Plans for a new tourism park on the Sunshine Coast have been launched to transform an “underutilised” site.
The new holiday park, planned for a site on Arcoona Road at Yandina Creek/Coolum, is being planned by Danseur Pty, which submitted its application for a material change of use last week to the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.
If approved, it plans to create 150 powered caravan sites, 67 eco-cabins between 130sq m and 180sq m, and 37 unpowered bush camping sites.
The site, which is currently used seasonally for beehive honey production and queen bee breeding, would comorise a total of 254 tourist accommodation sites. The beekeeping activities would be relocated to make way for the development.
The developers say that it will act as a “gateway” to adjacent national parks offering a “unique tourist experience unlike any current offerings in the region” and encouraging a diversified range of visitors to the area.
According to Tourism and Events Queensland, 3.9 million visitors arrived on the Sunshine Coast and spent $3 billion in the year to June 2022.
Danseur said there was “demonstrated need” for the development and that it would enable clustering within the local area of farm and nature-based tourism.
Plans also include a swimming pool, recreation room and recreation spaces, as well as a cafe. A roud would be built within the existing Arcoona Road reserve to access the park.
Also proposed is boat ramp, jetty and aparking area for watercraft to integrate local kayak and canoeing tour businesses from the site.
The developers also plan to include an extensive walking trail network to integrate the council’s Blue Heart initiative, which seeks to ensure sustainable and adaptive floodplain management in the Maroochy River catchment.
There has been substantial activity in caravan and holiday parks across Australia during the past year on the back of the rise in domestic inter and intra-state tourism prompted by border shutdowns during Covid.
Queensland has been a beneficiary of the ‘staycation’ push with a number of high-profile tourism park deals in the past year.
An Agnes Water holiday park hit the market this year with price expectations of more than $25 million while Alceon secured $42 million for its Tweed Heads and Sandstone Point parks in February.