Camping isn’t for everyone, especially when it comes to being outdoors in one of the most rugged countries in the world. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try glamping. Glamping is a relatively new term but not the newest concept for Australian accommodations. It is a combination of glamour and camping to indicate upscale or even luxury camping accommodations. Whether you are just plain old camping or glamping, you are likely going someplace out of the way to stay there overnight, so hire a car with Budget Australia so that you can get to where you are going on your own steam and make your own schedule. Today, we are featuring 3 very different glamping spots: Longitude 131° near Uluru in the Northern Territory, Mornington Wilderness in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia, and Pebble Point near the Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.
Uluru is located in the “Red Centre” of the country in the Northern Territory a short drive from Alice Springs. It is the largest monolith rock in the world and is so much more impressive and magnificent in person, the pictures don’t really do it justice although it is one of the most recognised Australian landmarks. One of the interesting things about visiting Uluru is how different it looks during different times of the day with the varying light. That is why staying the night at Longitude 131° can really give you the opportunity to see the different shades of Uluru as well as visit the surrounding national park sites.
Longitude 131° is an eco-friendly resort at the same time; it is luxurious glamping at its best. There are just 15 special tents that are elevated above the ground and feature organic linens, king size beds or twin beds, complimentary in-suite bar, iPad with entertainment, music system, wireless internet, ensuite bathroom with bathrobes and premium amenities, climate control, safe, telephone and twice daily housekeeping including signature turndown service. Guests have access to the library and there is a spa and the Dune House Restaurant. Tour packages are available with overnight stays.
The Australian Wildlife Conservancy, a non-profit organisation that purchases properties in order to establish the land as a sanctuary. They own and run the Mornington Wilderness Camp in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. It is located in the middle of the Gibb River Road trip in the heart of the Kimberley near the King Leopold Ranges and situated on picturesque Annie Creek. They only allow a small amount of eco-tourism at the camp with the provision that conservation and protection of the land and its wildlife inhabitants comes first. The proceeds from the Mornington Wilderness Camp go towards helping the conservation of Kimberley Wildlife.
Due to the rainy season of the Top End of Australia, the camp is only open during the winter and spring dry season from May to October. That combined with the limited about of accommodations make it exclusive luxury in the bush. Accommodations in the 11 safari-style tents include spacious rooms with quality linens and comfy beds, an ensuite bathroom and private balcony with tea or coffee and a mini bar. The on-site restaurant caters breakfast, dinner, and picnic lunches to go with guided adventures. Packages are available that include eco-tours, bird watching, bushwalking with your stay.
Pebble Point is another limited eco-friendly luxury bush retreat near the Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road trip in Victoria. Pebble Point is located in the coastal village of Princetown about 2 and ½ hours west of Melbourne. The Great Ocean Road is an iconic road trip that takes you along the southern coast of Victoria from Melbourne west to Port Fairy and back again. Along the way are some amazing landscapes including The Twelve Apostles, which are sea stacks sticking up on the coast eroded from the cliffs.
Pebble Point has just 6 eco-friendly luxury tents. They were built on farmland which has regenerated to natural coastal woodland. Accommodations include luxurious king size beds with natural latex mattresses, spacious en suite bathrooms, and private decks where you can listen to the waves of the Southern Ocean and watch the moon rise over the Otway Ranges. Besides all of the amazing stops you can see along the Great Ocean Road, there are some amazing sights just within walking distance of Pebble Point including secluded beaches, dramatic coastal scenery, and three national parks.
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