No roughing it: The best luxury glamping spots in and around Brisbane
Ever since luxury glamping came onto the scene, we’ve lost all interest in hammering in a tent peg. It’s camping revamped and Brisbane has some spectacular and surprising places in which you can get your glamp on.
We’re talking serious safari tents and even Queensland’s first winery glamping destination. There’s a tantalising trend in tenting worth checking out and best of all, you just need to bring yourself.
Gulp and Glamp: Sanctuary by Sirromet
If your idea of camping involves a safari tent perched on a lake while sipping a cheeky chardonnay, which comes directly from a winery on the same property, then look no further than Sanctuary by Sirromet.
Queensland’s latest glamping and first luxury winery camping offering has it all, from its 18 ensuited tents with plump, crisp linens, to a Gourmet Food Safari which pays homage to local produce, and Mt Cotton’s Sirromet wines, of course.
Have a Good Night: Nightfall Wilderness Camp
Boasting just three luxury glamping tents embraced by the surrounding wilderness, guests here can enjoy an inside rotating fireplace, vintage bathtubs, and showers with rain-head showers before retiring to organic bedding. Plonked along Christmas Creek, it’s a ridiculously picturesque spot to dine on organic food under the stars, beside the campfire.
See Spectacular Straddie: Minjerribah Camping
Head to Adder Rock Camping Ground, near Point Lookout on the island’s northern beaches, and book yourself in for a double or twin glamping getaway. They call it a mini village of glamping here, with bell tents in a grove of shady trees, plus communal bathrooms and cooking facilities.
Inside, you can expect all the mod cons such as quality bedding, cotton sheets and deluxe pillows, and little extras including lighting, bamboo deck chairs, table and rugs.
Marvel at Moreton: Castaways
When the beaches of Moreton Island are just 100 metres from your doorstep, you know you’ve stumbled upon something special. Moreton Island Adventures offers 11 glamping tents, with queen-sized beds, private ensuites, and verandas where you can simply sit and stare over the Melaleuca trees and beyond to the beach.
You’ll find this gorgeous glamping site at Bulwer, a 20-minute drive from where the MICAT ferry lands. Better still, you don’t even have to cook, if you don’t wish, as Castaways Café is on site. Check out the new kayaks, snorkel sets, stand-up paddle boards and fishing gear for hire here.
Embrace the Alure: Alure Stanthorpe
A little taste of Africa meets Queensland wine country with the ultra-luxe safari tents at Alure Stanthorpe. These super stylish tents measure a roomy 56 square metres, which means there’s even room for an eco-fireplace and reverse cycle air-conditioning. Slumber in an exotic four-poster bed, bathe in the ensuite equipped with hairdryer and GHD hair straightener, feast in your kitchen packed with European appliances, and flop and drop on a plush couch in front of the large TV. There’s even free WiFi here.
Should you venture outside, there’s also front and back decks, a barbecue and best of all, a private heated outdoor spa. Star-gazing anyone?
Bush luxe: Ketchup’s Bank Glamping
The curiously-named Ketchup’s Bank Glamping, 15 minutes from Boonah, has just two luxury eco-tents, designed for romantic getaways and the ultimate in seclusion. Set amongst a sprawling 40ha of Aussie bush, both glamp sites are designed around private camp kitchens and campfires to inspire an authentic bush camping experience.
Cook your own food or order a country breakfast or barbecue dinner hamper when you book. Inside, both Knapps Luxury Eco-Tent and Ironbark Luxury Eco-Tent offer ensuites, dishwashers and tea and coffee.
Sleep in plush queen beds, wrap yourself in the provided bathrobes and listen to music, watch a DVD, or stay connected with free WiFi. Firewood is provided, along with spectacular views and abundant wildlife. Perhaps even a roo or two?
Soak up Somerset: NRMA Lake Somerset Holiday Park
They reckon Lake Somerset is the best place to bag a bass in Australia, and the glamping isn’t half bad either. The NRMA Lake Somerset Holiday Park, 1.5 hours drives from Brisbane, offers rustic safari tents overlooking this popular waterway.
Open plan in design, with one queen bed and a bunk, they sleep up to four people and boast a bar fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities and a dining area. Bathroom and camp kitchen amenities are all shared.
Outside, enjoy paddle-boarding, swimming, fishing and even mini golf.
It’s Murphy’s Law: Murphy’s Creek Hideaway
If claw-foot baths, luxury linen, fluffy robes and king-sized beds are on your next camping holiday list, then Murphy’s Creek Hideaway is the spot for you.
Situated just 20 minutes from Toowoomba on a sandstone ridge overlooking Murphy’s Creek, this luxury glamping site is designed for couples. Think day beds, rain showers, candles and fire pits.
Should you eventually tire of all of this luxury, shake things up with abseiling, a flying fox and a ropes course. Or you could just retreat to the deck, grab a glass of bubbles, and watch the sunset.
Bend it like Barney: Mt Barney Lodge
For a slight shift in glamping gears, but still a luxe option, check out Mt Barney Lodge and its Deluxe Camper Trailers. This fuss-free camping option allows you to step it up a notch by “glamping” in an onsite camper trailer.
There’s a queen-size bed and two single camp stretchers here in which you can relax and enjoy the nearby mountain views. With a self-contained kitchenette with gas cooktop; crockery, cutlery, pots and pans; tea and coffee making facilities; and power and water; all you need to bring is your own linen (or pay to have it provided) plus esky.
Lounge around the open campfires at this gorgeous property, replete with a creek, 90 minutes from Brisbane. If the idea of glamping and camping with a conscience appeals, this property is also aiming to be plastic water bottle free.
If you’re timing your visit for January 2020, they’ve even created a new on-site sculpture trail. Summer SILHOUETTE Sculptures showcases uplit outdoor works of art at various scenic points on the property, best viewed between dawn and dusk over the entire month.
Mt Barney’s peak and accompanying fiery Scenic Rim skies are the perfect backdrop to frame a variety of outdoor sculptures and installations created by esteemed local artists.
Now, that’s luxury.
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