St Jerome's Melbourne

GLAMPING: THE ONLY WAY I GO CAMPING

[image: St Jerome’s Melbourne]

Not everyone’s idea of getting close to nature involves staying in a tent, a caravan or camping grounds. That’s certainly the case for me. I am a glamper. I don’t go camping, I go glamping.

Glamping is a trend that has taken hold predominantly over the last decade. Glamping is a combination of “glamour” and “camping”. Yes, this is glamorous camping.

For me, I simply like to think of it more as getting out there and getting closer to nature in the style I enjoy most. There are two main ways I enjoy glamping, in a fully-fitted RV or at locations that offer accommodation that is closer to what you would expect in a 5 star hotel. Nevertheless, I don’t think the definition of glamping needs to be as strict as some do.

For example, you can trick up your camping kit with a huge array of camping equipment to make it more glamorous. These include large tents and you always want to consider having a full ensuite with a warm shower.

I’m just not one who likes to get down and dirty. The thought of regular camping repulses me. At the other end of the scale, you can try glamping in the heart of Melbourne City. Yes, believe it or not, as a guest of St Jerome’s Hotel in Melbourne, you are able to book your glamping spot on top of the hotel. It comes complete with astroturf, panoramic views of the city, bathroom robes, Internet and access devices, and even a meditation tent.

I consider that a little extreme but it is definitely a novel way to experience Melbourne. I am more for heading to the Red Centre and doing it in style. With that in mind, there are a number of providers popping up across Australia to offer the kind of retreat that offers the kind of style I am looking for. They include romantic escapes, treehouses, walking holidays, eco resorts, luxury eco cottages and green-friendly hotels.

Nightfall Wilderness Camp is one of my favourites but certainly not all that is available all around Australia. Green camping is often associated with glamping because it is often a blend of luxury while still staying green.

NIGHTFALL WILDERNESS CAMP, LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK, QLD

Not all glampers want absolute exclusivity but if that is what you are looking for, Nightfall Wilderness Camp has space for 6 guests at a time for the ultimate VIP nature experience. They call it high-end and raw-luxe, which I think is a perfect description. They offer handmade tents, which features vintage baths, mood lighting and even a fireplace to keep you warm.

GLAM UP YOUR OWN CAMPING EXPERIENCE

I have to say I graduated into glamping as I got to know it and enjoy it more. Some people want more than others. Glamping doesn’t have to be a $300,000 Avida Longreach Motorhome. There are plenty of ways to add a little bit of luxury to your existing camping experience without it costing a fortune at all.

Let’s take a look at a couple of inexpensive ways to make your campsite all that more luxurious.

ENSUITE CAMPING SHOWERS

Okay, I did mention this already but that’s because a fully private ensuite you can take with you camping in the middle of nowhere can really change your experience. The are actually very inexpensive at around $80 and give you privacy if you want it. Solar heating portable showers bring warmth to your suds for around $15.

PORTABLE GAZEBO AND STYLISH CAMPING ACCESSORIES

A bit of style is easy to add with a few camping accessories and an imagination. Adding a central dining area to a camping site with a portable gazebo is another way to really glam up your camping experience. With a white tablecloth and a little bit of mood lighting from camping lanterns, you can make a wonderful dining experience. Melamine dinnerware and serveware, quality camping chairs and quality camping tables do the rest. Polycarbonate glassware adds to the whole experience.

PORTABLE TOILETS

A portable toilet isn’t always simply a chair with a hole in it a plastic bag underneath. There are more sophisticated models available. Add some lighting and you have the perfect place to finish off that book or read your favourite magazine. On top of that, you are not dumping your waste into nature.

Put all these things together with an extra spacious tent with all the accessories you need with a couple of noise-free solar power generators, and you are you are getting in the zone.

So there you have it, camping doesn’t have to be getting back to nature without some luxuries, and it doesn’t have to cost the earth you are enjoying either.

 


Do you have other easy and inexpensive ways to make your camping and fishing experience more luxurious or simply more comfortable? Let us and everyone know by sharing your comment in the comments section below.

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Jane F
jane.f@dinga.com.au

Jane loves camping as long as it is in comfort. In her mind, that means glamping all the way.