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Paperbark Camp
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Reviewed November 26, 2009

We stayed here for our 10 year anniversary and it exceeded expectations. We had wild Kangeroos skip past our tent, borrowed the bikes to go to the white sand beaches, had probably the best food of our lives, had a eye opening whale trip and took the canoes down the creek. Best weekend for years.

It is expensive but it's soooo worth the treat.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 30, 2009

As mentioned in the website, PaperBark Camp is a new concept in accommodation at luxury camping resort at Jervis Bay. You will find 12 Deluxe/Original Safari tents among a wonderfull bush. You will hear birds and all typical sounds during the day and the night. It's a great experience to be "with" the nature. On the top of that, you will sleep in a tent with all the luxuries.
But our tent (Pinguin) was too closed to the balcony of the main building (where the restaurant is located). Consequences: not a real privacy while I was under my steaming hot shower, plus we heard customers conversations after 5 PM (there was a sort of party during our stay). I asked to the MD to change our tent but he had nothing else to propose.
Other surprise (not for the price but for the sake of it): rates are inclusive of bed and breakfast but when you order a coffee (nothing surprising to start the day!), they charge it (idem for the tea).

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 11, 2009

We stayed at Paperbark Camp on an unseasonably wet and cold October weekend - far from ideal conditions for any type of camping - but it didn't matter as Paperbark was still terrific even in the rain. It's right in the middle of a magical paperbark forest.

We had a standard tent which was roomy, comfy and had absolutely everything we needed (including an outdoor bathroom). As we went to bed the staff gave us hot water bottles and the doona was thick and warm so we didn't feel the cold night at all. As it was too chilly to spend much time on our little balcony, we releaxed in the restaurant/recreation area called "The Gunyah". It was a great place to chill out, read, have a coffee or a drink in front of the roaring fire.

The food was fantastic. Dinner was as good as a top Sydney restaurant without the hefty price tag. The wine was reasonably priced too. Breakfast was a delight - a lovely buffet with the usual eggs, bacon, etc., any combination, cooked any way you liked. Each day there was also the chef''s special breakfast dish and this was superb.

Bikes and kayaks are provided for the restless; overall highly recommended for old, young, Aussies and overseas travellers- a geat place to experience the Australian bush in high class comfort.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank mumbo51
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Reviewed September 21, 2009

We're just back from two nights at Paperbark Camp and would have to be VERY nit-picky to find any faults from booking to check out.

I booked online and opted for a package which included dinner both nights at the Gunyah restaurant as other decent dining options in the area seem to be very sparse. Booking and subsequent email confirmation were a breeze.

Our greeting upon arrival and quick tour of the public facilities and of our tent set the tone for generally very impressive, professional yet personal service throughout our stay.

Our (standard) tent was spotlessly clean on arrival and also thoroughly cleaned while we were at breakfast after our first night, so full points to housekeeping. The weather on the first evening was quite cool, but the outdoor shower was good and hot and the soft bed was more than warm enough with a couple of blankets and a duvet. The only interruption to a good night's sleep was hearing a possum nosing about the tent in the middle of the night. In the morning we woke to find her curled up (with a baby on her back) between the roof of the tent and the protective over-canopy.

Dinner at the Gunyah restaurant was a real highlight. The food and service are definitely city-standard and quality, and a bargain at the prices listed on the menu. (The most expensive main was $30 - it would easily fetch $40 in a Sydney restaurant for similar quality and presentation). The compact wine list is also extremely reasonably priced. The mark ups are very modest (only about 150% of retail price rather than the customary 200%-300%). It's a well put together little list with a good selection by the glass. Breakfast was also quite good - nothing to write home about, but good nonetheless.

We took a canoe out on the creek one day and paddled downstream to Huskisson. The clear watered creek winds past pristine mangroves and past untouched bush. We spotted a large stingray on the creek bed swimming under us as we paddled back to Paperbark Camp. The trip to Huskisson took about an hour and a half. The return trip upstream, against the outgoing tide and after a couple of beers at lunch took just over 2 hours, so it's best to allow plenty of time.

