It’s not a tent, not a caravan and not a motor home.
Meet the Opera camper-trailer, by Belgian architect / designer Axel Enthoven ~ it’s seriously high end.
I am a traditional camper – hiking, pitch a tent, campfire and singing under the stars.
However, I sooooo want to experience the Sydney Opera House on Wheels!
Styled on the sails of the Sydney Opera House, the trailer is promoted as “your suite in nature”.
This nomadic, contemporary living ‘tent’ offers all the luxuries of a fancy hotel room in the heart of the bush or the quality of a luxury yacht combined with the outdoor feeling of camping under canvas.
No tent pegs are needed, as once the Opera is folded out from its 4.7-metre camper trailer it levels itself electronically for stability. The interior of the camper is handcrafted in oak, stainless steel and leather, while the covering is polyester yarn.
Designer Enthoven says: “… every conceivable luxury: two first class and electrically-adjustable beds that become one with a single simple movement, hot and cold water, ceramic toilet, LED lighting and a mobile hood and barbecue, for example, for cooking outside.”
Other “camping necessities” include a wine cabinet, warm-air heating, espresso bar and an enclosed teak verandah. The finishing touches are currently being put to the first Operas, which are being made completely by hand in Geldrop in the Netherlands.
The unit is aerodynamically-sound for towing and unfolds into a “masterpiece” upon arrival at your chosen camping spot. All closed up for towing. You can see a film of it, with too much time spent on the people who will use it and the places it will go, at the Opera site. When opened the camper is fully assembled in less than five minutes – without tent pegs, stabilizer jacks and loose tent poles. What emerges is a residence measuring 7m long, more than 3m wide and 3.5m high with every conceivable luxury.
Continuing the Aussie theme are the optional exterior colours available for the Opera – Koala Grey, Dingo Beige and Quokka Brown.