14 June 2016 by Daniel Wright
Forget about burnt sausages and pitching your tent in the pouring rain, camping trips don't have to be about cold nights and cramped spaces. And to prove it, here's a rundown of our favourite glamping hotspots Down Under, a series of luxurious, tented camps in some of Australia's most spectacular and off-the-beaten-track locations.
Best for views: Longitude 131º, Northern Territory
Experience Ayers Rock in style at Longitude 131º - the closest accommodation to Australia's 600 million year old iconic monolith and the choice of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their recent visit down-under. Set in the spirited heart of Australia, the camp's 15 luxury tents have been designed to capture the splendour and solitude of the desert. The eclectic mix of colonial, antique furniture and sweeping white-tented canopies also conjures nostalgia for a bygone era of Australian exploration. The elevated pavilions have captivating floor-to-ceiling windows and from the main 'Dune House' guests will enjoy unparalleled panoramas of the north side of Uluru, rarely seen in photography as it hosts sacred Aboriginal carvings.
Best for peace and quiet - Tanja Lagoon Camp, New South Wales
In a small pocket of privately owned land on the edge of a coastal lagoon, Tanja Lagoon Camp comprises three (soon to be six!) intimate safari tents, offering undisturbed peace and quiet. Against the stunning backdrop of gum trees, and overlooking the glassy lagoon, guests will discover the abundance of birdlife that flock to the lake. Take out a canoe, soak up the atmosphere of the Australian bush with a sundowner, or amble along the Sapphire Coast Geotrail - the options are limitless, especially for those looking for tranquillity amongst nature and utter escapism.
Best for stargazers - Kangaluna Camp, Gawler Ranges, South Australia
Scattered across an open woodland, Kangaluna Camp, Gawler Ranges offers an adventurous angle to glamping with its 'Galaxy Suite' - a covered wagon equipped with a swag bed, perfect for snuggling up under the stars. A powerful telescope and constantly clear skies offer the chance to see Saturn, Jupiter, the moon and nightly spectacular starscapes. During the day, head seaward and swim with bottlenose dolphins or meet a colony of rare Australian sea lions.
Best for nature - Ikara Safari Camp, South Australia
For those yearning to discover the real Australian outback, look no further - the Ikara Safari Camp at Wilpena Pound is set in the heart of a natural amphitheatre, a space always alive with the sounds of nature. See brilliantly coloured parrots, yellow-footed rock wallabies, kangaroos and if you're lucky, Australia's largest bird of prey, the wedge tailed eagle. For the ultimate bird's eye view, step aboard a Cessna light aircraft, with Air Wilpena, and discover spectacular landscapes, enduring flora and fauna and the dramatic topography of the Flinders Ranges without the barriers of distance and time.
Best for the beach - Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay, New South Wales
Soak up the sights, sounds and spectacular coastline of New South Wales' Jervis Bay at Paperbark Camp, located two hours south of Sydney. Comprising 12 safari-style tents, this cosy glampsite is nestled within bushland of the Shoalhaven region. Equipped with private verandahs, en suite bathrooms and polished hardwood floors, each tent is tucked away in its own area, ensuring peaceful seclusion. Guests can fish and swim in nearby Hyams Beach, discover the region's three national parks, and wander the many walking trails on offer, while enjoying first-class facilities and service amid the pristine nature of one of Australia's most beautiful holiday destinations.