We have been waiting for this adventure for a long time and after months of planning we finally had the pleasure of staying at Paperbark Camp in Jervis Bay for one night in their king deluxe safari tent.
We drove 3 hours from Sydney to Jervis Bay, with our first stop at Hyams beach. It had the whitest sand and the bluest water either of us have seen. After a successful drone flight and quick photoshoot we made our way to Paperbark Camp.
We were greeted by friendly staff and taken on a tour of the campsite – which was far too beautiful to be called a campsite. As we headed towards our cabin we were surrounded by trees and the sounds of wildlife. It was the perfect place to get away from the city and relax. Upon entering our cabin we were amazed at how gorgeous it was. It had everything we needed and more with a king size bed, large bathroom, hot tub, outdoor shower and a front deck seating area to relax outside.
We settled in quickly and relaxed until it was time to get ready for dinner at the Gunyah restaurant, which is located on the campgrounds. As soon as it’s dark, the campgrounds are lit up by fairy lights and that’s no exception for the restaurant. It’s welcoming and warm thanks to the wood fire which is a must in winter. Dinner was incredible and if you go to the restaurant you have to try the pork 🙂 We also got to eat our dessert on the couches in front of the fire which was super cosy.
The next morning we woke up early to get our breakfast, which included delicious platters of fresh fruit, different yogurts and spreads, muesli and a hot breakfast. After that we were ready to start our day. Paperbark Camp provides bikes so we decided to take a quick bike ride to experience the area and enjoy the scenery. The receptionist recommended us some spots, one of which he said you could see stingrays swimming around the nearby boat dock, so we decided to head there. It was a beautiful day although we didn’t make it very far. Only 15 minutes into the bike ride we decided it would be easier to drive, so we returned to camp, checked out of our room, and drove to see the stingrays.
We followed the directions given to us by the receptionist, however, unfortunately when we arrived at the dock there were no stingrays. We had a long list of places we wanted to see that day so we quickly got back in the car and headed to our next destination, which was Hole in the Wall Beach.
We arrived at Hole in the Wall Beach, which is also located in the national park. The walk down was beautiful, as it was full of tall trees and super green tall grass, so of course we stopped to take some pictures. Once we had arrived we noticed how quiet it was. The crazy thing about the beaches in Jervis Bay is that they are all so peaceful and quiet, unlike the beaches we are used to (Bondi beach, Bronte, Coogee, etc). We also noticed how white the sand was, which is a common theme with the beaches around Jervis Bay, as well as the cerulean blue water. We walked to the end of the beach and made it to the hole in the wall, which was an interesting structure that we explored and took photos of.
Trying to fit in all the places we wanted to go that day, we rushed off to our next stop, Murrays beach. Stopping at different beaches never gets old because although they look similar, they are also very unique. There was an interesting island off the tip of the peninsula called Bowen Island which is off limits to visitors as it is home to thousands of Fairy Penguins.
After exploring the beach we headed towards our final stop which was the Cape St George Lighthouse. The lighthouse is now in ruins after it had collapsed many years ago and we wanted to get some photos of it. Once we arrived we were lucky enough to see some whales that were passing by in the distance.
By the time we had finished taking photos and admiring the view it was time for us to head back to Sydney. We had an amazing time at Jervis Bay and definitely recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a weekend getaway.