One of Australia’s oldest olive groves seems an unlikely location to set up camp for the night, but for pop-up glampers Under Sky, it was the perfect spot for a temporary hotel.
Family-run Mount Zero Olives is located at the base of Mount Zero – the northern summit of the Grampians National Park. For five weeks beginning on March 31, 14 luxury Homecamp bell tents will dot the base of the mountain with views of the national park.
“We chose Mount Zero because of the unique beauty of the site – an olive grove with views to the northern Grampians,” says Under Sky director Stephanie Francis. “It has epic sunsets and sunrises, incredible stargazing and it's on the doorstep of the Grampians National Park, which means plenty of outdoor activities.
“It's a completely private property. Our guests wouldn't be able to experience it otherwise.”
Each tent at the pop-up contains a real queen-size bed by Sleeping Duck, made up with linen from Melbourne brand Hunting for George. The temporary hotel rooms are outfitted with woven rugs, wooden furnishings and toiletries, as well as an Esky filled with cutlery, crockery and wine glasses for your meals.
There will be a communal fire pit and dining area, plus Weber barbeques, if you choose to preserve one of the traditional parts of camping – cooking for yourself.
An on-site general store stocked with organic and bio-dynamic provisions from the region – milk, eggs, bread, as tea, pulses, grains and naturally, olives and olive oil – will also be at your disposal.
If you opt to glamp all the way and want breakfast delivered to your (canvas) door, you’ll be able to pre-order a breakfast hamper from the Mount Zero cafe, which will be serving hot breakfasts and lunch for the duration of the pop-up, including an option to get take-away lunch if you need it for a hike. On Friday nights, wood-fired pizzas will be on the menu.
The hotel is installing purpose-built shower blocks made from recycled timber, as will special composting toilets that recycle waste into fertiliser, are solar-powered and don’t use any water. The pop-up will have as little impact as possible on the ecology of the surrounds, Francis says. The tents will simply be packed away at the end of the season, and moved to the next region, in keeping with Under Sky’s nomadic intent.
There are endless choices for day trips from the camp, including walking and hiking trails, rock climbing and local wineries. The pop-up begins by hosting the Regional World’s Longest Lunch, and also takes place at the same time as the Grampians Grape Escape.
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The Under Sky pop-up glamping hotel at Mount Zero Olives is open from March 31 until May 7. Reservations are now open and are expected to book out quickly.
Mon to Thurs at $190 per night
Weekends at $240 per night (minimum two-night stay)
Easter weekend at $295 per night (minimum two-night stay) – *selling fast