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7 luxury glamping experiences in New South Wales

Outer calm, inner bliss

If nature is healing then camping should be considered medicinal. Going off the grid, gulping in the fresh air and sleeping under the stars are proven stress relievers, however anyone who’s ever had to set up a tent or woken to the sight of condensation creeping up their walls knows camping can also be a logistical nightmare. Lugging all the gear to the campsite, the inevitability of a tent pole breaking and cold showers with terrible water pressure can quickly turn what should be a fun and restful experience into an episode of Survivor. Thankfully NSW is bursting with options that fuse the fun of camping with the creature comforts of a hotel stay, meaning you can unplug and unwind in nature without the pressure and planning. Check out these off-grid getaways – and head to Visit NSW for more escapes and experiences.

A five-star glamping outfit just 20 minutes from Mudgee, Sierra Escape is a magical place to unwind and recharge. There are three unique luxury tents to choose between — Carinya, Dulili and Uralla — all with a big plush bed for two, luxe linens, power for charging devices and most importantly, a deck with an outdoor tub and private fire pit overlooking the rolling hills. While enjoying the surrounding areas and all the luxury amenities should be enough to keep you busy during your stay, the Sierra team have also partnered with local providers to offer a range of experiences, from in-tent massages to wine tastings. (Also pictured top, image by Cameron D’Arcy.)

Distance from Sydney: Five hours. 

You choose the location and the team at Glamping Out will do the rest, supplying everything you need for a stylish camp-out. They’ll erect, furnish and style one of their beautiful canvas bell tents, then return to pack it up at the end of your stay. 

Distance from Sydney: Three hours. 

Star-gazers and romantics will fall in love with these magical clear domes overlooking Capertee Valley in the Blue Mountains. The three waterproof, transparent spheres named after zodiac constellations — Leo, Virgo and Cancer — sit atop raised wooden decks and give guests a spectacular view of the stars at night and the vast valley by day. With everything supplied from headlamps to binoculars and an iPad loaded with a bird-watching app, the only decision left is whether to bring white or red. 

Distance from Sydney: Two-and-a-half hours.

Inspired by tent-style safari accommodation in South Africa, Paperbark Camp has been at the forefront of Australian glamping since opening in 1999. Tucked in among the native eucalypts of the South Coast’s beautiful Jervis Bay region are 13 spacious canvas tents that put the glam in glamping; there’s hotel-quality linen and amenities, hot showers, a wrap-around deck and full insect screening; plus a bathtub in the deluxe tents. You can canoe, cycle, read a book on the beach and later head to dinner at on-site treetop restaurant The Gunyah. 

Distance from Sydney: Three hours. 

Nestled in 24 hectares of fertile grape-growing land in the highlands of Orange, the family-owned Nashdale Lane winery offers two glamping tents. The wooden, steel and canvas structures have been finished to the highest standard with hardwood flooring throughout, a comfy four-poster queen bed and sunken outdoor lounge.  With sweeping green vistas, crisp mountain air and a range of Nashdale wines to sample, this is a beautiful place to enjoy a relaxed Australian country escape.

Distance from Sydney: Four hours.

For a whimsical weekend away, head to this 16-hectare farm that boasts 10 canvas bell tents fully fitted out with king-size beds, rugs, tables and deck chairs. At the centre of the campsite is a communal fire pit and when the sun goes down, fairy lights create an enchanting setting from which to eat, drink and be merry.

Distance from Sydney: Two-and-a-half hours.

If you prefer something slightly sturdier than a bit of canvas standing between you and the Australian bushland, Jason McDonald’s sustainably made sanctuary may be for you. Tall and tower-like, the structure’s copper cladding lifts up to reveal 360 degree views across the arid landscape, while inside there’s a kitchen and wood-fired slow combustion stove downstairs and a luxurious sleeping loft upstairs. The property is a bushwalker’s paradise with a mix of native bushland and clearings, permanent waterholes and unusual rock formations. Bring your own food or embrace local flavours with a hamper of seasonal produce.

Distance from Sydney: Three-and-a-half hours.

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