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 1 April 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.
2. SANCTUARY AT SIRROMET, BRISBANE Manners may maketh the man, but we all know food and beverages maketh the glamping experience. Having already nailed the award-winning wine with fine dining game, it’s no surprise Sirromet is launching into the accommodation space, leaving little reason to leave Mount Cotton. As of May 2018, this new era of glamping will take over the south-east corner. 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. JABIRU SAFARI LODGE, TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND You don’t need to jet off to Africa to go on safari. Eighty kilometers west of Cairns, you can shelf the uncomfortable international flight and camping conditions by checking into Jabiru Safari Lodge. Onsite, there’re three deluxe ensuite tents and two eco cabins, which dial camping comfort levels up a notch. There are solid wood flooring, lush linen and their own private decks ripe for a DIY aperitif hour. Throw in 240V power you can charge your phone or dry your hair. Oh yes, no communal bathrooms here, my friends.
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 (Treetop 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 The only thing more alluring than the Granite Belt’s wine region is Alure 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?!
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 the 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 the 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 these 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.