GLAMPING IN NORTHERN TERRITORY: 5 OF THE BEST OUTBACK RETREATS IN THE TOP END
Northern Territory is known for vast ancient landscapes and iconic rock formations, which makes exploring the Top End a one-of-a-kind experience. For adventurers who don’t want to deal with all the hardships associated with traditional camping, there’s glamping in Northern Territory, too. You can have a luxury outback experience while spending the night under a million stars. If you want to experience glamping in Northern Territory, here are five of the best outback retreats.
LONGITUDE 131, ULURU-KATA TJUTA NATIONAL PARK
Ayers Rock, located in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, is one of the best destinations in the Northern Territory. So, what can be better than waking up to this majestic sight? Longitude 131 is an excellent option for glamping in Northern Territory.
This outback retreat features 15 luxury tents with a king-sized bed, private balcony, tent canopy, oversized rain shower, en-suite bathroom, an in-room bar, iPad preloaded with entertainment, Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. Longitude 131 also serves espresso, three-course lunches and gourmet dinners under the night sky.
SQUEAKY WINDMILL, ALICE SPRINGS
Squeaky Windmill is a glamping spot located right in the heart of the Red Centre. It’s a few minutes away from the remote town of Alice Springs. Guests will be able to marvel at the red rock formations of the MacDonnell Ranges. Squeaky Windmill is also a great base for the Larapinta Trail and the Simpsons Gap.
This Northern Territory glamping spot has boutique tents with a queen-sized bed or twin single beds. They also have double quilts, electric blankets, air-conditioning, kitchenette, an en-suite bathroom and an outdoor deck.
BAMURRU PLAINS, KAKADU NATIONAL PARK
Bamurru Plains, located just outside Kakadu National Park, is a wonderful choice for glamping in Northern Territory. In this wild bush luxury retreat, you’ll be able to have a true outback experience without having to rough it out. There are nine safari bungalows with a comfortable bed, organic cotton linen, an en-suite bathroom and a high-pressure shower. Each bungalow features floor-to-ceiling mesh screen walls so you’ll have a full view of your surroundings without having to deal with pesky insects.
WILDMAN WILDERNESS LODGE, MARY RIVER NATIONAL PARK
Wildman Wilderness Lodge, situated in Mary River, provides you with a wetland safari experience. This bush luxury retreat is about an hour away from Kakadu National Park.
The Northern Territory glamping spot features 10 ‘habitat’ cabins and 15 safari tents. The former comes with luxury bedding and furnishings, en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning. Meanwhile, the safari tents offer a more rustic but still luxurious experience. They feature fans and en-suite bathrooms. The tents can also accommodate up to four or five people.
BANU BANU, BREMER ISLAND
Those who want a more tropical experience should head to Banu Banu on Bremer Island, which is in the northeastern corner of Arnhem Land. Guests will be able to enjoy the island’s unspoilt beaches with turquoise water and white sand, abundant marine life, lush tropical surroundings as well as clear skies and bright stars at night.
This eco-accommodation offers a range of glamping experiences. The five deluxe beachfront eco tents feature a king-sized bed or twin single beds, an en-suite bathroom, a pedestal fan and a private timber deck. You can also stay in the beach house cabin or hideaway cabin.
Sleeping in the wilderness sounds so romantic. Camping, however, also comes with a lot of inconveniences such as heavy gear, composting toilets, nature’s elements, pesky insects and so on. If you don’t want to deal with these nuisances, there’s always glamping in Northern Territory. This is perfect for those who wish to explore the Australian heartland during the day, then relax and unwind in luxury outback safari retreats at night.
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