Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay – A unique glamping experience
Hotel: Paperbark Camp
Location: Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Room (aka Tent): King Deluxe Safari Tent, also known as King Parrot
Perfect for: Couples
Category: Luxury Bush Camping (aka glamping)
When we arrived at the entrance to Paperbark Camp and followed the gravel road down to the house, we knew it was going to be something special. If you’re looking for the ultimate glamping experience, or you want to take someone camping, who doesn’t enjoy camping – this is the place for you!
Our welcome experience…
We arrived just as the sun was going down on the Friday night. We went up to reception to check in and the staff explained how everything worked, where dinner was and how to charge our devices. We were then showed us to our King Deluxe Safari Tent.
If you try and think about what a 5 star tent is like, I’m guessing it is something like this. As you walk up the stairs to the front veranda, you unzip the tent and walk in to what is a fancy tent! The king sized bed is surrounded by a mosquito net, and you also have two single beds as well (which is great if you have a family).
When you walk around to the bathroom, it just keeps getting better. The plunge tub is nice to relax in after a day of exploring the beaches and then of course you have the outdoor shower and toilet! Yep, Jenna wasn’t too sure about this but the setting is super private so it really just adds to the affect.
Take a quick tour with this short video.
The grounds are absolutely beautiful. You really do feel like you’re out of the big smoke and relaxing in nature. There is a fire pit and lovely walkways to get around and down to the lake.
You might even see some birdlife around!
Why not have a go on the gorgeous giant swing?
Breakfast and dinner are included in your room rate. It is a set 3 course meal for dinner which alternates each night. Upon check in, they ask if you have any allergies which they will happily cater for. The food was fresh and the portion sizes were really good.
For breakfast, you got to choose of the menu between a couple of choices. Again, it was delicious and fuelled us up for the day ahead.
Health and Fitness…
If you’re wanting to stay active and healthy while on holidays, then you can try your luck at stand up paddle boarding on the lake within the grounds! It is seriously hard work so you could consider this a workout!
If that doesn’t take your fancy, you can jump in one of the many kayak’s there and go for a paddle up and down the lake. There are also bicycles you can borrow to ride into town.
Good to know…
The dining room have plenty of power points for you to charge your devices as there are no power points in the rooms. Bring everything up at breakfast time to charge up for the day, and then again when you arrive for dinner so it can charge up while you’re eating or having a drink.
There is also a communal fridge available if you bring your own drinks. Simply write your name on your stuff and put it in the fridge!
The reception also has these lovely boards which change daily to let you know the weather and also suggestions on what you could do on the day!
Simple and easy! Nothing to really report here.
Above and beyond…
The fact that you’re in absolute luxury, in the bush, in a tent.
The not so good…
If you don’t like bugs or bees, then you may not like showering outside! The bees took a liking to the shampoo and conditioner. I didn’t have an issue with it, but Jenna does have a fear of bees, so she was a little scared at times. But, when you’re camping of any sorts, you’re bound to see a few unwanted pests!
It was really a wonderful experience. We were recommended to stay in the King Deluxe Safari Tent and looking at the other tents, I can honestly say that this one does seem to be the best! It isn’t cheap, but when you think about where you are, what is included (like the meals etc) then it doesn’t seem too bad.
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