Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Dreaming of a camping trip, but don’t want to roll out your sleeping bag or pitch a tent? There’s a solution for that. Words: Jeremy Rochow
I wake to the warble of magpies, frogs ribbiting in a nearby creek and the pitter-patter of light rain against the tent’s canvas.
My surrounds hardly resemble a tent. The sleeping bag has been replaced with a soft, king-sized bed, and a hot shower is steps away from where I’m sleeping.
This is glamping – the alternative to camping for those who dislike dirt, grime and sleeping on the hard ground.
Thankfully its popularity has taken off in the past few years, because while I enjoy nature, I’m not a fan of sleeping in a bag and showering once every few days.
Various ‘glampgrounds’ have popped up across the country – here are a few of our favourites.
Tanunda Discovery Park’s glampgrounds are nestled in the heart of the Barossa Valley – the perfect location for wine and food lovers.
Eight tents, resembling plush hotel rooms with mod-cons such as heating, power and a small kitchenette, encircle a campfire that will transport the most urban creature back to their childhood as they toast marshmallows until they’re crispy and gooey.
If you’re looking for something a bit more adult, the deck of your tent overlooking a vineyard is the perfect spot to sip Shiraz and eat cheese as the sun sets.
Where can you find that cheese and wine? The Barossa Valley is arguably home to some of South Australia’s best producers and wineries, making it the ideal location for glampers who love to delve into the world of food.
Visit Jacob’s Creek for a Master Class and four-course meal or explore Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop before enjoying lunch at the eatery.
If that doesn’t seal the deal, RAA members get 10% off accommodation here when booking online.