With 6 weeks to go before baby Apple arrives, I wanted to take some time for Tom, myself and Rocco to have a weekend away with some wholesome family fun. I booked the luxurious Paper Bark Camp in Jervis Bay for the weekend, where we could be amongst nature, limit our environmental footprint (eco-friendly) and restrict as many screens as possible.
Paper Bark Camp is about 2.5 hours from Sydney CBD, and when you arrive, your tent is more like a hotel room on stilts, with your own open air bathroom, king size bed and luxurious fit out. Whilst this doesn’t really sound like real camping, your tent is set amongst the bush, there is no power other than solar lighting and it is in fact incredibly romantic.
There is only one restaurant, that serves breakfast and dinner, but to say the food is incredible, is an understatement. You can use their kayaks, bikes or just enjoy cocktails by the fireplace or outside bar, or even a massage in your tent. The choice is yours, however if you want to explore the area, the staff can put together picnic baskets for you to take whilst you explore the amazing local beaches or you can even go whale and dolphin watching. The nearest town is Huskinsson, where there are so many cute homeware stores, cafes and bakeries, but I highly recommend heading to any of the many desert beaches and going for an ocean dip.
During our stay, we played chess, went for a bike ride through the bush (only a short one!), went whale watching (recommendation: if windy, take sea sick tablets beforehand), visited Hyams Beach (where I braved the wind and cold and went for an ocean dip) and really reconnected as a family.
Even though we had our mobile phones, it felt like we really slowed down, were more present as a family and caught up on reconnecting with each other, embracing our closeness and family bond. Tom’s initial horror that there was no Fox Sports channel and central heating quickly passed as we all snuggled into our warm beds and listen to the nature around us, instead of Rocco wanting to play Mindcraft, he wanted to play endless games of chess and do more colouring in and for me, I enjoyed just being amongst nature again, the refreshing ocean air, watching the most incredible animals migrate up the coast line and watching my two favourite humans laugh hysterically over the simplest things.
This trip allowed me to stop and see the simple but beautiful blessings in my life that I’ve recently been missing or not fully appreciating as I’ve been constantly rushing around. It was a short break, but a sweet one. Well worth the investment.
You can check out Paper Bark Camp here.