There are few places as remote as Australia’s Northern Territory. It inspires images of a certain raw, primordial quality, and the Northern Territory lives up to this. The largest city (and state capital), Darwin, would be a medium-sized city anywhere else with a population of around 150,000. This is where you’ll start your trip, and it’s only going to get less populated from there.
But maybe you’re not looking to get too far away? You enjoy nature, but don’t want to sleep outside fighting off the insects and weathering the elements? There’s no shame in that. If that’s the case, you don’t want to go camping at all. You want to go glamping.
Glamping is a combination of the words “glamour” and “camping”: it’s camping with luxury. In the Northern Territory, glamping lets you experience the majestic beauty of nature without the wild inconveniences. Tweet this!
Kakadu National Park
A couple of hours drive from Darwin is Kakadu National Park. It’s huge, covering over 20,000 hectares of the Australian Outback. It isn’t all desert though, as Kakadu is close enough to the coast to support thriving swathes of rainforest.
Bamurru Plains is perhaps the premier destination for glamping, just outside Kakadu. The safari bungalows at this site have high-pressure showers and plush beds fitted with organic cotton linen. You can see all the natural beauty around you from inside, and the floor-to-ceiling mesh screen walls will keep the bugs outside where they belong!
If you ever feel the urge to leave your five-star camp site, there are some great activities to choose from, from airboat tours, ATV safaris, river cruises and more. Graveside Gorge is worth a visit, offering stunning views of the rugged cowboy-movie landscape.
Situated in the Mary River wetlands area, halfway between Darwin and Kakadu, is the Wildman Wilderness Lodge. This is a wetlands safari experience on steroids! Choose from free standing cabins, called Habitats, or go “hardcore” in a luxury tent. Most of the Safari Tents cater for families too. The lodge offers a range of eco tours from Kakadu National Park to cruising Mary River (croc viewings guaranteed!), Airboat Safari across the wetlands, Scenic Flights or Culture Walks with expert guides and Traditional Owners.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
What could be better than waking up to a sunrise over Ayers Rock? It’s pure nourishment for the soul. Then there’s the actual food served up at Longitude 131. Think gourmet dinners under a starry night sky, real espresso for those early morning starts and three-course lunches. Capped off with a long list of premium Australian wine. Unlike the explorers of centuries past, you won’t go hungry or thirsty during your time in the desert!
Longitude 131 is the closest accommodation to Ayers Rock. With only 15 luxury tents onsite, each with an uninterrupted view, you’ll feel equally humbled and in awe of the enormous red rock and its ever-changing moods. Of course a luxury tent isn’t complete without oversized rain shower, complementary in-room bar, iPad with preloaded entertainment and air-conditioning. Ah the joys of combining old world with new!