What a weekend! As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I was invited to embrace my adventurous side and head into the middle of New South Wales to spend a few nights glamping in a converted London Bus. As offers like this don’t come around everyday (though I honestly wish they did!), I jumped at the chance and on Friday morning, my boyfriend and I packed up the car and headed off on an adventure!
For those of you who have no idea what glamping is, it’s literally ‘glamourous camping’ – yep, one of those lovely hybrid abbreviated words we’re all using nowadays. It basically pairs the freedom and love of the outdoors with a bit more luxury than a sleeping bag and rickety camping stove. Whether you’re not cut out for roughing it anymore or if you’re looking for a bit more comfort along with your adventure, it’s a great way to stay in unique places and still enjoy all that nature has to offer. The gang at Glamping Hub have an amazing collection of listed properties around the World so no matter where you are, you’ll be able to find unique, boutique accommodation. From caves to treehouses, cabins to, well, London Buses, they have something to suit everyone’s fancy.
After a quick stop off to say hi to the Three Sisters and take in the beautiful Blue Mountains – I lie, this took more than a moment! – we were soon driving through the rolling hills of central New South Wales. Having spent a lot of time on the East Coast of Australia, I’ve actually spent very little exploring inland so it was fantastic to venture out into the middle of nowhere. Nothing like going off the beaten track!
Having not seen another car, let alone living human being, for at least half an hour, we finally pulled up to Artisans Park, our home for the weekend. I was excited to not just see the bus but also meet the people behind the whole structure in the first place and our host, Glenn, did not disappoint. A sculptor, he’s turned the land into an artists haven scattered with weird and wonderful pieces and with a few kooky accommodations. The bus was actually shipped over from England and transported up the hill by bulldozer. Once in place, it took a big team and a lot of TLC to turn the bus into what it is now – an awesomely alternative accommodation complete with deck, BBQ, bathroom, solar panels and a swing set!
The bus is split into two floors – upstairs there’s a bedroom and downstairs you’ll find a kitchen, bathroom and living room complete with wood burning stove for the winter months. I loved all the little London touches – maps on the walls, a Keep Calm, Carry On poster and the odd Union Jack here and there – as a Brit, it made me feel right at home. Despite a seemingly small space, it was amazing how much Glenn and the gang had done with it (though the low ceilings did prove to be an issue for my 6 foot tall boyfriend!)
Although it’s nice to have all the home comforts that the bus has to offer, with the stunning views and outdoor areas, you’ll want to spend as much time outside as possible. What really sells this place is not just the kooky nature of the lodgings but the incredibly stunning surroundings. The bus is on the side of a valley and, on a clear day, you can see for miles and, you can see, that there is nothing for miles. A really nice place to ‘get away from it all’ for the weekend.
However, we did do a bit of exploring; after all, I can only deal with the sole company of my boyfriend for so long. Just an hour or so away is the Mudgee wine region, somewhere I’ve wanted to go for a long time. We spent the day driving around, getting lost amongst the vines and sampling one too many vinos. There’s also a river nearby where, if you’re brave, you can go for a swim and you might even catch a glimpse of a platypus!
All in all it was a wonderful and slightly wacky weekend. As someone who loves to travel but can’t always afford to jet off for weeks on end, it was a really great way to see more of this amazing country in a totally unique way. Interested to see what glamping spots are near you? Check out Glamping Hub and you might find your new staycation spot!
We were guests of Glamping Hub but all opinions and pictures are my own.