families also have the advantage of being close to Mandurah (with all its restaurants, shops, crabbings and water activities) while experiencing a small Aussie farm with its 100 free range chooks, a friendly horse on the property next door, and kookaburras to sing you to sleep and rouse you the next morning.
The 31 foot caravan has a bedroom with carpeted floor and TV, a compact kitchen with oven/microwave, dining area, lounge area (with another TV) and bathroom with toilet and shower. The sofa bed sleeps two, and the dining table also converts to make another bed, sleeping five people in comfort.
Cleverly designed with plenty of storage and spaces to store things, the kitchen has a microwave/convention oven, fridge, freezer and enough utensils to cook a meal, although you may prefer to stay outside and enjoy a BBQ while overlooking the (fenced) dam and towering gums.
Not to be overlooked, the camp trailer also sleeps five in comfort with two king sized beds (with very comfortable mattresses and top quality doonas and sheets) and the dining table converts to a fifth bed. The trailer is full of natural light and most of the canvas walls can zip open to reveal insect-proof mesh, allowing you sleep effectively under the stars. The trailer kitchen is much smaller, but still functional, plus it also has its own outdoor cooktop under the awning allowing you to cook some snags or boil some pasta while sitting in the camp chairs and gaze out at the bush.
The ensuite in the trailer requires a degree of bravery and a sense of humour
The ensuite in the trailer needs to be mentioned, and it's here that the 'camping' part of glamping needs to be remembered. The picture pretty much explains how it works, and it certainly requires a sense of adventure and non-existent modesty. Kids will love it, while parents can use the incredible outdoor bathroom that Jarrod is currently building. When complete, it will be much larger than either the trailer or caravan, and incorporate a toilet, shower and bath with two trees growing through the wooden floors right through the ceiling.
The glamping site can be used as a base for exploring the area including dolphin cruises, the King Carnival and mini golf as well as Serpentine Dam and Peel wineries. Or you may find you just want to stay and enjoy camping without having to move around too much. Regardless, this is a kids' paradise and there are plenty of things to do nearby.