Sanctuary, a glamping experience at Sirromet Wines, initially feels more like a perfectly executed diversion from the cellar door. There are 18 tented pavilions scattered across a lower section of the property overlooking a beautiful, tree-lined lagoon.
The digs themselves are something else. Each is an enormous space with a queen bed, lounge area and bureau. The back of the pavilion, with its ensuite, wardrobe and well-stocked minibar, is built more like a cabin in crisp-white VJ boards. But zip down the canvas sides of the living area and you can soon pretend you’re on safari (in south-east Queensland).
Angled towards the water, the pavilions feel relatively secluded despite their proximity to one another. Still, make no mistake, Sanctuary is designed with groups in mind.
The pavilions are terrific to sleep in and, nestled under the trees surrounding the lagoon, you’re protected from the early-morning Queensland sun – a 5am killjoy for summer glampers in the state’s south-east. It’s comfortable and quiet and cosy.
But a diversion from the wine, it is not – the experience is cleverly designed to get Sirromet’s core product into the hands of drinkers. And not the high-volume table wines you might add to a mixed dozen, but Sirromet’s best drops, which have collected close to 1000 domestic and international awards.