12 of the best glamping spots in Queensland
Not one for digging your own toilet facilities? Sleeping on a blow-up mattress that could rival the thickness of a yoga mat? Or spending your weekend washing up?
Yeah, me neither.
But I’ll let you in on a secret. By adding two simple letters, you can become a glamper rather than a camper and enjoy all the benefits of camping, without any of the hard yakka. Talk about thinking man’s camping!
If you’re ready to join the holiday-trend that’s growing faster than bitcoin, check out our favourite glamping spots in Queensland.
1. Elanda Point Everglades Eco-Tents, Sunshine Coast
If you’re all about a room with a view, we raise your hotel room the new glamping options at Elanda Point.
From mid 2018, they’ll be adding two new styles of tents to their campground which for the past 42 years has built a reputation for camping and cabin accommodation only. Choose from the Paperbark Tents, which accommodate up to four people with a private ensuite, included breakfast and views out to the fairytale paperbark forest. Or the new Wilderness Tents, which bring it back down to earth a little with shared bathroom facilities.
From within your 30m2 patch of canvas paradise, you’ll have all the important things at your fingertips – a UNESCO biosphere in the Noosa Everglades and world-class dining at Hastings St. Elanda Point is about nothing, if not, balance.
Until they open, you might just need to settle on a bell tent that will come to you.
2. Sanctuary at Sirromet, Brisbane
Manners may maketh the man, but we all know food and beverages maketh the glamping experience.
As of May 2018, this new era of glamping will take over the south-east corner with Sanctuary at Sirromet. But there’s more to this story, with an estimated 55 other silk-lined tents to later join their line-up.
Set amongst the Laguna paperbark trees and scribble gums, we have no doubt these tents will become a glamping sell-out success story, especially for weddings. Its rolling hills also transform into the stage for their regular Day On The Green.
3. Rivershore Resort, Sunshine Coast
Take your family on the ultimate glamping holiday at Rivershore Resort overlooking the Maroochy River.
Sit back and relax at the onsite restaurant and bar while the kids let loose at the kanga jumper, mini golf, playground and waterslides. And, if you stay during the school holidays they’ll also be treated to pony rides, a petting zoo, outdoor movies, fishing competitions and face painting.
When you need a rest after big days of fun, be assured that no luxury is spared in the family safari tents. Enjoy a BBQ on your large deck and then host family movie night in your king size bed.
Each tent sleeps up to six people and has an ensuite bathroom complete with shower, four claw standing bath, toilet and vanity. There are also 13 King Safari tents that can accommodate 4 people with the same facilities.
4. AGNES WATER BEACH HOLIDAYS, Gladstone Region
For glamping that literally looks down on camping, check into Agnes Water Beach Holidays near Gladstone.
Absolute beachfront views are the biggest drawcard of these safari tents. You can fall asleep to the sound of waves lapping and wake up with mere steps between your bed and the beach. Spend your days ticking off this Agnes Water to-do-list.
Choose from the Treetop or Breakers safari tents, which are equipped with private ensuites, flat-screen televisions, even air-conditioning (Breakers only). If canvas walls are still too close to camping for you, there are also nine primo beachfront houses here too, including two beach bungalows just made for honeymooners.
With Agnes Water Beach Holidays taking care of all the essentials like linen, the only packing essentials for this beach holiday is a selection of swimsuits for your stay.
5. Rainbow Beach Ultimate Camping, Fraser Coast
While you won’t find a personal butler at this glamping site, Rainbow Beach Ultimate Camping makes this list by taking all the pain points out of camping.
Take up a ‘pitch and pack’ option from Rainbow Beach Ultimate Camping, and a group of camping specialists who call themselves Campingologists will “pitch and pack” your campsite for you.
They’ll provide a beachside location for up to four people with tent, stretcher beds, chairs, table, gas stove and bottle, esky, barbecue, water container, crockery and cutlery.
All that’s left for you to do is go surfing, swimming, four wheel driving, boating and golfing. Check out what else you can get up to in Rainbow Beach with this local’s guide.
6. Alure Boutique Villas, Stanthorpe
In addition to their villa and pet-friendly accommodation, you’ll find their answer to glamping complete with a four-poster bed, mood lighting and fluffy heated towels.
This is just not any old safari tent – it’s more like a hotel cocooned in canvas. We’re talking a full kitchen and an ensuite bathroom replete with double sinks, you’ll discover toiletries, a hairdryer and proper cabinetry.
The piece-de-resistance is your very own private heated outdoor spa, perfect for long nights sampling some of these Halliday-rated wines under the twinkling lights of the milky way. Oh, and did we mention the fireplace?!
