The top end of Australia should be a travel destination on everyone’s bucket list. Home to some of the most stunning scenery Australia has to offer, the NT has a unique blend of flora and fauna, which must be seen to be appreciated. From exotic waterfalls, landscapes and wildlife to ancient Aboriginal rock art, there’s something for young and old to see and do.
What makes it even better, is that they also have superb glamping accommodation options. Some of which you don’t even have to get out of bed to witness the incredible sunrises! No, it’s not too good to be true, it’s a reality!
Here we are featuring four of the regions top rugged, yet ritzy venues. From romantic couples getaways, to family friendly safari tents, it seems the top end is the place to go and experience the best glamping options on offer. Rather than just finding a place to lay your head, opt for a once in a lifetime experience.
Bamuruu Plains Wildbush Luxury
Looking for a hint of romance? This luxury getaway provides the perfect privacy for couples looking for that romantic escape. With only nine bungalows available, guests are able to escape to a place of intimate isolation. Each bungalow overlooks the floodplains visited by a many unique flora and fauna, such as Magpie Gees and Plumed Whistling Ducks.
This is the ultimate natural Aussie outback experience so don’t expect technology. Sorry the mobile won’t work either. There are binoculars and species guides for sitting back and thoroughly enjoying the experience. The food options are reflective of the region, so if you’re into Australiana, be sure to check it out.
Fancy waking up to breathtaking views of Uluru / Ayers Rock from the comfort of your bed? Flick the switch, the curtains rise and there it is! This intimate 15 luxury tent venue ensures interrupted views of the iconic landmark from each tent. King sized beds, air-conditioning and even complimentary use of an Ipad and MP3 makes this the type of glamping experience something even a princess could endure!
After a long hot day of sightseeing, you can relax poolside then head into the outback for a gourmet four-course dinner under the spectacular glory of the milky way. If you have been searching for a way to propose or celebrate something special, this experience is certainly worthy of investigating.
Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge
This boutique lodge is glamping at its best, complete with token campfire. There are only ten spacious luxury tented cabins on offer, so intimate numbers are assured. With king size beds and air conditioning, the owners are catering for your comfort. It’s set in a secluded and picturesque corner of Kings Creek Station with easy access to Kings Canyon.
In the evening you can experience a three-course gourmet dinner with Aussie flair! Sample the fresh homemade damper, served with platters of beef and barramundi or kangaroo and lamb, all served with the chef’s choice of vegetables and salad. Yum! Complete the day by sitting back and relaxing in front of an outdoor campfire.
Wildman Wilderness Lodge
For a family option, consider Wildman Wilderness Lodge. They have 10 family friendly safari tents, complete with two single beds, plus en-suite. The beauty of Wildman is that it is easily accessible to both Darwin and Kakadu, located on the stunning Mary River Wetlands. It too is home to exquisite local bird and wildlife.
An added specialty of the lodge is a fisherman or woman’s dream! You can catch your own Barramundi and then have the chef cook it for your dinner. Now, I don’t know about you, but that sounds like the ideal fishing experience!
Regardless of where you’re travelling next, bringing along the right equipment is important especially if you’re backpacking and have limited room in your luggage. Packing at the last minute often results in forgetting many essentials, so try and be well prepared by preparing your bags ahead of time (without forgetting any important essentials). Keep reading for our top 5 items you will use regardless of where your next destination is.
An easy-to-carry pair of sandals, flats or trainers is important to bring along if you’re constantly moving from each destination. These are an inexpensive option especially if you’re constantly required to take your shoes off when entering various temples, mosques, and even people’s homes. Flipsters make a variety of stylish fold-up shoes and sandals which easily pack away into a small carry case (as big as your smart phone!).
2. Face wipes
You’ve probably got this one covered in your makeup bag, but bring along a small pack of face wipes wherever you go. Not only are they great to use on the face, but help to eliminate germs and sanitise your hands without the use of water and soap. Great to use for cooling off, or simply just to freshen up throughout the day or night.
Many may choose to disagree with this option, but a book is a great item to pack since flights and transportation take up so much time. If it feels too bulky to carry around on your trip, try out eBooks since they are easily stored on the phone and won’t take too much space in your carry-on or luggage.
4. Microfibre towel
Not only are these towels light and easy to carry, but they dry in half the time of a standard towel. A great option for anyone choosing to backpack throughout the duration of their trip, since towels come with a handy zip carry pouch of their own for those day trips.
5. Pen and paper
Bringing along a small un-lined journal and pen makes it easy to jot down experiences, people’s details and fun-facts throughout the holiday. This also comes in handy if you’re trying to remember some of the local languages, during your stay. Moleskine provide a large collection of classic notebooks which come in various colours and styles for people on-the-go.
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