With more of us having to stay local with our travels this year, what better excuse is there to indulge in some luxury staycations right here in Victoria?
Luxury glamping in Victoria is something that has grown massively over the past few years. Glamping (camping but with more luxurious accommodation and facilities) is ideal for people who love the whole camping ‘experience’ and being outdoors, but prefer comfort and a good night’s sleep!
There’s no set up or fuss required for glamping and you have the benefit of all the familiar mod cons within, or next to, your cosy sleeping arrangements.
So whether you’re thinking about a couple’s getaway or plan on taking the whole family, here is a round up of some of the best luxury glamping spots across Victoria, Australia.
(whilst you’re here, don’t forget to check out my other accomodation post about some unique & quirky rentals in Victoria!)
1. Mirador Springs Glamping
Set amongst stunning gardens once owned by a famous local artist, Mirador Springs offers your very own generously sized nature retreat.
You can access all areas of the property including the extensive gardens and paths, natural spring, orchards and even pay a visit to the resident donkeys, goats and sheep!
The tent is fitted with a queen bed, lounge chairs and even a coffee machine.
I adore the seperate ‘bath house’ complete with a freestanding bath with 180 degree views out over the tranquil vegetation of your private retreat.
– What is there to do in Trafalgar South?
2. Grapevine Glamping
Wine and camping go together like… well, wine and more wine.
Then put wine, camping AND the setting of a vineyard together and you have Grapevine Glamping – the absolutely perfectly paired trio.
Grapevine Glamping is a luxury glamping site located in the rural setting of the Rutherglen Wine Region, 42km away from Wangaratta and 45km from Yarrawonga.
Sipping on wine as you lie next to the very vines where the grapes are grown allows you to utterly disconnect from the stresses of everyday life.
These super cute bell tent accommodations are thoughtfully equipped with a proper queen size bed, bedside tables, a BBQ and outdoor furniture. Beside each tent there is a unit fitted with air conditioning, a shared bathroom and kitchenette with the usual facilities such as a microwave, toaster and fridge.
However, with an on-site restaurant specialising in Australian cuisine, this is true gourmet glamping where the last thing on your mind is cooking for yourself!
– What is there to do in Rutherglen?
If you feel like prizing yourself away from your glamping accommodation at Cofield Winery, there are loads of activities to do in the area:
For something a little unique, how about a tent ‘bubble’?
Get far away from the light pollution of the city to stargaze and nature watch from within these super cool-looking SkyTents.
Located on the remote Raymond Island near Lakes Entrance in Eastern Victoria, these glamping facilities really isolate you in the best possible way. No WiFi, close-up sea views and no neighbours to peek into your bubble (well, aside from the local wildlife) – bliss!
If you’re looking for peaceful, luxury glamping in Victoria to remember – this is certainly a memorable option.
– What is there to do on Raymond Island?
Although going to an island like this is the perfect getaway to do nothing at all, here are some ideas of other things you can do near Raymond Island:
4. Goldfield Glamping
Nestled in the heart of the gold-mining region within a tranquil, rural setting, you’ll quite literally be striking gold with this ’boutique bush glamping’ experience.
Unlike most other glamping options on this list, what I like about Goldfield Glamping’s teepees is that they come with their own private bathroom complete with toiletries, just metres away from the tent. It just adds that extra bit of privacy and convenience.
If you want to get social and meet your fellow glampers, there’s a communal firepit to drink wine, toast marshmallows and make some new friends.
There’s also a BBQ, so make sure you stock up on some great local produce to cook up for dinner.
Looking for more accommodation options nearby? Check out my other post on the best and most unique rentals in Ballarat!
– What is there to do in Clydesdale?
Clydesdale itself is fairly remote, but it’s an ideal base to stay to explore the nearby towns of Daylesford, Castlemaine and Hepburn Springs. Here is what you can do in Clydesdale and the surrounds:
5. Phillip Island Glamping
So turns out penguins aren’t the only reason to go to Phillip Island – you can camp in comfort under the stars, at any location on the island you wish!
Just tell this company where you would like to go and they’ll set up (and deconstruct) everything for you. All you need to do is pack your bags!
I love this flexible concept and the detailing within these bell tents are simply adorable.
6. Eco-friendly ‘Safari’ Glamping
Another, more luxurious glamping option on Phillip Island is this utterly divine extravaganza that is so far from a tent, it will be suitable for even the most extreme camping hater!
Not only is there a private hot tub just outside, but also a four poster bed, wood burner, kitchen, bathroom, and lounge area INSIDE the tent. Safe to say it is pretty huge and would make the most romantic weekend getaway or a staycation with the kids.
It’s basically a whole house with a twist set in the pristine and secluded surrounds of Phillip Island. I’m in!!
– What is there to do on Phillip Island?
7. Balgownie Estate Winery Retreat
For a winery setting AND local gold mining heritage, Balgownie winery retreat just 10 minutes from the town of Bendigo, is another incredible location to enjoy a true culinary treat. Balgownie is Bendigo’s oldest winery with a historic cellar door and a fantastic on-site restaurant.
With open-plan safari tents or classic bell tents to choose from, there are great value off-the-grid retreat options here for everyone.
There is everything you would expect for a true glamping experience at Balgownie Estate, such as an outdoor deck area with seating, a comfortable proper bed, and an inside sofa seating area.
– What is there to do in Bendigo?
To clear the head after a few too many glasses of delicious wine, there are plenty of nearby attractions to visit:
9. Castlemaine Garden Glamping
49 km from Maryborough and 38km from Bendigo, these plush glamping tents in Castlemaine are set in luxury gardens on a large elevated terrace shaded by greenery.
This is ideal option for someone after a more social glamping experience as although tents are private, you share the deck and lounge with your fellow glamping neighbours. It’s also perfect for a large group if you rented all the tents out together!
8. Boho Lotus Belle Tent
As far as the tents go, this gorgeous ‘lotus’ bell tent is by far the prettiest on this list – and that’s just from the outside! Inside, the cute and cosy furnishings are a boho-lovers dream.
The queen size bed, kitchenette, private outdoor deck with seating and a rustic bathroom in the (also private) garden ensure this glamping experience is not only quiet, but incredibly comfortable.
Also located near to Bendigo, this glamping option is a serene and picture-perfect base for exploring everything this old gold mining town has to offer.
I hope you feel inspired to stay at one of these fantastic glamping spots in Victoria and to show your support for local businesses throughout the state!
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