We’ve just returned from a long weekend of glamping [glamorous camping] at Anglesea on the Great Ocean Road. Anglesea is a sleepy seaside village with a lovely swimming beach and lots of family fun activities and attractions. The beachside holiday park, where we camped, is a little hideaway with the camping sites mere metres from the beach.
Every morning, my little family and I would rug up and head to the shore to watch the sun rise over the ocean. We’d then walk along the beach to grab breakfast at the local bakery or cafe in the main village. Our cameras were always with us and we managed to capture a few good shots of the area. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
Images above: Sunrise was our favourite time of the day. We really enjoyed watching the glorious sun rise over the ocean.
Image above: The vegetation on the Great Ocean Road is stunning. This is a beautiful weeping paperbark tree – photographed by my husband on my Pentax K-01.
Image above: This is the stunning Kniphofia which was growing in a bush beside the road. Isn’t it striking?
Image above: This is a river reflection that my husband pointed out as we were walking one morning. It was such a clear mirror that I had to photograph it too. I also took an iPhone photo and edited the image on Instagram. If you turned this image upside down it gives you another perspective of the photo. So cool!
Image above: This is Airey’s Inlet, the next beachside village along the Great Ocean Road. It’s a lovely little spot, and as you can see, the weather was just perfect.
Image above: I mentioned above that we were “glamping”. It was one of the reasons why I decided to relive my childhood memories and go camping this year. We packed a double height queen-sized air mattress, cotton sheets, wall hanging, mats, bunting and pillows for the tent. It was incredibly comfortable.
Image above: Our enamel mugs were perfect for our afternoon chai lattes. As we were glamping, we also packed our favourite boardgames, iPhone stereo dock, tablets and books. I was inspired by the images that I’ve seen on Pinterest and so I styled our tent with a few creature comforts.
Image above: I may have shocked my camp neighbours with my vintage bunting, but as one kind neighbour said, at least we can all clearly see your guy ropes now, ha ha. Precisely!
We had an amazing trip and we are already planning our next glamping adventure. I think I will start a Glamping Pinterest board to inspire my next trip. I definitely want to purchase a larger mat for the outdoor area and perhaps a camping cupboard to hold a washing up basin and pantry. I think I’ll also look into a small teepee tent for the children to play in. We often had a gang of children hanging-out in our tent – much to my horror ha ha. I think due to it’s size and comforts, our tent was quite a popular dwelling .
P.S. I must make mention of the camping company that we bought our tent and camping supplies from, Van Cruiser in Carrum Downs, Victoria. The customer service is exceptional and not only are the staff friendly and helpful, they are also very knowledgable. For first-time campers like ourselves, the advice was invaluable. We would highly recommend a visit to their store to view tents, caravans and the large range of outdoor accessories.
If you are interested in our tent [pictured last], it is the Bedarra deluxe tent from Outdoor Connection. It retails for AU$449 and is worth every penny in my opinion. The Bedarra is a two-room tent. The rooms are quite large and can be closed off by a central partition. There are generous awning at all sides and both ends of the tent. In fact, if you open the side and front awning, you can create a large covered outdoor area. The whole tent opens up for ventilation at every panel. It has built-in pockets on all corners for storage (we loved this for phones, books, tissues, torches, toiletry bags, chocolates he he). The tent ceiling has a series of hooks to hang lanterns or fairy lights . We loved the height of the tent too. My 6ft tall husband could walk the entire tent without stooping. It is such a comfortable tent – we highly recommend.