Byron Bay park’s up there with best
THE BYRON Bay Tourist Village has been named as one of the country's best caravan and camping parks.
In a survey of 3000 Australian holidaymakers conducted by Turu.com.au, the Great Ocean Road Tourist Park in Victoria was named the overall winner.
Byron's Tourist Village was included in a list of four other "overall winners" and in the list of New South Wales winners.
Turu general manager Robert Gallagher said glamping (luxury camping) and gramping (holidays with grandparents) were making holiday parks all over the country popular again.
"It really is a case of 'back to the future' for this type of holiday," he said.
"Empty nesters, or grey nomads, are but one part of the picture, with plenty of young Aussies enjoying nothing more than a laid-back getaway in the van or the tent.
"Camping is cool."
Byron Bay Tourist Village manager Sue Milgate said they get a lot of backpackers, who are very good at doing word-of-mouth publicity for them, but they also get a lot of families with children.
She said there was a range of cabin options but mostly their visitors were campers.
"There's a large, open camping area with powered and unpowered sites and some ensuite sites ... but it's not a luxury park," she said.
"It's a nice park that's well kept."
Mrs Milgate said she thought her staff were the reason they were voted as one of Australia's best.
"Our staff are very friendly and work hard to make sure people have a happy holiday," she said.
The proximity to Byron CBD was also a factor.
"It's a half-hour walk to town but along the beach it's a very nice walk," she said.