When we were invited to check out the new glamping facilities at Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park we jumped at the chance. Halls Gap Lakeside is located in Halls Gap the heart of Victoria’s Grampians national park and just a few short hours drive from Melbourne.
The Grampians is home to spectacular scenery; waterfalls, hikes, lakes and an abundance of native wildlife so we were very excited to visit and explore this stunning part of the world.
We arrived at Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park and checked in effortlessly. The staff were lovely and helpful with tips about the area and what to see and do. With anticipation we headed for our Safari tent but, before we even made it into the tent we were awed by the view. Our ‘tent’ looked out over acres of grassland with wild Emus wandering around scratching for food and views all the way to The Pinnacle.
Once we had met the local emus it was time to check out our accomodation. First up is a lovely outdoor decked area complete with a BBQ and couch/seating area and an outdoor dining table perfect for Emu watching.
As I unzipped the tent…we discovered a beautiful 4 poster bed with a mosquito net billowing in the breeze. Lying on the bed you face directly out over the spectacular views that we had seen on arrival.
The Safari tent also features a small kitchenette, dining area and even a kids bedroom with a set of bunk beds which the little man immediately had to investigate (he says to tell you all that the top bunk is the better of the two.)
Before I go any further let me say it was 38 degrees celcius on check in and I was very worried about how we were going to cope in a tent in the extreme heat. I needn’t have been worried, the tent was quite comfortable even in those temperatures. Now don’t get me wrong it was still warm in there but not sweltering like I had feared. Staff had kindly set up and had a huge fan running in the room for us.
Now at this point in time you may be wondering why I haven’t mentioned a bathroom. Surely glamping includes a bathroom? Yes it does. In this safari tent the bathroom is outside. Not in a yucky outdoor bathroom fashion but in a views from your shower type fashion. The bathroom is essentially on the deck of the Safari tent, it is private and lovely with windows overlooking the views and the forested area behind. Relax though, there is a roof, floor, walls and proper plumbing! (other safari tents at Lakeside do have indoor bathrooms but more of that later.) My son thought it was hilarious brushing his teeth in the bathroom while watching Emu and Kangaroos just outside the window.
The tent was very comfortable and had everything we needed. There were lamps for reading, kitchen equipment, towels, and lux bedding, even electric blankets on the bed for the colder months. In all honesty, this bed was one of the most comfortable we have EVER slept in and it made it even more tempting to just lay there and gaze out at the view for hours.
We were very very cosy in our tent. I loved glamping. You get all the benefits of camping and being in nature without the hassles of setting up and packing up camp gear (plus no dirt, insects etc ha ha.)
Some of the most amazing highlights of our stay were located just outside our door way (or zip way? what do you call your doorway in a tent?) The vast expanse of grassed area outside our door attracted wild Emu, Kangaroos and an abundance of Cockatoo. You can purchase feed for the birds from the park office and they will eat out of your hand.
After our first nights super cosy sleep, the little guy woke bright and early and went outside for the bathroom only to come back shouting….
He had found a whole bunch of Kangaroos outside our tent. He was delighted so out we went in our PJs to get a closer look. The Roos are not tame but are obviously fairly used to people so you are able to be quite near to them. Seeing Kangaroos in the wild was a standout highlight of our trip.
There was a moment when a Kangaroo wandered passed an Emu and I thought to myself ‘There can be no more typically ‘Australian’ moment in my life than this.’
I really feel like visitors to Australia should just be transported here straight from the airport. This experience is just so wonderfully unique to Australia; the scenery, the animals, the birds, the accommodation surrounded by gum trees, everything about this place is magical and special.
The park has amazing facilities and is great for kids. There is a heated swimming pool, play equipment, trampolines, room for bike riding, even a cute little ice cream cart comes around the park every evening to complete the perfect day.
So, if you have decided to try glamping, there are a number of options available at Halls Gap Lakeside to suit your needs. We stayed in The Pinnacle Safari tent but there is also a safari tent with a flight simulator or an adorable retro renovated caravan with additional accommodation for kids offered in ‘the pod’ next door. If you’re just after an adult break there are bell tents (adults only sorry kiddies).
GlamXperience and Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park have done a fabulous job of setting up these glamping facilities. The hardest part for you is going to be which option you should choose! Which ever option works best for your family, do yourself a favour and try the glamping at Lakeside for your next family holiday. We loved it and would go back tomorrow if we could. The little guy wants to go back again and is even planning on applying for a job so he can work and stay there.
Thanks for Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park and GlamXperience for hosting our stay, we loved it and cant wait to return. As always all opinions are my own (and that of the wandering child)