Skip to main content

Bukirk Glamping - Camping in Style, Clare Valley, South Australia


Glamping is for those who want to experience the outdoor lifestyle of camping without foregoing the luxuries of basic motel accommodation.

Bukirk (pronounced 'Buh -kirk') Glamping, located on a rural property, in the Clare Valley, just outside of Clare, South Australia, is by far one of the best accommodation experiences my partner and I have enjoyed to date. Although Bukirk's Facebook page says you could bring a family (I guess additional bedding can be arranged?), everything is more clearly targeted at couples, looking for a romantic getaway where the accommodation is a memorable part of the experience, and not just somewhere to stay.

Unlike motel accommodation the uniqueness of Bukirk encourages you to be outside, in the open air, rather than spending all your time in your room/tent. The entire glamping grounds is designed to take advantage of the spectacular view, specifically the sun setting behind the surrounding hills, and then an unobstructed view of the stars.

These Bell tents are quite spacious inside. The wooden
deck gives you somewhere a little more private if you'd prefer.
The site consists of two large bell tents (with plans for two more in the near future), each spaced generously apart from the other, set up on their own wooden decking. Both have their own en-suite bathroom that, on the outside looks like a tin shed, but inside, with the door shut, you'd swear you were in an actual motel room en-suite.

The tents themselves contain a full, queen-size bed (linen supplied), side tables, lamp, two seater couch, mini fridge (stocked with optional drinks and chocolate you can purchase), a fan, and plenty of built in power outlets. Should the weather be extremely hot or cool, additional air-conditioners/heaters can be hired. Out on the deck there are chairs where you can sit and enjoy the sunset in a more intimate surrounding.

Bukirk's outdoor kitchen/dining area takes advantage
of the view no matter where you are.
Bukirk's full glamping experience is a little more communal with a large, open shelter that contains a shared barbecue, outdoor kitchen, dining table/chairs, and a lounge area with a decent size LCD TV. With only two tents there's plenty of space to accommodate two couples in the common area at the same time without getting in each others way. It may be a little more challenging once more tents are added but if you like meeting new people, it should add to the overall experience.

The kitchen is stocked with basic essentials like tea, coffee, milk, etc. Pre-prepared breakfast/lunch/diner packs can be arranged at additional cost but it's easy enough just to buy whatever food you need in Clare and bring it back to camp.

The best place to put down a blanket, drink wine
and watch the sun go down.
In front of the shelter is a well kept patch of very green grass specifically for picnicking on as you watch the sun go down, or to lay back and stargaze. Ask business owner and host, Alison 'Chook' Meany, about a star gazing phone app, that really enhanced our view of the sky beyond  just looking up and marvelling at how impressive it all is.

I should also note that we stayed at the end of the dry season when the entire area was looking very brown, yellow and dusty. Still a great experience if you like the colors of an Australian Autumn but you'll really appreciate that patch of green grass in front of the shelter just a little bit more! I imagine the whole setting looks even more stunning in the Spring.

The only negatives worth mentioning is firstly, 'Glamping' is not entirely a bug free experience. Which I only point out because 'bugs' is often a reason for people to stay away from camping. However, we didn't run into any critters that we hadn't dealt with in suburbia (with exception to Alison's pet pig, Kevi, who is friendly and adorable), and really didn't have to worry about bugs much at all.

Secondly, there's no wi-fi, which is a deliberate choice by Alison to help you take a proper break from tech in the way that traditional camping often does. That said, phone coverage is actually quite good, so, if you can't disconnect, make sure you top up your mobile data allowance.

Bukirk Glamping doesn't take things too seriously
with its overall chicken inspired theme.
Overall, Bukirk Glamping was an ideal weekend getaway for my partner and I. There are plenty of sight seeing opportunities and wineries within driving distance to keep you occupied during the day, with Bukirk being a great way to wind down and watch the sunset, and just, in general, make the accommodation side of your trip as memorable as the sight seeing.

It definitely maintains the spirit of camping under the stars without having to forego the basic luxuries of civilisation.

Comments

  1. Looks like a good time was had by both of you. Was this at Easter? Did you drink wine - I thought you were a coke man? I don't like camping so this would probably suit me too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No, just last weekend actually. We did drink wine, we both are partial to sparkling white wine but usually only drink it on special occasions.

      Delete
  2. If I have wine, it has to be a sweet wine, usually a sparkling one. I don't like dry wine. I think the chardena (don't know how to spell that) is nice in a sparkling wine.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Comments not directly related to the post will be deleted. This includes spammy generic comments with links to websites not related to the post.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Buy Gifts and Apparel featuring art by TET

Popular posts from this blog

Why 'We Believe: The Best Men Can Be | Gillette (Short Film)' Misses the Mark

If you're one of the few people who haven't at least heard about Gillette's short film, We Believe: The Best Men Can Be then take a moment to watch their video below. It seems like it is an earnest attempt to address undesirable male behaviour and attitudes that have become branded with the unhelpful term 'Toxic Masculinity' but for me, and a lot of people, it just missed the mark.

