Situated within a UNESCO World Heritage National Park, O’Reilly’s Campground treats visitors to a sustainable glamping and camping experience. With stunning views overlooking the mountain range, Aspect Architecture have designed a series of communal buildings which are functional, robust and connect you to the environment.
A camp kitchen, gathering spaces, amenities building and fire pit have all been built using sustainable and universal design principles. Extensive use of glazing and glazed sliding doors in the Camp Kitchen drenches the interior in sunlight and cools the building using cross flow ventilation. Other sustainability initiatives include on site sewerage treatment, rain water collection and use of sustainability sourced timber.
Universal design principles ensure that the retreat provides accessibility to all guests and includes wide doorways, pathways and ramping, two safari tents with disabled access and wheelchair accessible bathroom facilities
The retreat is set within the pristine rainforest of UNESCO World Heritage Lamington National Park in Queensland, Australia. Guests can choose to stay in powered safari tents, campsites or campervan/camper trailer sites.
Related project: Check out the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga Zoo project by Cox Architecture for another immersive travel experience
– Universal/inclusive design principles – access for people with diverse abilities
– Sustainably sourced timber
– On site sewer treatment
– Rain water collection
– Passive solar access
– Cross flow ventilation
– Preservation of existing vegetation
– Sustainable glamping and camping
The architecture facilitates a deep connection to the environment as the skeletal structural elements are reflective of a tree canopy which provides shelter whilst protecting vast views to the surrounding mountain ranges. This authentic camping experience has been designed for all through universal design and accessibility, as well as the ability for people who don’t have camping equipment to come and hire what they need such as safari tents, linen, firewood and food.
The campsite is the second in Queensland to be approved to be run by a private organisation. This opportunity has promoted strategic master planning, more resources and closer management of the campsite to ensure the best experience for users as well as the best environmental outcome for the site.
Nadine is the founder and editor of Eco Edition and founder of the Eco Edition Design School. She’s an experienced interior designer, sustainable materials consultant, speaker and serial home renovator.
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