Five unique glamping (that’s glamorous camping) stays in Victoria where a bottle Bollinger or a boiling billy is equally on the cards.
If you’re looking to go glamping in Victoria, you’ve come to the right place.
From wilderness retreats and zoo safaris to seaside valleys, here we give you the top locations for glamping in Victoria.
1. Cosy Tents, Daylesford
Nestled in the hills of the Hepburn Shire, in a wide, open paddock encircled by Australian bush and a dam, the five ‘Cosy Tents’ for hire here are just too cute for words. Linen of 1200 threads, duck-down quilts, wood-fired stoves, mood-setting lanterns and Bose Bluetooth speakers to play a bit of Paul Kelly: they’ve thought of everything. Except who you’re going to bring. From $185 a night.
Address: 6A Kanga Rd, Yandoit
2. Pebble Point, Great Ocean Road
Doing the Great Ocean Walk? (You should, it’s spectacular… just saying.) At the end, just three kilometres from the Twelve Apostles, in between three national parks, you’ll find this hidden bush retreat with five luxury tents.
Each tent at Pebble Point has all the glamping ‘usuals’ – king-sized beds, spacious ensuites with full-sized shower and toilet, and a private deck with stretching views of the peaceful valley – as well as a shared lounge/dining tent, with fridge, microwave, toaster and tea/coffee facilities to refuel and get out exploring again. From $140 a night.
Address: 20 Old Coach Rd, Princetown
3. Wilderness Retreats, Wilsons Promontory National Park
Spend a day walking through rainforest, snorkelling at Norman Bay, or swimming in the azure waters of Squeaky Beach, then come back to your safari-style tent and be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the boundless nature in Wilsons Promontory National Park.
Add in the well-equipped communal kitchen, to cook up a gourmet feed, and your usual ‘two-minute noodle’ camping trips will just be memories in the dust. From $182 a night; visitvictoria.com
Address: 32 Ring Rd, Tidal River
4. Werribee Open Range Zoo, Werribee
For little people, sleeping at Werribee Open Range Zoo just might be the best thing since sliced fairy bread – but this one’s for big people, too. The zoo’s ‘Slumber Safari’ package includes zoo entry for two days, exclusive wildlife viewings and an overnight experience in one of eight family-sized tents.
Enjoy a sunset drink on your deck overlooking the ‘savannah’, feast on African-inspired cuisine then head out on a night walk and toast marshmallows on the fire. $300 per adult, $145 per child.
Address: K Rd, Werribee South
5. Happy Glamper, Mornington Peninsula
Want a bit more flexibility with your location? Happy Glamper is your company: they hire out bell tents and yurt-style tents with beds, fresh linen, rugs, lighting and any other homey essentials you may need, to be set up at your chosen seaside location in the sparkling Mornington Peninsula.
We know what you’re thinking: setting up your own tent isn’t very glamporous, is it? Don’t worry, they do all the work for you. They’ll even tow a vintage Airstream to your chosen site if that’s more your style. From $290 for two nights plus site fees.
6. Phillip Island Glamping, Phillip Island
If it’s views of a pristine sand and beaches you seek, rest your head at Phillip Island Glamping.
With three sites on offer (each as breathtaking as the next), you really will be spoiled for choice.
Fall asleep to sounds of the ocean and wake up just steps from the sand. You will also be right in the thick of all island activities, including the Penguin Parade and the Cowes Farmer’s Market.
Equipped with a Queen size air mattress, heaters, crockery and card games, these tents come with the 5-star treatment you deserve.
Address: Cowes Caravan Park, 164 Church Street, Cowes
7. Into the Woods, North East Victoria
The glamping concept from Into the Woods involves picking the luxury tent that suits (all are decorated in a cosy Scandi style) then choosing between campsites at Yackandandah Holiday Park and Discovery Parks Lake Hume, both in the Albury-Wodonga region.
Or for something different, Into the Woods will bring glamping to you, setting up camp on your property.
8. French Island Glamping, French Island
If you’re keen to truly go off-grid, what could be better than a glamping island adventure?
A short ferry ride from Stony Point on the Mornington Peninsula lives French Island National Park – the state’s largest coastal island.
You’ll feel completely removed from crowds, truly immersing yourself in the famous natural landscape.
Adding to this is the lack of, well, services. There’s just one grocery store on the island, which means guests are encouraged to pack their own food to cook in the communal kitchen and barbecue area. As for everything else, well French Island Glamping takes care of it…
Address: 59 Barge Access Rd, French Island
9. Mornington Peninsula Glamping, Rosebud
New to the accommodation offerings on the peninsula is Mornington Peninsula Glamping. The first glampsite to pop up on the peninsula, it’s located on the Blue Range Estate Winery, run by the Melone family.
An adults-only retreat, each of the glamping tents accommodates two people maximum. Within the five-by-five-metre tents is a queen-size bed, two lounge chairs and a coffee table. You won’t need to go device-free either, with solar power to ensure you can remain connected if you desire. Within easy walking distance is a shared cooking and dining area (barbecues, hot water and boutique coffee and tea) plus bathroom facilities, which are just as snazzy and chic as the tents.
Between Friday and Sunday, you can eat at the winery’s restaurant if embracing the great outdoors as your kitchen doesn’t appeal to you.
Address: 155 Gardens Road, Rosebud