Want to see more of the incredible remote parts of South Australia but the thought of “roughing it” in a tent makes your toes curl? Or just want a unique experience without compromising on comfort? Then this list is just for you! I started out researching the perfect place to go glamping myself, and ended up with so much information that I thought this would be great to share with you. So here’s my ultimate guide to camping in style, with all the glamping South Australia has to offer.
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- 1 What is Glamping?
- 2 South Australia Glamping Locations
- 2.1 Bayside Glamping
- 2.2 Belair National Park Holiday Park
- 2.3 Bellwether Wines
- 2.4 Big4 West Beach Parks
- 2.5 Bukirk Glamping
- 2.6 Bushland Bell Tent
- 2.7 Coonawarra Bush Holiday Park
- 2.8 Discovery Lagoon Camping Grounds Emu Bay
- 2.9 Discovery Parks Barossa Valley
- 2.10 Flinders Bush Retreats
- 2.11 Kangaroo Island Seafront
- 2.12 Mannum Mallee Tents
- 2.13 Pine Country Caravan Park
- 2.14 Starfields Luxury Camping
- 2.15 Tent on a Hill
- 2.16 Wandering Souls
- 2.17 Wilpena Pound Resort
What is Glamping?
Just in case you have somehow missed hearing all about this new craze, the word “glamping” derives from “glamorous camping”. It’s for all those people who don’t want to deal with the lack of comfort or amenities that tend to come with traditional camping. Usually glamping involves some kind of tent, but they tend to be more of a permanent canvas structure rather than a small triangular tent held up by a pole or two and some small bits of rope.
Most glamping accommodation will have a real bed rather than sleeping on the ground and some form of a toilet to use, depending on how remote the location is. Some places are simple, others are extremely luxurious and provide all sorts of extras from food to tours. Some are connected to mains power, others are eco-friendly running off solar power. Some even have access to pools and spas, communal kitchens, laundries and other amenities.
South Australia Glamping Locations
Here is a list of all the glamping locations I have found in South Australia. More are appearing every day and I will update this list when I discover any new locations.
Located in Marion Bay on Yorke Peninsula, Bayside Glamping is a small, family run business. They have just one stunning bell tent set up for the perfect romantic getaway. Built on the back of the family’s block, it has been lovingly constructed using recycled materials, for a unique and sustainable experience. Beautifully furnished in neutral colours, it has all the luxuries of home. The 5 metre tent is spacious enough to contain a queen size bed, seating and still have room to move. Outside the tent is a decked area containing an outside kitchen with all you need to prepare a meal and an inside bathroom. The tent is connected to mains electricity, and there is hot water available in the bathroom and kitchen. This is a true glamping experience.
Note: the folks at Bayside Glamping have recently added a tiny house to their accommodation options. While not truely glamping, this also looks like a fabulous option for a luxurious stay in Marion Bay. You can see the details here.
Belair National Park Holiday Park
The glamping tents at the Belair National Park are located amongst the trees and are more like a small cabin with canvas walls than a traditional tent. Each tent has it’s own private bathroom included, with luxuries such as a hairdryer that you wouldn’t find on a traditional camping trip. The tents are air-conditioned, include a small kitchenette and a BBQ for guest use.
As the glamping tents are part of a larger holiday park, guests have the use of all of the facilities such as a heated pool, playground, and laundry. There is a kiosk on site for basic supplies, and since Belair is in the suburbs, plenty of nearby options for food and entertainment.
This is an opportunity to go glamping at a winery in the Coonawarra wine region. Bellwether Winery has six glamping tents in various configurations. Some have queen beds and others two singles, and extra beds are available if required. Families can rent adjacent tents to stay together. The teepee-style tents are comfortably furnished with plenty of space. Guests have special access to an afternoon tasting session from 4-5pm and will receive a bottle of wine on arrival. Enjoy the tasting, wander back to your glamping tent and drink the bottle of wine as the sun goes down.
The campground also has space for campers who bring their own tent and has shared bathroom facilities. There is also a camp kitchen available for meals and a communal dining area. Power is not available in the tent itself (there are rechargeable lanterns for lighting) but can be accessed in the communal areas.
Big4 West Beach Parks
This is the perfect opportunity to go glamping without the long drive to get there! Stay in the beachside suburb of West Beach and have a getaway close to home. The Eco Tents here are very simple sturdy structures that are great for a family of four with a queen sized bed and single bunks. Guests will use the shared bathroom offered by the park, but will also have access to the many other facilities that are available to park guests such as the kitchen and laundry.
West Beach Parks have a huge range of recreation facilities and activities, including a splash zone, jumping pillow, go karts, playground and games room for the kids, even an on-site kids club. There are golf courses, a heated swimming pool, BBQ areas and a cafe. Not to mention the beach and bike paths. The tent might not be fancy, but there sure is plenty to do here for a family getaway.
