Cabins reflect expanding demand for accommodation
Tuesday, 15th July, 2008
An additional 10 cabins have been erected at the Broken Hill City Caravan Park as more tourists and workers look to cheaper types of accommodation. Caravan Park Manager Leanne Tompkins said that the six single-person cabins and four double cabins would suit those looking for affordable accommodation that is still comfortable. Mrs Tompkins said that there had been plenty of interest in the cabins from drilling and mining companies that regularly send workers to the city.
"There's been a lot of interest since we got them," she said.
Each cabin contains an ensuite bathroom. The single cabins will host a king single bed, and the double cabins will include a double bed, single bed and room for a fold-out.The cabins were imported from China as a flat pack before being assembled in Adelaide and transported to Broken Hill.
They arrived last week and should be available for use in about six weeks, following the construction of verandahs, installation of utilities and other aesthetic improvements.
Their inclusion in the park was an idea of the late John Betterman, and takes the total number of cabins at the park to 32.
Nine cabins erected 12 months ago were recently awarded four star status, meaning there was now accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, Mrs Tompkins told the BDT.
The park can also accommodate up to 200 caravans and has recently undergone other improvements such as the installation of another playground and shade sails.
Mrs Tompkins said that the improvements were necessary as more and more people are choosing Broken Hill as a destination.
"Broken Hill has become a destination in the last two years rather than a pass-by place.
"The average stay is longer.... seven to 10 days."
And it was not only the "grey nomads" choosing the Silver City as a place to visit, Mrs Tompkins said.
"It has evened out. A lot of families are travelling and doing home school and we get plenty of club bookings."
Not even rapidly rising fuel prices seem to be affecting the caravan park's visitor numbers, with cost savings being made in other ways.
"Not at the moment it hasn't. Generally people are saying that they will pack their sandwich and go out for the day."
The Broken Hill City Caravan Park is owned by Radio Broken Hill Pty Ltd, and Broken Hill City Council owns the land.