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.
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.
Conditions: Children must be at least five years old to attend Roar & Snore, a maximum of three children per adult
Dates: Several nights throughout the week, various dates throughout the year
Rates: $295-395 per adult, $195-$265 per child (depending on peak/off-peak times)
Address: Taronga Zoo, Bradley’s Head Road, Mosman
Image: Taronga Zoo
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 bedrooms 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 regular ‘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
Image: Cockatoo Island
Wildfest Wilderness Camp
This awesome family glamping experience pops up every school holidays for those who want to experience the outdoors without all the hard work that goes with it. Located in the picturesque Tidbinbilla (near Canberra) you can enjoy sleeping under the stars from the comfort of your huge emporer bell tent. Because it's so family focused there's a range of activities on offer for kids including a walk with Park Rangers, roasting marshmallows by the fire, trips to go behind the scenes at the Vet Centre or you can just chill out and spot loads of animals in their natural habitat. Find out more here.
Rates: adults are $295 per night and kids are $195 per night.
Address: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, ACT
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 $495 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
Image: Paperbark Camp
Kings Creek Retreat, Great Lakes Hinterland
Kings Creek Retreat, just over 3 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 10-20 people - so holidaying with a few families would be ideal, 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.
Rates: From $750/night for a group of 10 people. You can add additional guests at request - inquire at the website for more details.
Image: Kings Creek Retreat
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 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 $124 per night
Address: Ocean Beach Holiday Park, Sydney Avenue, Umina Beach
Image: NRMA Parks and Resorts
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 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. 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!
Conditions: Kids need to be 5 years or older
Rates: Check website for details
Address: The River Road, Shallow Crossing, NSW South Coast
Image: The Escape
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 yourself in nature, and as their motto goes, “do nothing or everything”.
Rates: from $205 per night (season dependent)
Address: 142 Haighs Road, Tanja
Image: Tanja Lagoon
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 the season. Check website for details.
Image: Love Cabins
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 quirky, we’ll give them that!
Rates: from $175 per night
Image: Artisan Park
Avant-Garde Camping Company, Anywhere!
Avant Glamping hire is an awesome way to 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 $199
Image: Avant-Garde Camping Company
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