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Whats what with Watts family run of Victorian caravan park award successes

December 12, 2007
Whats what with Watts family run of Victorian caravan park award successes

The Watts Family parks have done it (again) two years running in Victoria Tourism Awards with their Holiday Park in Coburg named best in the category of Tourist and Caravan Parks. .

The park is 9km north of Melbourne City Centre. It works well for touring as there is easy access from the Hume Highway M31 and the Western Ring Road M80, airport. For towing to Tassie the Spirit of Tasmanian ferry is easy to get at too and public transport is at front entrance.

It is a 100 per cent Tourist Holiday Park with 1, 2 3 brm accommodation. There are powered, unpowered and ensuite sites with established shade trees and gardens.

So why are the Watts Parks recurring leaders in quality Victorian Caravan parks?

We asked Lynn Oaten, Executive Officer Victorian Caravan Parks Association.

He says he thinks the secret to the Watts success is longevity, second generation management, strong family involvement, high ethical standards, understanding of consumer expectations, clear understanding of the relationship between infrastructure investment and quality, healthy work/life balance.

Des and Margaret Watts keep up with their industry. They holiday in many many parks and outback destinations. There is also strong branding collaboration with the BIG4 chain Lynn says.

The chain has started well in the lead up to the Australian Tourism Awards Five BIG4 Parks lead their states Tourism Award in the category of Tourist and Caravan Parks.

Melbourne BIG4 Holiday Park
Melbourne BIG4 Holiday Park

The Winning Parks were the Watts family Melbourne BIG4 Holiday Park,in the Melbourne suburb of Coburg VIC; It is the second year running that the Watts Family owned park has taken the award at State level.The other four parks are MacDonnell Range Holiday Park, Alice Springs, NT; Peppermint Park Eco Village, Busselton, WA; Cairns Coconut Caravan Resort, Cairns, QLD and BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Resort, Adelaide, SA.

Big 4 did not, however, win the award in NSW. It was won by the Oz Parks Lane Cove River Tourist Park. Beating a number of high profile Big4 and Top Tourist Parks.

Brendan and Bev Heenan run MacDonnell Range Holiday Park. It is 4.5km south of Alice Springs town centre, in a quiet bush setting at the base of the Macdonnell Ranges.

Accommodation is All villas 2 brm, all villas/cabins with RC air-con. Grassed and shady sites, some with ensuite, some drive-through. The park is 14 times winner of the NT Brolga Award for Tourism Excellence Tourist Caravan Parks and 2001 and 1992 winner Australian Tourism Award Tourist Caravan Parks.

Peppermint Park Eco Village is run by Frances Jeeves and Michael Ryan. The park is in a Quiet location within natural bushland 8kms (10mins) west of Busselton, close to Margaret River wineries, South West coast, 300 metres to Geographe Bay.

Accommodation in the recently redeveloped park is set among natural bushland with brand new self-contained 1 2 bed cabins, powered sites, ablutions and camp kitchen. Peppermint Park has a Gumnut Award 2005 for environmental sustainability.

Cairns Coconut Caravan Resort is on 28 acres of tropically landscaped gardens at south entrance to Cairns, 7km from the city centre at Woree. The park is near a golf course and major shopping centre. It is run by Geoff and Jenny. It has won 12 Tourism Awards for Camping and Caravan Parks.

Adelaide Shores Caravan Park at West Beach is beachfront 10km from Adelaide's CBD and 3km from funky Glenelg.

Accommodation includes an extensive range from 2 brm ensuite units/cabins to on-site vans. All ensuite units/cabins have RC air-con, queen bed made up, TV, microwave, cooking facilites. Non-smoking units. Powered, camping and ensuite sites, motor home/campervan areas, camp kitchens. Unisex disabled ablutions (sites only). The park is a Tourism Hall of Fame and state Tourism Awards winner.

Kids are  kings at Watts caravan parks
Kids are kings at Watts caravan parks
Barbecue courtesy Melbourne Holiday park
Barbecue courtesy Melbourne Holiday park
Ensuite site courtesy Melbourne BIG 4 Holiday Park
Ensuite site courtesy Melbourne BIG 4 Holiday Park