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Paperbark Camp deluxe tent
— Ben: “How much our guests treasure their time with us has really been the most rewarding thing I get from my work here.”
Interview By: Welcome Beyond
— Please tell me a little bit about how Paperbark Camp got started.
Ben: “My mother and father, Irena and Jeremy, had traveled to Africa a couple of times back in the late eighties, early nineties, and came up with the the idea to open a type of safari camp over here. They had been tied up in their jobs in Sydney and wanted to get out, do something different and achieve something for themselves. So they set about looking for a property up and down the New South Wales coast and eventually found the right spot for Paperbark Camp. They started off with just trickles of bookings through word of mouth, but then slowly things caught on and 7 or 8 years ago things really took off.”
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— Paperbark Camp deluxe tent
— And then you joined the family business as well...
Ben: “I was somewhat always being groomed to come down to Jervis Bay and work for the family business. I studied business tourism and hospitality management at University. So it was always in the back of my mind that at some stage I’d make the move. It wasn’t until I was 26 that the time was right for me to come down here to Paperbark Camp but I haven’t regretted a day since. It’s a really exciting business and we’ve got excellent people that we work with so it’s been fun. Our staff are really the most valuable asset we have.”
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— Paperbark Camp deluxe tent
— What’s so special about Paperbark Camp in your opinion?
Ben: “Everything stops for our guests at Paperbark Camp. They don’t necessarily have to go out and do whale watching and visit all the beaches and hike all the mountains nearby. It’s one of those places where you really can just stop and relax. Everything was built by my parents with their own hands, so it’s not perfect, you know. The timber joinery isn’t spot on and there are slight imperfections everywhere. It’s a bit worn so the place has a sense of soul. And people like that, they can feel it when they walk through the door.”

— What do people do at Paperbark Camp?
Ben: “Some guests come down on a hot sunny weekend and say, ‘Ben, I want to go diving today and I want to get a massage in the afternoon, tomorrow I want to go climb Pigeon House mountain and the day after that we want to walk out to Boar’s Head.’ They have a really, really active weekend.

Then we have other guests who sleep in, lounge about the camp all day, spend their entire day just relaxing in the tent, having a bottle of wine and playing cards. It’s quite nice that there are such different ways that people enjoy the place.”
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— Is it relatively remote? How far is it to the next village or city?
Ben: “Paperbark Camp does feel like it’s in a secluded spot because we’re on 100 acres of bush land which makes you feel as if you’re a long way from everything. But really there is a town just three minutes’ drive away.”
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— What would you describe to be the essence of Paperbark Camp?
Ben: “Honestly, it just comes down to us being a soulful bush camp with good food. We’re not a luxury resort, that’s important to know, even though the service is excellent, very friendly and very authentic. If you want to get up close and personal with nature in Australia, it’s an ideal place to do that.”