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I’m loving the explosion of glamping in Australia; the availability of luxury accommodation in picturesque natural surrounds. I’m talking tents with real beds, cozy decor, and all of the amenities of home. I’m talking luxury cabins offering secluded wilderness with a hot tub.

From barns and cabins, to tree house hotels and caves, glamping is a way to connect with your surroundings without having to rough it. And with incomparable access to nature, “glamorous camping” is the newest Australian craze. Tucked inside mountains, scattered along white-sand beaches, unique structures with an amazing backdrop are beginning to pop up everywhere.

Located in the beautiful East Gippsland region of Victoria, one glamping site is particularily worth noting. Situated in lesser known Nungurner is a unique rural homestead; a contemporary vacation cabin nestled on 50 acres of stunning countryside. Just over three hours east of Melbourne, this property provides the perfect setting to retreat, relax and rejuvenate, and is the ideal base for exploring everything East Gippsland has to offer.

Glamping Review: Contemporary Vacation Cabin with Hot Tub on Gippsland Lakes, Victoria

While the majority of travelers to Australia head straight for the iconic sites of Melbourne, Sydney or the Outback, this amazing country offers so much more. Occupying the vast eastern corner of Victoria, East Gippsland is one area in particular that travelers should explore; a region of spectacular natural landscapes of unparalleled beauty.

With plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking and climbing, across dozens of reserves and National Parks, as well as coastal beaches, tourist villages and the majestic Gippsland Lakes, it’s impossible to truly discover the region without establishing a good base. And as we recently discovered, Glamping Hub’s “Contemporary Vacation Cabin on Gippsland Lakes” is that true country escape.

The ultimate vacation retreat, this contemporary cabin rental is just minutes from Lakes Entrance and Metung. And we were swept away by the experience this modern homestead provides.

Nungurner Accommodation in East Gippsland

Nungurner Accommodation in East Gippsland

Our Experience

On driving onto the property, a large entertainment deck with pizza oven, BBQ and outdoor dining instantly stands out. And it’s tempting to make a beeline for the hammocks before pulling the bags from the car, with rolling farmland and a peaceful dam as your view. Though don’t stay too distracted by the backdrop and hammocks as you may miss the outdoor heated spa behind you.

If traveling in a small party, you’ll have your pick of rooms. With four bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (one wheelchair friendly), a modern kitchen with open plan dining, plus comfortable leather lounge, we should upgrade our superlatives from “spacious” to “downright huge”.

The cabin comfortably sleeps up to 10 guests, with each room and bathroom offering views of native bushland. Though don’t let the word “cabin” fool you into thinking you’re sacrificing on comfort – deluxe hotel quality linen and towels are provided for each guest.

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A Home Away From Home

The kitchen is stocked to feel like a home away from home. There is a cooktop, oven and microwave, and you can either have meals catered and delivered, or stop at the grocery store in Lakes Entrance to slow cook, blend, stir fry or sizzle your way to fabulous food. There is plenty of silver ware (and plastic ware if traveling with children), as well as every amenity you may need – salt and pepper, cooking spray, foil, cling wrap. Everything is supplied for your convenience.

It was quite cool during our stay, though a romantic countryside retreat calls for the use of a cozy log fire anyway (all wood was provided) … even though there is switch on the split system for instant comfort and warmth.

After exploring the expansive grounds, it was time to stretch out on the plush leather sofa for some screen time in front of the 55 inch HD TV. Indulging in some of East Gippslands best regional wine promptly led to utilizing the portable speakers and plugging in our favorite tunes … we danced like nobody was watching, aside from a curious echidna or two.

Nungurner Accommodation in East Gippsland

Echidna East Gippsland

In a Nutshell

This truly modern and pet friendly glamping is perfect for couples, 1 or 2 families, or a group of friends looking to escape the daily grind and enjoy country living.

This is the perfect place to disconnect from the digital world, and reconnect with life’s simple pleasures. Enjoy outdoor dining on the deck amidst a tranquil bush setting, relax in the outdoor spa, explore bush trails on the property, or share a story or two around the fire pit.

