5 unique sleepovers for nature lovers in New South Wales

Love nature but also love your creature comforts? Check out these five adventure chic sleepovers in New South Wales and thank us later. 

From floating homes on Sydney’s northern beaches to bush glamping in Jervis Bay, you’ll sleep tucked up in linen and surrounded by nature with these light hearted adventures.

Bubble Tents, Blue Mountains and beyond

Ever wanted to watch the sun rise without leaving your bed? Then book a stay in the Cancer, Leo or Virgo Bubble Tents. Not only will you bear witness to 360 degrees of Blue Mountains beauty, but you’ll do it in climate-controlled comfort. 

This off-grid pop-up glamping tent “village” is situated on a secluded part of a 1000+ acre working farm and nestled between Lithgow and Mudgee some 200km north west from Sydney. Overlooking the second biggest canyon in the world which doubles as one of the 50 IBA (Important Bird Area) sanctuaries around the globe for bird watching.

Beyond the bubble ‘walls’ you’ll find a wood-fired hot tub, telescope, fire pit, outdoor shower and a love swing to share with your better half. You’ll need to take your own food and drink for your stay, including all your drinking water, but with such an idyllic setting, we don’t think anything can burst your bubble – not even a bad pun.

Lilypad, Palm Beach

Fancy a one-bedroom floating villa in Sydney’s exclusive Palm Beach? Once a members-only venue, Lilypad is located metres off-shore in the ocean, offering complete walk-on, walk-off service. The floating home is completely off solar power and combines innovative design with traditional craftsmanship and modern luxuries.  

The villa’s rental fee even includes a private host/concierge; private tender transfers to and from Lilypad for the duration of the stay; an additional self-drive luxury personal vessel so guests can explore, swim and picnic at local beaches at leisure.

There’s an on-board breakfast supplied by The Boat House Palm Beach; complimentary on-board wine cellar with bottles of Veuve Clicquot, Cloudy Bay and Cape Mentelle; use of water equipment including paddleboards, fishing rods and floating daybed; and one complimentary meal for two at the iconic Barrenjoey House with private boat transfers.

For those really wanting to kick back in style, you can also purchase extras like seaplane transfers to Rose Bay, on-board massage and beauty treatments and luxury chauffeured vehicle transfers.

Tent Suite, Spicers Sangoma Retreat

Expect 66-square-metres of space, an overhead chandelier, an open-plan bathroom with freestanding tub overlooking the forest canopy, timber flooring and air conditioning in Spicers Sangoma Retreat tent suite.

The space also showcases a king-size custom-made bed, a wood-burning fireplace, a private deck with sun lounges and a Bose sound system. Better yet, Spicers Sangoma Retreat is all-inclusive, so all gourmet meals and beverages as well as the premium mini-bar, replenished daily, are covered in the nightly rate.

Tallarook Tiny Home, Shoalhaven

I’d really rather keep this tiny home to myself, but, alas, my mother taught me to share. So, we present to you Tallarook Tiny Home. 

Architecturally designed, Tallarook is located on the South Coast on a 50-acre property surrounded by native Australian bushland, with a kilometre of river frontage on the unique Clyde River.

This contemporary twist on old world tradition sleeps three people comfortably and boasts polished hardwood floors, modern furnishings, a breakfast bar, kitchen amenities, a refrigerator, a gas cooktop and an electric oven, a compact bathroom with a steaming hot shower and even air conditioning for those sultry summer evenings.

The tiny home also has a deck with a table and chairs and a Weber barbecue overlooking the river, making it the perfect spot for a morning cups of tea or afternoon tipple. In the morning, wake up to locally-sourced breakfast supplies that include farm fresh eggs, bacon, bread from the local bakery and a selection of jams from the Clyde River Berry Farm. Nom, nom, nom.

Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay

Jeremy and Irena Hutchings wanted to bring the elevated safari experience they had had in Africa in the 1980s, to their home turf. Their goal was to create a bush camping experience with the added comfort of hot showers, contemporary decor and a gastronomic restaurant and voila Paperbark Camp was born.

Just a 2.5-hour drive south of Sydney, Paperbark Camp is just eight minutes from the  beaches of Jervis Bay. There’s scenic walking trails nearby and surrounding bush filled with wildlife – kangaroos, possums, colourful birdlife and then whales and dolphins off shore.

The bush bolthole’s elevated, wood-panelled dining room and communal space, The Gunyah is the heart and soul of the camp and on sultry days guests can dine outdoors on the verandah for a beautiful Aussie bush experience. 

The camp’s raised tents are strategically positioned to create utmost privacy, camouflaged by the surrounding spotted gums and paperbark trees along the banks of Currambene Creek. Tents having polished hardwood flooring, double canvas roofs, an outdoor deck with seating and an open-air bathroom with a free- standing bathtub and hot shower.

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