Camping sounds like a dream in theory – rustic ambience, fresh air, and nature at its finest – but throw in the mozzies, questionable bathroom situations, and uncomfortable sleeping bags, and you might just rather stay at home. This is where the art of glamping comes in.
The perfect compromise that’s in-between the deluxe hotel life and roughing it out, glamping is sure to be an easy, comfortable, and relaxing holiday. As the closest to The Hilton in the wild you’re going to get, we’ve found nine glamping experiences in and near Brisbane that will still feel like you’re far away.
Ketchup’s Bank Glamping | Boonah
Drive: 1 hour 39mins from Brisbane CBD
Want to get off the beaten track and head into the country? Boonah is where you need to head for some R&R! Grab a bottle of wine and watch the sunset over the Queensland mountains and continue on into the evening when the stars light up the sky. The tents on top of the hills feature free Wi-Fi inside to keep you in the loop of the outside world while experiencing the isolated country life. Breathe in the fresh air, without the bugs and check out their range of packages to make the stay extra special.
Minjerribah Camping | Stradbroke Island
Drive: 1 hour 48mins via ferry from Brisbane CBD
Want to hear the crash of the waves at night, enjoy the sights of town the next day, browse the shops and enjoy the local eats? Here’s the place to do it! At $99 per night, glamping at Minjerribah has you sorted with each tent situated beachside with fresh sheets, towels, and power! Swim in the afternoon and enjoy a camping experience without...well, the camping experience. No rolling away the tent and sleeping bags here. Facilities such as the communal kitchen and barbecue areas are also a welcomed feature to use during your stay for an inexpensive waterside meal.
Castaways | Moreton Island
Travel: 20mins drive + 90mins ferry from Brisbane CBD
Situated on Moreton Island, a 60-minute ferry ride away from Northshore Brisbane, Castaways has 11 fully furnished tents with verandas overlooking the picturesque Moreton Island nature. Queen-sized beds and private ensuites are a welcomed feature with a minimum of a two-night stay valued at $163. No setting up the tent, rolling out your sleeping bag or swatting those flies away; this glamping set up is beautifully laid out for your stay! Only 100 metres walk from the beach you can spend your time relaxing around the shore and at the local Castaways’ café.
Sanctuary by Sirromet | Mt Cotton
Drive: 43mins from Brisbane CBD
Sirromet – aka the land of wine, now has you sorted so you can wine, dine and stay. With three sophisticated restaurants to choose from you’ll be satisfied with each menu as they all provide different cuisines, before retiring to your luxurious tent amongst the trees. There are several different pavilion glamping tents to choose from ranging from the family pavilion, premium pavilion, and honeymoon pavilion all priced around $380 a night and filled with king beds and air conditioning. Forget the bugs, the heat, and the pack-up and pack-down; just enjoy yourself in the beautiful Sirromet surrounds for a unique experience.
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Keira Farm | Mutdapilly
Drive: 50mins from Brisbane CBD
Not only will you be camping in the gorgeous grounds of Mutdapilly, but you’ll be resting comfortably in their glamping tent, The Lodge. Yes, it’s technically a tent, but the five-metre-wide canvas tent fits a comfy queen size bed, armchairs, and other homely amenities. ‘Wine’ down with a glass of vino by the fireplace, visit your favourite farm animals, and once it gets dark, watch the stars shine whilst overlooking the picturesque view.
Southern Sky Glamping | Tamborine Mountain
Drive: 1 hour 8mins from Brisbane CBD
Looking for a fresh, tropical, rainforest getaway? Look no further than Southern Sky. Enjoy four entire acres of lush greenery and the refreshing air of Tamborine Mountain. Southern Sky offers a heated swimming pool on top of their fully furnished tent cabins. The cabins include everything you need, from a private kitchen and bathroom to two queen beds and a deck that’s the perfect vantage point to take in the beautiful nature.
Murphy’s Creek Escape | Upper Lockyer Valley
Drive: 1 hour 40mins from Brisbane CBD
Located only an hour and a half from the heart of Brisbane, Murphy’s Creek Escape can be found in the Upper Lockyer Valley 20 minutes from Toowoomba. Overlooking Murphy’s Creek from high, luxurious tents is the perfect getaway and glamping weekend! Each tent is furnished with king size beds, private ensuites, rain showers and bathrobes, making it the ideal escape in nature for anyone wanting to avoid the reality of traditional camping. Ranging from $249 per night, the spectacular views and sunsets seen from the safari tents are not to be missed! It really is a retreat amongst the Australian bush with a bar fridge included.
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Cedar Creek Lodges | Tamborine Mountain
Drive: 57mins from Brisbane CBD
Overlooking the stunning Cedar Creek, you’ll find the epitome of rustic luxury. The Woodland tents at Cedar Creek Lodges house a king-sized bed, a plush couch, and even a TV. Shower under the stars in the fabulous open-air shower and let the lush surrounds do their magic, giving you a serene escape on your doorstep!
Nightfall | Lamington
Drive: 1 hour 43mins from Brisbane CBD
Pare back and refresh in Nightfall’s luxury tents that remove the complications of modern life while leaving all the good stuff. In these architect-inspired, hand-built, permanent safari tents, fresh air will weave its way through sumptuous home-cooked organic food and a rustic ambience. With its breathtaking location delicately beside the crystal-clear Christmas Creek and Queensland's ancient Lamington National Park, you can kick back in twin bathtubs or by the rotating fireplace and relish in the luxury seclusion.