Carnival-style food stalls, face painting and kids’ activities set a celebratory scene at Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park for the official opening of the new water park and bike pump track.
The $1.3 million upgrade to the holiday park – including four new luxury cabins – features a three-metre waterslide and splash pool as well as a modular track suitable for bike, skateboard and scooter riders.
Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp officially opened the new facilities on Saturday, October 15, saying the renovations were a boost to the region’s tourism and economy.
“The Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park injects more than $6.9 million into our regional economy every year,” Mr Philp said.
“These renovations will not only ensure tourists continue visiting this popular seaside destination, but will attract even more visitors to the region.”
Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park manager Cassandra Ball said families were increasingly seeking fun, safe and healthy activities on their holidays.
“We are the first in the holiday park sector to have a modular pump track on site – we know our guests will love teaching their little ones how to ride it and watching their big kids learn new skills,’’ Mrs Ball said.
“The waterpark will be popular with kids in summer, whether they want to splash at the edge, swim in the pool or slip down the three-metre slide.”
Mrs Ball said the new renovations would boost visitors to the park by up to 15 per cent a year.
“This park has been a favourite holiday spot for families for decades but mums and dads now want destinations that offer fabulous activities for their kids as well as affordable prices,” she said.
“They want family-friendly fun as well as convenience and comfort – that’s what these renovations deliver.”
Caravan Industry Association of Australia statistics revealed consumer demand for caravan and camping experiences was at the highest level in two decades with 11 million trips taken across the country in 2015 – seven per cent more than 2014.
Australian Tourist Park Management (ATPM) manages and leases 34 holiday parks across the country including Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park.
ATPM general manager Lyndall Murray said those holiday parks enjoying the surge in tourist numbers were offering new, family-friendly facilities and a range of accommodation options.
“Tourists are looking for innovation and renovation,’’ Ms Murray said.