Like many women, I have a husband who loves nothing more than packing the car full of camping gear – canvas things, poles, eskies, plastic tubs full of tinned food and fishing gear. At the start of our courtship I would join him, forsaking my hair straightener, to brave the mosquitos, sleep on a bad air-bed and dine on sausages and beans. That was a long time ago.
Lucky for hubby I’ve found the answer – glamping, or glamorous camping. This is the type of camping I can handle. Comfortable beds, 500 thread count sheets, en suite bathrooms, gourmet food and … power points!
There is a trade-off that you may need to negotiate. While camping is cheap, glamping is anything but. So it’s best to first get him excited that finally the two of you will be together again in the great outdoors. If he asks about the cost (some partners don’t), then I’m sure you have your own unique way of “packaging” the information.
While there are many glamping resorts all over the world, especially in Africa, the UK and Malaysia, why not give it a try in Australia first? Here are three great selections.
Sal Salis – Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
An exclusive safari camp hidden in the white sand dunes. Nine spacious wilderness tents are just metres from the fringing coral reef. Gourmet food and a self-service bar are part of the all inclusive $685pp per night twin share price. Flights from Perth to Exmouth via Qantas ($300pp) and transfers to the site are $250pp.
Bamarru Plains – Kakadu National Park, NT.
Located just west of Kakadu National Park, with nine safari suites built amongst the savannah bush. Each safari suite is raised on a timber platform, with space for sitting out the heat of the day with a good book or watching the local wildlife. The camp won a Gourmet Traveller Best Eco-Tourism Award. All inclusive price of $930 pp pn. Transfers from Darwin can be expensive so you will need to factor this into your budget.
Wilson Island – Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
This private coral cay is located 40 minutes from Heron Island and has only six luxury tents including a king bed, sun deck and double hammock. For two nights the total “Exclusively Yours” package is $8,433.00 and includes: accommodation for up to 12 guests, all dining and beverages, return boat transfers between Wilson and Heron island and all snorkeling gear. Or for just the two of you, it’s $1100 pn (for two) all inclusive.
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