Chris Reeves has won a grant to build more cabins at the Happy Wanderer Village Caravan Park.
Chris Reeves has won a grant to build more cabins at the Happy Wanderer Village Caravan Park. Alistair Brightman

Wander no further for three beds

IF CAMPING isn’t your thing, you don’t own a caravan and you’re simply tired of paying through-the-roof rates for a hotel room large enough to fit your family then look no further than Happy Wanderer Village Caravan Park.

The Torquay park is planning on adding four cabins to its family, three of which will have three bedrooms.

Happy Wanderer owner Chris Reeves says it is rare to find three-bedroom accommodation at caravan parks, with only two places in far north Queensland offering such a thing.

“There is nothing in central or south-east Queensland of this size,” he said.

Mr Reeves will charge full-steam ahead with his plans after the park was awarded $100,000 by the Federal Government as part of its TQUAL grants funding.

Mr Reeves said he was rapt to receive a letter of his application success yesterday from Minister for Tourism Martin Ferguson.

TQUAL grants are for projects that are considered innovative within the tourism industry, contribute to long-term economic development in the region and support high quality visitor services.

Happy Wanderer was approved the funds because of the lack of three-bedroom accommodation in caravan parks, Mr Reeves assumed.

“There is an evolutionary process this industry is going through. Far north Queensland I guess broke the ice.”

It was one of nine Queensland projects, and 70 Australia-wide, to share in more than $8 million.

There are currently two-bedroom cabins at Happy Wanderer and of the new set there will be three that are three-bedroom and another one-bedroom. The three-bedrooms will have two ensuites and all will have large verandas. Two out of the four will have wheelchair access and Mr Reeves is aiming for them all to be 4.5-star.

Mr Reeves, who has owned the park for 20 years, said the cabins would be “well and truly” available for Hervey Bay visitors by winter 2010.



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