Neutral teak and canvas interiors, a sumptuous four-poster bed, a deep two-person bath and a fireplace – sounds better than many Sydney apartments, right? Yet these are some of the comforts included when you book one of the six tents been pitched at NSW bush retreat Turon Gates.
The private, self-catered, adult-only 75-square-metre Glamour Glamping tents are situated on a river in a 6000-acre pocket north-east of the Blue Mountains, 3.5 hours from the city and within easy reach of Katoomba, Mudgee, Bathurst and Lithgow. From the day lounge and hammock on your large outdoor deck you can see horses, mountains and bushland with birds, kangaroos and other Aussie wildlife. Each tent is insulated and has window coverings to keep out the brisk mountain weather.
It could be base camp for exploring the area, or you could stay there the whole time with a welcome bottle of local wine and honey, magazines, board games and books in your tent to keep you busy. There’s wi-fi on the property if you need it, and in your kitchenette, a Nespresso coffee machine and cooking gear.
If you’re more camp than glamp, there’s bushland for you to pitch your own tent, and cabins, cottages and other slightly less fancy glamping tents. (You’re allowed to bring your children and pets to those.) Also, Turon Gates is completely solar-powered.