Country's largest operator pays $5m for Tannum van park

IN A boost for tourism in the Gladstone region, Tannum Beach Caravan Park has been bought by Australia's largest lifestyle holiday park operator, Discovery Holiday Parks for more than $5 million.

The holiday village is being re-launched as Discovery Holiday Parks Tannum Sands with the ownership transferred to the new operators on Wednesday.

The site at Tannum Sands is the 32nd park for the Adelaide-based company, which has facilities in all states and territories across Australia.

Discovery Holiday Parks CEO Grant Wilckens said Tannum Sands was a significant addition to the company's portfolio.

"In Tannum Sands, we have added a real jewel to the crown," he said.

"Until now, it has largely been occupied by employees of companies operating in the resources industry but given its prime position just a few metres from the surf and with direct access to a patrolled beach, we're looking to relaunch it as a true facility."

Previous owners Colin and Kerry Anderson had the park for eight years before selling up to pursue new interests and spend more time with family.

They said they were excited about the sale of the park to Discovery and were confident that the park would move forward under their ownership.

Gladstone Visitor Information Centre co-ordinator Lynette Spencer said the experience and established brand of the Discovery Holiday Parks would help bring more visitors to the Gladstone region.

The holiday park has a mix of accommodation options as well as two amenity blocks, a camp kitchen, barbecue areas, swimming pool and a half tennis court.

AT A GLANCE

Discovery Holiday Park Tannum Sands:

  • 186 sites over 4.75ha, 47,500 sqm.
  • Deluxe and standard villas, budget cabins, ensuite, powered and unpowered sites and permanent accommodation.


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