When the words camping and comfort are placed in the same sentence, it somehow seems unnatural. Camping holidays conjure images of uneven ground, sleeping bags that are either too hot or too cold, and little sleep. Not to mention tents that always seem to droop at some point during the night, no matter how well erected they are. It's quite obvious why the idea of camping isn't the most attractive one.
With that being said, it's time to banish those ugly thoughts of camping from your mind, as it may well be a thing of the past. Some smart tourism operators seem to realise that enjoying a little glamour while camping is true genius, and so it seems that more and more "glamping" destinations are popping up around the country.
With a range of styles, budgets and levels of luxury, there's no excuse not to head out and get back to nature, take a deep breath and enjoy . If the idea of a roomy tent, resort grade mattress and luxurious sheets to retire into each night take your fancy, you may be in luck. Perhaps you dream of a campsite complete with espresso machines and ensuite? We've got the stuff dreams are made of right here:
Paperbark Camp Jervis Bay, NSW: Just over 2 hours drive from Sydney on the gorgeous south coast of NSW, this camp offers a peaceful retreat nestled within an iconic Australian bush setting. Offering a choice of original or deluxe safari tents, campers are treated to their own private verandah and ensuite. With the beach not far away, it's a perfect getaway and if you'd ever dream of taking the kids glamping, they have options for that too.
Sal Salis, Ningaloo Reef, WA: As if a visit to the Ningaloo Reef isn't special enough, a stay at Sal Salis is a memory that is sure to linger well beyond your stay. This luxurious camp is nestled in the dunes of the Cape Range National Park and offers nine tents that all look out to the waters edge and Ningaloo Reef. This eco lodge generates very little environmental impact and allows you to connect with the amazing wildlife and surrounds of the area.
Alure Boutique Villas, Stanthorpe, QLD: If you've ever dreamed of a tent complete with your very own espresso machine, then a stay at Alure Boutique Villas is definitely for you. These tents are tented villas that offer all the luxuries you could expect of a 5 star resort. Eco-fireplace, reverse cycle air conditioning and a cosy bed to retreat to at night or for an afternoon nap. Surrounded by fine wineries this is a holiday opportunity like no other.