Is this the Barossa’s best glampsite?
You’ve seen glamping sites in the high-end African safari lodges and remote Australian eco-outposts, but now you can enjoy a ‘safari’ experience right in the middle of South Australia’s Barossa Valley – albeit without the megafauna.
Bold idea in the Barossa
Discovery Parks – Barossa has just launched its own mini safari camp in a secluded section of its Tanunda park. The private enclave within the park contains 12 eco-friendly safari tents set ‘outback style’ amid mature native red gums.
Aaah, the amenity
These are no ‘pole and peg’ tents either. Steel framed and wrapped in gale-proof tarpaulin, they are permanent, sturdy structures.The central fire pit is a natural meeting point in the common ‘hub’, adjacent to a resort-style lap pool and undercover picnic and barbecue area with dedicated equipment.
Glampsite gets a toehold in Tanunda
When Vacations visited, we were quite likely the first guests to go glamping in our tent, already pre-warmed with reverse cycle air conditioning against the brisk mid-winter weather. Inside there is a couch, occasional table and narrow sideboard. Meals are best enjoyed on the covered patio where there are folding director chairs and a sturdy wooden table.
Park atop Discovery
There’s a full hotel-style bathroom with quality amenities and a decent galley kitchen to prepare your own meals complete with microwave, fridge and all the utensils. At the moment the tents are without TVs (and may well stay that way) and are best suited to singles, twin share or couples. The expansive park has numerous quality accommodation options for families and those seeking more modest digs.
Safari, but not as you know it
So while you’re daydreaming about your African safari experience, whet your appetite at this authentic ‘glampsite’ just a short walk from Tanunda’s main street. discoveryparks.com.au