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A mix of both glamour and camping, the idea behind the glamping is to combine the best of both contrasting types of holiday stays. This is also how both Bay of Fires Retreat and Sandridge Estate define their accommodation experiences. By combining luxury linens, fine wine and spacious tents with the great outdoors, campfires and stargazing, glamping offers something for everyone, no matter what your camping experience level. The glamping trend has grown in popularity over the years, with new accommodation providers popping up across Tasmania and the rest of the country. With borders to open to interstate visitors on December 15, the tourism industry is excited to welcome back tourists. During the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism has struggled and the state government encouraging people to holiday at home is something both Bay of Fires Bush Retreat and Sandridge Estate said the inability of Tasmanians to travel to the mainland has led to a boost in local tourists. Visit Northern Tasmania chief executive Chris Griffin said he expected nature-based forms of accommodation such as glamping to become more popular moving forward. READ MORE: Call to vaccinate from long-COVID sufferer as research efforts step up “The idea of being able to stay in a natural place with all the luxuries is highly appealing,” he said. “We have seen a lot of research suggesting that people will be seeking out natural places to visit and low-congested places and glamping as an experience will be very popular. “We are fully expecting to see a diversification of accommodation experience types on the other side of the pandemic, as people have had time to explore in other ways and think of innovative ways to create a compelling Tasmanian holiday experience. “Tasmania is sought after for its natural beauty and glamping encapsulates that fully.” Describing their property as an “eco-village nestled into the native forest”, Sandridge Estate’s owners said Glamp Sandridge showcased the best of glamping in Tasmania. Located on a 200-hectare property, Glamp Sandridge is a three-minute drive to Boat Harbour Beach and a seven-minute drive to Sisters Beach and is only 15 minutes from Wynyard. Run by sister duo Bec and Samantha Brammall, Sandridge features eight luxury tents and its focus is on creating a great atmosphere that highlights the Tasmanian wilderness. READ MORE: Verdict for Coastal man who fired warning shot at teens “The property was originally purchased by my parents in the early ’90s and before that it was a sand quarry, and earlier than that it was a farm,” Bec Brammall said. “During the ’80s it was a property that we had always walked up to and explored as kids. “There was a sign one day in the ’90s saying it was for sale and my dad bought it.” Keeping with the theme of the Tasmanian wilderness was something that was always an important aspect of the business. “We have named the tents after some of the animals you can find on the estate, so we have tents named Echidna, Quoll, Devil, Crayfish, we even have our bigger six-metre tent named Bridezilla, which is an animal that you can find here during weddings,” Ms Brammall said. “People can bring their own food and cook themselves under the stars and the shared bathrooms are made out of an old shipping container so it still has that Aussie camping feel.” Initially started as a property for weddings, the sisters then noticed the demand for glamping. “We started a Facebook page to see what the interest would be like in us opening the glamping as accommodation and not just as an inclusion in the weddings,” Ms Brammall said. “The post went viral overnight and there was huge interest so we decided to open it to the general public in 2016 and it’s just grown from there. READ MORE: One of a kind: Coastal cricket community remembers icon of the game “We are really proud of what we have created here at Glamp Sandridge and there is such a great vibe that people staying here get to experience. It’s a great mix of wilderness and glamour that still allows for a hands-on camping feel with a boutique vibe.” Located on the East Coast, the Bay of Fires is known worldwide for its white sands, blue water and orange lichen-covered boulders. Just two minutes drive from Binalong Bay and 10 minutes to St Helens, the retreat is housed in a uniquely Tasmanian wilderness setting providing stunning natural scenery and a chance to get up close with flora and fauna. Owners Anna Hoffmann and Tom Dicker offer a relaxed, and simple-yet-stylish accommodation only a minute’s drive from the stunning coastal views of the iconic area. They have seen the popularity of the accommodation grow in recent years since they began the glamping tents in 2016. READ MORE: Agfest postponed for 2022 due to COVID concerns “My partner Tom has the property since the early 2000s and he’s a chef and he’s had restaurants in the past including one at Binalong Bay,” Ms Hoffmann said. “Following this we wanted to do something on the property and wanted to create something that was a bit of a combination of all the aspects of travel that we enjoy. “Things such as really good quality food and wine and luxurious but simple and comfortable accommodation. Ms Hoffmann said that they wanted to create a communal space in the retreat, similar to that of a hostel but on a more sophisticated level. “In our younger years both of us did a lot of backpacking, especially overseas,” she said. “When you arrive at your accommodation lots of them had a really lovely communal space and community vibe. “This is something that we were wanting to create. “We saw a gap in the market for something like that and we chose to make an accommodation that featured the bell tents, which are so beautiful and fit in with the natural surroundings so well.” Ms Hoffmann said that the main focus of the Bay of Fires Retreat was to work with nature and create something that complemented the landscape. “We have put a lot of thought and effort into creating beautiful spaces in the campsite that meld with the bush environment,” she said. “For us, it was really important to create a built environment that really married with the bush environment. “Being close to Bay of Fires, you are in a stunning location as well and I think that the simplicity of the tents complements that beautifully.” Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. 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published 2021-11-27 00:30:00