9 Jun 2023
The development of a new family-friendly Sunshine Coast holiday park is drawing nearer, with the project open for public consultation from tomorrow, Friday 9 June, following assessment by the Sunshine Coast Council.
The proposal by leading Australian regional tourism company G’day Group would see the development of more than 340 tourist sites, featuring a mix of cabins, glamping tents, powered and unpowered camp sites, as well and family-friendly recreation facilities, including a splash park, pool, mini golf course and BMX track.
The property, which is located just two minutes off the Bruce Highway on Steve Irwin Way, would operate under G’day Group’s Discovery Parks brand, which has more than 85 locations around Australia.
With public consultation open until 4 July, the community and local businesses now have an opportunity to have their say on the proposal. The project already has strong support from high-profile tourism operators such as Australia Zoo, Aussie World, Visit Sunshine Coast and Big Kart Track, who have all offered letters in support of the development.
G’day Group has a strong track record of developing quality holiday parks around Australia and the Glenview Discovery Parks development is also expected to deliver significant economic benefits for the Sunshine Coast.
In March 2022, the company unveiled a $22 million redevelopment of its Discovery Parks property in the South Australian coastal holiday town of Goolwa. In the 12 months since the development was completed, the park has injected more than $11.2 million into the local economy and delivered an additional 16,000 accommodation nights to the town.
G’day Group Chief Investment Officer Amanda Baldwin said the proven Discovery Parks model was an ideal complement to the Sunshine Coast’s hinterland tourism precinct.
“With visitor nights to the Sunshine Coast expected to increase by more than four million over the next decade, our development will provide much needed accommodation infrastructure to support the region’s tourism growth,” Mrs Baldwin said.
“Importantly, as evidenced by the great support we’ve received from other tourism operators in the region, the development will complement existing and emerging tourism attractions, such as the proposed Invigorate Resort and Actventure Waterpark.
“As a company, we have significant experience of investing in communities across Australia’s regions to support visitation growth and increase destination appeal, which has a positive flow on effects for other local operators.”
Director and Owner of Australia Zoo Terri Irwin AM said the project would benefit the Sunshine Coast in the long-term.
“The development of quality accommodation is in urgent need across the destination, which is why Australia Zoo recently launched and will continue to expand The Crocodile Hunter Lodge,” she said.
“These projects will complement each other well, delivering much needed inventory to the region of a quality with recognised brands that are aligned to destination development plans.
“They will go a long way to increasing our overnight visitation to the region as well as providing cross-selling opportunities supporting all local attractions, including Australia Zoo.
“We also believe these new exciting products will stimulate further investment and product development within the region as we work towards expanding length of stay on the Sunshine Coast.”
About G’day Group
Founded by Grant Wilckens in 2004 with three properties in WA, the G’day Group is now Australia’s largest regional accommodation provider with around 300 properties across Australia.
G’day reached $1bn company status in 2020, and is home to three brands; Discovery Parks (owned and managed parks), G’day Parks (independently owned licensed parks) and G’day Rewards (membership program).
G’day is majority owned by Australian Retirement Trust. Founder and CEO Grant Wilckens is also the Chair of the Caravan Industry Association of Australia and Board Director of the South Australian Tourism Commission.