“Comfortable tented eco-camp and excellent restaurant, perched amid paperbark forest near stunning Jervis Bay, 3 hours south of Sydney”
Each carefully positioned tent has its own pathway lit at night by solar markers, and steps up to a wooden porch where you can sit in privacy with a drink. The A-frame structures are under a solid sloping roof, so there's no dampness (or noise) if it does rain. Mesh front and back walls, and screen windows in the side, allow air to flow through while any mozzies stay zipped outside.
Lying in the surprisingly comfy bed under a pure wool doona (duvet) you hear nothing but birdsong and the hum of the forest - bliss. At night, solar-powered lighting emits a gentle glow; a candle lantern adds romance. Water is provided, as well as a mosquito coil, a wind up torch, and ear plugs should you want to forego the dawn chorus.
In the Original Tents, the ensuite shower bathrooms are out through the zippered back-door (yes the water is nice and warm). The Deluxe Tents take things up a notch with wonderful freestanding bathtubs in their indoor ensuites, while the King Deluxe Tents have both, plus oodles of space for extra beds and lounging.
The architect-designed plywood and corrugated iron restaurant, The Gunyah, (Aboriginal for meeting place) is perched on high stilts for a possum's-eye view of the forest. Bird tables are fixed to the trees to encourage the prolific parrots to come closer. In summer, the high-ceilinged restaurant opens up on 2 sides to the elements, so as dusk falls you can watch the sugar gliders fly down from their roosts, and gaze back at the ring-tailed possums observing you from the veranda rail.
Its mouth-watering dinner menu is packed with exotic and unfamiliar spices, meats and veg. The chef is South American and this influence adds a twist to the comtemporary Australian cuisine - we’ve heard great things about the weekly ‘Pisco and Paella Night’.There's also a good wine list and the camp’s vegetable garden provides much of the restaurant produce.
Breakfast is a simple buffet of yogurt, home-made compote, granola, fruit salad, home-made jams and local honey, with doorstop pieces of toast and cooked eggs if you have room from last night, which somehow we did. A picnic basket can be made up for lunch if you're out on excursions - just ask the day before.
This is a great place to bring outdoorsy children- there's heaps to do (wildlife watching, bicycles to use, canoes and kayaks, horseriding nearby, and beaches) and they will love the camping experience. Smaller kids aren't really suitable for the terrain and the proximity to the river, although children from 4-6 can be accepted by special arrangement.
Children (4-12 years)
All the tents can accommodate at least 1 extra person. The King Deluxe Tents are best for families as they can sleep up to 6 people (although the layout is very open-plan).
Babysitting is available by arrangement.