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New ‘glamping’ sites on the horizon to accommodate a bigger share of booming camping and caravan market – ABC News | Gmx Pharm

Demand for eco-camping and caravanning is not waning in South Australia as two new sites are set to be developed in Port MacDonnell and Penola.

A holiday park operator in the South East says the popularity of eco-tenting and ‘glamping’ has increased across the region, with two new sites to be developed in Port MacDonnell and Penola.

About 90 percent of the caravanning and camping activity takes place in the regions, with the industry generating approximately $689 million annually, giving the regional areas a significant financial boost.

Steven Moignard, owner of Coonawarra Bush Holiday Park, said he installed 20 eco-tents at his site in 2015 and was growing about 25 percent each year prior to the pandemic.

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

Mr Moignard says the ‘glamping’ experience is popular because visitors can enjoy camping without sacrificing their comfort.

“Equipping them with heating, air conditioning, electric blankets, kettles, fireplaces and outdoor picnic tables allows people to have a camping experience without really knowing anything about camping or pitching a tent,” he said.

Inside a glamping tent, folded towels in the foreground on a bed, table and chairs outside with gum trees in the background
Coonawarra Bush holiday park operator Steven Moignard is looking to expand following the success of his current glamping site. (delivered)

“There is less risk than camping alone where you get wiped out by wind or rain and you don’t have fun.

But not only newcomers to camping tend to go glamping.

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

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

“You can see the sky, the birds wake you up. You feel a little bit closer to nature.”

Less capital investment

Mr Moignard said glamping tents are also cheaper to install compared to traditional accommodation.

“They cost us about five to ten grand to set up…compared to the $80,000 to $90,000 to build a booth.

“You get a couple of years of life from each and you might only need to replace the canvas every two years, you can keep the rest.”

He says these eco tents are also more environmentally friendly.

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