Outback Camping Goes Glam!

Western Australia is the place to experience travel’s trend for glam-camping, thanks to its ever-reliable weather, stunning scenery and the government’s Naturebank programme which is developing a series of eco-friendly camps in protected beauty spots across Western Australia.

Here are five of the best comfort-under-canvas options.

Karijini Eco Retreat – The Adventure One

Karijini Eco Retreat – The Adventure One

Karijini Eco Retreat – The Adventure One

This 100% Indigenous owned camp lies in the depths of breath-taking Karijini National Park in the Pilbara region of outback Western Australia.

The park is made up of deep-red gorges, dramatic waterfalls and calm rock pools, perfect for cooling off after a day trekking or abseiling through the park’s ancient rock formations.

Karijini Eco Retreat is the park’s first and only permanent accommodation and offers luxury eco-tents with private en-suites, a restaurant and bar. It is run by the local Gumala Aboriginal Corporation.

www.karijiniecoretreat.com.au

 

Eco Beach Broome – The Robinson Crusoe One

Eco Beach Broome – The Robinson Crusoe One

Eco Beach Broome – The Robinson Crusoe One

For a Robinson Crusoe meets David Attenborough experience try Ramada Eco Beach Resort.

One hour south of tropical Broome in the North West corner of Australia, the choice of transfer by a 4X4 or helicopter attests to the remoteness of its location. There is nothing but red earth, white sand and turquoise waters as far as the eye can see.

Visit in June- September to see 30,000 humpback whales cruising past as they migrate to calving waters further north or November for turtle nesting on the beach.

This luxury wilderness retreat includes 30 demountable luxury tents with large decks and luxurious bed linen for the ultimate glamorous pseudo-camping experience. There’s a pool, bar and gourmet food, along with indigenous tours, fishing, yoga and whale watching.

www.ecobeach.com.au

Sal Salis – The Reef One

Sal Salis – The Reef One

 Sal Salis – The Reef One

Sal Salis, nestled in the white sand dunes of Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park has 16 wilderness tents, offering true seclusion in one of Australia’s most stunning coastal locations.

The tents are just metres from the shoreline which leads to the spectacular Ningaloo Reef, the world’s longest fringing reef which is teeming with tropical fish, manta rays and turtles.

The main camp building is raised above the sand with views out to the reef and the surrounding scrubland is awash with emus and kangaroos. Its fantastic location allows guests to experience Australia’s famous marine life and outback wildlife all in one – whether you want to swim with the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, snorkel amongst 500 types of tropical fish or spot echidnas or perentie lizards.

What’s more, the on-site chef provides contemporary Australian cuisine with hints of bush food and native produce all from a canvas kitchen.

www.salsalis.com.au

Home Valley Station – The Outback One

Home Valley Station – The Outback One

Home Valley Station – The Outback One

Immerse yourself in the great Australian outback at Home Valley, a working cattle station in the Kimberley region – recognised as one of the world’s last great wildernesses.

Stay in their Grass Castles, safari tents shaded by towering eucalypts abundant in birdlife, with large canvas windows on all sides which can be drawn back at night to reveal a stunning blanket of stars.

By day you can choose to explore the savannah landscape on walking trails, by helicopter or 4X4 tour. But perhaps the best way to see the area’s majestic gorges, powerful waterfalls and the distinctive boab trees is with drover boss ‘JR’ who takes visitors on a mini cattle muster.

This day trip traces the original cattle routes of the 1800s and includes a traditional bushman’s lunch.

www.hvstation.com.au

Kooljaman at Cape Leveque (WA) – The Indigenous One

Kooljaman at Cape Leveque (WA) – The Indigenous One

Kooljaman at Cape Leveque (WA) – The Indigenous One

Around 220km north of Broome on the Kimberley Coast, Kooljaman at Cape Leveque is a multi-award-winning indigenous-owned wilderness-style luxury camp.

It offers fully self-contained luxury safari tents in a low key development that has minimal impact on the environment. Cape Leveque is at the north end of the world’s largest pearling ground and well-known for its superb fishing.

The only development in the area are remote aboriginal communities. Kooljaman offers a number of cultural tours with local guides, from mud crabbing and bush tucker tours to cultural walks.  It’s a great spot to explore and enjoy this remote wilderness through Aboriginal eyes.

www.kooljaman.com.au

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