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Camping in style

Our newest Holidays with Kids blogger, Georgie Watts, gives us the low-down on her latest family glamping adventure.

I love the great outdoors! I am also hopelessly devoted to my comfort things…my pillow, my comfy bed, and my fridge full of goodies. As such, camping has always been a bit of a challenge. Invariably something always went wrong. I’ve had my tent rammed by mating wombats in the Cathedral Ranges, my tent flooded by torrential rain in the Otways, and my first epic biff with Mez broadcast through our tissue thin tent to our entire tour group in Kakadu. So much trauma!

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When one of the school mums suggested Glamping for her 40th birthday, I was ready to give it another go. It felt like the right fit for someone like me who enjoys nature, but needs a good 8-hour sleep on a proper mattress in order to feel human.

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Glampr did all the hard work for us. Aside from securing your campsite online through the National Parks trust website, everything else is done for you. There is no struggling with pegs. No cracking it with compressors. You arrive to a beautiful fancy bell tent, set up and ready to go. They’re not only set up, but decked out too. Our set up for 3 included two single mattresses and a queen, four deck chairs, all linen and towels, night lights, a huge Esky and a basic camp kitchen set. Each tent also has a USB charge station. There is an option to have food provided, but as a group of foodies, we opted to bring and cook our own.

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Typically the tents are set up within National Park campsites, our choice was Hawkesbury River side in Cattai National Park, about an hour drive north of Sydney. Something magical happened with our city slicker kids when faced with this new environment; they went a little bit feral, in the best possible way. They immersed themselves in nature; collecting sticks, chasing kangaroos, climbing trees, playing in the dirt. There was no technology all weekend. It was a voluntary digital detox of sorts. Watching water skiers and jet ski’s hoon up and down the river provided extra entertainment, and had it been warmer there would have been the option to swim in the river. There were also bush trails for keen walkers, and an old homestead to explore. You can do it all, or if you prefer, you can do nothing at all! And at the end of the weekend, you lock your tent and leave the breakdown of the site to someone else.

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Glamping was a huge success. No trauma, just a really great weekend…and I may even be ready to give camping another go… but after glamping there may be no going back.

Georgie Watts is hopelessly addicted to travel. Her favourite travel companion is her partner, Merrick (Triple M radio host/comedian/sometime actor and media guy) and her two junior frequent flyers, Wolfie (8) and Kinga (5). When she’s not scheming, plotting and planning her next trip, she’s blogging about her family travels at The Window Seat.

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