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