Camping can be fun, but glamping is the business… trust me.
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!
When was the last time you did something as simple as go parking with your special someone? Keeping the romance alive or romancing a new lover doesn’t necessarily involve spending a hand full of cash. There are some really simple, outdoor activities couples can do to spice up their love life and their sex life!
Cloud or star gazing
This might sound a little lame, but don’t knock it until you try it. I’ve had many a romantic afternoon with my partner watching the clouds go by. It’s a great thing to do on a lazy weekend or when funds are stretched to the limit. Throw down a rug, head to the backyard or local park and just lie back. The two of you can use your imaginations, laugh, talk, snuggle, cuddle – whatever you like. This is the absolute cheapest activity because the cost is zero!
A trip to the water
There is something very soothing about water. It doesn’t matter if it’s the beach or other body of water, going to a peaceful place like this is really rejuvenating. Rain, hail or shine, the view will always be spectacular and the trip there can be a great time to talk to your partner in peace or just enjoy being together.
Once you are there, you may choose to sit in the car and have a deep and meaningful conversation, while grabbing some hot chips and a loaf of bread for a bit of a meal. Maybe you decide to go for a walk, hand in hand. It doesn’t matter what you do but it will get you out of the house, away from the everyday stresses of life and give you both some precious time out.
Country or park picnic
When you live in the city getting out of that environment will de-stress you and have you both feeling relaxed. The most expensive thing about this will be the fuel. If the budget is really tight, you don’t need to go far for a bit of tranquillity. A secluded park in a neighboring suburb can be just as good. Pack a few sandwiches, some drinks and it can be a reasonably inexpensive outing. Bring along a frisbee or footy and get active.
Whether you set up a tent in the bush somewhere, local caravan park or even in the backyard, it doesn’t matter. If you are able to have a little campfire, go for it! Sitting by the fire is really romantic. If you can’t have a fire, enjoy time in the tent. The cold air outside will entice you to snuggle and being away from technology, like TVs and phones, will get you communicating.
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All you have to do is pack what you need, strap it on your back and start walking. It’s as simple as that. You’ll get away from it all and come back in better shape. Going up and down steep trails with a heavy back pack burns calories – actually around 4,000 a day. It also builds strength and pushes your aerobic endurance to new heights. Did we mention leg muscles? Hiking works those quads, hamstrings and calves like no other exercise? Best of all Hiking relaxes your mind and helps you release stress – all while enjoying nature’s best views. When you do get back from a day of hiking don’t forget to try Lux Skin Sense Hand Wash in Calm. The gentle fragrance of chamomile and geranium will not only moisturise your skin but cleanse it as well.
Always wanted to experience an unbeatable high? Kayaking will do it for you. Whether you’re paddling the white water rapids of the Penrith Whitewater Stadium in Sydney or touring the Brisbane River, kayaking lets you develop upper-body strength and incredible balance all while you have a duck’s eye view of the world. Besides those fabulous triceps, you’ll develop flexible muscles in both your upper and lower back – all the way around to your abdomen. The only Lux hand wash post kayaking is Splash. Splash contains natural extracts of juniper and wild jojoba which are known for their purifying and toning properties.
Camping really is the quintessential way to really enjoy all that nature has to offer. Free your spirit, relax your mind and dream as you stare into a campfire, lie under the stars or wade in the ocean – far, far away from your work. With more than 3000 national parks in Australia there really are thousands of amazing places to pitch a tent. You’ll be the only ones for miles. Don’t forget to pack Embrace Lux Hand wash to keep your hands smelling and feeling beautiful while outdoors. Embrace contains natural extracts of Neroli and Ylang Ylang, which are known for their warming and sensual properties.
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