Who'd ever have dreamed it?
A tented bush camp, in Jervis Bay...
Conceived over a few sundowners on safari in Africa in the eighties, Paperbark Camp officially opened in 1999 after years of dreaming and planning by the owners, Jeremy & Irena Hutchings. With the help of their family and a dedicated team of staff, the camp remains a family operated business and continues to be at the forefront of ecotourism and luxury camping in Australia.
Just 2 ½ hrs drive south of Sydney, near the pristine clear waters and white sand beaches of Jervis Bay, the camp offers a unique blend of fine food and wine, cosy canvas accommodation and a peaceful bush setting, the perfect base from which to explore this nature lover's paradise.
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Directions to Paperbark Camp
Paperbark Camp is located 2 ½ hrs drive (190km) south of Sydney in Jervis Bay, which is part of the Shoalhaven region. The Shoalhaven has a wealth of natural treasures but the bay area is the jewel in its crown with its calm, clear waters, amazing white sand beaches and pristine coastal bush landscapes. The area boasts three national parks: The Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay National Park and Jervis Bay Marine Park which together include many kilometres of walking trails and deserted beaches as well as provide sanctuary to a wide variety of wildlife and underwater creatures.
Paperbark Camp is 4km from the small holiday town of Huskisson on the shores of the bay where the Currambene Creek meets the bay. Also around the bay are Vincentia, Hyams Beach and Jervis Bay Village which is in the Booderee National Park.
The bay and its extensive surrounding area covers 16km from north to south and 10km from east to west. Having a car is therefore useful for exploring the area and is certainly the easiest way of traveling to the bay. However we do encourage guests to consider alternative modes of transport. The train from Central station Sydney to Bomaderry (Nowra) is particularly scenic and we are happy to arrange a transfer to the camp, after which guests are able to explore the area by bike, canoe or by an escorted tour.
The Paperbark Story
It all started in Africa in the early 90’s over a few 'sundowners' with good friends in their private safari camp. We had travelled to Africa a couple of times and just loved the tented style of accommodation we experienced there and thought that the same concept would be ideal for Australia. Having been enthusiastic campers in our earlier years we still loved the feeling it gives of really being amongst nature, but no longer could be bothered with the planning, packing and unpacking required for more traditional camping.
On our return, we happened to discover beautiful Jervis Bay and it's pristine environment and at the same time noticed there was not much accommodation available, unless you knew someone with a house in the area…perhaps this could be the place for our much dreamed about camp? The idea of creating our own Aussie version of the African camp experience really started to take hold.