Best Places to Take the Kids Glamping Near Sydney
By Serina Hajje, ellaslist
Are the kids begging to go camping, but the thought of putting up your own tent and cooking on an open fire makes you cringe. And those grimy communal toilets…ugh!
Well, there is an alternative. Welcome to the world of glamping: the glamorous and comfortable way of camping and really the only way to sleep outdoors.
We’ve uncovered the best spots for hassle-free (and pampering) camping. Once you’ve tried these, you’ll never go back to the old ways.
Roar and Snore, Taronga Zoo
We all love visiting Taronga Zoo for the day, but did you know you can stay overnight in the zoo’s luxurious camps. ‘Roar and Snore’ is a one night treat which allows guests an exclusive behind-the-scenes-tour of the zoo! You’ll get to have animal encounters that you’ve never had before. Snacks, a buffet dinner and breakfast is included. Accommodation is in an awar-winning tent set-up equipped with a double bed and a single pop-up trundle bed. Bathrooms and showers are in a separate block nearby.
Conditions: Children must be at least five years old to attend Roar & Snore, maximum of three children per adult
Dates: Several nights throughout the week, various dates throughout the year
Rates: $288-320 per adult, $184.50-$205 per child (depending on peak/off-peak times)
Address: Taronga Zoo, Bradley’s Head Road, Mosman
It goes without saying that Cockatoo Island is a lovely place to visit for the day. But did you know, you can stay overnight too. We suggest you opt for the ‘two bedroom glamping’ package which is perfect for families and sleeps up to four people. For a romantic getaway without this kids, try the ‘mini glamping’ experience for 2 or the reglar ‘glamping’ which is for couples on the waterfront. You can bring your own food but BBQ packs and other food can also be purchased on the island.
Rates: $310-360 per night (for 4 people)
Address: Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour
Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay
There is a paradise for nature lovers just 2 and a half hours drive south of Sydney, near the pristine clear waters and white sand beaches of Jervis Bay. Paperbark Camp offers a unique blend of fine food and wine, cosy accommodation in luxurious safari tents and a peaceful bush setting. The tents have gorgeous timber decks, rooms with a view and deluxe en-suite bathrooms. There are some easy walking trails for the kids that take you through the mangrove forests and are perfect for a stroll before breakfast (a great time for spotting kangaroos). Or head out for a night adventure to look for possums and other nocturnal animals. Families can also enjoy a bike tour or canoeing and there are some excellent spots for a picnic and a swim on the banks of the Currambene Creek.
Rates: from $395 per night
Conditions: No children under 6 years of age unless by special arrangement. A maximum of three children is allowed per room.
Address: 571 Woollamia Road, Jervis Bay
Kings Creek Retreat, Great Lakes Hinterland
Kings Creek Retreat, just over 3 hours drive from Sydney, is by far the cheapest glamping accommodation in NSW, with all the facilities to keep you satisfied and entertained. The tents look like Indian style tipis, and it’s perfect for group bookings of 10-24 people- so holiday with a few families would be ideal. Take the kids on a creek walk and then to feed the barn animals, make use of the games room, hot showers and the under cover campfire! They also offer wheelchair and easy stroller access for most of their facilities.
Rates: Adults- from $60/night, Children- from $40/night
Safari Palm Tents, Central Coast
Safari Palm Tents in the Central Coast may not be as private or extravagant as some other glamping options but it offers the perfect location for beach lovers. The spacious tent sleeps up to 4 people and has an ensuite bathroom, kitchenette as well as an undercover verandah with your own private BBQ. The whole family will love the kayak tour and can get to ride a ferry or watch the pelican feeding! If you’re lucky, the kids may spot Coral the mermaid princess, who hangs around the waterpark to share her underwater adventures with the kids.
Rates: from $120 per night
Address: Ocean Beach Holiday Park, Sydney Avenue, Umina Beach
The Escape, Clyde River, South Coast NSW
The ultimate combination of modern and luxurious camping is waiting for you just 3.5 hours drive South of Sydney at The Escape in Clyde River. The studio is the bush luxury “Penthouse” with pure river front views, space to stretch out inside or out on the deck, its own bathroom, kitchenette and heater. It’s great for families and accommodates two adults and two kids. Horse riding is a popular activity here – perfect for beginners and experienced riders, as well as on-stike kayaking and fishing. And forget cooking, they’ve got gourmet lunch packs ready for you, food being one of their prime draw cards. You can even book massages and facials- now that’s luxury in the bush!
Conditions: Kids need to be 5 years or older
Rates: $495 – $645 per adult, $100 per child (5-12yrs)
Address: The River Road, Shallow Crossing, NSW South Coast
Tanja Lagoon Camp, South Coast NSW
Tanja Lagoon Camp is situated about 5.5 hours drive from Sydney and boasts the most stunning water view. You’ll be tempted to kayak or canoe all day long, or take a bush walk through the Mimosa Rocks National Park Forest. The luxury safari tents have a large deck, a bed with a view, ensuite bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. Families can book a separate “Family Tent” but be sure to contact the lodging before you arrive since infants under 2 are allowed by negotiation only, but at no extra cost. Immerse yourslef in nature, and as their motto goes, “do nothing or everything”.
Rates: from $215-$250 per adult, $25 per child
Address: 142 Haighs Road, Tanja
Wollemi Wilderness Treehouse, Blue Mountains
Did you have a treehouse as a kid? Well now, you can stay in one. Get ready for an exceptional glamping experience in the trees of the Blue Mountains! Hint: this might be a romantic one for when your child-free as it is for a maximum of 2 guests. One look out the window and you’ll never want to leave. You can set out into the Australian wilderness for adventure and be sure to check out Australia’s most famous attractions: the Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls, and the Jenolan Caves. You will be utterly secluded, amongst nature, and loving life.
Rates: Minimum stay is 2 nights, rates differ according to season
Glamping on a Double Decker Bus, Bathurst
This has to be the most out-there forms of glamping: a 1949 London double decker bus. Complete with kitchen and bathroom, the bus has large decks with several BBQ areas and stunning views in every direction. And once the kids get bored with the view then there’s bird watching, fishing, hiking and canoeing to keep the whole family entertained. It sleeps up to 4 and the minimum stay is 2 nights. It’s quiry, we’ll give them that!
Rates: from $175 per night
Avant Garde Camping Company, Anywhere!
This awesome company will bring luxury European tents to pretty much anywhere in Sydney- usually the Lane Cove National Park, Cattai Campgrounds, Glenworth Valley & Euroka Campgrounds! You don’t have to lift a finger. What an awesome idea for a wedding, birthday party, romantic weekend, or family camping trip. There are 5m and 6m bell tents that look like something out of a dream, with king sized beds, interior lighting, luxury toiletries, cutlery, chairs, solar power and so much more!
Rates: From $250-$750 per tent
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