We can see it now: Sitting perched atop a valley of rolling hills, surrounded only by the sounds of nature; an ice-cold drink in hand and cheers-ing to the sunset before a sky smattered with stars settles in for the nights’ viewing — even better that you can see it all from your bed.
That’s what your first post-isolation weekend escape should look like, and while glass domes and bubbletents aren’t exactly new concepts throughout Europe, those operated by Bubbletent Australia are the first of their kind here in Aus, and they’re waiting to host your next off-grid weekend away.
Three transparent domes from Bubbletent Australia have popped up in NSW across one 400-hectare working farm with jaw-dropping views over the second largest canyon in the world, the Capertee Valley.
While the exact tent locations and driving directions are kept secret until a short time before a guest comes to stay, the Capertee Valley is located some 200km northwest of Sydney nestled between Lithgow and Mudgee.
Don’t let the remote location fool you into thinking a stay here means you’ll be roughing it; the bubbletents are certainly more ‘glamping’ than camping and come with all the luxe amenities to please just about every type of traveller.
Inside the main tent lies a beautifully-made queen bed with goose down pillows and an adjacent cosy lounging area with a telescope for optimal stargazing. In fact, the view from every part of the property is ripe for stargazing and is made easier by an iPad left for guests with star-gazing and bird-watching apps (there are approximately 242 species of birds here).
An adjoining smaller tent hides the restroom from the rest of the site, and is complete with a composting toilet and a basin that uses pump water.
And a large deck, where you’ll no doubt spend most of your time here, is home to plenty of resting and lounging zones like hammocks for reading and snoozing, and has an outdoor cooking area with a camp stove.
You need only bring your own drinking water, booze and food, however, you can arrange to have food packs delivered from the folks at Tin Shed in Lithgow for an extra fee.
Each of the three tents, named Leo, Virgo and Cancer, all have their own unique selling point. Leo and Virgo both boast an outdoor Swedish wood-fired hot tub and a hammock or love swing. Cancer has no tub, but has a shaded outdoor floating bed.
Cancer is the cheapest of the tents at $370 per night; Leo starts from $510, and Virgo, with all of its extras and additional climate control, is the steepest from $610 a night.
You may be wondering if it’s safe to visit the Bubbletents following the catastrophic bushfires in NSW, but the team operating the stays assure us they are now welcoming guests as normal.
“Like every tourism business in NSW, we were impacted by the bushfires. Thankfully, the fires have largely subsided with the welcome levels of rain and we’ve returned to a sense of normality again. We’re fully operational,” the team tell us.
Visit the Bubbletent Australia site to find out more and book your stay.