Bukirk Glamping is located at Stanley Flat, just on the outskirts of Clare in the Clare Valley. There is a beautiful campground set up here with five bell tents and two tiny houses spread around a communal kitchen and BBQ area, complete with TV. Each of the five glamping tents is uniquely furnished to suit their names – interestingly each one is named after a breed of chicken! They contain a queen size bed, a couch, a fridge with coffee and tea facilities. There is an ensuite provided for each tent with toiletries, towels and a hairdryer. Power is available in the tents, and there is both a fan for summer and a heater for winter. The deck outside is perfect to sit back, sip a bottle of the local Clare Valley wine and enjoy the sunset.
Bushland Bell Tent
Bushland Bell Tent is another family business with two tents available in bushland on a 3 acre block behind the family home in Crafers, just up the freeway from the city centre. Here you will be able to relax while enjoying the serenity and the myriad of Australian wildlife that calls the area home. The tents are furnished with queen beds, plenty of throw rugs, cushions and for mood lighting, fairy lights! There is a camping toilet provided, but guests are also welcome to use the bathroom in the main house too.
Bushland Bell Tent can also move their tents to various locations of your choice around Adelaide. They will set everything up and have it all ready for your arrival.
Coonawarra Bush Holiday Park
Located in the middle of one of the top wine regions of South Australia, the Coonawarra Bush Holiday Park has plenty of glamping options to suit a wide range of budgets. The most unique are the Hex Bubbles. These contain a king size bed, ensuite, and 360 degree views day and night. The standard glampers sleep up to four and are available from the great price of just $85 per night – much cheaper than many of the other options. Even cheaper are the eco glampers which run entirely on solar power and have other eco-friendly features. This does mean that the tents have a basic setup and most don’t have an ensuite so guests need to use the amenities that belong to the park, but this is still a great way to try out glamping.
Coonawarra Bush holiday Park can organise tours of the local area – including wine tours. They have some bikes that can be borrowed free (although they do mention you may have to pump up the tyres first!) and plenty of nearby walking trails for exploring. They are a true bush camp, so take that into consideration when booking.
Discovery Lagoon Camping Grounds Emu Bay
Including this one on the list stretches the definition of glamping a little as technically these are not tents but cabins on Kangaroo Island. The One Room Eco Glamping Cottages are little more than a room with a comfortable bed, so they do closely mimic camping. The bathroom facilities are shared with others in the park, and cottage guests have use of an exclusive camp kitchen with cooking facilities and a fridge.
I loved my stay at Discovery Lagoon Camping Grounds Emu Bay. I enjoyed being in a natural setting and the cottage was exceptionally comfortable. The bathrooms were clean and spacious and the showers were hot. There are only two cottages, and we were the only guests so had the kitchen all to ourselves. It’s definitely spacious enough if there are people staying in the other cottage though.
I enjoyed all of the small touches, such as putting out hammocks under the trees for us to relax in. In my opinion, this is great value and the best cheap glamping in South Australia.
Discovery Parks Barossa Valley
This was the park that started me on the search for a great glamping tent. I stayed here in a normal cabin here and saw the exclusive area for the glamping tents in the distance with a big sign stating only glamping guests could enter that area. My curiosity was piqued!
Located in Tanunda in the Barossa Valley, this is one of the best holiday parks I’ve ever stayed in. The tents here are safari style, each containing a king size bed, ensuite and a kitchenette. The area containing the safari tents has a pool, BBQ and lounge area available only for glamping guests. Of course guests can also take advantage of all of the other facilities in the park too, and unusually, this park has free wifi if you need it. It’s an easy walk into the centre of Tanunda and there are wineries in all directions. This is perfect for a weekend of wine tasting in the Barossa and returning to a comfortable, unique accommodation option.
I have now booked to stay in the safari tents early next year and I am really looking forward to it.
Flinders Bush Retreats
Flinders Bush Retreats are located in the beautiful Flinders Ranges, not too far from the town of Hawker. They have a few accommodation options on the property, the glamping eco tent is just one of them.
The eco tent is located in a secluded gorge about 21km from Hawker, so it is the perfect place to get away from it all. You will not find any mobile phone coverage here so you can totally escape from the daily grind. The safari style tent does not skimp on the luxuries though. It contains a queen sized bed, a kitchenette with BBQ and has an ensuite attached, including an eco-loo. It is fully self sufficient with solar power, hot water, even a small fridge.
Flinders Bush Retreats also offer a special package which includes wine and food supplies too.
Kangaroo Island Seafront
As the name suggests, these glamping tents are located right on the seafront at Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island. They are part of a much bigger caravan and holiday park with many types of accommodation just metres from the beautiful Penneshaw beach. There are six safari-style tents available and two bell tents, one of which is for a family.
The safari tents contain a queen size bed, ensuite bathroom and plenty of cooking supplies. They really do take glamping to a new level with a Nespresso machine and a tv. There is wifi available in the park, and guests can use all the amenities available such as the BBQs or laundry.
Kangaroo Island Seafront is perfect for experiencing glamping without being away from civilisation. Here you will be right in the middle of Penneshaw with facilities such as shops and restaurants only minutes away. This location is perfect if you are not bringing a car to Kangaroo Island as it is within walking distance of the ferry terminal.