We're looking forward to returning to Paperbark Camp, and hopefully opting for a Deluxe tent next time to enjoy a bit more space and the claw food bath tubs. I also would have liked to have one more day to relax and see more of the area.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank SydneyStephen
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Reviewed September 3, 2009

I stayed at Paperbark Camp with a friend in November 2006. I have been meaning to write this review for some time. We had a wonderful time here. The tents were gorgeous, and we spend our time relaxing on our balcony, canoeing in the river and eating at the restautant (excellent food and a great atmosphere). We did feel a bit odd being probably the only non couple here as the atmosphere was very romantic, but we very much enjoyed ourselves. I would highly recommend this place for a romantic weekend away, as long as you are aware you will be staying in the bush, in a tent, albeit a luxury tent with beds and a bathroom.

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled with friends
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1  Thank hollydaysSydney
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Reviewed April 23, 2009

We went to the Paperbark Camp seeking nature, solitude, and a truly unique experience. It more than delivered! We arrived late in the afternoon but had plenty of time to wander up to the bar and grab a beer before doing a bit of fishing and canoeing (they have bikes and canoes for guests to use) from their river pier. Although Jervis Bay is a somewhat bustling little beach haven, once you arrive at the Paperbark, you feel miles away from civilization.

After our canoeing adventure the skies opened and the rain began. Our tent provided the perfect refuge and the sound of the rain was more soothing than anything else. The tents are well appointed, beds are uber-comfortable, and the out-door bathrooms are just awesome! The showers have hot-water and great pressure and if you're in the mood for a real splurge, the deluxe tents have deep luxurious bathtubs as well. Our tent came with everything we needed including flash light (although the tents have electricity), umbrella, bug spray, and carafes for fresh water.

Dinner in the Gunyah is an absolute MUST! The ambiance was rustic yet sophisticated and the food was divine. Shortly after we sat down, the power went out but that didn't deter the staff or hinder the level of service we received. They brought us more candles and didn't miss a beat! When we got back to our tent we could hear the animals all around us and upon investigation there was a family of about 15 Kangaroos just wandering around the grounds... AMAZING!

If you are planning a trip to Jervis Bay, think about spending a few days closer to town and a night or two at the Paperbark Camp. Once you get there, you won't want leave. This was truly a unique experience! I can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with friends
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1  Thank GypsyButterfly
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Reviewed January 31, 2009

We spent a Friday and Saturday night at Paperbark Camp. I didn't find it quite as fantastic as a lot of other people did athough, overall, it was an enjoyable experience. We were in the Original style tent and it was comfortable enough.

The tents were slightly too close for comfort for me (approximately 10metres apart) . When in the outdoor bathroom our 'neighbours' could see us from the shoulders up (or at least I could see them perfectly clearly on their verandah). I think that if you were in a large party (say for a wedding) then the proximity of tents to each other is perfect. Not quite the same if you want more seclusion.

My main quibble is that I think it is overpriced for what you get (see other entries for what you get). We paid $320/night (including breakfast) for an original style tent and realisitically I think I would pay a max of $200-250 for what we got.

Personally I don't think that I will go back because I know I could get better value for money elsewhere. However I would recommend going to stay there as a one off experience but would also recommend you go when they have an offer on.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank AustraliaNat
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Address: 571 Woollamia Rd, Woollamia, Shoalhaven, New South Wales 2540, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Shoalhaven > Jervis Bay > Woollamia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Woollamia
Price Range: $289 - $413 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Paperbark Camp 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Combining unique luxury tented accommodation with wonderful food & warm hospitality, Paperbark Camp is a peaceful bush retreat in beautiful Jervis Bay - think camping for grown-ups! Just over two hours drive from Sydney on the unspoilt south coast of NSW, Jervis Bay is a nature lovers paradise with spectacular coastal scenery, clear and calm water for swimming and pristine white sand beaches for strolling and relaxing on... ... more   less 
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