If the thought of going off the grid scares you, then it’s probably time to give it a try. Whether it’s just a relaxing weekend away getting ‘at one’ with nature, or a total off-grid experience, sometimes getting disconnected can make you feel re-connected again. We’ve rounded up the best of these type of holidays, all within Australia, and all totally achievable within a weekend (because we all know, by this time of year there’s not much annual leave left). So whether you’re ready to mimic Bear Grylss with a complete outdoor adventure, or instead experience nature with all the creature comforts, there’s something in here for everyone.
Imagine booking an off the grid weekend away and not knowing where you’re going until 2 days before? Well, that’s exactly what happens when you go on an Unyoked weekend. You choose your cabin, book your night and get the exact address 2 days before. All locations are within 2 hours from the city which guarantees that it’s far enough to disconnect, and close enough to not spend all your time getting there.
*Unyoked images via Hey Gents and Concrete Playground.
THE TREEHOUSE, BLUE MOUNTAINS
The Treehouse in the Blue Mountains is exactly as it sounds (only better). Imagine being nestled high up in a tree amongst 600 acres of private wilderness? This secluded accommodation offers the perfect back-to-nature experience in none other than a World Heritage listed rain-forest. This one-of-a-kind tree house comes complete with spa, kitchenette, queen bed, fireplace and floor to ceiling windows, giving you amazing view of Bowen’s Creek Gorge and beyond.
*Tree House images via Broadsheet and Concrete Playground.
KIMO ESTATE, GUNDAGAI
Perched high up on a hill in rural Australia sits J.R’s Eco Hut, a luxury glamping style accommodation for two. Overlooking the Kimo Valley and Murrambigee River in Kimo Esstate in Gundagai, this private and secluded eco hut is totally off the grid but has everything you need. Wake up to a sunrise breakfast and get lost in the Aussie bush.
*Kimo Estate images via Concrete Playground.
LONGITUDE 131, ULURU
If there ever was a time to take the opportunity to get close to nature, it’s when you’re in the Northern Territory. Longitude 131 provides the perfect opportunity to experience the great outback with their ‘tent’ style accommodation. Set on the desert basecamp at Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Longitude 131 offers unparalleled views of the iconic rock which can be seen from the end of the bed, or better yet, from a luxury swag perched on the balcony.
*Images via Australian Traveller.
ST JEROMES HOTEL, MELBOURNE
Right in the middle of Melbourne’s CBD lies the ultimate urban experience that allows you to escape without ever really leaving. St. Jerome’s – The Hotel is breaking new grounds in luxury camping with their first-of-its-kind boutique camping accommodation situated on the sprawling rooftop of one of the city’s busiest shopping centres, Melbourne Central. The hotel is home to 21 spacious canvas bell tents, each fitted out with all the trimmings that you’d expect from a luxury hotel.
*Images via St Jerome’s The Hotel.
SATELLITE ISLAND, HOBART
If the words ‘private island’ pique your interest, then be sure to read on. This picturesque beauty, located in the heart of D’Entrecasteaux Channel, in the south of Tasmania is all yours exclusively when you stay. In other words, you and your travel buddies have an entire island to yourself! Not only will you have exclusive access to the island, but the accommodation at the Summer House, Boathouse and the luxury bell tent. What’s more is you’ll have access to kayaks, fishing equipment and walking tracks. Available for a maximum occupancy of 8 guests, it’s the perfect destination for a relaxing hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Switching off never looked so good.
*Satellite Island images via Travel Insider.
SAL SALIS, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
One of Australia’s best kept secrets, Sal Salis in WA is an incredible beach side safari camp where the outback meets the reef. These eco-luxe wilderness tents sit amongst the sand dunes and overlook the stunning Ningaloo Reef. With an outlook of bush, sand and water, off the grid holidaying doesn’t get much better than this.
*Sal Salis images via In Bed With Me.