Glamping on the Great Ocean Road

April 8, 2013
Glamping on the Great Ocean Road

We’ve just returned from a long weekend of glamping on the Great Ocean Road.  Glamping [glamorous camping] is just a term for camping in comfort.  You know, air mattresses, cotton sheets, chai lattes etc. It was the only way I was going to be found in a tent. ha ha I must admit, as a child, our family camping holidays would have been termed glamping. We had bunk beds, hanging clothes cupboards, separate rooms, fold-up dining table, kitchen cupboard and sink. Glamping today is just a few more added comforts from home.

We found a great camping ground in Anglesea.  It’s a lovely seaside village along the Victorian Great Ocean Road.  It’s your next stop after Bells Beach (famous for it’s world surfing competitions). Anglesea has a patrolled surf beach, lots of family fun activities and my favourite campground on the Great Ocean Road. The beachside holiday park, where we camped, is a little hideaway with the camping sites mere metres from the beach. The park has areas for tent villages, caravans and motor homes and even has a few self contained cabins.  For activities, the park has a giant jumping pillow, mini golf, pedal go karts, a games room and much more. We had a great camping spot right by the sea and were too caught up with mother nature for the park activities.  Next time we’ll do some more exploring of the park.

Our very comfortable set up could be described a glamping. We packed our double height queen-sized air mattress, cotton sheets, wall hanging, mats, bunting and pillows for the weekend.  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.

Sunrise |Glamping on the Great Ocean Road

Sunrise |Glamping on the Great Ocean Road

Sunrise |Glamping on the Great Ocean Road

Images above: Sunrise was our favourite time of the day.  We really enjoyed watching the glorious sun rise over the ocean.

Nature walks |Glamping on the Great Ocean Road

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.

Nature walks |Glamping on the Great Ocean Road

Image above: This is the stunning Kniphofia which was growing in a bush beside the road.  Isn’t it striking?

Nature walks |Glamping on the Great Ocean Road

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!

Aireys Inlet |Glamping on the Great Ocean Road

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.

Chai latte |Glamping on the Great Ocean Road

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. 

Glamping on the Great Ocean Road

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 ;-).

Happy trails!

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.

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  • Reply Sarah March 22, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    I have been researching tents for weeks and finally stumbled across the Bedarra. I’ve been looking for reviews but I think you’ve sold it for me. Love the added bunting touch.

    • Reply Madame B March 25, 2015 at 8:17 AM

      Hi Sarah,

      Your comments came in just as I was posting my camping ideas to my Pinterest board. I can’t wait for our next camping adventure. The Bedarra is fabulous and I’m glad my feedback inspired you too.

      Happy camping!
      Madame B.

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