Not a camper? Prefer morning lattes, steamy hot showers, and soft pillows to sleep on? Don’t worry you’ve got this. In Tassie, luxuriously fitted out tents are bringing everything good about camping and glamour together. Glamping (glamorous camping) is your saviour. Cold showers become steamy soaks in deep copper tubs, and fireside refried beans become culinary experiences. The best part, everyone can glamp – from beachgoers who love a fireside chat, to connoisseurs with a penchant for the gourmet.
Connect with nature
More than a regular campsite, Glamp Sandridge is Bell Tent luxury set amidst five hundred acres of private forest with pairings of wombats and wine, forests and quaint wood fires. The in-ground fire pit is just a short stroll from your tent, where a classic Adirondack chair has your name on it. All that’s left to do is to hunt down a stick to toast your marshmallows on. Take your food supply to gourmet levels by picking out treats from local farmers’ markets. Our tip: book the tent with the deep copper tub and sink into it after walking nearby Boat Harbour beach.
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Where posh meets adventure
Fancy a boutique glam camp where sandy feet and salty hair are encouraged? It’s also a great base for exploring the Bay of Fires and Binalong Bay with miles of beaches to walk and mountain bike tracks to ride. Back at camp warm log fires, home-cooked Tassie brisket, and tall tales await weary legs. Enjoy a backyard siesta in the black Acapulco-style chairs (they’re as comfortable as they are retro). Bay of Fires Bush Retreat nails beachside glamping with gorgeous scandi-styled Bell Tents and hot showers. Live-in chef, Tom can often be found firing up the smoker to prepare smoked fish for gourmet platters. You too can cook up a storm using the communal kitchen or for something different, ask to cook over the fire.
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1930s grand touring luxury
Reminiscent of a scene in a lavish African safari movie Wingtons Glamping conjures up visions of 1930s grand touring. Vintage steamer trunks and Persian carpets transport you to a time when camping in the outdoors was glamorous. Luxe Bell Tents are set up riverside and furnished with fur throws, cosy queen beds, BOSE speakers and wood heaters. At night watch movies projected on the tent wall, snuggle in front of the wood heater and nibble on Anvers chocolate truffles. All you need to bring is local food and wine, cosy star-watching clothes, swimmers to kayak on the river, and a sense of adventure.
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Boutique digs and gourmet nosh
Nestled on the banks of the River Derwent in one of Australia’s first truffle orchards is boutique glamping retreat, Truffle Lodge. Each safari-style tent is kitted out with a king-size bed, freestanding wooden bath and a rain shower. Wander down to the river’s edge to push off in a kayak, and there’s a good chance you’ll spot a platypus before you set off on a paddle. In the evenings sit around a fire pit or indulge in bush luxury at the Tasmanian Eco Lodge, built with relaxing and socialising in mind. Put on a record and listen to original 1960s LPs as you sink into an armchair in front of the central fire.
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Wilderness base camp
Glamping gets intimate when only you and a handful of others land in a remote Southwest Wilderness Camp. Your flight hugs the coast, from Hobart to the abandoned tin mining settlement, Melaleuca. There are no roads in, no shops, and no signs of civilisation. As you travel by boat to your camp nestled in the rainforest on the banks of Bathurst Harbour it won’t take long to realise, this is wilderness at its best. After you’ve settled into your private boutique canvas hut, sit down to a gourmet dinner your hosts have prepared for you with fresh Tassie produce. There’s plenty of expedition action too. Climb mountains, cruise Port Davey and see ancient Huon Pine forests along the shores of Old River and pop in for a visit at Clyde & Win Claytons’ house.
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One for the whole family
Travelling with a tribe? Tuck them in under the stars in safari-style tents at Scamander Sanctuary Holiday Park. From your tent, you can hear the rumble of the surf from Steels Beach calling you to polish up on your paddleboarding and surfing skills with local surf instructors. Your campsite neighbours are quiet, only coming out after dark – they’re also fluffy and super cute. Don’t forget to pack a flashlight so you can meet them. From camp, you’re an hour from the Bay of Fires and even less to Bicheno, where you can watch Little Penguins waddle ashore each night.
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