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Adelaide is spoilt for choice when it comes to glamping getaways. This unique accommodation is popping up all over Adelaide, with a growing number of experiences already around the whole of South Australia.
Eco Tents to Tiny Houses, glamping experiences are about immersing yourself into nature; disconnecting from everyday life. Relax with everything set up for you and take the time to really enjoy the local surroundings.
From plush bell tents to minimalistic off-grid homes, here are the best glamping experiences all within 90 minutes of Adelaide’s CBD:
Set amongst rustic Australian bushland, these glamorous bell tents are glamping from one of the more unusual Adelaide Airbnb’s. Located in Crafers within the gorgeous Adelaide Hills, they are less than a 20-minute drive from the city. Furnished to a high standard with a queen-sized bed, deluxe cotton sheets, carpet, rugs and true to glamping style, fairy lights. A full range of clean, quality amenities and facilities are available, taking the worry out of your stay. Explore the local famous German village of Hahndorf, the abundance of Adelaide Hills cellar doors and McLaren Vale wineries.
Bushland Bells tents are also available for National Park and regular campsites if you prefer to choose your own location. Looking to hire for just the day? They can also set up a custom package for your exact needs.
The Eco Tents at West Beach Big4 Holiday Park are the perfect family glamping experience, just 20 minutes west of Adelaide. With a double bed and set of bunk beds available, this makes the camping experience just that little more convenient, especially when trying to make the most of your weekend! Enjoy the creature comforts on this award-winning park. There is so much to see and do in the local area, from adventure parks, crazy golf and watersports; you really won’t have to venture far!
These Eco Tents are located within the park and opposite its splash zone. This makes it the ideal experience for families. However, if you are looking for a quiet, relaxing getaway, other options may be more suitable.
This wonderful couples retreat is a hidden gem just 20 minutes south of Adelaide and not too many people know about them! These glamping tents are perfect for 2 people to escape the city for the weekend. A queen size 4 poster bed, reverse air conditioning, TV, fridge, microwave, BBQ on the deck are on offer, all with a built-in ensuite for that extra convenience. Soak up the beautiful natural bushland of Belair National Park from your own private deck. Watch Koalas cling from the trees, and kangaroos hopping through as part of this unique experience.
These 18+ only eco-friendly luxury safari tents are next-level glamping. Once inside, it will be hard to remember you are actually inside a tent! Designed to be environmentally sustainable with a private deck, luxury ensuite bathroom with shower, kitchenette, multimedia facilities and choice of king or twin beds, you’ll find you won’t want to leave.
Discovery Parks have made this ultimate glamping in the Barossa experience even more memorable. Tucked away in their own private area of the park, set amongst native gum trees, these luxury safari tents are surrounded by the world-famous South Australian vineyards. The deluxe accommodation collection also shares their own private heated swimming pool and spa, with an undercover BBQ lounge area.
The region of McLaren Vale is becoming the glamping hub of Adelaide and with good reason. Take in scenic views of surrounding ageing vineyards and never-ending rolling hills. Perfectly located 40 minutes from Adelaide, it’s ideal for exploring local wineries, cellar doors, art galleries and cycling trails; yet close enough to the ocean for a visit to its gorgeous beaches and waterfront cafes.
Set on a working vineyard, the Grenache Tent is another Adelaide Airbnb glamping treasure. The peace and tranquillity are perfect for a romantic getaway, and there is nothing that hasn’t been thought of at Glamping In The Vines.
Wrap up warm under the stars and soak up the vibes of this “Glamourous Camping” experience.
An alternative option to glamping in Adelaide’s McLaren Vale is amongst the winery vines at Glamping at McLaren Vale. This gorgeous five-metre bell tent boasts a comfortable queen-sized bed, with five-star facilities and amenities available. Ideally located just 40 minutes from Adelaide, it’s on the doorstep of some of South Australia’s iconic destinations.
***Update – unfortunately Tent On a Hill is no longer in operation***
A popular glamping tent experience, set on a secluded hilltop this is one of the most rustic and romantic ways to spend a weekend in McLaren Vale, Adelaide. Connect with nature as you surround yourself with kangaroos and native gum trees, whilst settling in with a glass of local red wine next to the flaming fire pit. With no electricity and only solar lighting available, this experience really is about unplugging and enjoying the isolation. Everything you need is available, so it’s up to you to just switch off and relax.
Due to its remote location and fire safety, Tent On a Hill is not available during South Australian fire season.
Staying in the same region of the Fleurieu Peninsula, Big4 Port Willunga Tourist Park offers a unique, value for money glamping experience. Oz Shacks are cute wooden tents, perfect for a cosy weekend in this stunning part of South Australia. Tucked away in your own area of the Tourist Park, amenities and facilities are close by, whilst a walk to the beach is just up the road.