The cabin is a great base to get out and explore the beautiful region of East Gippsland. You can experience gourmet food & wine, markets, bushwalking, cycling (the property offers a ride/dine/wine experience and mountain bike packages for guests), fantastic scenery on 90 Mile Beach, a cruise on the Gippsland Lakes, National Parks and so much more.

Pro Tip: Nungurner may be hidden away in East Gippsland, though the secret is quickly getting out. If you’re keen to book this off-the-beaten-track glamping experience, make sure you book in advance.

Visit Glamping Hub for more information or to make a booking.

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Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging since 2007, with the main aim of inspiring others to embark on their own worldwide adventure. Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

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    20 Comments

  1. WOW WOW WOW. I love that pizza oven!! What a fantastic outdoor space… I’m not sure where I’d want to hang out first.

    • Isn’t the outdoor space epic! They’ve done a fantastic job of the whole site and setting it up to be the ideal retreat :)

  2. What a great way to spend a holiday and relax in idyllic settings. I must agree with Jessie’s comment above about that pizza oven!! I would be all over that. I think my last visit to Norway, Kalle specifically, would qualify as glamping so I am true believer!

    • We will probably never camp again now that we’ve discovered glamping :D This specific site really did blow us away – going to plan for a trip back and stock the car with ingredients for a pizza party!

  3. Glamping is the only way I could do it. And the idea of having a hot tub makes it even better. I have quite a few friends trying to get me back to Australia. I have left a lot of the country untouched. I think this might be in my future. I would definitely like to round up all my Aussie friends and make them go clamping and cook me some shrimp on the barbie. ;)

    • I’m a little bias, but I’m totally behind your friends advice to come back for another trip! There really is so much of Australia to cover that it’s impossible to see everything in one visit.

      The glamping site in Nungurner could easily sleep up to 10, perfect if you’re rounding up all your friends!

  4. Sounds idyllic indeed. I don’t think I’d go exploring much once I”d the pizza in the oven and settled into the hammock though. ;)

    • Definitely difficult to tear yourself from the property with everything they have onsite!

  5. This looks like a cosy cabin that is perfect for a holiday with the extended family. I like the sound of huddling around the fire pit telling stories. Gippsland is such a lovely place to escape from the city too!

    • Absolutely Christina – the space is expansive, and even with 10 people you would still be able to find spots around the property for free personal time too :)

      Gippsland really is such a wonderful place for a city escape. Hope you have the chance to travel soon!

  6. I didn’t know it was still considered glamping if it was in a cabin! I think in the USA glamping is anything like a super-luxurious tent accommodation but its good to know that its becoming more popular in Australia. I think its really trending everywhere! A hot tub is definitely an indulgence for sure! Glad you had some wine in hand to enjoy your getaway

    • Yep, any kind of structure that is unique and fits within the definition of incomparable access to nature! We love glamping lol I don’t think we’ll ever go back to camping again now that we’ve discovered luxury tents and secluded cabin retreats!! The access to nature is the main reason we have camped in the past.

      I agree with you though – I think it’s starting to trend everywhere!

  7. This looks fabulous. As a non camper, this is definitely more up my street. Will have to look into it when I make it back this way.

    • You’ll love it Anne – fantastic access to nature without having to sleep on the ground :D! Hope you have the chance to swing by soon!

  8. I’ve been wilderness camping for most of my life, but I have to admit that I’ve been bitten by the glamping bug! I can imagine nothing more relaxing than a retreat like this. I’d spend all evening in that hot tub for sure!

    • I can see glamping taking a really strong hold, even among wilderness campers like yourself Tara! I think everyone enjoys a bit of luxury, and now that you don’t have to sacrifice on location, I think traditional camping might see a bit of a decline!

  9. Ooh I am all for glamping! Wine, cabin, hot tub? Yeah. that’s the only way to camp in my opinion.

    • I don’t think we’ll be going backwards to traditional camping again any time soon lol :D!

  10. This looks like the perfect combo of outdoorsy and luxurious. And that echidna is so amazing!

    • We spent far too long oogling over the echidnas lol – LOVE wildlife, so glamping in Australia is always a treat :)

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