Top picks for glorious glamping
Tired of the traditional accommodation options when you want to get away? Why not join the growing band of vacationers who are enjoying the unique delights of a glamping experience. Here are three prime examples that show just how appealing glamping can be.
Sal Salis, Exmouth Western Australia
A hidden gem on the pristine Western Australian coast, Sal Salis is situated 70 kilometres south of Exmouth in the Cape Range National Park. Nestled in dunes only 50 metres from the stunning beach, the spacious tents sit on raised platforms giving both added comfort and maximising the breathtaking views of the sea. Each site is equipped with supremely comfortable beds and your own private eco-ensuite bathroom. No need to worry about camp cooking either, with gourmet chef prepared meals served on the communal deck area overlooking the ocean.
Nearby Ningaloo reef provides abundant water-based activities, while the Cape Range only a stone’s throw to the east offers stunning landscapes, including dramatic limestone gorges.
Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay New South Wales
The crisp white sand beaches of the stunning Jervis Bay provide the beautiful backdrop for the Paperbark Camp. Twelve above ground safari style tents are nestled among soaring eucalypts and paperbarks and feature wrap around decking.
A short walk to the glorious beach or a selection of bush trails provides plenty of activity options and complimentary bikes and canoes let you get the most exploring the magnificent land and sea environment.
The Gunyah restaurant is the centrepiece of the complex and provides memorable dining in a cosy setting that takes full advantage of the bush surrounds.
Roar and Snore Taronga Zoo, Sydney
If you want something a bit more exotic from your glamping adventure, try the Roar & Snore package at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening throughout the year and every night during NSW school holidays.
Taronga has an enviable location with arguably the best views of Sydney Harbour. This creates a spectacular backdrop for the well organised activities, starting with nibbles after arrival after 6.15pm.
At 7pm it’s time for some unique personal contact with the Zoo’s friendliest creatures, followed by a sumptuous buffet dinner. The adventure continues with a night safari, allowing you to see many of the animals at their most active, while the dazzling harbour lights up before your eyes. The evening rounds off with dessert before you retire to your luxury safari tent.
Awaken the next morning to the warbles, squeaks, growls and roars of the local residents and enjoy an early breakfast, followed by a choice of two behind the scenes tours. You are then free to explore the zoo at your leisure.
- Sal Salis - Qantas and Virgin both offer regular flights into Exmouth from Perth and you can book the Sal Salis team to pick you up for transfer to the camp. Alternately, care hire is available from Exmouth. More information salsalis.com.au
- Paperbark camp - Two hours’ drive south of Sydney or alternatively take the scenic train from Central station Sydney to Bomaderry (around 3 hours) and the Paperbark team can arrange a transfer to the camp. More information paperbarkcamp.com.au
- Taronga Zoo It’s just 15 minutes by ferry from Sydney’s Circular Quay followed by a short connecting bus ride to the Zoo's top entrance. If you are driving, your package includes complementary parking. More information taronga.org.au