The only thing better than waking to kookaburras’ song and the smell of bushland is doing so while rousing from your slumber in a plush canvas bell tent in country Victoria. Enter Balgownie Estate’s opulent glamping experience. Set just outside of Bendigo among the half-century-old estate’s working vineyard, the glampsite offers 15 bell tents, each with a queen-size bed, air conditioning, mini bar and a private deck to sip the winery’s best drop and admire the sweeping views.
While you could easily spend daylight hours exploring the town of Bendigo, there’s also the opportunity to do a wine tasting of the cab sav and chardonnay at the cellar door and have a chat with winemaker Tony Winspear. Don’t forget to book dinner at the one-site restaurant, where the chefs use local produce and the floor staff can help select wine matches.
When booking your stay, opt for the ultra-luxe Safari Tent; it features an en suite and outdoor hot tub, so if spooning with the sounds of nature chirping at your doorstep doesn’t get the blood flowing, a blast of bubbles is sure to tickle you pink.
From US$135 a night.