Most of us really enjoy the concept of camping – sleeping under the stars, becoming one with nature, toasting marshmallows over the campfire – but it’s the practicalities that discourage the masses from pitching their tents. But what if there was a way to redefine roughing it – to head to the wild in style?
Glamping or glamour camping has long been popular in Africa (cast your mind back to the safari camp depicted in Out of Africa staring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford). But it’s only in the last decade that boutique accommodation operators in New Zealand and Australia have started to embrace the concept of luxury camping.
One such retreat is the Paperbark Camp, located a little over two hours south of Sydney near Jervis Bay. Concealed within 100 acres of dense scrub, Paperbark Camp offers visitors the ultimate back-to-nature-retreat with opulent tents adorned with all the normal hotel luxuries.
Irena and Jeremy Hutchings opened Paperbark Camp almost ten years ago and were determined to make the most of the spectacular bush environment. They’ve also made an effort to embrace fresh, local produce, which is used at The Gunyah Restaurant. The Paperbark camp provides a great excuse for a quick break from Sydney.
If a NSW luxury getaway is not feasible then here are our picks for clamping around New Zealand and Australia. But be warned, if you’re at all budget-conscious than we suggest you stick to the old tent, foam mat and gas cooker option.
Beach bum: Sal Salis, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
Wildlife lovers: Bamurru Plains, Kakadu National Park, Australia
Mountain man: Blue Mountains Private Safaris, NSW, Australia
Riverside wilderness: Safari Camp Poronui, Taupo, New Zealand