When is a tent not a tent?
Possibly when it has a separate ensuite bathroom and is, in total, bigger than your Sydney apartment!
30 minutes away from Kings Canyon is a red-earthed, unsealed road that will lead you to the Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge. Set in a private part of an 1800 square kilometre cattle and camel station, 2kms away from the nearest shop, they certainly deliver on the wilderness in the title.
The tented cabins, with their ensuite heated bathrooms and secluded verandas, are the most luxurious accommodation you can find in this area. Inside our generous sized ‘tent’ was an air conditioning unit, cosy towelling robes and casual seating, whilst the ensuite just across the corridor had a heated shower, heat lamp (only necessary in the evening) and a range of eco toiletries.
My favourite part of the accommodation was the veranda though; it offered private views of the bushland and made you feel like you were truly in the wilderness, miles from anyone else, let alone another guest.
Each lodge is named after a different local character and a booklet in the room explains who these namesakes are as well as introduces the family who own the cattle station. I really enjoyed reading about the life of Len Tuit – the early central Australian tour operator after whom our cabin was named – even if he did meet a strange end after going fishing and never returning!
Dining at the Wilderness Lodge is a very social affair. Communal tables are set up for guests under a blanket of stars and the in-house chef whips up a 3 course meal using a range of local produce (like delicious kangaroo steak) and some not so local too – the night before we arrived the guests were served lobster!
Evenings at the lodge begin with drinks and nibbles at 7pm (1 drink is included with the meal package) and tend to end with good conversation over Pavlova. The meal package might be charged extra depending on who you book with but due to the remoteness of the location and quality of the dinner and I would recommend you request this.
Breakfast is served inside the reception cabin. There’s a range of cereals, fruit and toast at the buffet and then the chef cooks up your order of eggs, bacon, mushrooms and tomato upon request. We were only able to sample the cooked breakfast one morning though as they stopped serving it before we could complete the rim walk – it’s a shame they don’t find a way to work around this as I assume most guests will be there to do the same thing. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available all day though, as is cold water. There are no fridges in the cabins so if you bring your own alcohol (which I would recommend you do for cost cutting!) ask the staff kindly to put it in their fridge for you.
Experiencing this level of comfort in the middle of the Aussie outback is wonderful – it’s just my style of camping! The lodge have won numerous awards for their service, which is very welcoming and friendly, but I feel its fair to say the level of luxury is not quite like what you would find in other countries (like this glampsite I visited in Sri Lanka which was exceptional.) There are a few little things the lodge could do – like providing water in the rooms, making the beds/supplying room service without having to request it and being flexible about breakfast – which would make a guest’s stay perfect. But if you’re looking for somewhere super comfortable, remote and with fantastic food – the Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge is a great place to stay in this part of Australia.
Find out more about the Wilderness Lodge via APTouring.
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6 thoughts on “Glamping At The Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge, Australia”
This is how camping should be done! Every time I’ve gone camping in the past I end up bringing a yoga mat, warm duvets, and extra pillows to make it more comfortable, but this, I could get used to! Looks like a great way to rest up after exploring the Kings Canyon. 🙂
I must admit I haven’t really camped since some very soggy experiences in the UK as a kid. However, like you, if more campsites looked like this I’m sure I’d do it more often 🙂
I went glamping for the first time this summer (back in the States on a road trip) and it was totally amazing! I loved it, the kinda indoor/outdoor feel of the whole thing. Ours didn’t have an ensuite bathroom, but the facitilies provided where so nice/private/normal that we didn’t miss it at all. The only bummer was going back to a ‘normal hotel’ after our stay was up!
That sounds awesome and I totally know what you mean. Going back to a hotel room at Uluru felt strange when we’d had this experience that made you feel so much closer to the nature and stars.
Now that’s my sort of camping (basically you have to be able to pretend it’s a hotel!) – bit of a contrast from when I visited Uluru and the Red Centre 12 years ago and slept out in the open in a swag, this if far more my style now!
You’re so brave! I have done the basic camping at Uluru and they gave us the choice to sleep in swags but I’m too scared of dingoes, and spiders, and big ants and basically everything!! Did you sleep well in the swag?