By day, discover Stanthorpe like a local.
7. Spicers Canopy, Maryvale
Perched upon the Scenic Rim in Maryvale where the air is just that little bit crisper, sits ten luxury tents known as Spicers Canopy.
Bushwalking is the activity of choice on this property, which sits adjacent to 3200ha of Australian bush. It’s used exclusively as an overnight stop on the 3-day Scenic Rim Trail, one of the Great Walks of Australia, which connects with sister property, Spicers Peak Lodge.
Proving it’s all about food and wine once the walking of the day is done, your private chef will create magic from fresh regional produce and serve it up with great wines.
With a nightly food coma on the cards, all that’s left to do is retreat to your luxury tent and its king-size bed, plush armchair, polished floorboards and timber deck.
8. Nightfall Wilderness Camp, Lamington National Park
Sleeping under a canopy of canvas has never looked so good as the tents you’ll find at Nightfall Wilderness Camp.
It’s not just us who think it, the place has been almost solidly booked since the moment they unzipped the entry to their three canvas tents. Their waitlist spans months and the best chance of getting in is stalking their Instagram profile and waiting for a cancellation.
You’ll find this lap of luxury at the headwaters of Christmas Creek and Lamington National Park, where the only thing to do is sleep, eat, relax, and repeat.
Your hosts take care of the cooking, with an organic breakfast and dinner spread served by the babbling creek that runs through their property.
They don’t forget lunch either, with a packed gourmet lunchbox waiting for you at breakfast, perfect to throw into a knapsack as you try one of the bush walks nearby.
9. Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge, Carnarvon Gorge
To put it bluntly, this place is gorgeous. Little wonder really, when you’re glamping at the foot of one of Queensland’s most mystical places, Carnarvon Gorge.
The gorge itself winds 30kms through the 120-hectare national park, which made it onto this top things to do list. It boasts an Aboriginal history of 19,000 years with 12 significant Indigenous sites to visit via 22 colourful creek crossings.
The lodgings themselves are the Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge are pure luxury. Picture a bit of Hemmingway’s Africa and throw in the cackle of a kookaburra and you’ve got the story.
Best of all, the water in your private bathroom comes from the creek, which has only dried up twice in the past 70 years and is reportedly the cleanest H20 in the country.
10. Keswick Island Camping and Glamping, Mackay
If you’re chasing deserted island vibes, look no further than Keswick Island Camping and Glamping, which can be found east of Mackay.
We say deserted island because Keswick Island has a permanent population of about 100 people. Not that you’ll find them on the island all at once.
The glamping tents sit somewhere between regular camping and full-blown luxury. AKA you can expect a solid floor, private deck and stretcher beds.
You’re a short walk from Basil Bay, but you’ll want to hire a golf buggy if you want to see the rest of this island which spans more than 1300 acres.
If you need more convincing to make this your destination du jour – check out this 48-hour guide to Mackay’s best-kept secret.
11. Castaways Moreton Island, Brisbane
There’s no need to worry about a Tom Hanks Cast Away moment at this glamping site on Moreton Island.
You’ll find it at Bulwer, 20 minutes from the MICAT ferry drop off point on the island, but there are transfers if you don’t have access to a 4WD.
At Castaways, the recipe for your camping success looks a bit likes this – a queen size bed, ensuite and plush linen.
A word of warning though – there’s no cooking facilities inside your tent (it is made of canvas after all!). You’ll need to wander down to the communal camp kitchen where you’ll find BBQs, gas stove, microwave and a fridge.
Pssst! If you’re keen to try real camping on Moreton Island, check out this camping-hater’s guide to national parks because Moreton Island has a good beginner’s spot too.
12. Eco Tents at Minjerribah Camping, North Stradbroke Island
These bell-shaped glamping tents look like they’ve been swiped from an Instagram feed and plonked onto Adder Rock.
It’s not just the outside that’s styled for selfies, inside you’ll find your mattress is suspended on wooden pallets, then there’s Armadillo rugs and bamboo deck chairs that lift the glamping interior design game.
The only downside to this dreamy spot? You’ll have to share communal facilities, but that seems like a small price to pay for this kind of perfection.
Looking for more?
Try these glamping tents on for size.
- Murphy’s Creek Escape, Lockyer Valley
- Mount Barney Lodge, Mount Barney
- Lake Somerset Holiday Park, Lake Somerset
- Or pick your dream spot and let these guys do all the hard work of setting up for you!
Have you been glamping in Queensland? What did you love most about it?
*This post was originally published in 2014 and updated in February 2018.