Forget sordid memories of mosquito ridden swags and tents collapsing at the first breath of wind. Glamping in Australia is beyond any outdoor experience you can possibly imagine. It’s camping but not the way you know it. Glamping is the newly discovered concept in lavish accommodation and phenomenal honeymoon destinations for those romantic wayfarers at heart.
A tropical tented oasis sits just behind the sea, buried in the sand dunes running the length of the Ningaloo Reef on the Coral Coast. Serene and perfectly untouched, each one of Sal Salis’ nine huts overlook pristine azure water. A fusion of phosphorescent marine life and exotic coral make Sal Salis the ultimate nautical destination. More than that, “it’s about the adventure of sleeping under canvas,” Marketing and Reservations Manager, Amanda Fisher says. Curl up in bed and hear the wind blowing over the white fabric ceiling and completely unwind to the smell of the salt water terrain. “Sal Salis is about getting back to nature and not being side tracked by anything else.”
“It’s just you and nature and it’s a really intimate feeling.”
Exmouth airport is the only point of access to Sal Salis which means, you’re highly unlikely to come across any other visitor to the park, except for the occasional kangaroo grazing on the sand. Sal Salis will supersede your spirit for soft adventure and the great outdoors. Though Amanda says Sal Salis, like the idea of glamorous camping, is not for everyone, “You’re living in a tented camp in the middle of sand dunes, so you have to be someone who connects with nature and the outdoors. Or rather, someone who wants to reconnect.”
$2750 per person, 3 nights twin share (April 2016-July 2016)
Point Stuart, NT
Awake from your deep lull and peep through the mesh wall of your Safari Bungalow. A plethora of native bird and wildlife bevy over to greet you as you view the Mary River floodplains at dawn. Dotted amongst the spotted gums are nine high end bush camps that combine a wealth of style and element of discovery. The luxurious chalets, hidden among the tree tops from the prying eyes of the buffalo and brumbies, reflect the indigenous and pastoral history of the region. River cruisers, airboat tours and bird watching are among a plethora of adventures you can elect to do with your significant other should you wish to become more intimate with the surrounding environment.
$590 per person, per night (twin share)
Great Barrier Reef, QLD
Large rays and ancient sea turtles skim the waters edge, leaving behind oscillated rims on the surface. Beneath the crystal lagoon speckles of coral intertwine and jilt back and forth against the gentle current. The main house which is centered in the middle of the island is vaguely visible from underneath the thatched roof of the jetty. The beams and rafters that bolster up the structure of the building blend seamlessly in to the tropical environment, while driftwood and polished timber benches decorate the interior. Haggerstone Island is a raw, pristine environment located ten kilometres southeast of Cape Grenville in the Great Barrier Reef. After five years of construction, the main house is the epitome of Island seclusion. Snake beans, passionfruit and butternuts from the Island’s orchard, are reoccurring ingredients appearing in the exotic dishes created in the house kitchen. Sip carafes of chilled wine from the deck of one of four meticulously styled wooden huts on the Island.
Lagoon, Kwila & Beach Hut
$800 per person, per night (twin share); four nights minimum
$850 per person, per night (twin share); four nights minimum
Longitude 131 celebrates one of Australia’s most iconic, cultural landscapes. Secluded on the sand dunes of the dual World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Longitude 131’s fifteen elevated tents are the best way to experience the spectacle of the Australian outback. Perhaps the most arresting sight of all is the blood orange sky guests are witness to at sunset. Pigments of the desert sand are lifted by the melting sun and cast back over the vast land, taunting the sky red. Like most camping experiences, this one would not be complete without a crackling fire at dusk, simmering and spitting embers in to the semi-arid atmosphere. Scrubby vegetation and raucous grass are a striking contrast on the rusty ground.
$1200 per person, per night (twin share); two nights minimum