This summer a village of luxury tents will be pitched on Clark Island with panoramic views over Sydney Harbour. Your pillow will be five metres from the lapping shore at this new pop-up glamping hotel by Flash Camp.
Twenty-two five-diameter tents with king-size Koala Mattress beds; fairy lights; wool-blend rugs; bamboo furniture; toiletries; solar heating and lighting; and serviced bathroom facilities will open over the summer.
Starting in 2013, Flash Camp is by Ben Hutchings (general manager of Paperbark Camping), Cameron Arnold (a former hotelier) and Brandon Saul (a promoter for Falls Festival). The concept is simple: a higher-end camping option in Australia, modelled on the same quality they’ve seen at Glastonbury Festival in the UK. This philosophy has now taken the trio across Australia, from pop-ups at Splendour in the Grass, to large-scale corporate and private events.
How does this differ to the camping package offered on Cockatoo Island? “What makes us different is that we’re all about the experience. For us it’s the location, the destination and service, which together make the camping experience memorable and different,” says Arnold.
This particular camp site has taken two years to finalise, but Arnold says it was all worth it in the end. “We were always looking for iconic locations throughout Australia, Clark Island’s location and seclusion were what made us chose it,” he says.
There will also be a pop-up restaurant and bar by the team behind Three Blue Ducks.
The partnership between Three Blue Ducks and Flash Camp came out of their mutual love of the outdoors. “We’ve done a couple of events with them in Byron, their foraging style of cooking works perfectly with camping,” Arnold says. Arnold gave few details about the menu other than “They’ll [Three Blue Ducks] be taking a boat around to the fish markets to pick up fresh fish to cook up each evening.” City rules can be abandoned at this restaurant, you’re encouraged to walk into the kitchen and chat to the chef, and help him prepare your food.
The hotel and pop-up will run from Saturday November 19 until Tuesday December 6. Tickets are $420 per person and include accommodation, breakfast, dinner and boat transfers.
Guests are also welcome to partake in a historic harbour tour for an additional charge.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit flashcamp.com.au/sydneyharbour.