From glamping to traditional camping, here’s our top five ways to spend a night in the stunning surrounds of the Territory’s great outdoors.
Stay in an immaculately fit-out bell tent overlooking the vast landscapes of Canberra and beyond at the Naked Cubby, nestled above Mount Majura Vineyard just 15 minutes drive from the city.
The Naked Cubby is a couples’ retreat that’s all about simplicity, reflecting the idea of having a stripped back experience. No wifi and no technology; just books, nature and stars.
The bell tent is permanently located on a custom-built deck overlooking the vines, 600m uphill from the cellar door. The proximity of the vineyard to the city creates a backyard getaway experience where you can immerse yourself in the Canberra wine region without forfeiting the creature comforts of home.
Choose the Stay with XO package, which includes additional luxuries during your stay such as a bottle of Mount Majura wine, a feast of modern South-East Asian cuisine from XO, and a local breakfast hamper. Or opt for a Simple Stay, where all you need to do is come along and switch off for a night before waking up to spectacular views and a local breakfast hamper.
If you are not a fan of tents but still want to get away from it all, then Nil Desperandum is the cottage for you. With the mountains of Tidbinbilla as a picturesque backdrop, this spot is perfect for groups and ideal for those who want a base for bushwalking, bird watching, stargazing or just relaxing.
You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and food. The historic rammed earth cottage has three rooms, toilet facilities, running water, solar lighting, a fire pit, and a barbecue – but no electricity – all from a very reasonable $184 per night.
Located just 10 minutes from the city centre and offering a wide range of amenities, Canberra Tourist Park has everything you need for a convenient campervan or camping escape. Choose from a combination of drive-through, back in, and grass sites, as well as 7 'Big Rig' sites. With all sites featuring power and water, there's also a modern camp kitchen, laundry and free WiFi access for guests.
Exhibition Park – Canberra’s showground area – boasts the only pet-friendly camping in Canberra and offers stays of up to 28 days. With a range of powered and non-powered sites available including large drive-through sites, grey and black water dump points, campground accessibility has never been easier.
Exhibition Park is also home to the popular Capital Region Farmers Market, ideal for stocking up on local produce. Just an eight minute drive from the city centre, convenience is enhanced with public transport from the main gate to take you directly to the capital's top attractions.
The ultimate family sleepover is calling Tidbinbilla home during the school holidays in Canberra. The best thing about the Wildfest Pop Up Wilderness Family Camp is the hard work is taken care of – there’s no need to pitch your tent or cook your dinner or breakfast.
Explore sections of the vast 54.5 square kilometre nature reserve with ranger-guided activities exploring the area’s diversity of wildlife as well as the rich indigenous history of the traditional lands of the Ngunnawal people and European settlement in the Tidbinbilla Valley.
The family-friendly itinerary includes Dreamtime stories by firelight, day and night wildlife encounters, guided walks, a behind the scenes look at the Vet Centre, solving the mystery of CSI Tidbinbilla, roasting marshmallows, as well as star gazing.
Take your pick from the many campsites surrounding the capital including Woods Reserve, north of Gungahlin on the Centenary Trail, Kowen Forest, and the Cotter Reserve. Explore your options on the Parks and Conservation website and then book your spot online.
For more options of where to stay during your Canberra break, check out our page.