Travel startup Riparide’s latest getaway, The Camp, is only a 30-minute drive from Byron Bay, but surrounded by bushland – and with 360-degree views of the Northern Rivers hinterland – it feels much further away than that.
The Camp is a canvas bell-tent, fitted with a queen-sized bed (with linen bedding), a couple of plants and chairs, and not much else. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be foregoing the luxuries of home. Connected to the tent via a short, wooden walkway is an architecturally designed cabin where you’ll find a hot shower, a compost bathroom and a kitchenette – all of which are solar-powered. Bringing the kids? There’s the option to set up an extra tent next to the main accommodation, or anywhere else on the 2.5-hectare block of land. While there’s power, there is no wi-fi, meaning you’ll have to look to nature to stay entertained.
Just a 25-minute drive from The Camp is popular Cabarita Beach – and there are plenty of other beaches nearby. Your tent comes with a bodyboard and a surfboard so you can take to the waves, and there are two yoga mats so you can salute the sun as it rises over the mountains. Plus, $20 from each stay is donated to not-for-profit marine conservation foundation Sea Shepherd.
Riparide was founded by Melburnian Marlon Law in 2014 to encourage city-dwellers to spend time in nature. On the Riparide site, alongside The Camp, you’ll now find farm stays, tiny houses, log cabins, yachts, kombi vans and even refurbished train carriages in locations across NSW (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Snowy Mountains) and Victoria (including the Bellarine Peninsula, Grampians and the Great Ocean Road). Most of the stays are just a couple of hours away from capital cities, making them an ideal and easy weekend getaway.
The Camp starts at $219 per night. Book here.