Looking for a couples’ escape? Then it’s time for a glamping getaway!
We’re featuring BIG4 parks in each state and the NT with the perfect glamping accommodation for your next romantic break.
Combine this with handy hints about what to do in each area and you have the right ingredients for a cosy weekend away.
What: Glamping tents.
Why you need to stay: It’s pure luxury, Deni style. These tents feature their own private bathroom and have all the necessities you’d require. The park’s riverside location adds to the romanticism.
Extra special amenity: Hello, outside claw bath (ooh la la).
What: Safari tents.
Why you need to stay: Set amid tropical gardens and not far from the water, these tents set the tone for a relaxing break. They come with a large bathroom and a shower for added convenience.
Extra special amenity: The free-standing tub is always a fave, but the deck that overlooks the swimming pool is also a winner.
Local attractions: Visit the area’s brilliant beaches or spend a day on the water dolphin spotting or glimpsing whales in season (June-November). Alternatively, Wallingat National Park, 35km south, is ripe for exploration.
What: Bell tents, a safari tent, and a glamtainer.
Why you need to stay: These luxe glamping options are simply irresistible, immersed in tranquil surrounds with views to neighbouring Castlemaine Botanical Gardens.
Extra special amenity: The deck area of the glamtainer is epic, perfect for enjoying a glass of bubbles as the sun goes down.
Local attractions: Along with the beautiful botanic gardens, The Mill precinct is a simple stroll away and includes a café, winery, and microbrewery. Alternatively, Theatre Royal is home to an old-school cinema, bar, and beer garden. And there are several trendy bars and quality pubs dotted around Castlemaine.
What: Bell tents and glamping pods.
Why you need to stay: The various glamping facilities are planted among gorgeous bushland, just minutes to the heart of Healesville. And there are family glamping options if the babysitter falls through.
Extra special amenity: The bell tents have cute private decks, and there’s the option of an ensuite glamping pod.
Local attractions: You’re on the doorstep of the Yarra Valley wine region – need we say any more?! Vino aside, Tarrawarra Museum of Art is excellent. And nearby Healesville Hotel suits a romantic dinner.
Why you need to stay: This accommodation is a unique take on glamping and ideal for those who prefer a structured-style tent. Enjoy it all only minutes from sparkling coastline.
Extra special amenity: The OzShacks come with their own esky, so you are always guaranteed a chilled drink after a day of exploring.
Local attractions: Port Willunga Beach is a gem; try to grab one of the cool caves that back the sand. Star of Greece restaurant offers delicious food and epic views. Then there’s the famous McLaren Vale wine region just a short drive away.
Why you need to stay: Embrace the simplicity of these eco-tents, which feature an inviting outdoor setting. The relaxing ambience is amplified by the park’s positioning along stunning coastline.
Extra special amenity: Expect a double bed and a small bar fridge.
Local attractions: The vibrant seaside suburb of Glenelg is a mere 5km drive away. In fact, a succession of first-rate beaches and coastal paths are within easy reach: Hallett Cove Boardwalk is an underrated trail.
What: Safari tents.
Why you need to stay: This luxury accommodation is a glamping dream come true. It features a queen bed and ensuite bathroom with a spa bath, shower, and separate toilet. The experience is enhanced by water views, as the park overlooks picturesque Pumicestone Passage.
Extra special amenity: Hands down, the décor and stunning design of these tents is the winner. Does it get any more grammable than this?!
What: Bell tents.
Why you need to stay: Set in a quiet section of the park, these tents are ideal for a romantic retreat. They feature everything you need for a carefree break, and the park’s setting on the shores of Pumicestone Passage adds to the occasion.
Extra special amenity: The tents lead out to gorgeous wooden decks with private kettle-style BBQs and comfortable outdoor furniture in a shaded setting.
Local attractions: Stroll along sections of the 25km-long Caloundra Coastal Walk, stopping off at the city’s superb beaches. Or tackle the many magnificent walks within nearby Glass House Mountains National Park. Otherwise, embrace your cultural side with a visit to Caloundra Regional Art Gallery.
Why you need to stay: This open-plan tent with a queen bed provides a simple and comfy glamping experience among lush, tropical gardens.
Extra special amenity: The spacious veranda with its private BBQ and seating will be your fave place to cook and chill.
Local attractions: Nothing says romance quite like a spine-tingling experience with a loved one – that’s right, we’re talking The Cage of Death experience at Crocosaurus Cove! For something more sedate, chill out at a café, restaurant, or bar at the Darwin Waterfront or join a harbour sunset cruise.
What: Safari tent.
Why you need to stay: The tent adds a touch of luxury to a camping getaway. It includes a queen bed and various creature comforts with a brilliant backdrop of the iconic MacDonnell Ranges.
Extra special amenity: Pull up a seat, kick back, and gaze at the starry sky with the addition of an outdoor table and chairs. How romantic!
Local attractions: Head to Anzac Hill lookout for prime views, get up close with orphaned joeys at the Kangaroo Sanctuary, or daytrip to Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park to explore its gorges, waterholes, and other amazing natural attractions.
Why you need to stay: Enjoy tents featuring queen-size beds, ensuite bathrooms, and kitchenettes within walking distance of a quiet beach. The tents have bunks if the kids must come along.
Extra special amenity: With a feel more likened to a cabin, these tents are great for those dipping their toes into the camping/glamping world.
Local attractions: A massive part of this coastal town’s appeal is its seclusion, allowing the opportunity for a proper romantic retreat. A leisurely stroll along the beach is on the cards, or head to nearby Lancelin and sandboard down its massive dunes.