Eight of the nine brand new homey cabins under construction at Yarrawonga Holiday Park will be ready for their booked Christmas holidaymakers and most favourable comments are being made about the four near the banks of the mighty Murray River.
“I call them ‘The Superior Cabins’ because they’re more like a house than a cabin,” Yarrawonga Holiday Park Committee of Management member Annalise Grinter told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“There’s a good size kitchen with oven, stove, dishwasher and plenty of cupboard space, an ensuite bathroom, gas log fire, laundry, two toilets. They’re thorough - probably the biggest in any caravan park in Yarrawonga/Mulwala.
“They’re probably the pinnacle of caravan parks in Victoria. These cabins have got everything you could ask for.”
Located some 15 metres from the river’s banks, the view is stunning looking across the lawned barbecue area with plenty of seating.
Annalise, who works at Seamless Consulting in Yarrawonga, is well qualified to make such remarks about the cabins, the largest of which are 16.5m long x 6.6m wide. She is a caravan park consultant and was the driving force behind the cabins’ design and the development being undertaken by Kennedy Builders.
“We invited local builders and Kennedy Builders won the tender,” Annalise explained. “The buildings are fabulous. They have done a wonderful job.”
Kennedy Builders’ site supervisor Matt Irvine described the cabins as “a fantastic idea and good for the park”. “It’s very satisfying the way they’ve come up. The cabins are lightweight deluxe cladding, quite sophisticated and make for very comfortable living,” he said.
Chairman of the Yarrawonga Holiday Park Committee of Management Geoff Campbell said he is “very happy with the way park’s coming together”. “Annalise has been a tremendous committee person,” the committee chairman for some 20 years added.
Two of the four superior cabins closest to the Murray River are disability-friendly cabins. Two other high class cabins are located further along in the park while three behind the line of four facing the river are smaller, and described by Annalise as “small motel units”. “Eight will be ready by Christmas and the last one by February,” she said, “with the cost about $1 million then some landscaping.”
Construction of the nine cabins and relocation of eight smaller cabins previously on the site near the river is the second stage of a five stage master plan. The $2 million Stage One was the splashpark ($M1), all abilities playground area ($500,000) and $500,000 to existing kitchen and surrounds (all for holidaymakers only) which was officially opened in November 2016.
“Those shifted cabins are 12 years old and the market’s moved up a bit,” Annalise said. “With our splashpark and playground area, it’s become more of resort style accommodation where you can live quite comfortably.
“We are already booked out with the cabins for Christmas and Easter. The demand is high for these.
“We are proud of what’s been done in the last 12 months with $3 million of our own into the caravan park. In fact, over the last 18 months with all the capital works at the park the figure is closer to $4 million.
“The committee is currently working on a partnership with Yarrawonga/Mulwala Tourism that should see the park committee of management continue to boost tourism for all businesses in Yarrawonga and Mulwala.
“We are most proud of the fact that the majority of work that has been done in the park has been by people who live and work in our community.”