There is something about camping that scares me. Cold or no showers, cooking on a trangia which meant food which was half-warm and half-raw, sleeping just millimetres away from the cold, hard ground and running out of chocolate found in the scroggin bags and from then on being forced to eat the healthy stuff that parents always forced you to take.
Needless to say when my Northern Territory Checklist said that I would be ‘glamping’ – that is ‘glamorous camping’ – left me with a lot of questions; would there be a toilet or a long-drop? Would I be fending off mosquitos or spend the night freezing in the outback? Would a camel try to trample my tent whilst I slept?
King’s Canyons Wilderness Lodge surprised me and my glamping phobia diminished as soon as we rolled into the parking lot.
The tents, set in a amongst the bush, have been specially designed to offer visitors a comfortable visit and have almost all the amenities that a hotel room would have – except you have to remember not to place your food in the specially designated boxes to avoid unwanted visits from the local wildlife overnight!
Each of the rooms contain an air conditioner/heater (visit the HVAC Direct website to check the types of usins installed), extra blankets, an indoor seating area as well as table and chairs on the back deck.
Instead of providing you with a number, each tent has a name of an influential figure from the Northern Territory. The tent I stayed in was named ‘John Flynn’ after the founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the first flying ambulance, which has been running since 1928 and continues to provide medical services throughout Australia today.
Bad showers, dirty shower blocks, or finding creepy crawlies are all contributors to why camping scares me so I did walk in to the bathroom nervously, ready to pounce on any multi-legged creatures. I needn’t have worried because the amenities at Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge were impeccable and contained all the basic things a guest would need.
Warm water, modern fittings, the little toiletries we all love to take home – don’t lie and say you don’t do it! – as well as fluffy towels and a hairdryer all went to making these bathrooms… well, better than many hotel bathrooms I’ve stayed in. The showers don’t have heavy water pressure, remember this is the Outback and water is scarce – but it’s clean and after a long day hiking it’s a welcome relief.
One of the perks of staying at King’s Canyon Wilderness Lodge is that meals are included in the price. One of the staff will inform you of the time for each evenings meal and invite you to sit around a camp fire and enjoy appetizers with the other residents before enjoying a meal – inside or outside depending on the weather – with a real taste of Australia. For our group we had smoked kangaroo as part of our appetizers before enjoying a meal of camel and thyme wrapped in prosciutto, lamb, chicken and some simple potato and vegetables.
After a warm shower, a filling meal and a few drinks with good company I wished that I could spend an extra day around King’s Canyon, not just to make the most of the glamping facilities – they offer a number of tours including camel rides on the property – but to spend some quality time amongst the peace and tranquility that the bush has to offer that I forget I’m missing when in the city.
But for that night as I slipped into one of the white robes that the lodge provide I wished that I had a chilled glass of wine to sip on as I watched, from the deck chairs on the back porch, the sun sink beneath the tree-lined horizon.
Another chance to WIN with The Checklist and Tourism Northern Territory!
This competition is now over! Thanks for entering and watching out for the third and final round next week!
Last week I was given the great pleasure in announcing that Trish W. was the winner of our Bush Tucker Checklist competition and was the winner of a AU$200 Virgin Australia voucher – congratulations!
But after having my own Checklist experience, and now giving Trish the opportunity to enjoy her own, we’d like to give another person the chance to make their Northern Territory Checklist a reality by offering a second $200 Virgin Australia voucher!
Entering is easy – just check off as many or as few items in the widget below and you’ll be given a certain number of entries into the competition.
This competition is going to run until midnight on the 28th of October so be quick to enter before time runs out! And to gain the maximum number of entries answer this easy question…
What is the name of the resort where Edwina and Rich go glamping?
(HINT: It’s the same place where I went glamping!)
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