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Frequently Asked Questions

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Let's face it, staying in luxury safari tents in the middle of the Australian bush isn't your traditional getaway! Everything you need to know before you get here.

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Booking Information

How much does it cost to stay at Paperbark Camp?
You can find all our rates published on our rates page and you can also browse our current special offers by clicking the button at the top of the page.

Do I need to pay a deposit for my booking?
Yes, our deposit is just $200 to secure a booking and the balance is due when you check out.

What are the check in and out times?
The official answer is check in at 14:00 and check out by 11:00. But things are pretty cruisy down here so if you're running ahead of schedule and want to check in early just call ahead and we'll see what we can do. If your tent isn't ready  we will put it next in line... meanwhile you can head off for a paddle or bike ride!

Do you have a minimum stay on weekends?
Yes. Any booking that includes either a Friday or a Saturday is a minimum 2 night stay. All our weekend bookings are dinner, bed & breakfast packages... trust me you'll thank us later!

Do you accept children at Paperbark Camp?
Of course! For safety reasons we cannot accept children under the age of 6 (although they are welcome to dine in the restaurant), but Paperbark is a great place to come with bigger kids. They'll love the forest and the wildlife and you'll love getting them outdoors and away from the TV!

Do we accepts pets?
Unfortunately we are unable to accept pets... our local furry friends would never forgive us! Tomerong Village Kennels is just a short drive from the camp and they provide outstanding accommodation for dogs and cats!

Is there parking on site?
We have ample parking which is situated just a little way away from the restaurant and accommodation, but when you arrive a staff member will check you in and help you with your bags from your car to your tent.

 

The Tents

What are the differences between the tents?
You can view the main differences between the tents, here on our Tent Comparison Page.

Are the tents heated or air conditioned?
At Paperbark "eco-tourism" isn't just a buzz word, it's something we put at the core of guests' experience here with us. Our tents are not heated, nor are they air conditioned. The tents themselves are powered by solar powered batteries which provide lighting, and they have gas hot water. In the cooler months we provide hot water bottles for guests to take to their tents and have both a large gas fire in the restaurant and a beautiful camp fire for after dinner drinks! The tents are very well ventillated and thanks to the typically cooler South coast summer evenings there really isn't any need for AC.

Are there power points in the tents?

The tents have 12V lighting and they have hot water but there aren't any power points available. But never fear! We have heaps outlets in the restaurant for charging your technology and also hairdryers in the Gunyah guest bathrooms. There is also a guest fridge by reception. The restaurant also has free (albeit unreliable!) wifi.

Is linen provided?
Of course! This is a luxury camping experience. We provide excellent quality bed linen, bath towels and face cloths. We don't generally provide beach towels but if needed can lend something suitable.

Are the bathrooms outside?
Yes in terms of bathing under a beautiful starlit canopy and no in terms of compromising your privacy! Our bathrooms are outdoor but they are covered and screened for privacy.

How far are the tents from the restaurant?

That varies. The closest is around 30 metres and the furthest is a couple of minutes walk. Let us know if you'd prefer to be close to the centre of the camp or in a more secluded spot and we'll see what we can do.

How many people can fit in the tents?
An Original Safari Tent can sleep maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 small children. The third adult or the 2 small children sleep on a futon or a roll-away bed.
A Deluxe Safari Tent has a maximum occupancy of 3 guests, there is a king bed and a rollaway. The king bed can split so that it accommodates 3 singles.
The King Deluxe Tent can sleep up to 6 guests. It has 2 king beds that can split and can also fit 2 roll-away beds in it too. It's a great option for both families and couples for a special occasion!

 

Food & Drink

Is the restaurant on site?
Yes, The Gunyah Restaurant is the heart of Paperbark Camp and you'll be enjoying your breakfast and your dinner amongst the trees, sharing dessert with our resident possums too if not careful!

What's included in your gourmet picnics?
The offering does change and we can of course cater to dietary requirements but generally a delicious chicken sandwich, fritatta, friande, cookie, some spiced nuts and a bottle of juice.

Can we bring our own food and drinks?
Of course... you're welcome to bring your own food, we just ask that it's not kept in your tent overnight (there's a fridge for guests by reception). You are also welcome to bring your own drinks. You can BYO down at your tent, we only ask that no personal drinks are consumed in or around the restaurant area as we are a fully licensed restaurant.

Can I cook for myself?
Why would you want to???? This is glamping not camping! There aren't any cooking facilities here for guests as we provide a full service restaurant for breakfast and dinner. We'll even provide you with a gourmet picnic hamper so that you're covered for lunch whilst you enjoy beautiful Jervis Bay. If you still have a hankering to cook something for yourself then most of our local beaches have public barbecues.

 

Whilst You're Here

How close is the nearest beach?
Guests at Paperbark enjoy access to our creek which is fabulous for lazy afternoons in a canoe. If it's the beach you are after then the nearest is Huskisson Beach and that's about 4km (15min by bike or 5 minute drive). Just a little further (15 minutes drive) is Hyam's Beach, with the whitest sand in the world, but between the two are plenty of other stunning bush-fringed white sand beaches and a wonderful walk connecting them. Just a little beyond that is the magnificent Booderee National Park, the beaches in the park are world class. The nearest surf break is Cave Beach which is in the National Park.

Do I need to hire the canoes, paddle-boards, kayaks and bikes?
No, just sing the necessary waiver and then help yourself as much as you like! When you check in we will give you a tour of the camp and show you where everything is and the rest is up to you...

How do the massages at Paperbark work?
We use external massage therapists who we know and love and they will set up their tables on the deck of your tent (side by side if there are two), and you are massaged in nature amongst the trees, it really is a unique experince and one not to be missed!

What wildlife will I see at the camp, are there many mosquitoes?
We have a lot of resident possums and kangaroos which you will almost certainly encounter during your stay. The birdlife here is truly spectacular and you are likely to see Crimson Rosellas, Black Cockatoos, King Parrots, Kookaburras and also if you're lucky the elusive Azure Kingfisher. 
The camp is located in close proximity to a wetland reserve and also mangroves so we do get mosquitoes in the warmer months, however all our tents are screened and well equipped with citronella candles and the relevant sprays to keep them at bay.