THE ULTIMATE ECO DESTINATION: PAPERBARK CAMP
Not only is Paperbark Camp situated in an incredible setting, but its close proximity to idyllic beach town Huskisson make for the perfect weekend getaway. Just a 2 ½ hr 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, which make for the ultimate in relaxation and a true nature lovers paradise. This glamping experience, hidden in the forest on the NSW south coast, boasts beautiful safari `tents' - elevated timber installations that come complete with hardwood flooring, wraparound verandahs, high thread counts and freestanding bathtubs.
As climate change concerns grow, so do the desire for people to seek out holidays that leave as little impact on the natural environment as possible. Paperbark Camp continues to be at the forefront of ecotourism and luxury camping in Australia and remains a family operated business. The camp has been recognised for its work in this area by receiving Advanced Eco Accreditation from Ecotourism Australia and is proud to be part of the Eco Lodges of Australia group. Their objective is to provide a unique and authentic Australian bush experience that is both ecologically and financially sustainable.
To be considered a true ecotourism product they work to ensure the guest experience goes much further to increase knowledge of the environment they are in, the local community and its culture, and also how they can improve efforts in their every day lives to decrease waste and live a more sustainable existence. They are always looking at new ways they can operate to minimise their impact on the environment making it the ultimate eco destination for any sustainable enthusiast.
Their sustainable approach includes the following: Canoes, kayaks and bicycles are provided free for guest use. All tents have solar powered electric 12 volt lighting, only natural ventilation is used, no air conditioning, no large trees have been removed, shower heads are low flow, toilets are dual flush and hot water heated on demand only, by gas. The camp also boasts light sensitive timer switches for public lighting, low energy use compact fluorescent bulbs, revegetation of areas affected by the development, no fencing to maintain the wildlife corridor, use of electric powered buggies and strict adherence to the local Council recycling programs. The use of recycled paper and natural products where possible, rainwater is used when possible and to protect the fragile wetland ecosystem, wastewater is pumped 900 metres from the site and processed by Council treatment works. The pumping system is protected by no-flow and level alarms and biodegradable cleaning agents are used.
Upon arrival we received friendly service by reception where we were given a tour of the camp and it's many offerings. This place not only had bikes but kayaks and canoes on offer and with only a 5 minute drive we saw ourselves upon the beautiful and deserted Orion's beach where we sunbathed peacefully. Arriving back at the camp in time for dinner, we noticed it boasted a campfire and it's infamous Gunyah restaurant. Being foodies we were delighted by the selection of food on offer. We had a beautiful Paella due to it being Paella night every Sunday evening, where they also custom make paella's due to your dietary requirements either vegetarian or pescatarian. After dinner we sat by the campfire to toast some marshmallows and unwind before heading back to our comfortable tent. Gunyah's delicious buffet breakfast the next morning offered a beautiful selection from raw honeycomb, chia seed pots, gluten free granola, fresh yoghurt, poached pears and an assortment of breads. Hot breakfasts were also served with a choice of eggs and mushroom and spinach or french toast on the menu. After breakfast we headed on a bush walk through the wetlands before finally checking out of the camp. Overall our stay was as relaxing as it was energising by being connected with nature we were able to unwind and be present in the moment making it my ultimate eco holiday destination hands down.