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Meet the companies that are bringing glamour to the bush and inviting families to experience the great outdoors in five star style.

One upon a time a family camping trip meant warm soft drinks, cold nights and pitching your own tent. Not any more. A new breed of ultra-luxury camping companies is appearing to do all the hard work. It’s not so much a camping trip as a ‘pop-up hotel in the bush’.

1. Flash Camp

This company started off providing upmarket tents for festival-goers, but it has graduated from millennials to multi-gens. The luxe tents can be custom pitched (find your own field), but the company also does pop-up holiday accommodation in particular venues such as Kakadu.

2. Avant-Garde Camping Co.

Avant-Garde started as an event-hire company when the owner wanted something special for her own wedding. Now Avant-Garde has four permits to operate pop-ups in NSW national parks. The most popular of the glamping sites is the Cattai National Park campground on the Hawkesbury River near Windsor.

3. Glamping Days

In spite of what the kids may think, Gold Coast travel isn’t just about the theme parks. Glamping Days Hire Company, Queensland is run by Fiona Alexander, who started in 2014 with one luxe tent and has grown to meet demand. Tents are pitched in places such as the bush ‘glampsite’ at Numinbah Adventure Trails.

4. Me Jane Camp Out

These pop-up glamping experiences in the NSW Southern Highlands have bell tents styled with accessories from local artisans and collectibles from the owner’s world travels. Special packages are created for school holidays, and can include daily yoga or tai chi sessions. Five-star bathroom amenities include an infrared sauna.

5. Happy Glampers

Over the past few years Happy Glamper has been setting up luxurious bell tents at Point Leo Foreshore and several other coastal campgrounds on the Mornington Peninsula. There are also vintage caravans available through its sister company, such as the classic 1966 Airstream.

This article appeared in volume 9 of Five Star Kids magazine. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.

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