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Sunshine Coast's 'peaceful havens'

Home-from-home holiday parks

Coolum Beach holiday park

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QUEENSLAND'S Sunshine Coast Council has urged people to take advantage of a $3 million investment in its Coolum and Mudjimba Beach holiday parks.

Local councillor Maria Suarez said each park offered a home-away-from-home and were two of the region's most peaceful holiday havens that can be enjoyed all year round.

"Two of council's premium coastal holiday parks have received upgrades to the amenities facilities to ensure they remain contemporary and attractive for all our valued guests," he said.

"The modern conveniences include two new amenities blocks with showers for all campers, including those living with a disability, and a laundry space to wash and dry.

"As we strive to become Australia's most sustainable region it was paramount the buildings were equipped with solar power generation, battery storage and rainwater harvesting for use in flushing toilets.

"While campers enjoy soaking up the sun and salt air, the amenities building materials, fittings and fixtures have been chosen to withstand the coastal environment, achieve longevity and reduce maintenance costs.

"It's great to see the works completed in time for the summer holiday season."

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia Caravan and Camping State of Industry 2022 report said 89 percent of domestic caravan and camping trips took place in regional areas of Australia.

Sunshine Coast Council Tourism Portfolio councillor Jason O'Pray said the new amenities had come at a time when caravan and camping was thriving.

"Many of us have felt the fluctuating economic impacts during the global pandemic, however one industry which remained resilient in a time of uncertainty was the caravan and camping industry," he said.


'Domestic nights second highest in Australia'

"The caravan industry report indicates visitor economy strongly rebounded from 2020, generating 12.6 million trips, more than 50 million nights and $7.4 billion in visitor expenditure within Australia.

"Closer to home, the sunshine state recorded more than 200,000 registrations, 2.8 million domestic trips and had 11.6 million domestic nights which was the second highest in Australia behind New South Wales.

"These are outstanding results and shows why continual upgrades of holiday park assets is important in driving our local tourism."

Next year, 19 powered sites will be upgraded towards the southern end of Coolum Beach Holiday Park.

The works will start after school returns in January and are expected to be completed by the end of March 2023, weather permitting.

Coolum and Mudjimba Beach Holiday Park manager Jason Filippini said the new upgrades had been well received since being completed.

"Park visitors have been looking forward to the upgrade for a long time and while it seems like a small convenience, it makes a big difference to their stay," Mr Filippini said.

"As a result of the pandemic, the industry has grown in the last two years and the popularity of caravanning and camping around Australia is massive and we have seen the results here locally.

"Our holiday park visitation rates are up by 18.5 percent in the last two years with an average length of stays 4.6 nights.

"Coolum and Mudjimba are both council-owned, dog-friendly family holiday parks and are located on quintessential Sunshine Coast patrolled surf beaches.

"Constant park improvements always add to a positive experience for the guests and I'm looking forward to seeing further site upgrades taking place at Coolum from late January next year."

The council operates six holiday parks in the Sunshine Coast area Dicky Beach, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Cotton Tree, Coolum and Mudjimba.


* $1.5 million amenities upgrade for Coolum Beach Holiday Park

* $1.5 million amenities upgrade for Mudjimba Beach Holiday Park

* 89 percent of domestic caravan and camping trips take place in regional areas

* 201,477 recreational vehicle registrations in Queensland

* 2.8 million domestic trips taken in Queensland

* 11.6 million domestic nights stayed in Queensland

* $23.8 billion impact on the Australian economy annually in 2021

* 47 percent of trips are taken by 30-54 age group


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