At this point, the real success of the film, despite the Youtube dislike ratio of approximately 2:1 is the increased brand awareness for Gillette - and I guess the 1 million a year for the next three years they will be donating to programs supporting men of positive action (but they could have done that anyway with no fanfare).



I get what Gillette were going for here by showing examples of past/current behaviour/attitudes in communities, business, and media that has brought about terms like 'toxic masculinity' and the #metoo movement. It's an attempt at reflection on whether…

Guest Post: MY SOOPER DOOPER NEW CONSERVATORY/ART STUDIO!

Today's guest post is by Artist, Writer, and Mental Health Advocate, Jo B Creative who writes for her blog, Creating My Oddessey.

You should see our (almost) brand new conservatory, half of which is my art studio. 'Lucky me!' I think to myself. Not every creative bod can boast that. It's HUGE! Like a giant greenhouse.

We first moved to our pleasant cul-de-sac house - great for raising kids - when our son, who's on the cusp of thirty-one, was four. One of the main reasons that we wanted it was that, apart from its location on the fringes of a historic market town in rural Hampshire, UK, it had a sizable conservatory looking onto the back garden. It was brown wood framed and had a corrugated transparent roof sloping down from downstairs ceiling height. On the face of it, it doesn't sound that glamourous, but we loved the idea of a conservatory. Luxury! I even liked the red brick walls which it was built against - the original exterior of the house - and the light …

My First Time on a P&O Cruise Ship - Mini Cruise Almost to Kangaroo Island

Outwardly I wasn't concerned about my first time on a P&O Cruise ship but inwardly I guess my subconscious anxiety was working overtime. I'll spare you the details but just know my digestive system was pretty empty by the time my partner, Kathy, and I left the house.

That said, once we were on the boat for our three day cruise from Adelaide, South Australia, with a stop at Kangaroo Island (KI), and back to Adelaide again, everything went pretty well, with nothing to be too concerned about. 
The ship didn't leave until four in the afternoon. However we were able to board in time to not only have lunch on the boat but also spend a couple of hours exploring.
Our ship was called the Pacific Eden and is pretty much what you might imagine a cruise ship to be from the outside. Maybe bigger or smaller than you think depending upon whether you've seen a cruise ship before. This particular ship will be retired from March 2019, having been sold to another cruise ship company…

Review: Titans, Season One, Netflix/WBTV Original Series *Minor Spoilers*

When I saw the first trailers for the Netflix/WBTV original series Titans my expectations were set extremely low. Granted my point of reference was the recent Teen Titans Go animated series (and movie), which I've seen a few episodes, and don't like at all. To be fair though, that show is definitely not targeted at me.

Anyhow the Titan trailer didn't do enough to hook me in and Robin's 'F*ck Batman' quote toward the end had my eyes rolling with 'here we go again with a whiney, entitled Robin like the Chris O'donnell version in the 1990's movies.

However, from the very first episode I was pleasantly surprised with the story and ideas presented, and was hooked, to the point of binge watching several episodes in a row if I had time.

We learn Dick Grayson is trying to retire from being Robin and has moved to Detroit, where he's working as a detective for the Detroit PD.

Full disclosure, I've been wanting to see a new take on a live action Robin…

Movie Review: Avengers: Infinity War (2018) *Spoiler Free*

Ten years in the making and Marvel finally releases part one of the Avengers versus Thanos, A.K.A. Avengers: Infinity War.

After seeing all 18 films in the MCU prior to this, and liking most of them, I was pretty confident this movie would not disappoint.

Other than a few minor issues - that are all my personal taste and in no way reflect on the quality of the film - it really delivers. Thanos is indeed the big, bad villain of the MCU that we've been antcipating.

Creating a Mobile Independent Artist Business - Part 10: Opportunities to make money (Part A)

In my last post I looked at What to Create and Finding Your Market. This post is something of a natural follow on from finding your market as many of these money making opportunities include their own market places that you can research to see what kinds of themes and subjects sell best.

It's worth doing this research to find out if the art you're already creating is a good fit for that market place - which is ideal - or if you may have to consider expanding your interests to cover popular themes in order sell in a particular market.

getpaidtodraw.com - Your Questions Answered.

Is it a scam? Is the sales message too good to be true? Can you really sit back, relax and get paid thousands of dollars in residual payments?

If you've discovered the site getpaidtodraw.com and have been looking for someone who has bought this product before taking that leap then this review will peel back the glossy sales message and give you the answers. Prior to buying this product I came across much distrust and misinformation about getpaidtodraw.com by people who hadn't purchased it. There was a real need for information so I decided to take the leap and make the purchase specifically so I could write this informed review. Note that I am not, in any way, a getpaidtodraw.com affiliate.

For this review I will be focusing on the getpaidtodraw system which includes; the ebook, instructional videos and database along with access to the systems author Jules Camber (who replies to emails as 'Jamie, President of Champ Entertainment, Inc and Beats365, LLC'). I'll touch …