The Luxe Life

With my wedding day looming and the IN Noosa Magazine deadline creeping up fast, the team decided it was time to escape the pressure and indulge in a weekend of camping. Now, I’ve been camping before but a night spent sleeping in the car because my tent leaked means I much prefer five-stars than sleeping under the stars.

by @joleneogle on Friday, 08 Dec,2017

With my wedding day looming and the IN Noosa Magazine deadline creeping up fast, the team decided it was time to escape the pressure and indulge in a weekend of camping. Now, I’ve been camping before but a night spent sleeping in the car because my tent leaked means I much prefer five-stars than sleeping under the stars. While I appreciate the connection to the environment that camping brings and how beautiful it is to wake to the sounds of birds, I draw the line at pesky spiders, sandy tents and air mattresses that go down through the night so you wake with a sore back and headache. So, when Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Deb suggested a weekend spent camping I was more than a little hesitant, but the promise of Rosé and a fully-catered getaway caught my attention. We were also going to mix a bit of business with pleasure, taking the opportunity to use the beautiful setting to shoot a car ad as well as to share the experiences with our readers. How could I say ‘no’?

As the name suggests, Pitch Luxury Camping offers a luxurious take on the traditional form of camping. Known as ‘glamping’, glamorous camping sees guests treated to beautiful high-pitched bell tents, designer furnishings and everything already set-up so all you need to do is pack a bag with your personal essentials and stock an esky with your favourite tipples.

I headed for the glamping site in Kenilworth still hesitant despite the promise of fully catered meals and freshly chilled wine. As I drove down the dirt road bordered by a beautiful lake with a gaggle of geese lounging by the roadside, I started to think that maybe this outdoors experience would be different to my previous disasters.

When we arrive, owners Tim and Lisa Mitchell are busy adding the finishing touches as I pull up to the lush camp site nestled next to a babbling brook. Most guests normally wouldn’t see these architectural angels as they set everything up, but for our assignment we needed all hands on deck to set up the photoshoot (and for Tim to paddle in the background while we sipped Rosé and posed for the camera! Refer to the Subaru ad and see if you can spot him!). Besides, the journalist in me had questions that needed answering.

Starting the business a few years ago, nature lovers Tim and Lisa wanted to encourage others to enjoy the great outdoors.

“We love to camp and get outside whether we’re hiking or swimming, so we want others to enjoy it too,” Tim says. “We do everything for our guests so they can just enjoy the nature and beautiful locations. From setting up to packing down, we do the hard work so our guests can relax and take it all in.”

“We are a very mobile service and we love to adventure anywhere!”

As the rest of the IN Noosa Magazine team arrived, we got busy with the photoshoot fun before enjoying an afternoon of relaxing, celebrating my forthcoming wedding and forgetting about the deadline for just a few hours.

Family-owned and operated, Pitch Luxury Camping can set up their bell tents anywhere you want from the Noosa North Shore camping site to private property and everything in between. They can provide a sleeping tent or a community of tents with a range of bed configurations – from a queen bed for romantic getaways or single beds for group bookings. We were cosy and warm with our five single beds, soft pillows and luxury bedding.

We also had a matching entertaining tent complete with low dining table, oodles of cushions, board games, fairy lights, torches and candles. A fire pit, pop-up kitchen tent with gas cooktop and everything needed for washing the dishes is also provided or Pitch can organise catering for all dietary requirements and to suit all budgets and tastebuds. We indulged in the full catering package and dined like queens with a range of healthy and delicious foods source from local suppliers. A gorgeous tea, coffee and biscotti hamper, hancrafted ceramic plates and cutlery are standard inclusions – no plastic plates here! This is what camping should be: luxurious, comfortable and hassle-free.

The services can also include a private chef; ready-to-go gourmet hampers; farm stay and recreational activities; kids birthday party sleepovers and even Christmas parties. For our starlit soirée, we took advantage of Pitch’s exclusive campsite on a private property called Yabbaloumba Retreat, just outside Kenilworth. Once the photoshoot was out of the way, it was time to get on with the main reason we were here – girl time!

Our Fashion Editor Carlie organised a surprise lip reading by founder of Organic Lip Balm Janine Hall. Lip lady to the stars, Janine’s organic products have featured in the Emmy Awards goodie bags for the past two years and we even got a sneak peek at her new One Million Kisses book (read all about it on page 80).

A dip in the pristine water hole, attempts to build a fire and hilarious card games took us through the night and I woke at 6am to the sounds of placid cows making their way down the gently sloping hill. A rising sun and gentle breeze stopped me in my tracks as I took a moment to fully appreciate the simplistic joy that is camping.

As Walt Whitman says “Now I know the secret of the making of the best person; it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth”. This is what camping is all about. I just prefer to connect to the earth knowing I will sleep in a luxurious tent and dine on gourmet food with great friends - and have someone else set up and pack up!

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