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                             AUTUMN FEATURE | Go Luxe in the Great Outdoors
Jane Quinn hadn’t been back in the Southern Highlands long when she saw a big opportunity to open the region’s first luxury pop-up glamping business.
A consummate hospitality professional who spent
ten years living in the Maldives developing luxury
spa resorts, Jane became a Highlands eco-tourism forerunner when she identified the growing trend of glamping ‘glamorous camping in nature’ and started Me Jane Campout. Jane, who grew up in Bowral comes from a family of Highlands hospitality pioneers. Her parents opened The Bowral Cafe in the 1980s. Her idea for a luxury bell tent company with all the bells and whistles came while working on an opulent spa development on a deserted Indian Ocean island.
‘My former husband and I were working together developing Amilla Fushi, an exclusive island destination in the Maldives built on a virgin atoll and reached by either seaplane or speedboat,’ recalls Jane.
‘I bought a tepee for us to live in while the development was ongoing but unfortunately my marriage ended and
I returned to live in Australia with my three children. However, I’ve always had a passion for nomadic living so I think that’s where the idea of Me Jane Campout grew from. That’s certainly where the passion came from; finding the freedom to remove yourself from modern life and really immerse yourself in nature if only for a short time. That to my mind has always appealed as
true luxury.’
Me Jane Campout has operated since 2015 on some of the Highlands most private, prestigious and picture perfect properties. Places like Banjo’s Run Vineyard, Exeter, and Wombat Hollow, the idyllic bush home of Michael and Susie Yabsley. Jane’s focus is on weddings, festivals and milestone events and celebrations. The long-term vision is to provide pop-up accommodation to hotels at peak times of high season.
‘As soon as we moved home to the Highlands I saw there was a real need for beds during peak times, and I think glamping and eco-tourism is an innovation
in tourism that is so well suited to our beautiful countryside,’ says Jane.
‘In my line of work I have always been interested in encouraging people to give themselves a digital detox and get back to nature. So Me Jane Campout is all about fusing that primal need to immerse yourself in the great outdoors without forgoing luxury.’
Nothing if not glamorous (see our cover shot
on location at Banjo’s Run Vineyard, Exeter) all glamping stays are bespoke and tailor-made to guests requirements. First class comfort is guaranteed.
‘When you spend 11 years helping create award winning resorts like Sanak Retreat Bali, and judging the World’s best Asian spas and resorts you know what guests want and expect,’ says Jane. ‘Things like beautiful Egyptian linen, feather doonas, exclusivity, space, every aspect of their stay planned and thought out.’
No request is too great or small, says Jane. Power generators, personal chefs, arrival by helicopter, even an outdoor hot-tub. She’s done it all.
‘Anything is possible with planning and know-how,’ says Jane. ‘My aim with each guest is to awaken their inner child. There is nothing more romantic than waking up in a beautiful tent in a beautiful location with the one you love, and watching the sunrise.’

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