Where To Sleep Under The Stars In NSW
There are few things more tranquil and awe-inspiring than gazing up into a glittering night sky. A family slumber in the great outdoors is something we should all try at least once in our lives. If you need a bit of inspiration on where to set up camp, we've compiled our top 6 places in NSW to sleep under the stars.
Bubble Tent At Capertee Valley
For one of the most jaw dropping, unique, and once in a lifetime experience, you have to visit Bubble Tent at Capertee Valley where you can sleep under the stars in a clear and inflatable bubbletent in superior comfort and convenience in the remoteness of the country. The off-grid glamping tent is located on a remote part of a working farm between Lithgow and Mudgee and offers panoramic views of Capertee Valley, the second biggest canyon in the world.
Warrumbungle National Park Astro Accommodation
The International Dark Sky Association recently included Warrumbungle National Park in NSW’s central west on its elite list of dark-sky parks, one of only 38 in the world and the first in the southern hemisphere. This means it has a seriously impressive starry sky and not surprisingly makes it a top destination for star gazing.
Skywatch Observatory offers a two bedroom apartment with a sitting area and courtyard, perfect for families. A fully cooked breakfast and guided tours of the night sky (weather permitting) are included in your booking. The observatory houses a 12.5 inch Newtonian Telescope and offers great views of the major planets when they are in the sky.
Located a 2.5-hour drive down the South Coast from Sydney (or thirty minutes from Nowra), the remote glamping campsite offers a true bush experience, only with luxe tents stocked with thoughtful amenities.
Flashcamp at Coolendel is built for those who love the idea of getting out into nature and under the stars but perhaps haven’t got all the gear, have nowhere to store it or just prefer to let someone else do all the work for them! It offers the joy of camping out under the stars but without all the hard work of traditional camping. Here, you will be greeted with spacious 5 & 6m canvas bell tents complete with full size beds, linen, solar lighting, ice box and outdoor furniture as well as access to a fully equipped camp kitchen and all-weather communal lounge area, the perfect base for exploring Coolendel and its surrounds.
Sierra Escape Mudgee
Located 260km north-west of Sydney, Sierra Escape is Mudgee's first and only luxe glamping retreat and a picture perfect place to sleep under the stars. The 280-acre property boasts spectacular views and is home to wildlife including kangaroos, deer and a variety of native birds. The original glamorous tent includes floor-to-ceiling windows, a king-sized bed, a camp stove and fridge, an ethanol fireplace and a separate bathroom complete with freestanding bath, shower and flushing toilet. It's insulated for all seasons, and there's even a deck out front where you can kick back and enjoy a romantic getaway with your partner (sorry, kids aren't invited to this one!).
Honeymoon Bay, Jervis bay
For a real Aussie summer star gazing experience you can’t beat the beauty of camping at Honeymoon Bay, a family-friendly spot located in Jervis bay. Honeymoon Bay is a small sheltered bay to spend a day by the beach, snorkel and paddle in the sea. Here you’ll have the chance to make friends with hundreds of local kangaroos as well as enjoy other secluded beaches and bush walks. Camping sites at Honeymoon Bay are fully booked during the summer months and are allocated via ballot.
At Glenworth Valley, you can camp under the stars amongst unspoilt surroundings in a 200 acre secluded riverfront camping ground. Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures is only just over an hour’s drive north of Sydney and operates a series of campsites along Popran Creek, featuring wood-fired BBQs, hot showers and plenty of peace and quiet. You can also ‘glamp’ here, or hire a tent or teepee, and go horse riding, quad-biking, abseiling and kayaking. Here you can enjoy the beauty of nature, build a camp fire, star gaze and wake up to a fun-filled day of adventure activities amongst spectacular bush surrounds.
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