Escape everything with Tent Events SA who can create your glamping experience wherever you choose. Hire your own glamping tent anywhere in Adelaide, or across South Australia. Whilst your favourite caravan park or bush camping spot is an option, why not consider your much-loved winery or check out Hip Camp for a unique experience. Many wineries and farms have ample space and are happy to accommodate.
How about your own backyard for the ultimate kid’s sleepover? Make it something they will never forget.
Tent Events SA can even set up a whole weekend glamping campsite for you. There’s also an outdoor and in-tent cinema to make some truly magical memories in boho style.
The Vineyard Retreat has taken the tiny house experience to the next indulgent level. These elegant Escapods just ooze confidence and appeal. Perfectly positioned with three outdoor decks to capture the ever-changing light and mood, every view is simply breathtaking. Two Cadoles are available, where this french influence captures the refined classic vineyards’ history and tranquillity. An experience not to be missed to enjoy tradition with a modern twist.
Disconnect with CABNs off-grid tiny homes. Make your glamping experience even more luxurious with these lovingly created getaways set in perfect, natural locations, including wineries around South Australia. Lose yourself and step back from life as nature intended. Each CABN has its own unique setting and feel. Enjoy natural amphitheatres, seclusion, minimalism, log fires and even a purposeful glass ceiling to fall asleep with views of the stars.
Share these enchanting experiences with little loved ones as some CABNs are family-friendly.
Look out for the brand new CABN X experience coming in April 2021. These CABNS are larger, much more luxurious with handpicked selections and furnishings. If you want to take glamping seriously, don’t miss this definitive opportunity.
Bandicoot Springs Pod is another Airbnb glamping experience in Adelaide. Located just 25 minutes from the CBD, this fully functional tiny house is similar to the Oz Shacks in Port Willunga. Just bigger and more secluded! Set amongst natural habitat for plenty of wildlife, it is the perfect retreat for a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Set on a private organic farm, Tiny Home is just 20 minutes from Adelaide’s CBD. Close to Hahndorf, Stirling and stunning wineries, enjoy the day exploring before a soak in the outdoor bath for some pure relaxation. Appreciate the solitude on the outdoor decking as you cosy up to the fire with only the farmyard visitors being your distraction. This minimalist experience offers everything you could need, along with organic food and complimentary minibar to enjoy during a magnificent sunset.
If being on the water is more your escape, The Cube at Murray River is one of Australia’s few floating Eco Pod experiences. As a romantic getaway with all the mod cons you could want, all just 1 hour from Adelaide CBD. Enjoy your own BBQ deck overlooking the stunning Murray River, whilst fishing, kayaking, cooking or simply just being with each other. It’s no wonder guests return again and again.
Bookable through Airbnb, check out their great reviews, but plan ahead as The Cube is often fully booked out for months.
Glamping in Adelaide for families
Glamping has been created with the ultimate romantic getaway in mind; however more family-friendly glamping experiences are popping up. The Eco Tents at West Beach and CABNs have been designed with the idea for the whole family to share.
That’s not to say that the experiences can’t be adapted. Most of the glamping experiences mentioned can accommodate little ones; they just need to know in advance. This involves a single airbed or two, strategically placed inside to ensure it doesn’t comprise the comfort of moving around. Why not ask if you can take your own smaller tent for the kids to sleep in? There are often easy ways to ensure all the family gets to enjoy the experience.
Taking a furry loved one? This is often allowed as long as they are kept outside on a lead at all times. Check out the accommodation’s website to see what options are available to suit your needs.
In summary; the demand for Glamping in Adelaide is definitely on the increase. Thankfully this is being met by more and more pop up accommodation, bell tents, wooden tents, eco pods and luxury cabins being created to offer the ultimate experience. South Australian wineries are seeing the potential of their scenic views, with many now offering glamping. With COVID-19 changing the way we travel for the foreseeable future, there has never been a better time to try a glamping weekend in your local area.
Please note that it is usual for glamping experiences to require a minimum of 2 nights stay.
It’s a shame that the Airbnb ‘The Enchanted Treehouse’ experience at Koalaville is no longer available as this was the only Treehouse accommodation within Adelaide and South Australia. Fingers crossed they set back up again soon. We couldn’t leave without mentioning the stunning Bukirk Glamping Experience in Clare. Whilst they didn’t quite make the list as they are just over 2 hours from Adelaide, if you are in this Northern region, don’t miss these gorgeous award-winning bell tents situated on 42 acres of Farmland.
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Have you been glamping in Adelaide? Thinking about going? We would love to know your thoughts in the comments below.
Happy Glamping! 🏕
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