Over the weekend I had the pleasure of doing something I never thought I would do… Come and see what I got up to, as well as my review!

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When I think of “Glamping” my mind automatically sets on Harry Potter. If you’re as big of a Harry Potter nerd as I am, can you go visualise just how incredible the tent the Weasley’s had at the Quidditch World Cup or the tent in Deathly Hallows during the hunt for Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes were? I haven’t been camping since 2006, I blame Harry Potter for ruining it for me – I couldn’t go back to Muggle camping after being transfixed on J.K Rowling’s novels, because quite frankly it just didn’t compare. That was until boohoo asked me to #experienceeverything over the weekend.

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Mid afternoon on Saturday we began our adventure. We took an hour detour after the lady at the ferry terminal gave us some bad information as to where we had to catch the ferry to Cockatoo Island from. She definitely succeeded in getting us on a ferry which bypassed exactly where we needed to go. Maybe she thought I said “which ferry skirts passed Cockatoo Island?” or “Which ferry goes within the closest possible distance without actually letting you off? “. We went back to Circular Quay and hopped on the correct ferry and we were there within the hour!

On arrival we were met with gale force winds and the Island manager asking if we “actually wanted to stay”. Apparently the weather was going to worsen, but that only excited us. We love a little bit of adventure and bad weather was only going to add to the atmosphere / the overall experience!

It was absolutely FREEZING, however the canvas tents were a godsend. We only had on jeans, top, jacket, shoes inside the tent and we were cosy. Following on from my social media post and technology post, we left all technology (except phones) at home! It was amazing to just chat for 6-7 hours straight! We were both present in the moment and it felt incredible.

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I had another outfit planned in the morning, but it was far too cold to wear it, so I layered up in what I know best: Leather, denim and more denim. We explored all the buildings on the island. Cockatoo Island is about a half hour ferry trip from the city – that is if you’re on the right ferry! I had never been there before. Isn’t it strange that even in your own area, there’s place which are still foreign to you? Cockatoo Island, is an UNESCO World Heritage Site – It was untouchable for 100 years and between 1839 and 1869, Cockatoo Island operated as a convict penal establishment, primarily as a place of secondary punishment for convicts who had re-offended in the colonies. We thought there was a high chance the island was haunted, but Google didn’t help us there. I love ghost tours and I was anticipating one of our own there that night (despite the cold).

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Big thanks to boohoo for having me – Glamping was a real treat! What a fun experience, I wouldn’t have probably ever experienced otherwise!It’s so great that everything is already there for you: tent, blankets, bed, towel etc. For someone who doesn’t have all the gear, it’s so perfect. I will definitely like to go back and eat at the restaurant and bar (and take some of our friends a long too).

sydney fashion

sydney fashion

 

Author: Ally Carey

Hi, I am Ally, a writer and creative at Substance. I have worked in the fashion industry for 6+ years as a model and now on Substance. Substance is a lifestyle blog about fashion, beauty, health and self-improvement; hoping to inspire you to live a life filled with Substance. For more: @AllyMayCarey

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