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Mercedes-Benz and Airbnb offer ‘glamping’ on Cockatoo Island to launch Marco Polo Activity Van

Mercedes-Benz will set up three Marco Polo Activity Vans on Sydney Harbour’s Cockatoo Island to launch its new five and seven-seater vans.

The vans can be booked for a night of ‘glamping’ on the island via Airbnb for $15.

The Mercedes-Benz Vans and Airbnb activation on Cockatoo Island

Nine couples who book via Airbnb will spend the night on the island in the van, which Diane Tarr, managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia says is part of the brand doing things differently.

“Instead of a regular vehicle launch, we wanted to bring the spirit of the Marco Polo to life – the feeling of adventure, and the notion that with the Marco Polo ACTIVITY you can experience truly unique destinations. What better way to do this than to wake up with the most iconic view in the world – Sydney harbour. We’re truly excited to be collaborating with our agency partners, The Royals and Character, to create this once-in-a-lifetime experience on Airbnb.”

The van can provide a 2m-long bedding area and features a pop-up roof to make way for another bed.

The campers, who will be on the island from 10-12 August will also have access to a dedicated host and will tuck into hampers and breakfast provided by Sonoma bakery.

Cockatoo, the biggest island in Sydney Harbour, is at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers and was awarded Unesco World Heritage Site status in 2010.

Sam McDonagh, country manager for Airbnb Australia and New Zealand, added: “Airbnb connects people with unique travel experiences all around the world so they can belong anywhere.

“We are delighted to be teaming up with Mercedes-Benz Vans to bring this once-in-a-lifetime experience to a few lucky guests.”

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