Glamorous camping, known as glamping, has a new home in South Australia at the Holiday and Caravan Park at Tanunda in the beautiful Barossa Valley. Owners, Discovery Parks, have created a tranquil couples retreat away from the hubbub of their family-friendly caravan park next door.
Twelve tents, each for two people – but children are not permitted – are evenly spaced across the enclosure that includes a heated private spa and pool, lounge and BBQ areas for the exclusive use of the maximum number of 24 guests.
The tents are designed to be environmentally sustainable with consideration given to every detail, and there is more than a hint of Africa for inspiration in the decor.
It’s a blessing to find accommodation not equipped from Ikea. The leather couch was comfy and stylish, and the linen and towels of superior quality.
The ensuite deluxe bathroom, well equipped kitchenette, and cosy bedroom/ lounge area, configured with either a kingsize bed or two twins, are all sufficiently spacious. So what would you expect to see out of a safari tent in Tanunda… herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically across the plains?
Well not quite, but out the back are lovely views across the vineyards while several giant gums dominate at the front. It would have been great to have some tents facing the vines but the owners preferred a feeling of “togetherness” for the accommodation. It’s all very new and fresh but, in time, the gardens, and planted bushes and trees will create further privacy and a sense of a wilderness escape.
One minor irritation was the ubiquitous loose stone surrounds around the pavers that might look good from a distance but invariably get kicked all over the place and can be painful to step on in bare feet. Each tent has its own three-metre wide deck as the perfect place for a sundowner. Not that we saw much sun on two of the wet and wildest days of the year.
The tents, by EcoStructures Australia, are made from high-grade canvas and can withstand winds up to Category 5 cyclones. They are also 100 per cent waterproof. We were grateful for those high specs as the wind howled and the rain lashed down but our tent passed all tests with flying colours. The conditions gave a true sense of camping in every regard but in such a modern space, it’s nothing like you used to enjoy, or endure, with your parents back in the day.
Staff came and lit the open firepit each night just before dusk, which was a nice touch. And they cleaned the BBQ each morning, which was appreciated. The entire section can be booked in advance for special occasions and it would be a great space to enjoy the company of friends and family, and to explore the fabulous food and wine of the region. We found distractions at fermentAsian restaurant in Tanunda for lunch, the Lyndoch Lavender Farm, and numerous cellar doors including the always excellent Artisans of Barossa tasting room and spectacular Chateau Tanunda.
SAWeekend stayed two nights as a guest of Discovery Parks.
DISCOVERY PARKS – BAROSSA VALLEY
LOCATION 80km from Adelaide in the town of Tanunda in the Barossa Valley, about a 10-minute walk to the centre of town.
ACCOMMODATION Deluxe Safari Tent.
FACILITIES King bed or twin singles, well stocked kitchenette with pantry, tea/coffee making, toaster, fridge, microwave, iron, ironing board, hairdryer, ensuite with shower, lounge, private deck, Multi media facilities, free Wi-Fi, free parking, outdoor BBQ and dining area, lounge area, heated swimming pool and spa, and firepit.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS No.
PRICE $250 per tent, per night, or $225 with loyalty program.
Barossa Valley Way, Tanunda, 8218 5505, discoveryholidayparks.com.au