Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Camp Site the Perfect Escape

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Camp Site the Perfect Escape

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WINNER - Standown Park

TOURISM Award winner Standown Park offers a unique camping experience surrounded by pine forest and an array of wildlife to provide the ultimate veteran's retreat and getaway for travelling nomads.

Owner-managers Pam and Rod Elkington purchased the property in 2004, and have provided additions such as a large camp kitchen, an open brick fire place and a memorial waterfall and monument.

The park has a strong emphasis on friendliness and relaxation, committed to providing the best service available and the safest environment possible for all campers through affordable means.

All resources are sourced from the Gympie region and campers are encouraged to support Goomboorian farms by buying local produce.

The park has been instrumental in bringing tourism to the region and over the last seven years occupancy has increased by 150%. In total there have been 59,424 visitors to the region through the park.

They continue to give back to the community through annual sponsorship and donations to many local organisations including the Goomboorian Rural Fire Brigade.

The couple have invested a great deal of time in establishing a blossoming park amongst nature which is home to many bird species and an array of other wildlife, giving the park a serene bush atmosphere and the daily Happy Hour around the camp fire continues to illustrate the feeling of home which Standown Park offers.

"Our investment in nine years has gone from a block of dirt with a shed on it, to a thriving, amazing park," Mr Elkington said.

RUNNER-UP - Cobb & Co Nine Mile Park

CAMPING ground Cobb and Co Nine Mile Park provides campers with an eco-friendly camping experience and appreciation of wildlife and land care.

The park is committed to providing "exceptional service in an exceptional environment" and the impressive growth rate in campers is a testimony to the motto.

In less than three years the park has experienced a growth rate of 700%, requiring owner-managers Sean and Katherine O'Hanlon to acquire additional facilities to ensure campers and their families can be sure of comfort and safety in the bush. …

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