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Go glamping in Sydney

Camping, Cockatoo IslandCREDIT: Destination NSW

Camp in style within the city limits. 

#ilovesydney

Go glamping
in Sydney

Camping, Cockatoo Island CREDIT: Destination NSW

Camp in style within the city limits. 

#ilovesydney

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You don’t even need to leave Sydney to enjoy some of New South Wales’s top glamping experiences. Stock up on marshmallows and camp out in style at these memorable locations within the city limits. 

Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour 

Putting you front and centre on iconic Sydney Harbour, Cockatoo Island’s glamping experience is one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets. The historic island — a former convict penal establishment — is just a 10-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay and has a variety of accommodation options, including deluxe glamping. You’ll arrive to a pre-erected tent with toiletries, bedding and cooler box, and have access to hot showers and a communal camp kitchen with 10 barbecue areas, fridges, microwaves and a boiling water system. Upgrade to the deluxe waterfront package for million-dollar views. 

What to bring: Bring your own food or order barbecue and breakfast packs from the island café, Societé Overboard. Don’t forget cooking utensils, cutlery and plates.  

Need to know: There are strict alcohol rules on Cockatoo Island — you cannot bring your own alcohol but you can purchase takeaway alcohol from Societé Overboard if you’re a Cockatoo Island guest, or enjoy a drink at the Marina Café and Bar or Societé Overboard.  

Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour CREDIT: Destination NSW

Family relaxing and roasting marshmallows at their Cockatoo Island waterfront campsite.

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Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour CREDIT: Destination NSW

Family relaxing and roasting marshmallows at their Cockatoo Island waterfront campsite.

#ilovesydney

Taronga Zoo, Mosman  

Did you know you can glamp inside Sydney’s Taronga Zoo? On the zoo’s unforgettable Roar and Snore experience, you’ll stay in a safari-style tent, enjoy a gourmet feast under the stars and have up close and personal experiences with the exotic and native animals in the zoo. The Roar and Snore itinerary involves a twilight walk through Taronga Zoo once it’s closed to general visitors, canapes and welcome drinks, a delicious dinner, and an after-dinner safari.  

Wake up at sunrise to the roar of a lion, perhaps, and the stunning backdrop of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge across the harbour from your North Shore location. Before breakfast, you’ll head off on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour. After checking out, you’re free to explore the zoo for the rest of the day. Each tent has a double bed, a single pop-up trundle bed and there’s an on-site amenities block with hot showers.  

What to bring: Camera, toiletries, closed-toed shoes (no sandals, thongs or heels), wet-weather gear (Roar and Snore is an all-weather program). 

Need to know: All meals and drinks are supplied by the zoo. If you have any special dietary requirements, special needs or peculiar requests, let Taronga Zoo know and they will see what they can do. Roar and Snore has mobility-restricted access facilities. 

Roar and Snore, Taronga Zoo Sydney CREDIT:  Taronga Zoo

Roar and Snore tents at Taronga Zoo Sydney overlooking Sydney Harbour.

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Roar and Snore, Taronga Zoo Sydney CREDIT:  Taronga Zoo

Roar and Snore tents at Taronga Zoo Sydney overlooking Sydney Harbour.

#lovensw #ilovesydney

Tandara, Lane Cove National Park 

For a luxe camping weekend without the road trip, Tandara is nestled in Lane Cove National Park, just a 20-minute drive from Sydney’s city centre. The safari-style tent in Lane Cove Holiday Park is secluded from the rest of the campground and made for those who enjoy their creature comforts.  

There’s a luxe king-size bed, a stunning bathroom with deep tub and a smart sound system, which pumps tunes through speakers tucked into the garden. For nature lovers there is myriad wildlife to observe, such as eastern water dragons, kookaburras and sulphur-crested cockatoos. If you want to do something other than relax with a glass of wine in your natural hideaway, you can canoe or kayak on the Lane Cove River. Come evening, cook up a barbecue feast on your private deck.  

What to bring: Hiking boots, food supplies, and your own bike to explore local cycling trails (bike hire is also available). 

Need to know: There’s only one glamping tent, so book early. Tandara also has a no smoking and no children policy, and there is limited phone reception in Lane Cove National Park. Unplug and enjoy! 

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