Cabaret nights draw in the holiday makers
WELCOME WEDNESDAY: With a cabaret night, stitch and bitch sessions and a jumping castle with a waterslide, Geoff Batchelor doesn't run your average holiday park.
"We do things here a bit differently and people love it," Geoff said.
Geoff admits he and his partner Andy Forsyth are a little bit famous in grey nomad circles.
"I do the cabaret with songs and comedy," he said. "Andy does the stitch and bitch. The girls stitch and he bitches."
Geoff and Andy manage the Tannum Sands Discovery Holiday Park.
Geoff does the outside work and public relations, while Andy takes care of the administration.
"We have been together 16 years and have found our calling," Geoff said.
"When Andy first asked me to go caravanning I told him he must be kidding if we wanted to me to live in a box on wheels.
"But now I love it. And Andy always gets his way - so lucky!"
Geoff considers himself "a lounge room singer of the past 30 years".
He started performing for guests when he was talked into playing his guitar at Roma 10 years ago.
"It was just me and my guitar, but now I have a smoke machine, a karaoke backing system so people can sing along and our staff do the back-up singing," he said.
Geoff said the guests-only Tuesday cabaret isn't just about entertaining and bringing people together.
It also raises money for Angel Flights who assist people in rural areas with non-urgent medical evacuation.
"We raised over $76,000 in eight years in Emerald, and over $4000 in five months at Tannum," he said.
"We think it's a worthy cause and the fact we have so much fun doing it is wonderful."