Need to know
11am; check-in, 2pm, but both are flexible subject to availability.
Double rooms from $325.23 (AU$450), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include breakfast and use of canoes, kayaks and bikes.
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. Paperbark Camp is closed during winter from the Monday of the June long weekend and reopens on the first weekend of September.
Paperbark Camp is closed during winter from mid July to mid August each year.
At the hotel
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.
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.
There’s no pool at Paperbark, but who needs one when the jaw-dropping beaches of Jervis Bay are just four kilometres away?
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.
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.
Pets are not permitted. See more pet-friendly hotels in Jervis Bay.
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.
Outdoor-enthusiastic kids aged six or over (the camp only accepts younger children by special arrangement).
All tents are the same size inside and can fit a maximum of four (ideally, two adults and two kids, or three children at the most). Opt for a Deluxe for a larger veranda and a bath.
Paperbark is the stuff of children’s dreams, with possums, kookaburra and other native animals in the trees around your tent and kangaroo sightings at dawn and dusk. Active kids will love the free guest bikes for trail rides, easy walks on forest tracks from the camp, and canoeing and swimming in Currambene Creek and Jervis Bay. Snorkelling sessions beckon in the ocean, too, along with whale-watching in season or diving for older teens. Relaxing beach time and picnics also beckon.
There’s no pool on site, but kids won’t miss one – head to postcard-pretty Jervis Bay nearby for clear waters and expanses of sand-castle-worthy white beach.
The Gunyah has a fresh and tasty children’s menu, featuring dishes such as grilled local fish, spaghetti Bolognese, and sausages and mash, and serves kids until 6.30pm. Picnic lunches can also be ordered the night before.
No need to pack
High chairs; board games – the games cupboard in the Gunyah has plenty.
Rates for children sharing with two full-paying adults are AU$70 for a six- to 12-year old, including bed and breakfast (teens age 13 or over are charged as adults).
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.