December 1, 2022

Springswines

The Tour And Travel Enthusiasts

New ‘glamping’ sites on the horizon as SA pitches for bigger share of booming camping and caravan market

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New ‘glamping’ sites on the horizon as SA pitches for bigger share of booming camping and caravan market

A demand for eco-camping and caravanning shows no sign of abating in South Australia with two new sites set for development at Port MacDonnell and Penola.

One South East holiday park operator says there has been a rise in the popularity of eco tents and ‘glamping’ across the region, with two new sites set for development at Port MacDonnell and Penola. 

About 90 per cent of caravan and camping takes place in the regions with the industry generating about $689 million annually, providing a significant financial boost for regional areas.

Coonawarra Bush Holiday Park owner Steven Moignard says he installed 20 eco tents at his site in 2015 and has seen growth of about 25 per cent every year, prior to the pandemic.  

Now, following a grant from the Department for Environment and Water, Mr Moignard plans to set up another 20 tents at a new site in Dingley Dell, near Port MacDonnell. 

Mr Moignard says the ‘glamping’ experience is popular as visitors can enjoy camping without having to give up their creature comforts.  

“If you deck them out with heating, air conditioning, electric blanket, kettles, fireplaces, outside picnic tables, people can have a camping experience without actually having to know anything about camping or putting up a tent,” he said.

New ‘glamping’ sites on the horizon as SA pitches for bigger share of booming camping and caravan market
Coonawarra Bush Holiday Park operator Steven Moignard, looks to expand after the success of his current glamping site. (Supplied)

“There’s less risk than going out camping on your own, where you can get wiped out by winds or rain and not have a fun time.

But it’s not just people new to the camping experience trending towards glamping.  

“We get a lot of experienced campers and people with caravans that come and stay in the glamping sites because they don’t have to unpack,” Mr Moignard said.

“It’s just convenient and it’s a bit different.

“You get to see the sky, get woken up by the birds. You sort of feel a bit closer nature.” 

Less capital investment

Mr Moignard said glamping tents were also more cost effective to install compared to traditional accommodation. 

“They cost us about five to 10 grand to set up … compared to the $80,000 to $90,000 to put up a cabin.  

“You get a couple of years life out of each one and you might only have to replace the canvas every two years, everything else you can keep.”

He says these eco tents are also more environmentally friendly.