Festival glamping experiences around Australia

Festival Glamping in Australia: A Guide to the Best Events

Looking for an amazing glamping festival experience in Australia? Look no further! Australia is home to some of the best festivals in the world, and many of them offer glamping options for a luxurious camping experience. Here is our guide to the best Australian festivals for glamping.

Why festival glamping is a game-changer

Glamping is a luxurious form of camping that has become increasingly popular in recent years. Glamping offers all of the fun and excitement of traditional camping, but with added comfort and luxury.

There are many reasons why festival glamping is a huge upgrade from regular camping for festivals. Here are just a few of the benefits:

Glamping is much more comfortable than camping. Australia is home to some great multi-day festivals and for most people this means back-to-back days of dancing, partying and missing sleep. For the downtime you do have, this makes it even more important to be comfortable, and glamping is always going to be a lot more comfortable than camping. After all, would you rather wake up hungover and sleep-deprived in a boiling hot canvas tent, or a comfortable glamping tent?

Glamping often comes with dedicated spaces & facilities. If you’ve ever been to a big multi-day festival you know the pain of hiking to the toilets and waiting for a shower from your campsite. Lots of festival glamping experiences feature a private area for glampers / paid campers. Of course, you still share this with others, but this often means better and cleaner facilities, less waiting and less walking to get to them. Some festivals even include kitchen facilities like tables, chairs, and coffee / tea making gear.

Glamping means no camping setup or packup. This is a huge one! Setting up your tent and camping area at a festival can be painful, and means you’ll need to have a good quality tent, have the car space to get it to the festival, and then go through the process of setting up… which can be anything from a minor inconvenience up to a complete disaster. Then at the end of the festival you will have to pack up, which is pretty much the last thing you want to do after a multi-day festival… especially if it’s wet and muddy.

Glamping means more time enjoying the festival. You’ve paid good money for your tickets, and there is heaps on you want to see and do. Staying at festival glamping can usually mean you can spend more time enjoying the festival, often your glamping tent will be closer to the action which means less walking back and forth. Being in a more comfortable glamping tent also can mean better sleep, which means you’ve got more energy for dancing and embracing the festival.

One final thing to say here… while we certainly think festival glamping is something you should experience at least once, there is also a lot to say for regular old camping at a festival. There is something extremely fun and immersive about normal festival camping that you should also experience at least once. Our suggestion? Try both if you can, but definitely try regular camping first – you’ll have a much greater appreciation for some of the niceties and benefits of festival glamping.

Best festival glamping experiences in Australia

Splendour in the Grass

Splendour has already been held in 2022 in July (and it was a muddy one!). We'll update this page with information for 2023 as it becomes available.

Splendour in the Grass is one of Australia’s biggest music festivals, and it’s also one of the best for glamping. The festival offers it’s own exclusive glamping village, with a range of glamping options. Boasting portering, aircon bathrooms, and a dedicated communal lounge area, there are lots of benefits to glamping at Splenour. If you’re looking for a luxurious festival glamping experience, Splendour in the Grass is definitely the festival for you. More info via Flash Camp here.

Byron Bay Bluesfest

Bluefest has been held in 2022 already in April. We'll update this page with information for 2023 as it becomes available.

This five-day music festival is held every Easter weekend and attracts some of the biggest names in blues, roots and world music. The Byron Bay Bluesfest offers a glamping bell tent with premium mattress, linen and bathroom facilities. Bluesfest also features Rainbow tipis, and regular tent based camping. So if you’re looking for a glamping festival experience with some of the biggest names in music, the Byron Bay Bluesfest is your perfect choice.

Beyond The Valley Music Festival

Beyond the Valley is planned for the new years ever period at the end of 2022.

This festival takes place in Victoria’s stunning Yarra Valley, and has previously offered glamping accommodation offers glampers a range of accommodation including luxury bell tents and tipis. The festival also has a range of food and drink options, so you can enjoy the best of Australian cuisine while you relax in your glamping tent.

Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford is back for 2022 after a 2 year hiatus, and is on between Dec 27 - Jan 1st.

The Woodford Folk Festival is a six-day music and arts festival that takes place every December in Queensland’s Woodfordia, and it’s one of the best festivals for glamping in Australia. The festival offers glamping tent options via Pitch Luxury Camping, with 5 meter bell tents that can sleep up to five people.

A few tips for festival glamping

If you’re thinking of glamping at an Australian festival for the first time, here are a few tips to help make your experience as enjoyable as possible:

  • Make sure you do your research before you choose a festival glamping experience. Each festival offers different glamping options, so make sure you choose one that’s right for you.

  • Check the specifics of your glamping stay. Festival glamping is often done through third parties, and not directly by the festival organisers. This means it’s important to confirm and check your booking, and carefully review the specifics on your booking such as if bedding is included, where to go when you get there and how to make changes to your booking. We also recommend checking the cancellation policy if you can’t make it, or the festival was cancelled for any reason.

  • Check the festival website for tips on what to bring. Most festivals have plenty of information on their website for visitors, and include a survival guide or festival goer guide. Make sure you read this to know all the key info on what to bring, how to get there etc.

  • Be prepared for wet and muddy weather. Australian festivals often have unpredictable weather, so be prepared for rain and mud.

  • Enjoy the festival! Once you’ve checked into your glamping accommodation, and unpacked your bags, relax and enjoy the festival experience!

Wrapping up

Glamping at Australian festivals is an experience not to be missed! These festivals offer some of the biggest names in music and arts, glampers luxurious accommodation options, and don’t forget about the amazing food and drink options. So if you’re looking for a festival getaway that’s a little bit different, glamping at an Australian festival is certainly worth exploring.

Whether you’re glamping or camping at a festival, you’re sure to have a great time. Stay safe, stay hydrated and most of all have fun!

We’ll endeavour to keep this article up to date with the latest information about glamping at Australian festivals. If you think any other festivals should be included here, let us know. If you own or manage a festival glamping business, be sure to list it here for free.

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