It’s hard to think of a more diversely beautiful destination than Queensland. Blessed with tropical islands, rugged bushland, enchanting hinterland and breathtaking rainforest, it’s the perfect location for adventure-filled getaways. To add a little luxury, we’ve found some seriously romantic Queensland glamping options, where you can enjoy the great outdoors while still enjoying the comforts of home. From beachside tents to rainforest retreats, there’s something for everyone.
Adder Rock Glamping, North Stradbroke Island
Just a short ferry ride from Brisbane’s coastal township of Cleveland (40 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD), North Stradbroke Island is nothing short of a summertime paradise. If you haven’t discovered (or rediscovered) this gem of a spot, you need to – seriously, it’s the stuff of ‘Welcome to Australia’ postcards.
Exploring the island is even more enticing, with glamping available at the beloved Adder Rock Campground. Sitting among bushland, just steps from Stradbroke’s sparkling waters, a collection of stylish safari tents feature Armadillo interior rugs, bamboo deck chairs and all the mod-cons. Our advice? Base yourselves here and spend your stay strolling along the North Gorge Walk, feasting on fresh seafood, taking a dip at Cylinder Beach and spotting wildlife (like kangaroos and koalas) along the way.
Spicer’s Canopy, Scenic Rim
For a sense of adventure-meets-luxury, make your way to Spicer’s Canopy in Maryvale (just over 90 minutes southwest of Brisbane). Based in the Scenic Rim, the 3,200-hectare camp is (as the location suggests) incredibly scenic, surrounded by bushland and mountain ranges. It’s no surprise that bushwalking is the main activity of choice at Spicer’s Canopy, while experiences like mountain bike riding and even laser target shooting will thrill big kids at heart.
Those who enjoy the more finer things in life will be impressed by the luxury tents kitted out with king beds, as well as the chef-prepared meals… best enjoyed by the fire at the grand communal dining area, of course.
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Mitchell Grass Retreat, Longreach
Located just a few minutes’ drive from Longreach, the Mitchell Grass Retreat offers a luxurious outback glamping experience. The retreat features expansive safari tents in soothing neutral tones with black accents, including private trough baths with cheeseboards and wine overlooking the vast desert plains. Guests can also enjoy a glass of champagne on a sunset cruise down the Thomson River, explore the region’s fossilized past at the Australian Age of Dinosaur, or take a scenic helicopter ride to appreciate the enormous landscape. The retreat was born from the idea of Tanya and David Neal, who wanted to share the beauty of the outback with their visitors. They aimed to create an authentic outback experience that is low impact on the environment and blends seamlessly into the Mitchell Grass landscape. Glamping tents provide guests with a technology-detox, nature-based break, and quality time with friends and family. Prices start at $385 per night for two guests, with a minimum two-night stay.
Wilson Island is a secluded paradise in the Great Barrier Reef, offering a unique and intimate experience with only nine Reef Safari Tents available for a maximum of 18 guests. Wake up to the soothing sounds of the ocean in your king-size bed and spend your days exploring the magnificent reef or simply relaxing on your private, elevated wood deck with a refreshing drink. All the necessary amenities, including towels, toiletries, and umbrellas, are provided for your convenience. This adults-only retreat is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the tranquility of this serene corner of the world. Whether you choose to paddle board, snorkel, or simply unwind, your stay at Wilson Island will be an unforgettable experience.
Nightfall Wilderness Camp, Lamington National Park
For OTT luxury, book yourselves a stay at Nightfall Wilderness Camp. Nestled deep in the rainforest of Lamington National Park (an hour southwest of the Gold Coast), this glamping spot is about as luxe as it gets. With touches like fireplaces, outdoor vintage baths and ensuite bathrooms with rain-head showers, Nightfall’s hand-built, architect-inspired safari tents are the stuff of daydreams.
As sumptuous as Nightfall’s tents are, you can’t visit this spectacular spot without getting out and exploring the national park. Get the heart racing with a nature trek before treating yourselves to a massage by the creek and enjoying a gourmet dinner by the campfire, prepared by Nightfall’s friendly hosts.
Starry Nights Luxury Camping
Experience the ultimate glamping getaway at Starry Nights Luxury Camping, located just a short drive from Montville and Mooloolaba Beach in Queensland. Nestled on a private 17-acre property in Woombye, this eco-retreat offers a serene escape surrounded by wilderness and the tumbling waters of Petrie Creek. Each of the handmade tents features recycled barn floorboards, stone basins, and a cozy wood fire, as well as a king-sized bed with organic linen, flushing toilet, and hot bath and shower. With only two bookings/groups allowed at a time, you can enjoy total privacy and relaxation in the beautiful guest lounge or explore the nearby Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Plus, with a near-zero carbon footprint, you can breathe in the fresh, clean air and enjoy a guilt-free getaway.
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park
Nestled in the heart of Lamington National Park, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat offers a serene forest escape for nature lovers. Although we wouldn’t quite refer to their safari tents (more below) as glamping, due to the incredible world-class location at your doorstep, we are giving honorary inclusion in our Top Glamping Spots in Queensland list! Take a hike through the world-heritage listed Gondwana rainforest to discover stunning waterfalls and swimming holes, then return to your tranquil campground. Choose to pitch your own tent or relax in one of the 17 powered safari tents perched amongst the trees, two of which are designed for disabled access. The campground offers communal bathrooms, a communal kitchen area with breathtaking views of the McPherson Range, a fire pit area, and access to all the hinterland has to offer, including the Tree Top Walk and magical Moran Falls. For a more luxurious experience, opt for the permanent fixed tent structure with hard flooring, canvas walls, a verandah, a queen bed, and a double/single set of bunk beds, comfortably sleeping up to five people.
Images by Kenny Smith and courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland. All others supplied by the destinations featured
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