Less Fuss, More Fun! 8 Best Glamping Spots in New South Wales

Less Fuss, More Fun! 8 Best Glamping Spots in New South Wales

Goodbye camping, hello glamping! Spice up your vacation plans with a new way to holiday at these 8 excellent locations in New South Wales.

Mention camping, and do the days of struggling to pitch a tent, having to use communal showers, and spending a night on a sloppy mattress or on the floor come to mind? Now, with glamping, your camping experience will never be the same again. Whether you are planning a romantic vacation, a weekend trip away with the girls or a family adventure, here are 8 of the best glamping hotspots in North South Wales (NSW), by DNSW.


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Tandara in Lane Cove National Park offers one of the state’s best glamping experiences. Nestled within bush, just 10km north of the Sydney CBD, Tandara is an ultimate luxury camping experience. Positioned on the edge of a sandstone shelf with uninterrupted views across the Lane Cove Valley, get the best of both worlds by enjoying the picturesque views of the national park, while relaxing in your safari-inspired tent equipped with plush king beds, luxurious linen and its very own private ensuite, plasma screen TV and outdoor, deluxe kitchen. Here you can do as much or as little as you want; such as kayaking in the nearby river, taking a leisurely bike ride or just enjoying a lazy afternoon sipping a glass of fine wine on your private deck.

Cockatoo Island

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Situated smack in the middle of Sydney Harbour, Cockatoo Island is a haven in itself. Enjoy uninterrupted views while you relax in a fully set-up tent complete with crisp linen and a decked front porch. All glampers have access to hot showers and a communal camp kitchen with BBQ areas, fridges, microwaves and a boiling water system. No glamping experience would be complete without some added luxury, so enjoy your complimentary toiletries from Appelles Apothecary before falling asleep to the soothing sounds of the harbour.

Paperbark Camp

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Positioned on the edge of Jervis Bay’s white sand, just 2.5 hours drive south of Sydney, and nestled in the beautiful Australian bush, the Paperbark Camp fuses together luxury tent accommodation and fine food and wine from The Gunyah Restaurant. Built above ground amongst the eucalyptus and towering paperbarks, this safari style camping experience is perfect for nature lovers. All tents have wrapped decking with outdoor furniture, solar powered lighting, high quality linens and hotel amenities. Shower in an open-air private ensuite while watching kangaroos, and be lulled into a peaceful sleep while being surrounded by romantic candles.

Tanja Lagoon Camp

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5.5 hours south of Sydney and just behind the beach at Tathra lies a secluded parcel of land in the middle of a lagoon-tipped national park. Surrounded by vibrant natural habitat and wildlife, Tanja Lagoon Camp is a real haven that is sure to offer you some peace and quiet. Each luxurious safari tent bedroom overlooks a coastal lagoon and comes with an ensuite bathroom, handcrafted timber queen-size bed (or twin) and kitchen facilities allowing you to be fully self-contained. You will have a great experience if all you want to do is take a breather and soak up your surroundings, but there is plenty more to do as well, such as canoeing, swimming, mountain biking, wine tasting and visiting galleries

The Escape

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Located just 2 hours from Canberra and 3.5 hours from Sydney, this eco-tourism accommodation sits on an 80-acre land parcel with over 2 kilometers of private Clyde River frontage and is surrounded by National Parks and State Forests. The unique blend of bush luxury delivers a rare experience for guests whether for a weekend getaway or a family adventure. With Bawley Point beach right at your doorstep and with each tent furnished with well appointed bathrooms, an on site restaurant, and activities including stand up paddling, bush walking, river swimming, birdwatching and trekking at Pigeon House mountain, The Escape is definitely at the luxury end of your camping experience.

Taronga Zoo’s Roar and Snore

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Fancy sleeping beside a giraffe and waking up to the sounds of monkeys chatting and elephants yawning? Well then Taronga Zoo’s Roar and Snore glamping experience is perfect for you. Perched on the Mosman headland, and with spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, get up close and personal with the exotic Taronga zoo animals as you relax in award-winning tents. Enjoy gourmet refreshments and nibbles at the campsite too. This once-in-a lifetime experience includes an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner, an exclusive night safari and two fabulous behind-the-scene tours of the zoo. How often can you say that you’ve woken up amidst the animal kingdom?

Thou Walla Sunset Retreat

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One of NSW’s best-kept secrets are the sunset glamping tents at Thou Walla Sunset Retreat. Just 2.5 hours drive from Sydney and positioned on Soldiers Point at Port Stephens overlooking the water, tents are elevated safari-styled, which sit atop engineered floating decks (an Australian first) and are nestled amidst carefully landscaped, tropical surrounds. Each tent is fitted with luxurious and stylish furniture and an ensuite bathroom features a generous rain shower, vanity and eco-friendly self-composting toilet. Relax on a daybed on your private deck and enjoy the tranquil views of the fames sunsets.

Atlantic Byron Bay

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Atlantic Byron Bay offers a unique type of glamping that provides the perfect escape for the style savvy – staying in an American Airstream Trailer. Bringing a little bit of California home to the Bay, the iconic caravan has been redesigned to accommodate modern day luxury but still retains its vintage beauty. The all American glamping experience with its cool silver lining, poolside setting, galley kitchen, dinette and ensuite are just what you need for a unique respite.

Banish your previous camping memories with exciting glamping ones at these lovely places! With picturesque scenery and comfortable amenities, what’s more to ask for when getting back in touch with nature?

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