Melbourne may be the most liveable city in the world, but every once in a while it’s good to get away. Thankfully the Yarra Valley is less than two hours’ drive from the CBD (even on a Friday at 5pm). One of Australia’s top wine regions, the Yarra Valley beckons with promises of wine, cheese, and chocolate. Head east after work for 48 hours of rest and relaxation, and come Sunday you’ll feel like a whole new person.
We arrived at our Glamping Hub accommodation just as the sun was setting. The office closes at 7pm, so we collected our keys from the locked dropbox and tested our map-reading skills as we drove around camp looking for our pod. We passed the jumping pillow, recreation room and kitchen before eventually finding our way to our petite palace for the evening.
Why go camping in the Yarra Valley when you can go glamping in the Yarra Valley?!
The glamping pod we chose is marketed as a Secluded Glamping Pod Rental Ideal for Couples, but a quick request for twin beds instead of a king and it’s a Secluded Glamping Pod Rental Ideal for a Girls’ Weekend Getaway.
We parked our car at the top of the hill and drove our bags down to the pod in our very own buggy! Yes, you heard that right… each pod comes with its own buggy for getting to and from the pod and adventuring. These buggies are location locked, though, so if you attempt an off-road adventure, the buggy is disabled. (Not that we learned from experience or anything.)
The evening we stayed, we had the whole glamping pod section to ourselves. Even though there’s an entire caravan park on the other side of the hill, we felt a world away from everything. We unpacked and oohed and ahhed at the fact that our pod had a mini-fridge, toaster and coffee maker. And being the city girls we are, breathed a sigh of relief that there are wall plugs to charge our phones. We even had an armchair and a low table in our pod… every bit of space had a purpose without feeling crowded.
Campsite toilets are always intimidating and we expected the worst when we drove up the hill in our buggy to brush our teeth. After using the key code to enter the private facilities, any campground toilet fears vanished. The private ensuite facilities were modern and spotless. Basic toiletries are provided, so leave the shampoo and conditioner at home and you’ll have space for another bottle of wine or two on the way home.
After a hectic week in the city, falling asleep to the sounds of nature did wonders for two tired girls!
Exploring Yarra Valley
Glamping in Healesville means you’re only a 15 minute drive from everything in the Yarra Valley you could possibly want to see and do! Before commencing your explorations, stop by reception. The friendly staff is happy to share what’s going on while you’re in town and will send you away with discount fliers. If you like cheese, chocolate, wine or alpacas, check out this itinerary for how to have the best girls’ weekend in the Yarra Valley.
My favorite on site amenities
Parky’s Water Park
The BIG4 campground recently opened Parky’s Water Park, a giant inflatable obstacle course on the lake. I ran out of time to try this one, but I played on a similar one in Ireland and it was a blast!
We arrived to check it out just as one of the hourly sessions finished up, and the smiles on the faces of everyone exiting the water spoke volumes.
After a full day of eating, a walk in the woods is just what we needed! There are plenty of options for hikes on property. Even after a glass or two of Yarra Valley wine, they’re relatively easy hikes.
I’m no tennis pro, but the area just beyond the tennis courts are the best spot for kangaroo-viewing. At sunset, find a spot on the hill to watch dozens of kangaroos graze the field.
On the second morning, we moved into a bell tent. If a pod is everything compact and cute, a bell tent is downright palatial. We carried our bags inside (no buggy for this one— there’s a parking spot right next to the tent) and couldn’t believe how huge it is inside! The family bell tent setup offers one large main tent and a smaller tent just beside it— close enough for supervision, but with a little privacy.
This darling canvas tent has room for a king-sized bed, dining room table with four chairs, couch and a TV! (Sometimes you want to get away from it all… and sometimes you want to watch Bruce Almighty from the comfy bed in a campsite.)
After a long day of exploring Yarra Valley’s best wineries, cheese shops and a chocolaterie, we pulled the dining room table out onto the deck to enjoy the spoils of the day.
That night, I had sweet dreams of the sweetest blueberry moscato. And I stayed cozy on a bed with a heated blanket to dispel the midnight chill. Despite a flock of cockatoos calling good morning a bit too early for my taste, I haven’t had as restful a nights’ sleep since.
Is there anything dreamier than glamping in wine country? If you want to experience a glamping adventure of your own, check out these other awesome destinations all around Australia.
Note: I went glamping in the Yarra Valley as a guest of Glamping Hub and BIG4 Holiday Parks. All opinions are my own, and I would never recommend anything to you that isn’t awesome!