DISCOVERY STEPS UP TO THE PLATE IN DARWIN

HOLIDAY PARKS GROUP TO MAKE $6M INVESTMENT IN NT TOURISM

Discovery Parks, Australia’s largest owner and operator of lifestyle holiday parks and workforce accommodation, has pledged a landmark investment of $6 million towards the expansion of its Darwin holiday park.

Part of a nationwide program of investment by Discovery Parks totalling $50 million, the site expansion means the park will be now be able to accommodate over 2000 holidaymakers and corporate guests.

The investment will deliver an additional 48 deluxe studio units of accommodation to the park, increasing park self-contained cabin capacity by 25% to 500 per night, while also providing for a number of functional and aesthetic upgrades including the development of a 90-seat restaurant and other amenities.

Discovery Parks CEO, Grant Wilckens said, “The mining and tourism boom is still alive and well in Darwin. The city is growing so rapidly in both population and appeal, and it has been apparent for some time that there is insufficient infrastructure to support such massive growth.

“We believe in Darwin’s potential as a tourist and cultural destination and also as a key player in Australia’s resources sector, and we are prepared to invest in the future of the city.

“As such, we are delighted to announce a $6 million investment which will facilitate the upgrade and expansion of our Darwin park. Upon completion of the project, we will be able to accommodate over 2000 guests between caravan sites and cabins, which we believe will attract important tourist dollars to the Top End,” Mr Wilckens said

Formerly known as Shady Glen Tourist Park before the $14 million acquisition by the Discovery Parks group in 2012, the park welcomes 21,000 visitors annually, with 17,000 holidaymakers accounting for 80% of the total occupancy.

With its close proximity to Darwin’s International Airport, the Darwin park provides convenient accommodation for holidaymakers and corporate guests alike. The park is close to a number of major tourist attractions including the Hidden Valley Motorsport complex and Charles Darwin National Park, as well as significant infrastructure projects such as Inpex’s Ichthys LNG processing plant.

Tourist park accommodation in the Northern Territory was forecast to grow up to 12% in the five years to 2014, with Darwin predicted to provide much of that growth.

“With 24,000 visitor nights at the park in the first half of 2013, and already strong forward bookings of 25,800 leading into the wet season, we certainly view the expansion of the site as essential in order to adequately cater for Darwin’s  seemingly insatiable appetite for high quality, affordable holiday accommodation,” Mr Wilckens said.