New South Wales, Australia · Travel

Day trip to the South Coast – Stop 6: Paperbark Camp and Gunyah Restaurant

The Paperbark Camp is renowned as a luxurious bush retreat eco-resort, so we made a stop to catch a glimpse of the resort grounds.  We entered the private narrow dirt track and immediately, as if by magic, felt a very calming and serene vibe surround us.

Driving through the private narrow dirt road, excited to see the sights of the Paperbark Camp unfolding

The serene understated luxury vibe continued throughout the grounds.  It was similar to the vibe at the Six Senses eco-luxury brand of resorts.  We were surrounded by trees and saw a bike rack full of bikes for guests’ use, a large campfire with the smell of the smoky air, cute footbridges and we saw a tented cabin.  This resort was very unique compared to other hotels and resorts in Australia.

The entry to Paperbark Camp, with golf carts just like resorts in Asia!
The entry to Paperbark Camp, with golf carts just like resorts in Asia!

 

The smoky campfire
Area for guests to relax

We headed up the stairs to the reception and restaurant, which were in a tin shed on stilts.

The tin shed that houses the reception and Gunyah Restaurant

The eco-luxury vibe continued inside the shed.  The reception area was small but decorated well, in a shabby-chic way with Australian plants and flowers.

The reception

Gunyah Restaurant was next to the reception.  I gasped as soon as I saw it – I had seen nothing like this in Australia.  It was similar to a treetop fine-dining experience found somewhere exotic like Thailand.  The photos below are no where as great as the real thing – it’s a sight you have to see for yourself.

Gunyah Restaurant (looks AMAZING in real life, this photo does not do it justice)
Gunyah Restaurant (looks AMAZING in real life, this photo does not do it justice)

Unfortunately the restaurant was booked out that evening (in all fairness, it was 6pm when we enquired).  Next time we visit the South Coast, we are definitely dining here!

By the time we finished snooping around at the Paperbark Camp, it was 6:30pm and time to head back to Sydney.  It was a very long but incredibly fun day!

Rating:
Address: 571 Woollamia Rd, Woollamia, New South Wales 2540
Phone: (02) 4441 6066
http://www.paperbarkcamp.com.au/

Our day trip to the South Coast:
Stop 1: Southern Gateway Centre
Stop 2: Mountain Range Farm / Dapto Community Farm
Stop 3: Crooked River Wines
Stop 4: St. Isidore (lunch)
Stop 5: Hyam’s Beach, Jervis Bay
Stop 6: Paperbark Camp and Gunyah Restaurant

 

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