At midnight on Monday, August 31, the couple leaves Byron Bay’s prime Clarks Beach Holiday Park, which they have managed since October 1978, for the last time.
They both agree it will be a sad occasion, but are looking forward to the future.
So why are they going?
“Thirty-one years must nearly be a world record for someone running a caravan park,” said Allan. “We thought, that’s about enough.”
Over the years, Allan and Cynthia have helped transform the park into what they proudly describe as ‘one of the most popular caravan parks in Australia’.
“We are patting ourselves on the back for that,” said Allan. “We are really proud of what we have done over the years.”
Today the park boasts 18, 4-star cabins and 120 camping and caravan sites, all of which can accommodate up to 600 people.
Over the years, Allan and Cynthia have checked-in hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers, and what pleases them most is that many of them have become life-long friends.
“We probably know more people than anybody else in Australia,” said Allan.
They praised the support they received from Byron Council, which managed the park for most of the 31 years, and the Department of Lands, which took over the management in recent years.
Allan and Cynthia say they will miss living at the park and the ‘million-dollar views’ on offer, but it won’t be far from their hearts.
Part of their planned new daily routine when they leave will be to walk along the beach in front of the park every day.
Allan also plans to play a bit more golf and expand his bike riding activities, while Cynthia is going to get stuck into the gardens at their Suffolk Park home.
“I am going to take it a day a time,” said Cynthia. “There will be lots of shopping – and long lunches.
“In a way, it will be a bit sad to leave, but we are looking forward to the future.”
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