Where to go Glamping in Sydney and Beyond

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Ever wondered what the difference is between camping and glamping? We're glad you asked! Welcome to the world of glamping: the glamorous, comfortable and alternative way of camping and really the only way to sleep outdoors (in my opinion). Much like camping, glamping sees you sleeping in the great outdoors but just from way more luxurious accommodations (and pampering is sometimes involved!). 

And if you've ever wondered where you can go glamping in Sydney, we’ve uncovered the top 10 spots in Sydney and beyond for those who've tried but sadly not loved camping.

The Best Glamping Spots in Sydney and Beyond

1. Lane Cove National Park

Lane Cove Glamping
Book a safari tent in Lane Cove for a romantic getaway.

You only have to travel 10 kilometres north of the Sydney CBD to experience true glamping. Lane Cove National Park offers glamping sites right in the heart of the stunning national park. Their safari tents sleep a maximum of two guests and are positioned on the edge of a sandstone shelf with uninterrupted views across the Lane Cove Valley - stunning. 

2. Avant-Garde Camping, Throughout NSW

Avant-Garde Camping Hire Sydney
Keen for some luxury glamping in Sydney but don't have your own gear?

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 glamping 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 outdoor experience is the perfect way to explore new places or enjoy your favourite camp spot in style! 

Cost: From $175 per night

3. Roar and Snore, Taronga Zoo

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 that 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 glamping 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)

4. Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour

Cockatoo Island Camping
Glamping in Sydney with Harbour views? Books us in!

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 Accommodation 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)

5. Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay

Paperbark Camp Jervis Bay
Paperbark is one of the most popular glamping spots in NSW for good reason.

Just two and a half hours drive south of Sydney is a paradise for nature lovers near the 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 too). 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 six are only permitted by special arrangements and a maximum of three children per room is allowed.

Where: 571 Woollamia Road, Jervis Bay
Cost: From $525 per night

6. Flash Camp at Coolendel

Flash camp Coolendel
The South Coast Hinterland is a beautiful spot for glamping NSW year-round.

Flash Camp has set up its 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 six-metre 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 

7. Kings Creek Retreat, Great Lakes Hinterland

Kings Creek Retreat
Kings Creek Retreat offers cost-effective glamping near Sydney the whole family will love.

Kings Creek Retreat, just over three hours drive from Sydney, is by far the most cost-effective glamping near Sydney, 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. Booking 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.

8. Safari Palm Tents, Central Coast

Safari Palm Tents Central Coast
Holidays on the Central Coast doesn't get any better than at Safari Palm Tents.

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 in Sydney 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

9. The Escape, South Coast

The Escape Clyde River
A picturesque location for those who enjoy riverfront views.

The ultimate combination of luxurious camping 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 five 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! You can even book massages and facials- now that’s luxury in the bush! Catering for groups of 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.

10. Tanja Lagoon Camp, South Coast

Tanja Lagoon Camp
Get ready to feel like you're smack-bang in the middle of an African safari.

Tanja Lagoon Camp is situated about five and a half hours drive from Sydney and boasts the most stunning water views. 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 three are not catered for.

Where: 142 Haighs Road, Tanja
Cost: Rates range from $215 - $395 per night

11. Wollemi Wilderness Treehouse, Blue Mountains

Wollemi Wilderness Treehouse
Sleep amongst the treetops in the famous Blue Mountains treehouse.

Did you have a treehouse as a kid? Well now, you can stay in one. Get ready for an exceptional glamping in Sydney experience in the trees of the Blue Mountains! Wollemi Wilderness Treehouse might be a romantic one for when you're 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 the Blue Mountains' 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.

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Feb 07 2022

These is also a nice glamping location at Hillview south of Gundagai