Glamping, AKA camping with a dash of luxury, has fast become ‘the done thing’ in the travel world but kicking back in a tent for a few nights remains an ambitious thought for many of us. Where there’s a will there’s a way and after gushing over a Californian Airstream in our last article here, we were inspired to bring you our edit of vintage caravans and airstreams in Aus so you can the most of our country’s outstanding bush-bashing territory. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of uber cute vintage digs on wheels and just as well – because if you’re going to rough it, you may as well do it in something pretty.
Written by Jade Just – Contributing Travel Editor.
Wanderlings, Mornington Peninsula
You’d be forgiven if you thought the stars of Wanderlings – Peggy Sue (an 1966 Airstream) and Miss Myrtle (a vintage caravan) – were a couple of wholesome American girls. They are just as sweet as their names suggest and even include boardgames, mags and books. Booking is super simply you pick your location and the per night price includes delivery, set up and pack down (no tow ball needed).
Price: $550 for 2 nights (Sunday is free if you stay Friday and Saturday). Check out Peggy Sue and Miss Myrtle here. Cover image of Peggy Sue @emmakateco
Glamping on wheels doesn’t necessarily mean hitting the wilderness. In fact, you can get whiff of Into The Wild in central Melbourne thanks to a collection of six airstreams, which are sitting pretty on the rooftop of a multi-storey carpark overlooking Flinders Lane. The ‘hotel that’s not actually a hotel’ opened in August 2016 and boasts several points of difference including a virtual concierge plus a complimentary minibar and iPad pro (with netflix of course) in each airstream – not to mention the ‘with benefits’ version with a spa. So how the heck did the airstreams get up there? They were craned, of course. If you’re after a simplistic luxury that’s a step up from a standard caravan then Notel Melbourne’s your ticket.
Price: from $395 per night (With Benefits Airstream is from $440. Check out Notel Melbourne here. Photographs Andrew Curtis.
Tathra Beachside, NSW
While they still have wheels this convoy of vans, complete with decks and deck chairs, are set up permanently at idyllic Tathra Beach. They make for a great getaway with a few families for a fraction of the price you’ll pay for standard accomodation – especially when the majority of your time is spent outdoors.
Peter Bellingham Photography
Price: From $80 per night. Check out the caravans at Tathra Beachside here.
Love Is In The Airstream, Lorne Hinterland, Victoria
This awesome 1966 iconic Airstream Overlander Land Yacht located in stunning South West Victoria offers panoramic views over the private Otway Escapes farm and the Great Otway National Park. The airstream is already set up to ensure you have a ripper of a holiday with a weber BBQ, outdoor fire, aircon and fabulous outside bath. The airstream is a great alternative to camping – you can still take in amazing surrounds and get a glimpse at farm life while still enjoying creature comforts.
Price: from $195 per night. Check out the Love Is In The Airstream here.
Retro Pod Camping, Byron Bay
A simple ad on a shopping centre notice board was what spurred The Pod’s owner, Helen Luna, to fall in love with the 1964 Sunnier Caravan. The Pod has since been renovated and given a facelift and is now one happy looking van much like the other caravan (Atomic) in the Retro Pod Fleet. The caravans can be rented in the Byron Bay area and delivery, set up and pack down is included. You can also hire the BBQ or bikes, or even book a hamper with plenty of Byron Bay’s finest wares.
Price: $399 per night. Check out Retro Pod Camping here.
Sunny Stays, Great Lakes region, NSW
Pearl (the caravan of course!) is every bit as lovely on the inside as she is on the outside. She’s a fully renovated 1965 Sunnier Caravan and can be delivered (inc set up and pack down) within the beautiful Great Lakes area. Ideal for adventurers, there’s a ton of outdoorsy things to do in the region including kayaking, bush walking, deep sea fishing…the list is endless. Best of all, hiring Pearl is an absolute bargain (and she’ll look great in your holiday snaps too).
Price: $150 per night. Check out Pearl via Sunny Stays here.