French Island, in the Western Port between the Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island, is as off the grid as it gets, with their 116 residents powering their homes via solar power and generators. Just 60 km south-east of Melbourne is an island so remote its virtually unheard of, but it boasts secluded beaches, uninterrupted views and stacks of native Australian wildlife. Travellers looking for a nature-based experience can travel around this rugged, unspoilt island with Naturaliste Tours. The tour takes nature enthusiasts to hidden spots, the National Park, historic sites and learn about the island and its history, all on a four-wheel-drive. Tankerton Rd, French Island VIC 3921, (03) 5257 4570
A minimal impact setup located on the grounds of Wild Dog Creek, a significant Aboriginal site on Phillip Island, Sheltered Glamping provides guests with luxury accommodation and comfort in a unique setting. Five tents, with beds for up to 15 people, allow visitors to sleep beneath the stars and among native wildlife including wallabies and a range of migrating birds. 493 Berrys Beach Road, Ventnor, 0412 222 632
Nestled in pristine bush land on the South Gippsland coast, Venus Bay Eco Retreat offers guests an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and adventure of the bush without compromising on comfort, managed by a sustainable small business that contributes to biodiversity conservation. The retreat is powered by solar energy and utilises onsite rainwater that provides all domestic water. In the rooms guests are equipped with earth-friendly and ethically-produced products and food offered on site is from certified organic producers. 802 Lees Rd, Venus Bay, 3956, 0439 352 538
Encouraging travellers to get outdoors more and have more options to unplug, Parks Victoria is currently running a glamping trial at two Victorian National Parks running now until December 2018. Based in Mount Buffalo National Park and Lake Eildon National Park, campers will get a unique opportunity to go glamping in some of Victoria’s most stunning and remote locations.
Glamping at Lake Catani is an adventure and nature lover’s paradise. Mount Buffalo National Park offers more than 90km of walking tracks, waterfalls, beautiful wildflowers, abundant wildlife and now - luxury glamping. With 10 bell tents, lush linens and furnishings and the creature comforts of home, visitors can relax after a busy day of adventure and exploring. For more details on packages and to book visit Under Sky.
Located at popular Devil Cove campground in Lake Eildon National Park, ‘Glamping with Nature’ by the award-winning Yea Peppercorn Hotel offers all the luxury trimmings of glamping as well as health and wellness experiences, kayaking, cooking classes and group fitness classes. For more details on packages and to book visit Glamping with Nature.
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