Is it just us, or is glamping trending these days? Everyone seems to be packing their bags and heading off to a cozy hotel-room-in-a-tent for a weekend. If you don’t know what glamping is, the word is actually a contraction of glamorous and camping. And that’s exactly what it is. Picture fully-furnished tents, heaters, electricity, and all the comforts of home in a camping environment. Sound like your thing? Maybe you should try it.
This year for Sam’s birthday, we decided to dip our toes into the world of glamping, and write a review for our readers. Em found an AirBnB listing for a glamping experience in Phillip Island – Victoria’s famous island of surf, penguins and racing. The host, Randall, has set up a beautiful tent on their rural farmhouse-style property. If you live in the area or are visiting, you might want to consider checking it out!
As you can see, the tent is fitted in a homely style, with a rug-lined floor, cushions laid out everywhere, a comfortable double bed, and tea-making facilities. The tent also comes with an electric heater for cold nights, and a sound system for playing music. Randall and his wife have built an outhouse and shower to specifically accommodate guests, and have installed a privacy wall to separate the glamping space.
We couldn’t have asked anything more from Randall. From the beginning his charisma and eagerness to provide us with a great experience won us over. He welcomed us warmly and gave us all the information we needed to get to the property. Not only this, but the host also provided us with all the comforts we needed, and more. We arrived to bottled water, a T2 tea range, and a heater he installed especially to accommodate us. We were extremely satisfied with everything the host provided.
The Best Features
We think pictures will speak louder than words here, as you’ll be able to see all the features of our tent. But let’s quickly break it down.
The heater was amazing! With winter temperatures outside, it was far too cold to camp outside. Upon feeling the cold, we were a little worried about the night temperatures. That was, until we turned the heater on. Within five minutes, the whole tent was a comfortable 24 degrees, and remained so for most of the night. The addition of speakers also provided us with excellent entertainment. Em brought her laptop, so on our first night, we decided to have a cosy movie night.
The tent itself was very spacious on the inside. Though designed for two guests, it probably could’ve slept many more. Lucky for us, all this extra space was filled by pillows and cushions, which made everything look so much cosier!
Phillip Island has a lot to offer travelers. Its most famous attraction is the Phillip Island Penguin Parade, which gives visitors the rare chance to see masses of Little Penguins return to their nests after a day hunting in the ocean. The parade attracts hundreds of guests every night, and is a very popular national attraction. We visited this attraction on our second night at sunset, and we agree it’s well worth a look. Check out these photos of the penguins up-close!
Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Phillip Island Penguin Parade. (2016). Image Gallery.
We also visited Panny’s World of Chocolate, also known as Phillip Island Chocolate Factory. Panny’s is another staple Island attraction, which began in 2000 with Panny, a Malay-Indian chocolatier who set up his chocolate-making enterprise here in Victoria. This too was a fantastic museum-like experience, with many house-made chocolate artifacts on display including the world’s biggest chocolate waterfall, a 1 tonne block of pure chocolate, and many chocolate artworks.
Also near the site is Pyramid Rock where there is a great lookout with gorgeous coastal views.
Overall, the stay wasn’t brought down by any major cons. But we do have a few things to mention and a few glamping tips for anyone considering a trip. First, despite the luxury living, you can expect a lot of bugs! On our second night, our tent was breached by a few enormous moths. These things were huge – with a wingspan as large as your hand. Fortunately, Randall left a can of insect spray in the tent, so we were able to get rid of them.
Another thing to mention was that no matter what you say or do, camping is always a little more difficult in winter. Since we had the heater, we managed to stay comfortable. But little things like getting out of the tent to go to the bathroom or shower is just a little bit harder. If you have a choice, it’s best to go in the warmer months.
We absolutely loved spending our weekend glamping. Everything about it was exciting, new and fun. It provides guests with the perfect mix of two worlds, and is perfect for travelers who are used to a comfortable standard of living.
When night falls, and you’re lying in your warm comfy bed, you’ll realise it feels just like a hotel room. Then click! it suddenly strikes your mind. Unlike any hotel, there’s that sweet night sound of crickets, rustling leaves and rain, and it just makes glamping the perfect getaway experience.