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Interior of glamping tent with queen bed
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The best glamping sites in NSW

Leave the tent pegs at home – these glamping sites have hot running water, roll top baths and luxury linen

By Time Out editors
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They combine the comforts of a luxury of hotel room with the adventure of sleeping under the stars. We sent the Time Out team to review the best glamping sites in NSW – from beachside retreats to wine country getaways. Add these to your post-iso holiday wish list for when travel restrictions around the state are lifted.

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Glamping sites in NSW

Cows wander near tents
Cows wander near tents
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Glenayr Farm

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This glamping escape set in a 320 acre working farm just 30 minutes out of Mudgee feels totally remote, yet is still close to the cellar doors of the region's vibrant wine country. Take a walk around the fields, which are covered in rich scatterings of wildflowers, take a seat by the dam as the sun sets, and have a yarn around the bonfire. A couple of gentle, free roaming cows may even let you approach them for pat.

 

Bed at Turon Gates
Bed at Turon Gates
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Turon Gates

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Turon Gates Country Resort is such a well kept secret, not even Google Maps knows where it is. It sits on the western foothills of the Blue Mountains, just northwest of Wolgan Valley, on the road between Lithgow and Mudgee. Look up, and you might catch a white bellied Australian kestrel hovering above you. Look behind you as you gain altitude and you might see a wedge-tailed eagle winging across the plain below. It looks like it was cut out of a European fairy tale and dropped into the Australian bush.

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Lotions on table
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Flash Camp

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Two luxury pop-up camping sites operate near the Shoalhaven River, just three hours from Sydney. Couples and groups of up to four can book out one of twelve tents across two camping sites, each in a rustic bushland setting and kitted out with plush bedding, solar-powered lighting and luxury amenities. You can while away the days fishing, canoeing or bike riding around the region, and settle in to the communal lounge area by the campfire under a canopy of fairy lights by night – not to mention the actual constellations that’ll be visible from this secluded, light-pollution free spot. You'll need to bring your own food and drink – you're camping, after all – but all other bedding, lighting and crockery is provided.

Tanja Lagoon Glamping
Tanja Lagoon Glamping
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Tanja Lagoon Camp

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If you’re a deeply entrenched city slicker then there is no softer landing into a camping experience than a stay at Tanja Lagoon Camp. If you're accustomed to roughing it a little, prepare to experience camping luxury – all the good bits with no inconvenience. They’ve set up four expansive safari tents on permanent timber platforms ringing the lagoon in a manner that guarantees absolute privacy. This is especially good news given there is a full-sized bathtub next to the window for soaking with a view. 

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Original Safari at Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay
Original Safari at Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay
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Paperbark Camp

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Paperbark Camp, found ten minutes’ drive from Huskisson in Jervis Bay, is the antidote to all those shoestring family camping trips (and the subsequent backache). It’s by far the most glamorous way to camp under the stars that we’ve ever experienced, from the queen bed with bamboo and cotton linen to the outdoor roll-top bath with white cotton robes and slippers. Raised above ground and surrounded by a canopy of gum trees, the tent felt more like a hotel suite with a constant breeze from the open canvas windows. Imagine camping scenes from Game of Thrones, but with less death and more WiFi access.

Day Bed at Bubble Tent Blue Mountains
Day Bed at Bubble Tent Blue Mountains
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Bubbletent Australia

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Generally, things that look incredible on Instagram underwhelm in real life. Australia’s first bubble tent – aptly named Bubbletent Australia – is not one of those things. In fact, like the moon, fireworks and big stadium pop shows, the bubble tent is actually a lot more impressive in the flesh (well, polyurethane membrane). There are three tents to choose from, each overlooking a different aspect of the Capertee Valley, the largest valley in the world. All three offer total seclusion, which is not only pleasant but needed, since the central chamber of each one has a 360 degree view out, and in. 

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Ariel view of cliff Sapphire Coast
Ariel view of cliff Sapphire Coast
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Light 2 Light Coastal Walks

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While not quite all-bells-and-whistles enough to compete with the most luxe end of the glamping spectrum, there’s easily enough sophistication on offer to set it apart from your average campground bunk-down. On this three-day guided and catered walking holiday, the Sapphire Coast's 31-kilometre Light to Light trail, through Ben Boyd National Park, is broken into carefully curated chunks, so each day’s hike arrives back at the same fully prepared campsite, at the secluded beachside grounds of Saltwater Creek. While some aspects may be no-frills, there's luxury on offer where it counts, particularly the gourmet-calibre meals, which hero the wealth of culinary producers and makers who call this part of NSW home. 

 

Kookaburra Ridge
Kookaburra Ridge
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Kookaburra Ridge

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For some travellers, accomodation without WiFi or phone reception is a deal-breaker. But at Kookaburra Ridge, the first glamping venue by the team at In2thewild Tiny Holidays, being cut off from emails and texts is a key selling point. Being immersed in nature with a touch of luxury is the vibe at Kookaburra Ridge, which is set amongst unspoiled bushland in a secret location in the Lake Macquarie region, two hours north of Sydney.

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Sierra Escape
Sierra Escape
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Sierra Escape

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Situated around 25 minutes north of Mudgee, Sierra Escape is an off-the-grid, camping-style experience that offers the comforts of a five star hotel. Emphasis should be placed on ‘escape’ here – the dirt road from the centre of Mudgee means it's a bit out of the way – but the journey is a small tradeoff for its secluded location. Wildlife around the camp is abundant: small green tree frogs hop along gravel roads, crimson rosellas perch in the trees just metres away from the tent, kangaroos bounce over fences and sheep, and llamas and cows graze in neighbouring paddocks and fields.

Inside tent at Taronga Zoo
Inside tent at Taronga Zoo
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Roar and Snore

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Roar and Snore is Taronga Zoo’s long-running overnight experience. It starts after the gates have closed on daytime visitors and continues until they open again at 9.30 the following morning. It’s one of the biggest income generators for the not-for-profit wildlife organisation, and at $320 per adult for a Saturday stay, it might seem expensive for a night under canvas – but then again, how often do you get to sleep at the zoo? You'll meet critters at sunset; see lions, tigers, snow leopards and a sun bear fed late-night snacks; and dine at the zoo’s restaurant. 

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Lake Conjola glamping
Lake Conjola glamping
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Holiday Haven Lake Conjola

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It's more accessible than glamorous, but the waterfront accommodation at Lake Conjola Entrance Holiday Park will still scratch the luxury getaway itch. Elevated from the ground and furnished up the wazoo, the lodging has all of the mod-cons (including a television and microwave) but with the added bonus of the sound of pattering rain on canvas. Unlike more romantic glamping packages these tents have space for four people; there's a comfortable queen bed joined by a double bunk bed, which is perfect for families or small groups.

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