Glamping in Australia: 3 Luxe Spots that are Totally Off the Grid

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We’re loath to use the word “glamping”, but we certainly appreciate the concept of bringing modern, luxury, hotel conveniences to the middle of nowhere. Few places on earth do “middle of nowhere” like Australia, which is what makes these three luxe camping spots among the coolest in the world.

Bamurru Plains (Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory)

Australia's 3 Most Luxurious Glamping Sites

Even on a continent teeming with historically and culturally significant landmarks, Kakadu National Park is notable. The area occupied by the park today has been continuously inhabited for more than 50,000 years, and its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a testament to that. Situated just on the edge of the park, Bamurru Plains is a luxurious oasis among the vast, rugged landscape. The deluxe bush camp is the ideal home base to explore the park’s rich ecosystem, which includes dozens of unique bird species. Four-wheel drive tours leave daily to track water buffalo, and cruises explore the Mary River floodplain in search of the area’s famous, massive crocodiles. Nightly rates in a Safari Bungalow start at AUD $1,300 (approximately USD $1,030) per couple.

Sal Salis (Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia)

Sal Salis (Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia)

Amid the wild shores of remote Ningaloo Reef, Sal Salis offers just 16 lavish beachside tent sites. Each tent blends natural, eco-conscious materials with modern comforts. Visitors will find plenty of wildlife, both on land and in the water. The onsite restaurant uses only fresh bush food and local fish, all served on a panoramic deck overlooking the Indian Ocean. The surrounding Cape Range National Park is a haven for galah, wallaroo, and butcher birds. It’s also the continent’s only place where travelers can reliably spot — and swim alongside — humpback whales and whale sharks. Nightly rates start at AUD $1,500 (approximately USD $1,200) per couple.

Nightfall (Lamington National Park, Queensland)

Nightfall Safari Tent

While many of Australia’s luxe camping experiences center around wildlife exploration, Nightfall is all about pure, blissful escape. The camp lies on the edge of Christmas Creek in a secluded, remote outpost near Lamington National Park. You’ll find few technological conveniences here as the focus is on disconnecting as completely as possible. Rooms are outfitted with plenty of amenities, however, including king beds, rain showers, wood-fired heaters, and private baths. Optional add-ons are honeymoon-centric, including romantic dinners for two, creekside couples massages, and guided yoga sessions. Nightly rates starts at AUD $795 (approximately USD $630) per couple, including meals and an open bar.

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