This May, Conor and I had the pleasure of staying at The Cove Jervis Bay for a glamping experience in the Booderee National Park, NSW for 3 days and 2 nights.
The Cove are known for their off grid, luxurious experiences located within a three hour drive from the bustling city of Sydney. These experiences are perfect for those looking to step out of their rushed daily routine and unwind with a good sunset, campfire and a frolic in the sea!
Everything you need to know about The Cove:
The Cove is without a doubt a beachside haven, the ultimate slice of paradise. It offers self catering accommodation of your choice with cabins, houses or bell tents. Situated in the rainforests of Booderee National Park, the Cove provides guests with an escape from modern everyday life. A wonderful oasis encapsulated by roaming resident roos bounding through the grounds and a tranquil beachfront location providing a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy some of life’s simple pleasures.
The Cove has something to offer every holiday goer with 1,2 and 3 bedroom self contained holiday cabins as well as a large fun house for bigger groups. Each eco cabin is fully equipped with linen, bath towels, crockery and open decking. If you are looking for something even more luxurious check out the ‘Surf Cabin’ or ‘Boat Cabin’, they are to die for.
My favourite experience of all is the glamping. Why not try something a little bit different and be one with nature!
We had the excitement of staying in one of the beautiful canvas bell tents situated in the glamping village. They are pitched and ready for your arrival. Each tent is furnished with a king sized bed, a day bed, two chairs and an outdoor table. There were so many cute little touches that added to our stay; from the board games, to hot water bottles, lamp torches, cosy bedding and food baskets, no stone was left unturned.
The glamping village has an array of communal toilets and showers a mere 100m from the tents. It might sound a little daunting having to walk to the toilet and shower at night, if this concerns you do like I did and wake up your other half! Or you can be wise and try to get your shower in during the daylight, but I assure you, it is a lot safer and more pleasant than it sounds. There is also one large luxurious outdoor bath that is shared by all the tents, be sure to make use of it, it’s amazing. The area is draped with whimsical fairy lighting and there’s always people about.
The camp kitchen has everything you could need and more. Microwave, kettle, fridge, crockery, chopping boards, wine glasses, cheese boards, you name it, it’s there. The outdoor chill out space is complete with a fire pit, BBQ, tables and chairs. The outdoor pavilion equipped with pizza ovens, chic interior and quirky quotes quickly became our favourite place to hang out. We spent most of our nights here cooking dinner, having a laugh and playing games.
Things to know before you go:
• Check in is at 4pm and check out is 10am.
• The closest patrol station and supermarket is more than 15km away so stock up on food and drink before you go.
• There are some areas with connectivity, however, others are off grid…bliss.
How to get there:
The Cove is located in Jervis Bay within the Booderee National Park approximately 3 hours from Sydney. Prior to your booking you’ll receive the exact address and specific directions to assist you with locating the entrance. The final 13km of the drive is on unsealed roads. Be prepared for a bumpy ride in which you may encounter a meeting with the resident roos!
Best time of year to stay:
We stayed here in Autumn at the start of May and the weather was perfect. We slept in the tent very comfortably, cosied up to each other and shared a hot water bottle. A light jacket was enough to keep us warm sitting out at night. If you’re visiting in the peak of winter it has been known to get extremely cold, be sure to pack thick socks, warm clothing and marshmallows for the campfire. In summer it can get very hot, dress appropriately, get your tan on, stay hydrated and make good use of that bath, it will most definitely be your best friend!
All cabins and tents are permitted to one parking space. There is also a general car park for use by the fun house guests. Parking spaces are limited, they do advise only one vehicle per cabin/tent. Buckle up, car pool and enjoy the roadtrip.
Kayaks and paddle boards are available for guests free of charge. We availed of this fun opportunity and had such a great day out on the water.
Free wifi is available throughout the property, however, it is not super fast. Do yourself a favour and take a break from your phone and enjoy what nature has to offer.
What to do:
There is so much to see and do within The Cove surrounding, we didn’t leave the premises for two full days. The Village Green Garden is complete with outdoor games such as giant chess and bowling.
Kangaroos perouse the areas freely and have been known to come down and enjoy a sunset or two. You will relish at the opportunity of being surrounded by some of Australia’s most wonderful creatures; possums, kookaburras, wallabies, kangaroos and much more.
Bring your surf board and catch a wave at Bberwerre Beach or watch sunset from the calm waters of the Sussex Inlet. Jervis Bay is spoiled with diverse marine life and crystal clear waters providing excellent diving and snorkelling conditions. Numerous snorkelling locations in Jervis Bay are found off rock platforms at Scottish Rocks and Murray’s Beach. Air tank filling, diving, equipment and tours are available at numerous locations in nearby Huskisson.
Looking to celebrate a special occasion? Why not avail of a relaxing treatment from the boutique spa. You don’t even have to leave the property, be sure to call and book in advance.
Whether it’s a chilled weekend, a romantic getaway, an adventure filled vacation, or a surf/dive trip The Cove Jervis Bay offers the most unique paradise as a backdrop for all your activities. Book your stay now, I guarantee you will have a ball.