The best spots for glamping in the NT

Talk about a million dollar view at Banubanu, Bremer Island
Talk about a million dollar view at Banubanu, Bremer Island

This article was sponsored by Tourism NT

Glamping, or glamorous camping, is a new subcategory of accommodation that combines the authenticity and grandeur of the landscape with a handful of the creature comforts of a regular accommodation offering. 

Forget the roll-up sleeping bag – you might be going bush (or desert!), but you’re doing it in style. Not to mention with the most beautiful backdrop you could imagine – a million uninterrupted stars pin-pricking across the vastness of the inky sky. 

Here are three incredible glamping spots in the raw and primordial Northern Territory. 

Banubanu, Bremer Island – $$

Crystal-coloured water as far as the eye cal see on Bremer Island. Image: Australian Traveller

Crystal-coloured water as far as the eye cal see on Bremer Island. Image: Australian Traveller

Picture a secluded island set against the backdrop of a turquoise sea, with powder soft sand squirming between your toes and a dusting of greenery sprouting across the creamy slopes. Bremer Island is located around 3.4 kilometres off the mainland of Arnhem Land, in the top right hand corner of the Territory. 

Glamping on Bremer Island takes place just metres from the beach, close enough to watch the bobbling turtles popping up to say hello at dusk. Deluxe Beach Front Eco Tents include a private en suite and a timber deck to enjoy a cup of tea and soak in the view.

Spend your days exploring the island's activities, or do nothing at all while you soak in the view.

Spend your days exploring the island's activities, or do nothing at all while you soak in the view.

Meals come as part of the accommodation and typically include fresh-of-the-boat seafood, with offerings like tamarind crispy fried fish. There’s plenty to do on the island as well, including fishing, learning skills (like basket-making) from the local Indigenous community, beach-combing and turtle-watching.

Find out more here.

Dreamtime Escarpment Glamping, Kings Canyon – $$$

Fall asleep to the sounds of the outback at Dreamtime Escarpment Glamping

Fall asleep to the sounds of the outback at Dreamtime Escarpment Glamping

If your idea of glamping is more sand than sea, head into the Red Centre to the magical Kings Canyon. Kings Canyon is part of the Watarrka National Park sitting at the western end of the George Gill Range, located around 320 kilometres southwest of Alice Springs. 

The landscape of Kings Canyon is illustrated with brilliant shades of orange

The landscape of Kings Canyon is illustrated with brilliant shades of orange

Think plunging rock formations and steep ravines coloured in the most brilliant shades of deep orange offering views across the arid, dry landscape. Think washing waterfalls leading to tranquil onyx-coloured bodies of water. You’ll be starting to get the idea of the sort of stomach-flipping beauty of the World Heritage Listed site. 

Go glamping at Kings Creek Station, 30 kilometres from the magnificent Kings Canyon (Watarrka) set amongst majestic desert oaks. 

It's a long way from the humble swag.

It's a long way from the humble swag.

Dreamtime Escarpment Glamping at Kings Creek Station includes a king-size bed (or twin-beds) with en suite, use of your own private bar with a personal coffee pod machine and heating and cooling depending on the time of year. Top it all off with a private deck for enjoying dinner and the view – while your meals are prepared by your personal chef. 

Find out more here.

Squeaky Windmill, Alice Springs – $

Accommodation at Squeaky Windmill comes complete with the use of a barbecue - and a view

Accommodation at Squeaky Windmill comes complete with the use of a barbecue - and a view

The Alice is a remote small town surrounded by the mountainous red rock formations of the MacDonnell ranges, yet it is a bustling centre filled with personality. Located in the heart of the Red Centre, the town is a gateway to the interior desert region of the Territory, including the Larapinta Trail and Simpsons Gap.

Head just 15 kilometres outside of Alice to Squeaky Windmill to stay in boutique tent accommodation with sprawling views across the desert sands. Luxuriously appointed queen-size beds or single beds are complete with electric blankets and air conditioning depending on the season.

An en suite in a tent? Luxurious.

An en suite in a tent? Luxurious.

In the warmer months guests are also encouraged to enjoy the pool, while a campfire under the brilliantly sparkling night sky is a must-do. 

Find out more here.

This article was sponsored by Tourism NT