- Style Barefoot bush luxury
- Setting South Coast sanctuary
Escape the concrete jungle for the Australian bush: Paperbark Camp eco-retreat, only two hours from Sydney, awaits. Glamp it up in tree-fringed tents toting indulgent comfort and take advantage of all that Mother Nature has to offer – bush walking, creek kayaking, swimming, snorkelling and surfing; or simply lounging on a day-bed spotting kangaroos.
Need to know
- Rooms 12, including a choice of Original or Deluxe Safari Tents.
- Rates Double rooms from $244.18 (AU$268), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast and use of canoes, kayaks and bikes.
- Facilities Free WiFi in communal areas, library, canoes, kayaks and bikes for exploring the local area. In rooms: bespoke organic Out of Eden products. In-room spa and beauty treatments on request.
- Poolside There’s no pool at Paperbark, but who needs one when the jaw-dropping beaches of Jervis Bay are just four kilometres away?
- Check–out 11am; check-in, 2pm, but both are flexible subject to availability.
Children Paperbark Camp is suitable for kids aged six or over, who’ll go mad for creature-spotting and outdoor activities galore. Extra beds for kids sharing your tent cost AU$70 a child a night; teens aged 13 or over are charged as adults.
- Hotel closed Paperbark Camp is closed during winter from the Monday of the June long weekend and reopens on the first weekend of September.
- Eco‐friendly With advanced accreditation from the Ecotourism Association of Australia, Paperbark Camp is committed to eco-tourism. Produce not grown on-site is locally sourced, and all food served at Paperbark is organic, fair trade and free-range. Local hardwood timber has been used to construct the rooms, which are solar powered, and the hotel uses eco-friendly cleaning products and light bulbs. As part of Paperbark's own conservation programme, the team also removes foreign plant species from the grounds. Local flora and fauna guided tours can be arranged on request.
- Also A minimum two-night stay applies at peak periods or weekends if including a Saturday night. Over Australia Day and Easter long weekends, there's a four-night minimum stay. Smoking is allowed on outdoor decks, but be aware of bushfire risks.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Surrounded by soaring eucalyptus and paperbark trees, all 12 canvas-clad tents offer laid-back luxury, with comfy beds, ensuite showers (with a freestanding bath in Deluxe rooms) and cool sea breezes thanks to raised hardwood decking and wraparound verandas. Roll-up walls allow you to dictate just how much of the great outdoors you let in (leave tent flaps open to wake up with the sunrise). We love Kookaburra for its privacy and prime creekside location for dawn kayak forays from your doorstep.
- Packing tips Warm layers for evening, a stack of great reads and a notepad for penning masterpieces en plein air. As well as amplifying the back-to-nature experience, packing light gives you more room in your tent. While a luxury camp stay is the perfect excuse to tune out to the cyber world (we say the only things tweeting out here should be the myna birds), digital devotees are catered for with free WiFi and plug sockets in communal areas.
- Also Tents are named after local wildlife and intriguing in-room guides give lots of info about your namesake animal. No need to worry about insect encounters, though; full screens and mozzie repellant keeps unwelcome guests at bay.
Food and drink at Paperbark Camp
- Hotel restaurant Check all notions of camping fare at the canvas door: you’ll find no straight-from-the-tin spaghetti or singed sausages here. Hotel restaurant the Gunyah is a treetop testament to gourmet dining. Chilean chef Emilio Erazo (formerly of Melbourne hot spot Mamasita) uses local produce to create a modern Australian menu with a Central American accent. Must-try dishes include yellowfin tuna tartare, the Wobbly Knees (mixed beer-based jellies finished with sabayon) and five-texture chocolate cake. Be sure to sample the gob-smackingly good granola at breakfast (so popular Paperbark now provides printed-out copies so you can recreate bush breakfasts back home) and book for dinner, as the restaurant opens to non-guests come evening and is a hit with locals.
- Dress code No need to dig out that vintage safari suit! Carry daytime relaxation on into the evening, with casual layers for keeping warm once the sun goes down.
- Top table Settle back at a candlelit table out on the deck, where sugar gliders (think cute mini possums) fly through the trees around you.
- Last orders Breakfast is served from 8am until 10am; dinner from 6pm until 9pm. Afterwards, take a nightcap to the campfire and cosy up under the stars.
- Hotel bar The Gunyah (an aboriginal word meaning 'meeting place' or 'place of shelter') is the social heart of the camp and home to the restaurant, bar, communal kitchen and lounge. Savour a glass of local wine on a comfy sofa in the outdoor area or perched on a bar stool on a nearby deck (perfectly placed for pre-supper wildlife-spotting).
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details