Three cabins were lifted into place at The Happy Wanderer Village Caravan Park in Torquay yesterday.
Three cabins were lifted into place at The Happy Wanderer Village Caravan Park in Torquay yesterday. Alistair Brightman

Caravan park installs new cabins

TWENTY-five years ago, they were little more than a basic van.

Within five years, a small bedroom had become part of the cabin package.

Modern cabin-style living has come a long way since the 1980s seen by the swish cabins lowered into a Hervey Bay caravan park yesterday morning.

“Hervey Bay has to keep up with the tourism industry or it will get left behind,” Happy Wanderer Caravan Village owner Chris Reeves said, as he received the mid-morning delivery.

Three brand new cabins – another will be installed today – were set in place at the Truro Street park yesterday morning after they arrived pre-built on the back of a semi-trailer.

“It’s a first for South-East Queensland,” Mr Reeves said.

Built by Gympie business Asset Cabins each cabin – worth about $135,000 – is subsidised by a Federal Government TQUAL funding program, which aims to stimulate sustainable growth in the tourism industry by developing innovative products.

“It’s been a very gradual evolution, but we’re finally moving up to home-sized cabins with three bedrooms and two ensuites,” Mr Reeves said.

One of the cabins is fully equipped for and caters to the needs of disabled people.

“I’ve been in this business for a long time and it’s great to see how far things have come in regards to holiday living arrangements,” Mr Reeves said.

He hopes to have the cabins complete with furnishings for visitors by late October.



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