SAFARI-STYLE tents for those who enjoy a side of glamping with their grapes have opened at Sirromet Winery.
The first phase of Sanctuary by Sirromet consists of 18 tents set among trees and overlooking a lagoon.
The site is home to kookaburras, monitor lizards, owls, birds and wallabies who graze around and under the decks.
Sirromet owner Terry Morris said the tents were perfect for guests who enjoyed being among nature but with an extra level of comfort and style.
“We have wanted to create extra accommodation at Sirromet for some time but it needed to be something unique and in keeping with the natural surroundings,” he said.
At the official opening on Friday, Mr Morris said it was the culmination of a dream.
Guest speaker at the opening Springwood MP Mick de Brenni commended Mr Morris’ vision and said Sirromet was an icon in the tourism industry.
The accommodation comprises 15 couples’ tents, two for families and a bridal suite.
They feature an en-suite bathroom with vanity, shower and toilet.
There was opposition to the development when it was considered by council last year. Residents said noise and clogged roads were already a problem and would only get worse with a move to accommodation.
Council approved the development of 54 sites over 20-acres. Once complete, Sirromet would have invested more than $10 million in the tourism infrastructure.
General manager Rod Hill said they would concentrate on the 18 sites before planning the rest.
Rates are from $280 to $480 per night, with a minimum two-night stay.
This includes a locally sourced breakfast hamper of croissants with jam and butter, strawberry yoghurt pots with granola, house smoked salmon with bagel, cream cheese and capers, with Sirromet blended coffee and fresh juice.
Meals are available at Sirromet’s on-site venues which are a five-minute walk or mini-cart ride from the accommodation.