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The glamping weekend, Jervis Bay By WH Deputy Editor Lizza Gebilagin
For years, I’d been trying to get my husband to go camping, but he could never get past the idea of going without a bed or a working toilet. And even though I told him that shitting in the bush wasn’t the most horrendous thing in the world, as long as you found a spot with decent foliage, he wasn’t convinced. It took the promise of a king-sized bed, swathed in fancy linen, inside a safari tent with a wooden deck and private ensuite at Paperbark Camp for him to finally say yes.
Yeah, I married a princess.
So, in the spirit of glamping it up, we drove to Paperbark in Jervis Bay from Sydney in a topgrade Mazda CX-5, the Akera AWD. Because if you have to spend three hours in a car, you may as well do it in style with a black leather interior, an impressive Bose sound system and more than enough room for all your traditional camping gear
(if it were actually that kind of trip).
But as soon as we arrived at Paperbark, I knew all future dreams of taking my husband on a proper camping trip had died. Our bed was five-star-hotel nice and the shower and tub in the open-air ensuite were steaming hot. After settling in, we had a three-course dinner under the stars, catered by the much-raved-about onsite restaurant, The Gunyah. Then it was marshmallows by the campfire with wine and whisky from the outdoor bar. When we returned to our tent, the solar-powered lights had stopped working. With no-one around to fix the power, we navigated the pitch-black tent with an LED lantern. It was the closest we got to a legit camping experience.
The next morning, we skipped the