Off-the-beaten track a tented hideaway can be found in the Gold Coast Hinterland, just waiting for keen ‘glampers’.
If the sound of wet tents, building your own campfire and roughing-it in the wilderness makes you shudder, nightfall wilderness camp in Lamington National Park might have your glamping answer.
Glamping, the term dubbed for luxury camping, provides all the pleasures without any of the hard yakka and has become a travel óption increasingly staking its claim on the great outdoors.
Nightfall wilderness camp, one of the more popular local glamping locations, can be found an hour’s drive from the Gold Coast on the banks of Christmas Creek in Lamington National Park.
Guests can choose to sleep under the stars in an ‘Aussie Swag’ or in the comfort of the camp’s private boutique tents.
Each under-canvas platform features a king-sized bed with quality cotton sheets, an indoor-outdoor ensuite, soft bathrobes and organic toiletries.
The glamping experience is complimented by designer woodfire places, hammocks, WiFi, a library, all-inclusive open bar and micro-kitchens stocked with organic coffee, tea and select alcohol.
Food is commonly overlooked in regular camping, but the retreat serves canapes at sunset and dishes cooked in camp-ovens over coals.
Activities are available to tailor to your mood: try a ‘wild’ massage in a private forest clearing, fresh-water snorkel or swim in Christmas Creek, or join one of the local guides as they lead safaris through the National Park.
Alternatively, you can bird and wildlife watch from the comfort of the campsite; there are over 900 species of animals and 120 species of exotic birds in the area.
The experience is also claimed to offer carbon-neutral accommodation, at no detriment to the local environment and ecosystem.
Minimum stay is one night at nightfall wilderness camp, with deals starting from $295 per couple.