Best Places to Take the Kids Glamping Near Sydney
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.
Avant-Garde Camping, Throughout NSW
Avant-Garde Camping Co offers luxury camping hire throughout NSW and you don’t have to lift a finger or compromise on comfort. Their dreamy bell tents come set-up with king-sized beds, interior lighting, luxury toiletries, cutlery, chairs, solar power, kettle, firewood and more. They can even cater for a wedding, birthday party, romantic weekend or family camping trip for up to 20 guests. Throw in some lawn game hire for your own little country carnival. If you don't have space for your own gear, or just like a little luxury, this unique camping experience is the perfect way to explore new places or enjoy your favourite camp spot in style!
Cost: From $175 per night
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 award-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. Children must be at least five years old to attend Roar & Snore and a maximum of three children per adult is allowed.
When: Tuesday - Sunday nights. Every night during school holidays.
Where: Bradley’s Head Road, Mosman
Cost: $295 - 395 per adult, $195 - $265 per child (depending on peak/off-peak times)
Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour
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 the kids, try the Deluxe Waterfront Camping Package which includes everything you need. You can bring your own food but BBQ packs and other food can also be purchased on the island.
Where: Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour
Cost: From $310 per night Monday to Thursday and $360 per night Friday to Sunday for the Deluxe Waterfront Two-Bedroom Camping Package (sleeps 4 people)
Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay
Just two and a half hours drive south of Sydney is a paradise for nature lovers 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). 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. Head out for a night adventure to look for possums and other nocturnal animals. Children under 6 are only permitted by special arrangement and a maximum of three children per room is allowed.
Where: 571 Woollamia Road, Jervis Bay
Cost: From $525 per night
Flash Camp at Coolendel
Flash Camp has set up its glam tents at beautiful Coolendel on the Upper Shoalhaven River. They have two sites in the South Coast hinterland at Camp Hollow and Camp Nest, each with six spacious 6m bell tents featuring full-size beds, a camp kitchen and a chill-out area. There are also individual campfires for sitting around under the stars! Ideal for those really looking to connect with nature, this serene wonderland can be as relaxed or adventure-filled as you like. Kids will love splashing in the river amid the light rapids.
Where: Grassy Gully Rd, Burrier
Cost: Rates start at $180 p/night twin share
Kings Creek Retreat, Great Lakes Hinterland
Kings Creek Retreat, just over three hours drive from Sydney, is by far the most cost-effective glamping accommodation in NSW, with all the facilities to keep you satisfied and entertained. The tents are gorgeous Indian style tipis, and it’s perfect for group bookings of up to 20 people. Holidaying with a few families would be ideal and you can even book the whole place out if you're bringing extended members of family/friends. Take the kids on a creek walk and then to feed the barn animals, make use of the games room, hot showers and the undercover campfire! They also offer wheelchair and easy stroller access for most of their facilities.
Where: 84 Kings Creek Rd, Krambach
Cost: From $840 per night for a Family Farmstay including up to 12 guests. Kids activities are included.
Safari Palm Tents, Central Coast
Safari Palm Tents in the NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort on 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 four people and has an ensuite bathroom and kitchenette, as well as an undercover verandah with your own private BBQ. The whole family will love the kayak tour and can 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.
Where: Sydney Avenue, Umina Beach
Cost: From $151 per night
The Escape, South Coast
The ultimate combination of luxurious modern camping in amid beautiful natural surrounds is waiting for you just three and a half hours drive south of Sydney at The Escape in Clyde River. The Studio is the bush luxury 'Penthouse' with pure riverfront 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, though kids do need to be 5 years or older. They also have Luxury Tents with well-appointed bathrooms and amenities. Horse riding is a popular activity here – perfect for beginners and experienced riders, as well as on-site kayaking and fishing. And forget cooking, they’ve got gourmet lunch packs ready for you, food is one of their prime draw cards. You can even book massages and facials- now that’s luxury in the bush! Catering for groups up to 12 people, you can have the entire property to yourself!
Where: The River Road, Shallow Crossing
Cost: From $1,975 per night for up to 10 people inclusive of accommodation and on-site activities.
Tanja Lagoon Camp, South Coast
Tanja Lagoon Camp is situated about five and a half 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 bushwalk 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 the Family Tent 'Buru' which is separate from the other tents and allows for up to 3 bush swags (with luxury bedding) to be rolled out on the floor. The authentic swags can also be rolled out on the deck or even out under the stars! Immerse yourself in nature, and as their motto goes, “do nothing or everything”. Infants and toddlers under the age of 3 are not catered for.
Where: 142 Haighs Road, Tanja
Cost: Rates range from $215 - $395 per night
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! Wollemi Wilderness Treehouse might be a romantic one for when your child-free as it is for a maximum of two guests. Wollemi House, however, sleeps up to 8 and kids are welcome. 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.
Where: Mountain Lagoon and Berambing, Blue Mountains
Cost: Minimum stay is 2 nights, rates differ according to the season.
Double Decker Bus Glamping, Bathurst
This has to be the most unique glamping experience - a 1949 London Double-Decker Bus! Complete with kitchen and bathroom, the bus at Artisans Park has large decks with several BBQ areas and stunning views in every direction. 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 four and the minimum stay is two nights. It’s quirky, we’ll give them that!
Where: 214 Box Ridge Rd, Turondale
Cost: Weekend rate $175 per night
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