Camp on a budget
CAMPING holidays have gone upmarket at Hastings Point Holiday Park with the arrival of three Surfari tents.
Families will no longer have to bring everything but the kitchen sink. In fact, one is provided in the luxury, ensuite tents which back on to Cudgera Creek.
“They definitely are not five-star, they're all about classy camping - roughing it with all the luxuries like a toilet and shower,” Tweed Holiday Parks manager Richard Adams said.
Modelled on the luxury safari tents, which are popular with cashed-up tourists visiting Africa, and popular at luxury resorts around Ultra, the canvas tents are elevated on a wooden platform and feature a kitchenette, television, a queen-size bed and double bunks for the kids.
The Surfari tents are already a popular fixture at Kingscliff North Holiday Park, Mr Adams said.
“We installed three of the tents at Kingscliff North in 2006 and they have been pretty much booked solid since then,” he said.
“The demand has been so strong for the back-to-basics style of holiday that camping can provide, that we installed another three at Kingscliff North last year.
“This increase in demand for a more laid-back holiday experience, which was once what typified holidays on the Tweed, led us to take the decision to the tents at Hastings.
“We have never had on-site accommodation for tourists at Hastings, but I am confident that this style of accommodation, that is a hit with the kids, is more laid-back and is affordable, will do very well.”
The first visitors will set up camp in the new luxury tents this weekend, with word-of-mouth leading to solid booking most weekends.
“Hastings is a very popular park for the peak season and the Surfari tents are almost fully booked for the Christmas period,” Mr Adams said.
With a cost of $75 a night for two adults, the Surfari tents offer value for money for families and will help give visitors more choice, Mr Adams said.
“While the Tweed needs its five-star resorts, it also needs quality accommodation that suits people and families with smaller budgets, and this is what the tents cater to.”
For details about the Surfari tents, visit www.tchp.com.au.