How most people feel about camping is the same as they feel about going on a diet – it seems like a great idea with obvious benefits, but carrying through with it is often more hard work than it’s worth. It can be even harder to convince your partner to join you for a holiday where you’re roughing it. So, what if I told you that you could go camping without losing the comfort of your bed or having to fiddle around with tent pegs? Now you can camp within your comfort zone – a proper bed, a TV, heated floors – while still being immersed in nature. The official term is ‘glamping’ – a mixture of glamour and camping that will serve the needs of everyone in the family.

The camp 

Hastings Point Holiday Park

Hire a surfari tent for some luxury camping.
A luxury surfari tent, Hastings Point Holiday Park – Tweed Coast.

Hastings Point is a small town in Northern NSW, about an hour south of the Gold Coast. Nestled in by the beach, this is the perfect camping spot for all year-round, with a local cafe and Woolworths for all of your grocery needs. There are a few camping grounds and holiday parks in the area, but the notable and hassle-free spot is at the Tweed Coast Holiday Park’s surfari tents. You can choose from two tent sizes – one can sleep up to 6, the other up to 4 – and both include a fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle, ensuite bathroom and a TV with a DVD player.
Where: Tweed Coast Road, Hastings Point NSW 2489

The glamour

David Lucas Therapies

Get a relaxing massage on your camping trip (stock image)
Get a massage on your trip, David Lucas Therapies – Pottsville (stock image)

Head off for a relaxing day of fishing and drinking beer, and suggest that your lovely lady pops down to David Lucas Therapies for a massage. Specialising in Swedish, hot rock and re-aligning Lomi Lomi style massages, this is the perfect touch to take your camping holiday from roughing-it to relaxing. It may be just the thing to help convince your partner to spend a night or two in a luxury tent.
Where: 4 Melia Close, Pottsville NSW 2489

The camp

Breezy Belle Adventures

Breezy Belle canvas tents are the perfect camping glamour.
Canvas tents: the perfect accommodation, Breezy Belle – Tweed Coast.

If a tent with a wooden frame seems a bit like cheating to you, then check out the cotton canvas tents that Breezy Belle Adventures provide. Resembling a regular tent, but with a plush and aesthetically pleasing interior, these are perfect for any group size. Whether you are wanting to go away with the whole family, are organising a trip with your friends or are after a romantic getaway, the guys at Breezy Belle can set your tent up in any way imaginable. An added bonus is that at the end of your trip you don’t need to worry about packing down a large tent as they will even do that for you! You also pick your own camping grounds on the Tweed Coast for your tent to be pitched so you’re not restricted at all. Whether you want a breezy spot by the ocean or a tranquil holiday by the river, this company will deliver.
Where: you choose! The company is based in Byron Bay but will set up your camp along the Tweed Coast.

The glamour

Ground Control Coffee

Ground Control Coffee brews the best caffeine in a cup.
Grab an amazing brew of caffeine in a cup, Ground Control Coffee – Tweed Coast.

The worst part of camping is not having a freshly brewed cup of coffee in the morning. If the thing that you’re going to miss the most camping is a latte made by an experienced barista alongside your baked beans and toast, then you need to go to Ground Control Coffee in Tweed Heads South. Ground Control roast their own fresh beans in-store, ensuring the best and smoothest flavour. Check out their Love Bites blend for a punchy coffee, with chocolate and malt aromas and finishing off with strong cocoa and berry flavours.
Where: 5/29 Industry Drive, Tweed Heads South NSW 2486
What would convince you to go camping? Comment and let us know!