ES­CAPE

WHILE IT’S HARD TO BEAT THE RO­MANCE OF CAMP­ING, SOME­TIMES YOU NEED A LIT­TLE MORE STAR POWER... AND A HOT TUB

Life & Style Weekend - - CONTENTS - WORDS: CHAN­TAY LO­GAN

TURON GATES

New South Wales

Bush re­treat Turon Gates re­cently added six river­side glamp­ing tents to its 2400ha Blue Moun­tains prop­erty. Cou­ples can en­joy laid-back lux­ury with a four-poster bed, lounge area, a bath­room with tempt­ing tub for two, kitch­enette, Ne­spresso cof­fee ma­chine and a Dan­ish wood-burner stove for max­i­mum cosi­ness. Other thought­ful touches in­clude a wel­come gift of lo­cal wine and honey, and in-tent mag­a­zines, books and board games. Turon Gates owner Kirsten Lu­noe says the out­door ex­pe­ri­ence is tai­lored to ur­ban es­capees.

“A scenic road trip of about three hours from Syd­ney im­merses you in the great out­doors where you’ll be shar­ing the ’hood with kan­ga­roos, wom­bats, platy­pus and echid­nas. Our guests love that they can choose to go horse rid­ing or have an in-tent mas­sage. Ka­toomba, Mudgee, Bathurst and Lith­gow are within easy reach, but the magic of Turon tends to stop the urge to ven­ture else­where.” Turon Gates is so­lar- pow­ered, but if you’re not down for a dig­i­tal detox, Wi-fi is avail­able around the glamp­ing sites.

Go to tur­on­gates.com

BUBBLETENT AUS­TRALIA

New South Wales

Call­ing all stargaz­ers and day­dream­ers – there’s noth­ing be­tween you and the view in a clear, in­flat­able bubbletent. Three see-through tents are perched on the edge of the world’s sec­ond-largest canyon to cap­ture a vista tailor-made for two. Sit­ting pretty on a rolling hill with val­ley views, the Leo has its own Swedish wood-fired hot tub, while the clifftop Cancer fea­tures a float­ing bed. While you’ll def­i­nitely want to bring your cam­era, they sup­ply just about ev­ery­thing else from a tele­scope to check out the astro ac­tion to hot wa­ter bot­tles, slip­pers and a cheese­board.

The off-grid ex­pe­ri­ence takes place on a work­ing farm be­tween Lith­gow and Mudgee.

Go to bub­ble­ten­taus­tralia.com

BAY OF FIRES BUSH RE­TREAT

Tas­ma­nia

There’s an art to camp­fire cui­sine, but it helps to have an ex­pert on your side. This bou­tique camp­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is run by Tas­ma­nian chef Thomas Dicker, so you know you’ll never be stuck with cold baked beans. While you can DIY dishes in the well-stocked com­mu­nal kitchen, the two-course chef ’s choice din­ners and hearty break­fasts are a high­light of bunk­ing in the beau­ti­fully styled bell tents. There’s a feast for your eyes too. The re­treat is on the doorstep of pho­tog­ra­pher’s par­adise Bay of Fires and a won­der­land of white sandy beaches stretches from Bi­na­long Bay to Ed­dy­s­tone Point. Fill your days with surf­ing, swim­ming, hik­ing, moun­tain bik­ing, fish­ing and yoga.

Go to bay­of­fires­bushre­treat.com.au

SAL SALIS NINGALOO REEF

Western Aus­tralia

Sleep­overs in the world’s spe­cial places are usu­ally re­served for light-tread­ing cam­pers, but the priv­i­lege comes with crea­ture com­forts at Cape Range Na­tional Park near Ex­mouth. Sal Salis’ 16 wilder­ness tents are hid­den in the sand dunes where the out­back meets the reef, pro­vid­ing an eco-luxe base for sea­sonal swims with their most fa­mous neigh­bour – whale sharks. As well as the gi­ant vis­i­tors, the UNESCO World Her­itage listed Ningaloo Reef is home to more than 500 species of colour­ful fish, 250 co­ral species, rays and tur­tles.

De­signed to blend with the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, the safari-style tents sit on raised plat­forms sur­vey­ing the ocean. Hand­made jar­rah beds are swathed in qual­ity cot­ton sheets and guests can swap char­coaled marsh­mal­lows for chef-pre­pared canapes and wine-paired three-course din­ners.

Go to sal­salis.com.au

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