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Wine & Dine - - CONTENTS - —CC WORDS CHAR­LENE CHOW & MICHELLE YEE

Tilba Lake Camp and Capella Ubud take lux­ury camp­ing to a whole new level

If you’re do­ing a road trip down Aus­tralia’s New South Wales South Coast, Tilba Lake Camp makes for a charm­ing pit stop. Lo­cated in Cen­tral Tilba, close to sea­side towns Na­rooma and Ber­magui, this glamp­ing—glam­ourous camp­ing—site is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble via the Princes High­way.

Own­ers Tim and Re­becca Jones left the hus­tle and bustle of Syd­ney city life be­hind in 2015, start­ing a bou­tique ac­com­mo­da­tion and adults-only glamp­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. From their 11-acre prop­erty, you look out to farm­land with gen­tle crests and troughs, the wide ex­panse of Tilba Tilba Lake, and be­yond that, the be­gin­nings of sea and ocean.

There’s no need to labour over pitch­ing your tent for the night; in the wifi-en­abled camp­ing ground, a spa­cious, onion-shaped Lo­tus-Belle tent awaits, out­fit­ted with a king­sized bed or two twin beds (from AUS$195 for two adults). Add-ons are avail­able, such as a lo­cal pro­duce ham­per and break­fast for two; a Ro­mance pack­age in­clud­ing sparkling wine, choco­late and hav­ing your tent styled; or break­fast in bed. In the car­peted tent, find crea­ture com­forts such as an ice box cooler with ice, cut­lery, plates and cooking uten­sils, por­ta­ble gas stove, bas­ket of fresh tow­els, recharge­able LED lantern and torch.

Freed of camp­site chores, you can sink straight into the warm em­brace of your large camp­ing chair and watch the sun go down. When we were there dur­ing an Aus­tralian au­tumn, this hap­pened pretty fast. All the more rea­son to get din­ner started while there is still some light out. There’s a sun-house equipped with a bar­be­cue grill just by the camp­site, so it’s a cinch to rus­tle din­ner up with Tilba Lake Camp ham­per pro­duce. Think gourmet meats and seafood, home­made dips, cheeses, choco­late and lo­cal wines such as Rusty Fig Savarino 2014 from Rusty Fig Wines, Ber­magui. Af­ter that feast, sit around the camp­fire with toasty marsh­mal­lows and the stars for com­pany.

As for the all-im­por­tant toi­let fa­cil­i­ties, there’s one sit­ting com­mode by the tents, but if you pre­fer full bath­room-shower fa­cil­i­ties and a bit of pri­vacy, the Jones’ have a lit­tle stu­dio ex­ten­sion on their prop­erty that stays lit through the night. Feel free to charge your equip­ment, watch TV and DVDs, or use the kitch­enette.

While sun­set is a speedy af­fair, sun­rise plays out slowly. Just af­ter 4am on an au­tumn morn­ing to be ex­act. The tran­si­tion as the sky morphs into gen­tle shades of crim­son is def­i­nitely a sight well worth the early wake. Oh, and Tilba Lake Camp has just launched two eco-pods or tiny houses named ‘Bon­nie’ and ‘Clyde’, so check these out if hav­ing a (tiny) roof over your head still sits bet­ter with you.

64 Sun­ny­side Road, Cen­tral Tilba NSW 2546. Tel: +61 2 4473 7777; tilbal­ake­camp.com.au

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