Paperbark Camp is an enchanting wedding venue set amongst the eucalypts trees on the banks of Currambene Creek. Only 3 hours south of Sydney and 5 minutes away from Jervis Bay, this is the ultimate destination for your Australian bush wedding. The best part is, this stunning destination is all yours for the weekend! That's right, couples can be married in a truly private and natural environment surrounded by native trees, wildlife and beautiful beaches.
Couples are allocated their own wedding co-ordinator who will be your point of call on the day and in the lead up to the wedding to assist with any venue related planning. If you need any assistance with planning, it is best you arrange your own stylist/wedding consultant to assist.
We recently had a chat with Camilla Hutchings from Paperbark Camp and she brought us up to speed with what brides need to know when planning their wedding.
There are a couple of options for couples. They can either get married on the beach near the camp or they can have their ceremony amongst the Casuariaas on the grounds of Paperbark Camp. The venue will provide a small number of chairs, hessian aisle, microphone and PA system. Couples are most welcome to bring in their own flowers and decorations if they wish. They just need to be biodegradable so that they do not destroy the environment.
The wet weather contingency is to use the reception venue. This may be a little tricky for larger groups so if you are worried about wet weather then it might be best to book your ceremony off site.
The architecturally designed treetop restaurant, The Gunyah, is at the centre of the camp. The venue is truly unique. Upstairs is the reception area that is large enough for 100 guests. The tables are long trestle style with matching chairs. Whilst the venue does provide some basic decorations, they advise that couples outsource their own florist, music, wedding cake and any additional decorations. We suggest that couples really embrace their surroundings and bring in flowers that are Australian native and decorations that are really in keeping with the native surroundings.
Our favourite aspect is the downstairs dance floor that opens up to a large pit fire! What an incredible way to party the night through with your guests. Fairy lights are delicately hung over the dance floor and couples can bring in their band of choice. Logistically, there shouldn't be any issues with bringing in equipment, as there is plenty of storage and easy access.
Alternatively, you could have an outside wedding under the trees! This is prefect for their Gourmet BBQ package where you can eat whole suckling pig and an array of delicious local produce. This is also a great option for a pre-wedding reception dinner!
The venue also offers a really interesting range of sit down food options and canapé packages. All the food is modern-Australian inspired and couples are given the option to pick 2 alternative options for their entrée, mains and desserts. The wine is also all supplied by the venue and sourced from Australian wine producers.
The camp features 12 luxurious African-style safari tents for your guests to stay and for the wedding party. This will accommodate up to 40 of your guests. Staying here is a once in a lifetime eco-tourism experience for your bridal party and guests.
Weddings that are held on a Friday and Saturday are subject to a minimum of two nights – but that is fine, you’ll want all your guests there for as long as possible to enjoy everything this beautiful part of the world has to offer. The lovely team at Paperbark can also assist you with finding alternative accommodation within the area if you have more than 40 guests attending your wedding.
Guests can immerse themselves in the local environment by bushwalking through Booderee National Park, snorkelling or canoeing at Hyams Beach or wandering through the coastal town of Huskisson. Guests can also relax in their trampoline-style hammocks underneath their safari tents or rejuvenate in their own private bush bath. Bliss!
TIPS FOR BRIDES
- The camp only has 24 parking spaces so the venue requires that guests be provided a shuttle bus to drop off and pick up guests. The venue coordinator can help you with any of the arrangements necessary for this.
- You are hosting a wedding that is in a natural environment, therefore the best time of year to get married would be November, December and February.
- Advise your guests to avoid stilettos when attending the ceremony as there is a bit of a walk back to camp.
Packages range from $75-120 per person. Book at least 6 months in advance.
(Images provided by Paperbark Camp)
GET IN TOUCH WITH PAPERBARK CAMP
Tele: +61 2 4441 6066
Toll Free: 1300 668 167