Glamping is short for glamorous camping, and has taken off in recent times as a nicer way to enjoy the outdoors.

Think camping meets comfy hotel. So there is no tent to pitch, no sleeping bag to unroll, and no fire to build. It’s all done for you.

Glamping burgeoned internationally a number of years ago, and has taken off locally with a number of independent properties and global hospitality brands captialising on demand from those who want to experience the positive aspects of camping without any discomfort.

In Sydney, one of the best glamping experiences can be found on Cockatoo Island, which is a UNESCO world-heritage-listed island in the middle of Sydney Harbour. The island has a rich history thanks to both convicts and shipbuilders over the centuries, and has undergone a renaissance as a destination for locals, tourists and corporates in recent times.

The island is readily accessible by ferry, and offers a range of accommodation options, from staying in heritage holiday houses and a range of apartments, through to camping and backpacking as well as glamping.

Premium tents and bedding are already set up for glampers, who also have access to hot showers and a well-appointed communal camp kitchen with ten BBQ areas, fridges, microwaves, vending machines, coffee machine, boiling water system as well as a covered dining area overlooking the water. Nice touches for glampers include toiletries from Appelles Apothecary.

“Nice touches for glampers include toiletries from Appelles Apothecary”

There are a few glamping options available. The first is a single pre-erected tent (3m x 3m) which includes two single raised camp beds (with all linen, quilts and towels) as well as two sun lounges, lantern, cool box and toiletries (from $150 per night Monday to Thursday, or $175 per night from Friday to Sunday).

Two-bedroom glamping (for four people on the waterfront) is ideal for families or larger groups and includes two pre-erected tents with covered communal area in the middle, with four single raised camp beds, table and chairs and all the above features (from $310 per night Monday to Thursday or $360 per night Friday to Sunday).

Mini glamping (for two people) is also available with one pre-erected tent (2.4m x 2.4m) as well as two single raised camp beds (with all linen, quilts and towels) and two chairs (from $130 per night Monday to Thursday or$155 per night Friday to Sunday).

All one needs to bring are cooking utensils, cutlery and plates and food – though BBQ and breakfast packs can be pre-ordered from licensed cafe Societe Overboard a minimum 48 hours in advance. The campground also offers a range of products for hire or sundry food items, toiletries and camper packs to purchase.

For more information please call (02) 8969 2111, email stay@cockatooisland.gov.au or visit www.cockatooisland.gov.au/stay/book-stay. Image: supplied