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South Coast NSW – Paperbark Camp


  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Library
  • Wi-Fi (public areas only)

Overview – Paperbark Camp

Conceived on a safari holiday in Africa, Paperbark Camp is a family-run luxury bush camp close to Jervis Bay, often said to have the whitest sands in the world.

New South Wales’ South Coast has long attracted weary city slickers with its crystal clear waters, fine sandy beaches, verdant bushland and mighty limestone cliffs. A mere three hours from Sydney where Currambene Creek meets the ocean, you’ll discover a dozen canvas-clad structures spread out beneath fragrant native melaleucas. This is Paperbark Camp, one of Australia’s first luxury tented properties. So eco-conscious is the campsite that no trees were felled in its construction, and you won’t find TV, Wi-Fi or even power points in guest tents. Lighting is solar powered, furniture is sculpted from timber off-cuts, and all structures are open and elevated to take advantage of sea breezes.

In your safari-style tent, you’ll find gleaming hardwood floors, proper beds enrobed in luxe bamboo linen, full insect screening and flaps cut out of the canvas which you can roll up or down to control the amount of daylight flooding in. An open-air ensuite with hot water shower and natural handmade soaps complete the back-to-nature experience.

Guests at Paperbark Camp are encouraged to disconnect from the digital world, but if you really must check email or post photos on social media, you can get free Wi-Fi and access to power points at The Gunyah. Meaning “the meeting place” in local Aboriginal dialect, this architecturally-designed treetop space is the camp’s dining room, reception and guest lounge. Curl up by the open fire here in winter, or play cards to the chattering of resident possums and sugar gliders.

Food is a real highlight – nothing comes out of a can at Paperbark Camp! Breakfast might consist of house made granola with single origin coffee, while candlelit evening meals often involve pisco sours and paella. Lunch is not served, but packed picnics are available. Where possible, regional produce is used, with herbs and veggies sourced from the camp’s own garden. After a meal, spoil yourself with an in-room massage or saunter along the property’s many bush trails looking for kangaroos.

Guests have bicycles and canoes at their disposal throughout their stay. Huskisson, the nearest town, is a mere 15-minute cycle or short paddle away. From May to November, whale watching is a popular activity from here, while fur seals and dolphins are regularly observed in the waters year-round. Farther south, you can embark on the White Sands Walk, a fantastic way to see the glorious chain of powder sand beaches that ring Jervis Bay.

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Rooms – Paperbark Camp

Artfully positioned for maximum privacy, the camp’s dozen A-frame safari tents are named after native animals and linked with paths lit by solar markers. Wooden steps lead up to a covered furnished seating platform, separated from the bed and bathroom with insect-proof mesh. A candle lantern is provided, along with drinking water, a torch and mosquito coil. Note that children under 6 are not accepted at camp except by special arrangement.

Original Safari Tent
Choose from a king, queen or twin-bedded tent with private open-air ensuite accessible through a zippered flap from the bedroom. Hot water showers to birdsong are the norm at Paperbark Camp.  Capacity: 2 persons in existing bedding/4 persons maximum

Deluxe Safari Tent
This tent has everything the Original version does, with the addition of a claw-footed freestanding bath tub in the ensuite. Bathrobe and slippers provided. Capacity: 2 persons in existing bedding/4 persons maximum

King Deluxe Tent
Affectionately named the “King Parrot”, this super-sized structure can accommodate up to six guests at a time. Guests in the King Deluxe Tent will find an indoor ensuite bathroom with sunken bath, twin vanities, bathrobes and slippers. as well as a separate outdoor shower. Capacity: 6 persons

Paperbark Camp
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Facilities – Paperbark Camp

  • 12 tents
  • The Gunyah Restaurant
  • Wi-Fi in communal area
  • Power points in communal area
  • Furnished outdoor deck
  • Guest lounge
  • Guest kitchen
  • Library
  • Massage and beauty treatments
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Activities – Paperbark Camp

  • Cycling
  • Canoeing

Activities at extra cost:

  • Sundowner cruise
  • Whale watching (seasonal)
  • Dolphin cruises
  • Wine tasting
  • Surfing and stand-up paddle boarding lessons
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Getting There

The campsite is located just off Goodland Road in stunning Jervis Bay wihci is part of the Shoalhaven region, just under 3 hours (200km) by road south of Sydney. Self-driving is highly recommended as there are many attractions in the area best reached by car.

Combine With

The Blue Mountains; go from sleeping under canvas by the coast to the pinnacle of luxury with a stay at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort, which offers five-star private cabins set amidst 7,000 acres of privately owned highland wilderness. Most travellers begin their New South Wales’ holidays in Sydney – be sure to spend some time in this glamorous city, checking out its many sights including the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

  • A unique safari-style campsite south of Sydney
  • 12 eco-sensitive tents in 100 acres of pristine bush
  • Cycling, canoeing and bushwalking activities
  • Peaceful creek-side location
  • Gateway to three nature reserves: Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay National Park and Jervis Bay Marine Park
  • Dazzling white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters
  • Seasonal whale watching
  • Dolphins, seals and beach-going kangaroos
  • Endless outdoor adventures from fishing to surfing and diving

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