Love the idea of a night spent under the stars and sky, but would rather not forgo a hot shower or your fluffy feather pillow? Perhaps it’s time you ditch camping and opt for a little bit of glamping. QLD is fast becoming a glamping hotspot, home to a number of “glamorous camping” accommodation options that embrace nature without sacrificing life’s little luxuries. From simple-yet-cosy safari-style setups to chic and unique luxury escapes, here are three of our favourite NRMA Parks and Resorts QLD glamping experiences that we can’t wait for you to try.
1. Somerset Dam, QLD
A tranquil lake-meets-bush retreat for fishing fanatics, water sports enthusiasts and lovers of the great outdoors.
If you want to get a taste for glamping, QLD’s NRMA Lake Somerset Holiday Park is a great place to start. Located between Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast, Lake Somerset Holiday Park is set on the shores of Somerset Dam, an inland water playground primed and ready for those who live and breathe outdoor adventure. Avid fisherman, waterman or nature lover? Activities abound at Somerset Dam, where you can go wakeboarding, water skiing, standup paddle boarding, fishing and/or just immerse yourself in the dam’s beautiful surroundings. The Lake Somerset Holiday Park offers all you need for a lakeside bush retreat with family and/or friends, including boat ramps, a fish cleaning station and barbecue areas conveniently located throughout its grounds, as well as a range of accommodation options with uninterrupted views of the water and land.
The NRMA Lake Somerset Holiday Park’s safari tents combine the best of camping (think being surrounded by nature and going back-to-basics) with the ease and convenience of a pre-made, safari-style room. The tents, which have an open plan layout and a large veranda overlooking the dam, fit four (one queen bed and a single bunk), making them a great choice for families who prefer room in their cars to pack tackle and fishing rods rather than swags and sleeping bags.
Lake Somerset’s Safari Tents also boast:
- A bar fridge
- Tea- and coffee-making facilities
- A comfortable dining area
- Shared camp kitchen and bathroom amenities
Glamping with the kids? When they’re not spending time in and/or around the water, your tiny tots can practice their sports skills on the park’s mini golf course and sports oval, and tucker themselves out on the onsite children’s playground.
1. Gold Coast, QLD
A family-friendly glamping experience hidden along QLD’s Gold Coast.
There’s plenty of treasure to be found at NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Resort, a family-friendly resort and caravan park situated on the banks of Biggera Creek. If you love having a splashing good time then you’ll love this Gold Coast destination, where you’ll find plenty of adventure perfect for kids (no matter their size). Grab your kayak, canoe, standup paddle board or boat and get ready to explore the region’s hidden channels, mangroves, rockwalls and the creek itself, while surfers and groms can spend all day catching waves at Surfers Paradise, just 7km away.
After all that exploring, you’ll want a comfortable place to rest your head. That’s where Treasure Island’s safari tents come in. Overlooking a leafy green, tree-lined Biggera Creek, the safari tents add a touch of luxury to your family camping holiday. Say goodbye to your blow-up mattress and hello to a proper queen-sized bed, a bunk bed for the kids and your very own in-tent ensuite bathroom. And let’s not forget:
- A kitchenette featuring a microwave and fridge
- A spacious dining area
- Air conditioning for those who need a little temperature control
- An outdoor veranda with a barbecue, sink and dining area
- A sofa and TV
The kids will also find a treasure trove of activities scattered throughout the park, including four pools, a bouncing pillow, mini golf, pedal go-karts, pirate-themed waterpark and an outdoor cinema. The best bit? All of this entertainment is just a hop, skip and jump away from the porch of your home-away-from-home.
3. Fraser Coast, QLD
A chic, secluded seaside escape
Looking for something a little bit more… luxurious? You’ll love the chic safari tents at NRMA Woodgate Beach Holiday Park, located just 45 minutes south of Bundaberg along Woodgate Beach. Surrounded by 9 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and with 16km of sweeping coastline and 23,000 hectares of national park in its backyard, Woodgate Beach Holiday Park is a beachside paradise that’s quiet, calm and offers the ultimate secluded escape ideal for both couples and families alike.
The park’s rustic safari tents are so close to the sea you can hear the waves lapping at the shore, and even see glimpses of water glistening from your balcony. Relax and unwind in your alfresco-located bathtub, the top spot to indulge in a bottle of bubbly and soak in the great outdoors. Inside you’ll find a four-poster queen bed, two single beds nestled in a cosy nook for the kids, and all the creature comforts you need for an easy, breezy break.
NRMA Woodgate Beach Holiday Park’s safari tents also feature:
- A kitchenette with a mini fridge
- TV and DVD
- Air conditioning
- Outdoor barbecue and breakfast bar
- Outdoor furniture
Need more R&R? Enjoy a coffee and your favourite book or magazine at the park’s Serenity Cove Café, or go fishing in the shallow, crystal clear, sub-tropical waters of Woodgate Beach, literally a few metres from the holiday park. Bring your catch back to camp and tidy it up at the park’s fish cleaning station, before you cook up a feast at the camp kitchen.
Ready to embrace a fuss-free night under the stars? Let us help you plan your glamping QLD holiday today, so you can get your glam on tomorrow.