Mannum Mallee Tents
Located only minutes from the town of Mannum and the Murray River, Mannum Mallee Tents offer five bell tents spread in different locations on their property. Some of the tents are 4WD access only, which you can drive to yourself in your own vehicle, or for an extra fee you can park at the main house and be driven to your tent.
Each tent is completely self sufficient, running on solar for lighting needs. Water is limited, but is provided for drinking, cooking and some washing. An eco toilet is adjacent to the tent, and a hot water shower can be provided at an additional cost if required. Basic cooking provisions are included with a BBQ and a fire pit available.
This site is part of the River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve, one of the darkest places on Earth, so this is the perfect location to do some star gazing while you relax along side your glamping tent.
Pine Country Caravan Park
Pine Country Caravan Park is located in Mount Gambier, not too far from the iconic Blue Lake. They are a small caravan park with a rural setting, and have two bell tents set up ready for use. The tents have a queen size bed and are best for couples. There’s no skimping on the luxuries here, with the tents connected to mains power, so they have a fridge, microwave and Nespresso coffee machine. Outside is a fire pit ready for a cosy camp fire on the days there is not a total fire ban. During winter there is a blow heater and electric blanket supplied to keep you toasty and warm.
Being part of a larger park means you will also have access to the park facilities. You will use the communal bathroom and laundry facilities and can cook at either the camp kitchen or the BBQ area. Wifi is available throughout the park.
I loved my stay at Pine Country Caravan Park. There is such a relaxed atmosphere about the whole park, with plenty of space so it doesn’t feel like you are right on top of your neighbours like at some other parks. The glamping tents are in their own area, your closest neighbours are the alpacas and sheep! Cook at your own BBQ area just for the glamping tents and enjoy dinner at your own picnic table before relaxing around your campfire. This is a great value, unique stay worth every cent.
Starfields Luxury Camping
This teepee style tent is located near the town of Parilla, not too far from the South Australian-Victorian border. The tent contains a queen size bed, but two extra single mattresses are available if required. Due to it’s isolated location, you can experience a special Australian icon while you are here, the drop-toilet. A camp shower is also provided.
Provisions are left at the tent for a continental breakfast. There is a BBQ for cooking and when it’s not the fire season, firewood is provided for a campfire. A small battery-operated fridge will keep your essentials cool, and a USB charger is supplied.
This is a great location to kick back and relax. There is also a single golf hole to practice your swing, and a supply of board games too. Otherwise just chill out and watch the sunset in this private location.
Tent on a Hill
Tent on a Hill provide five seasonal glamping tents located – not surprisingly – on a hill outside of McLaren Vale just south of Adelaide. The tents are only available for hire outside of the South Australian bushfire season, so approximately early April to early October. They are in the heart of the McLaren Vale wine region so the perfect opportunity to enjoy a luxury wine tasting weekend away.
Each of the bell tents contain a queen size bed and are ideally suited to two people, but extra mattresses are available on request. There is no running water, but some is supplied for drinking and washing. There is also a portable toilet and a camp shower. Lighting is all solar, and includes fairy lights to add to the romance of camping under the stars.
Wandering Souls have five unique bell tents that can be located in various places on Kangaroo Island, including the one pictured above at the Bay of Shoals Winery. Each tent has a different stunning view, and the locations change over time. It’s even possible to request that all the tents are set up in a single location is you are travelling as a large group. The locations are all over the island, from Penneshaw to Stokes Bay to Vivonne Bay. One of the locations is even the Discovery Lagoon Camping Ground mentioned above.
While the tents are all beautifully decked out inside, the facilities vary a little depending on the chosen campsite. Some of the locations are private and away from other people, other locations are not so isolated, in towns or near other properties. Sometimes you will be near bathroom amenities, other times you will be provided with a portable toilet. Choose with of the beautiful themed tents you would like, then choose your location, and enjoy a fantastic glamping stay in South Australia.
Wilpena Pound Resort
Wilpena Pound Resort is located in the heart of the Flinders Ranges and offers a range of accommodation options from motel rooms and apartments to camping sites. The safari-style glamping tents are in their own section of the resort, perfectly located amongst the trees so that it feels like it’s truely out in the bush.
These fifteen safari tents take glamping one step further than some of the other options as they include air conditioning, definitely an essential in this area for much of the year. They have a full ensuite bathroom, bar fridge and hair dryer. There is a family tent available that sleeps two extra people in bunks. Guest also have access to the resort facilities such as the swimming pool and the bar and restaurant.
With plenty of things to do in the Flinders Ranges, a few days here is the ideal getaway to enjoy this ancient landscape.
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Josie Kelsh is South Australian, born and bred. She has lived in the state for almost her whole life, just one short stint away as a teenager with her family. Travelling all over the world has shown her exactly how amazing South Australia is to live and travel in and she uses her passion to show it to you the way a local sees it.