Six of the best: Australian glamping camps

Architect-inspired safari tents  at Nightfall Wilderness Camp, 45 minutes from the Gold Coast, is the epitome of sustainable chic luxury camping.
Architect-inspired safari tents at Nightfall Wilderness Camp, 45 minutes from the Gold Coast, is the epitome of sustainable chic luxury camping.
Architect-inspired safari tents  at Nightfall Wilderness Camp, 45 minutes from the Gold Coast, is the epitome of sustainable chic luxury camping.

Architect-inspired safari tents at Nightfall Wilderness Camp, 45 minutes from the Gold Coast, is the epitome of sustainable chic luxury camping.

Architect-inspired safari tents  at Nightfall Wilderness Camp, 45 minutes from the Gold Coast, is the epitome of sustainable chic luxury camping.

Architect-inspired safari tents at Nightfall Wilderness Camp, 45 minutes from the Gold Coast, is the epitome of sustainable chic luxury camping.

Flash Camp – Music festivals, NSW

This could be the future of glamping: mobile safari tents that go where you want to be, in this case multi-day music festivals up and down the east coast. With Flash Camp, your four-person tent will be set up and waiting for you when you arrive at, say, Hope Estate's country music Campfire Festival in the Hunter Valley (March 13-15) or Byron Bay's Bluesfest at Easter (to be confirmed). The Flash Camp experience includes private bar and cafe, toilets, showers, make-up room, massages and Bedouin communal tent – and that VIP feeling. Tents from $130 a night a person. See flashcamp.com.au

Nightfall Wilderness Camp – Lamington National Park, Qld

Only six guests at a time can stay at this carbon-neutral rainforest retreat on the edge of World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park, 45 minutes from the Gold Coast. Each of the three architect-inspired safari tents is the epitome of sustainable chic with king-sized bed, fireplace, rain shower, vintage-tin bath and organic toiletries. There's also a camp-kitchen and seasonal, local and organic meals served in the Nightfall lounge or by candlelight beside Christmas Creek. Tents from $345 a night including organic breakfast (opening special until February 2015). See nightfall.com.au

The Escape – Bawley Point, NSW

Glamps seem to be getting smaller, more intimate. There are just two off-grid luxury tents (with three more planned this year) on The Escape's 32-hectare property fronting the Clyde River, two hours from Canberra and 3½ hours from Sydney. Activities include bushwalking, swimming and birdwatching, and Pigeon House mountain and Bawley Point's surf beaches are right on your doorstep, but what sets this place apart is its all-inclusive rate. Turn up with just an overnight bag and leave the rest to your hosts: cooked breakfasts, freshly ground coffee, gourmet picnic lunches by the river and three-course dinners preceded by an oyster-shucking session by The Escape's resident chef. Tents from $395 a night including all meals. See the-escape.com.au

Paperbark Camp – Jervis Bay, NSW

Australia's glamping pioneer has a new king deluxe tent. Larger than its two-person siblings, the "King Parrot" (the new tent's nickname) can sleep six and has all the eco-friendly touches you'd expect from Paperbark, including solar lighting, bamboo-cotton linen and an outdoor bush shower. Say goodnight to the stars before you turn in, wake to birdsong and dappled sunlight the next morning. Also new this summer are stand-up paddleboards for exploring Currambene Creek and a wood-fired oven for pizzas, roasts and fresh bread at Paperbark's Gunyah treetop restaurant. King deluxe tent from $590 a night including breakfast. See paperbarkcamp.com.au

Ikara Safari Camp – Flinders Ranges, SA

Anthology, which runs Wildman Wilderness Lodge in the Top End, recently opened 15 spacious new safari tents on a redgum-riddled bush property owned by Wilpena Pound Resort, 400 kilometres from Adelaide. Each airconditioned tent at Ikara (the Adnyamathanha name for Wilpena Pound) is designed to keep cool in summer and warm on chilly outback nights and has a king-sized bed, en suite, enormous zip-open windows to let in light and views of the Flinders Ranges, and a timber deck purpose-built for sunset drinks. Tents from $180 a night. See ikarasafaricamp.com.au

Tanja Lagoon Camp – Tathra, NSW

You can hear the rumble of the surf from Tanja, situated on a former dairy farm next to Mimosa Rocks National Park and just behind the beach at Tathra, 5½ hours south of Sydney. Tanja's three (soon to be four) tents are right on the edge of a lagoon, each with a handmade timber queen bed under canvas and an adjoining corrugated-iron en suite and kitchenette. The camp follows Leave No Trace principles and plans to offer nature tours soon (the owners are former outdoor education guides). Tents from $215 a night including breakfast from local produce. See tanjalagooncamp.com.au

This story Six of the best: Australian glamping camps first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.