Sure, camping is fun, but have you met its cousin, glamping?
Glamping takes your favourite parts of camping – nature, the outdoors and nights under the stars – and elevates the experience, by eliminating any of the associated set up and pack down that comes with the camping territory.
As the portmanteau suggests, it’s the perfect blend of you, the wilderness and 1000 thread count sheets.
Good news for glamping lovers, Southern Queensland Country is full of places to sleep under the stars with all your favourite creature comforts.
Read on to find out where your next glamping adventure will take you.
1. Murphy’s Creek Escape
Enjoy the spoils of nature with none of the hard work to get there at Murphy’s Creek Escape glamping.
You’ll find these glamping tents surrounded by native Australian bush, perched on a canyon-top overlooking Murphy’s Creek.
With nothing but canvas between you and the naturescape outside, expect to fall asleep and wake up to an orchestra conducted by mother nature herself.
Murphy’s Creek Escape offers an in-clusive invitation to guests, with an accessible glamping tent in its line-up, which replaces the usual few steps to lay in the lap of luxury with a ramp and the signature clawfoot bath with a glorious rain head shower instead.
Either way you go, all safari tents are equipped with their own bar fridge, kettle, toaster and BBQ – leaving very little reason to leave but for these 10 things to do in the Lockyer Valley, once you’re cocooned inside.
With unpolluted night skies like the ones you find in Stanthorpe, you’ll want to sleep under the canvas and a ceiling of stars at Alure Stanthorpe.
Sitting mere moments away from Queensland’s most celebrated wine country, check into 56m2 of glamping goodness, complete with built-in cabinetry, ensuite bathroom and wide open deck (complete with spa bath) to drink in the iconic Granite Belt landscape along with its most famous output, award-winning wine.
Curated with romantic escapes in mind, your Alure luxury glamping package includes a locally produced breakfast basket, open pantry and the option to add-on any romantic extras like massages, gourmet platter or in-villa meals.
Simply throw back the covers to your four poster, king sized bed and wake up and walk out to a view of granite boulders, big open skies and rolling farmland – ready to tick off these 10 things to see and do in the Granite Belt.
3. Gordon Country Glamping
Set your glamping-loving sights on the 4000 acres of pristine Gordon Country in the Goomburra Valley, which hugs the Great Dividing Range and World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park.
You’ll find Gordon Country’s glamping tents floating high on an escarpment overlooking Dalrymple Creek, each with power, access to the campground’s facilities and all-important creek access.
Choose between six different tent-types which range from romantic tents for two, to the kind that accommodates the whole tribe.
Each tent has its own theme with accompanying décor – take for instance The Fonzi with its 80s glitter and sequin surrounds or The Western with its cowhide rug and Aztec finishes – designed to deliver memories you’re unlikely to forget.
4. Spicers Canopy
When you’re sleeping among 5000 acres of pristine nature refuge, you’ll want to have just canvas between you and the landscape that surrounds you.
Finding these 10 luxury tents is all part of the adventure, as the accommodation of the two-day Scenic Rim Trail Walk which walks among the Great Dividing Range through World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest in two to six day hiking formats.
Guests relish in the fact they can rest their weary hiking boots in a luxury glamping tent, complete with private hot tub.
You and your fellow hikers can then mix, mingle and make use of the communal lodge’s main facilities which include a fireplace, large open kitchen and wide-open veranda.
5. Reflections – Lake Cooby
Reflections at Lake Cooby ticks all the weekend away boxes, with nothing more to do than unloading your suitcase on arrival.
Expect camping, but not like you know it, with a king-sized bed, electric blanket and nothing but canvas between you and the bird and bush sounds.
All glamping tents at Reflections take in views of Lake Cooby and the surrounding countryside, which makes this property so popular with brides chasing a country wedding.
With outdoor firepits and BBQs, guests can expect the usual spoils of camping – all just 30 minutes from Toowoomba.
6. Boho Cartel
Looking for a holiday location that looks like it stepped off the Instagram screen and into the Toowoomba countryside?
Enter, Boho Cartel Retreat & Glamping whose two Wilderness Camp bell tents, give a nod to the business’ name with boho features.
With ample space for a couple’s weekend away, these bell tents include queen beds, furniture, solar lighting and outdoor deck.
If you’re travelling as a group, consider booking out the Poolside Camp, where larger, six-meter Emperor bell tents can be booked, each overlooking a resort style pool.
Match your days exploring Toowoomba’s best attractions with evenings at one with nature.