What brought you to the Byron region?
I’ve been living in the Byron region for the last 3.5 years. My husband and I were always drawn to Byron and found ourselves spending just about every second weekend here, surfing and driving around the hinterland, thinking one day it would be nice to live here. That dream happened a bit sooner than we expected when we found our little home in the hinterland. We were drawn to the region’s natural beauty but also the progressive community and food and cultural scene here. We certainly didn’t feel it was taking a step back by moving from the city to this part of the world…if anything, Byron is sometimes even more ahead of the game in my view.
Can you describe your perfect day in Byron?
Start with a morning coffee and pastry at Harvest in Newrybar with my husband followed by a swim/surf and a walk with the dog on the beach at Suffolk. Then we love to slowly wind our way home through the hills, picking up fresh produce from the honesty boxes along the way which we use for a big brunch cook up. I love to pop down to Bangalow markets (held on the fourth Sunday of each month) and then as the sun starts to go down, start a campfire in the backyard and invite some friends around to enjoy a whole fish on the fire.
What inspired you to bring pop-up hotel and luxury glamping the Byron Bay area?
Flash Camp originated here in Byron Bay, with our first event being Falls Festival in 2012/13. The owners were inspired by what they had seen in the UK with glamping at big festivals like Glastonbury and thought there could be an opportunity to create something similar here in Australia. With Byron being the festival capital, it was the perfect launching pad. We’ve since moved into corporate and private events as well as pop-up hotels in the Northern Rivers region elsewhere in Australia.
What can Flash Camp guests expect?
We offer pop-up glamping accommodation services, with fully furnished five and six metre diameter bell tents. Our tents include real beds and quality furnishings – aimed at those that are interested in camping but want to do so in comfort and style.
We also offer additional hotel style services like daily servicing of the tents and other amenities, reception and concierge services and online reservations.
In addition to the tents, we have marquee structures and other lounge furniture and lighting, as well as fire pits to create a centralised area with an atmosphere where guests can socialise or events can take place.
Byron Bay in a nutshell?
One thing that probably represents the unique personality of the Byron Bay area the best is the collaborative nature of the businesses here and how we support one another and work really well together to create some pretty incredible events…sometimes at very short notice. Last year we had a phone call to organise a private 40th birthday party with just five weeks’ notice…it ended up being like a mini festival, working with local stylists and suppliers to create the most incredible outdoor bar setting, long table dining and games arena (as well as glamping accommodation). We had Harvest on board to do the catering with executive chef Bret cooking huge cuts of meat over hot coals, which was probably the most impressive man made barbeque we had ever seen.
What has been the most exciting event Flash Camp has been involved in working with Byron Business Events Bureau?
We worked on a large-scale national event for Mercedes Benz here in Byron in November 2015. The event included 90 tents at the back of Elements and ran over six days, with four new guests checking in each day. It also included luxury toilet and shower facilities, a communal tent (by Samikata) and catering by Three Blue Ducks.