Glamping out of Africa

Glamping in Jervis Bay, NSW.
Glamping in Jervis Bay, NSW.
Glamping in Jervis Bay, NSW.

Glamping in Jervis Bay, NSW.

Glamping in Jervis Bay, NSW.

Glamping in Jervis Bay, NSW.

Perfect pitch

Glamping. Dictionary definition: camping in style.

This super-sized splendour might look like it's out of Africa, but it's just down the highway at Jervis Bay.

And it surely qualifies as glamping. There's no chance of breaking a nail hammering in a tent peg.

The new deluxe safari tent at Paperbark Camp, Woollamia, on the NSW south coast, will sleep up to six people, with two comfy king beds (that can be split into singles), polished floorboards, solar lighting and safari-chic decor; more a small canvas cottage than a tent.

There's canoeing in the Currambene River or biking down to pristine White Beach to keep you active.

You won't wake up to the roar of lions, but you will get visits from friendly local kangaroos and possums.

A weekend stay for two is $1180, including breakfast and use of all camp facilities.

Kids aged between five and 13 are free; additional adults are $100 each a night.

See for details.

Somewhere to hide

If you fancy running away from it all this Easter, why not burrow yourself away at the Oberoi on Lombok - just a short hop from Bali, but far from the madding crowd.

Warm, serene and a little luxe, the Oberoi is nestled on the beach in 10 hectares of tropical gardens.

You can enjoy day trips to the nearby Gili Islands for snorkelling on the coral reefs, explore the white sand tropical shoreline, or just wrap yourself in delicious pampering at the resort's day spa.

From April 1 to July 30 accommodation rates start from $US285 a room a night.

See for bookings and more information.

High Times

Still pumped on the adrenalin of the Winter Olympics?

Get your alpine fix at the Oaks Club and Oaks Shore Resorts in Queenstown, New Zealand from as little as $139 a night.

Both locations have smart balcony rooms with underfloor heating, lake access for water sports, sauna, gym and world-class ski-fields close by.

There are also two-bedroom apartments for up to four people from $264 a night.

And if you're tempted, Qantas is ramping up direct Sydney-Queenstown flights from April.

For bookings, contact

Smell the roses in Europe

Historic gardens expert Monty Don and French food author Jane Webster (author of At My French Table) are two of the hosts on the Gardens, Gourmet & History tour by Botanica Travel.

Indulge in fine food and tour some of the most celebrated public and private gardens of Europe on this 15-day river cruise.

Travelling aboard a luxury river ship, there are 18 ports of call from Amsterdam to Arles, via the Rhone, Rhine and Moselle rivers, where you can immerse yourself in history and culture of old Europe.

You'll enjoy cooking demonstrations and escorted side trips to the Black Forest, Grignan and Les Baux.

Tour departs April 23, 2015, ex Amsterdam. $8995 a person, twin share, (not including international airfares).

Book through 1300 305 202 or via

Wheels of fortune

You'll want to take this road trip in the fast lane.

Cruise California in open-top Mustangs, Impalas and Chargers, with overnights and sightseeing in eight iconic locations from LA, to Lone Pine, San Francisco and Santa Barbara.

The idea is you'll travel in convoy and get behind the wheel of a different '60s and '70s-era classic car on each leg.

The 13-day California Gems, Classic Car Tour costs $8599 a person, including cars and twin share accommodation (excluding airfares to the US).

Departs LA on August 23.

For details see

This story Glamping out of Africa first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.