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16 Jul 2019

Imagine arriving at your campsite to find the tent set up, bed pulled back and every creature comfort you could dream of catered for.

There’s no need to scrimp on luxury when it comes to setting up camp in South Australia. Forget pitching your own tent or roughing it in a swag. Digging your own loo? No way. From the lush Adelaide Hills to the breathtaking Outback, glamping locations are dotted throughout South Australia. Check out our list of the best glamping spots to get back in touch with nature, with all the creature comforts.

1. Bukirk Glamping, Clare Valley

Bukirk Glamping, Clare Valley

Camping meets comfort and country charm in the heart of Clare Valley at Bukirk Glamping. A quick five-minute drive from the Clare township, you’ll discover four spacious bell tents set against picturesque farmland and vineyards. With queen and king bed options, cosy spots to lounge around, heating, private ensuites and a deck to sit back and enjoy the sunset with a glass of bubbles, this is camping in style. Hang out in the epic outdoor entertaining area, cook breakfast with eggs fresh from the chooks or get up early and watch the sun rise over the valley. Did we mention there’s also a resident pig, Kevi?

2. Wilpena Pound Resort, Flinders Ranges

Wilpena Pound Resort, Flinders Ranges

Sleep nestled in an ancient wilderness under a blanket of stars at one of the Outback’s most iconic camping spots. Rugged mountain ranges, dramatic gorges and abundant wildlife are the backdrop to the 95,000-hectare Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, just unzip your front door and start exploring. Situated in a secluded corner of Wilpena Pound Resort, you’ll find family friendly and couples tent options complete with king beds, ensuites, air conditioning and wooden decks to kick back and soak in epic views of the surrounding jaw-dropping natural amphitheatre.

3. Tent On A Hill, Fleurieu Peninsula

Tent On A Hill, Fleurieu Peninsula

Retreat to luxury after a day sipping your way around some of South Australia’s best wineries at Tent On A Hill, perched high above in the wine country of McLaren Vale. Cosy up in a plush bell tent surrounded by gum trees and kangaroos while drinking in views across McLaren Vale’s vineyards (and a local drop or two). Warm up in winter by the fire pit, explore the surrounding 10-acres of picturesque farm and bushland and watch the sun set over McLaren Vale with a glass of red in hand. All your creature comforts are taken care of with a queen-size bed, toilet and camp-style shower.  

4. Bellwether Wines, Limestone Coast 

Bellwether Wines, Limestone Coast

Cuddle up next to a roaring campfire with a glass of Coonawarra red before retreating to your own private glamping tent. Surrounded by 400-year-old gum trees and located in the heart of the Coonawarra wine region, Bellwether is the perfect base for a romantic escape to the Limestone coast. Wake up to the sound of birds and cook up breakfast with local supplies from the farm before popping over to the adjoining cellar door to grab a bottle or two of wine. Roam further afield and discover the impressive cellar door offering around the region. 

5. Flinders Bush Retreats, Flinders Ranges

Flinders Bush Retreats, Flinders Ranges and Outback

A luxury glamping experience isn’t what you’d expect to find on a sixth-generation Outback station. Hidden away in an almost untouched corner of the Flinders Ranges, experience the unique Outback way of life in style at Flinders Bush Retreats. Offering a boutique farm stay experience in Hawker with self-contained houses, glamping and camping options, cosying up in the eco tent is the perfect retreat for nature lovers who aren’t ready to rough it. Complete with a queen-sized bed, luxurious linen, small kitchenette and ensuite, everything is taken care of.

6. Bubble Tent, Limestone Coast 

Bubble Tent, Coonawarra Discovery

A sea of stars will bid you goodnight from the see-through Bubble Tent at Coonawarra Bush Holiday Park. Albeit a quirky, new take on the glamping experience, these tents are allow city slickers to comfortably enjoy nature without the critters! With uninterrupted views of the neighbouring vineyards…all that’s needed is some wine and a starry night.  

7. Tanunda Discovery Parks, Barossa

Discovery Parks Barossa Valley, Deluxe Safari Tents

Glamping in South Australia’s wine mecca, the Barossa – sounds like a recipe for a spectacular weekend getaway! Just minutes from the centre of Tanunda, a deluxe safari tent at Discovery Parks Barossa Valley is the perfect place to kick back after a day touring the region’s best wineries. The two-person luxe tents are set in a private area of the park with exclusive access to an outdoor lounge, BBQ space, firepit, heated swimming pool and spa. Tucked among gum trees with vineyard views, the eco-luxe tent features hotel-standard ensuite bathrooms and a private deck for the ultimate luxury escape.

8. Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris, Eyre Peninsula

Kangaluna Camp Swagon, Eyre Peninsula

Experience the beautiful and rugged Gawler Ranges with all the comforts of a hotel room from Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris' glamping tents. Set in an open mallee woodland about two hours from Port Lincoln, only emus and kangaroos will be your noisy neighbours at this quintessential Outback campsite. For a unique experience, book the rustic and character-packed Kangaluna Swagon: a renovated, covered wagon complete with swag bed and see-through roof, perfect for star gazing. If you want some help exploring the Eyre Peninsula, Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris also offer a range of tours.

9. Heli-swag Experience  

Helivista, Flinders Ranges and Outback

Imagine being flown to your own secluded campsite perched above the Flinders Ranges. Discover the beauty of the outback from the air with an epic overnight Heli-swag Experience with Helivista. Jump on your own private helicopter and enjoy views over Rawnsley Bluff and Wilpena Pound before landing at your epic camp spot on the Chace Range. Watch the setting sun and marvel at the milky way in the clear winter sky before tucking in to a two-course meal and falling asleep under a blanket of stars.

Cosy up in South Australia

Looking for more incredible hideaways to escape to in South Australia? From cosying up in a tiny house in the Adelaide Hills to settling in among some of SA’s best wineries, we have your relaxed and cosy vibes sorted with 10 retreats perfect for a weekend getaway.