With overnight stays in the king deluxe safari tents running over the six hundred dollar mark; Paperbark Camp takes glamping (glamorous camping) to a whole new level.
Whether or not their rack rates lie within the realm of possibility, there is another way you can experience the peaceful forest surrounds and elevated natural wood architecture of The Gunyah – the camp’s restaurant and hub – without breaking the budget.
For a mere thirty dollars per person, you can join the in-house guests for breakfast any Saturday or Sunday morning between 8am and 10am. It’s perfect if you’re doing a weekender in Huskisson, or any of the other Jervis Bay beachside locales.
Take a gander at the building designed by Trevor Hamilton from Nettleton Tribe, which unites the camp’s reception, a fireside lounge, an outdoor cocktail area, and a large airy dining room at canopy level.
Plentiful glass and allows both natural light and forest views inside, flowing seamlessly into the organic furnishings and sympathetic colour palette.
You can dine inside, or get even more acquainted with the forest on the wide veranda.
Breakfast starts with a Continental buffet – the highlight of which is the house-blend of gluten-free muesli.
It’s a captivating mix of long strands of coconut, almonds, walnuts, grains, dried cranberries, apricots and other types deliciousness set off by thick, indulgent yoghurt and your choice of poached rhubarb and pears.
With a plate of comb honey catching your eye, it’s hard to resist adding a drizzle of sweetness – though a muesli with this much variety doesn't really need any accentuation.
Get stuck into the jams with a selection of breads, bested by fruit toast – though it’s no match for the amazing Scottish malt loaf at local standout, Huskisson Bakery Café – or play it safe on space with a selection of fresh fruit and yoghurt.
Sink back into your safari chair with a passable coffee – a little on the weak side in a latte – or a well-balanced carrot, apple and ginger juice, and listen to the birdcalls.
Also included in the thirty-buck price, each diner can also select a hot breakfast. We were given a choice between mushrooms, spinach and poached eggs on toast, or golden scrambled eggs with bacon and vibrant oven-roasted tomatoes piled on top of a toasted bread square.
We left the cool, calm forest well sated, boasting a bargain shopper's satisfied grin from having experienced how the other half holiday for a much keener price.
The Gunyah Restaurant
Paperbark Camp, 571 Woollamia Road, Woollamia NSW
Ph: (02) 4441 6066