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So whether you’re a seasoned traveller or planning your first visit to Carnarvon, Coral Bay or surrounding region, make sure to check out our regular blog posts and local insights that will help you make the most of your visit.

Wintersun, high-quality facilities and friendly atmosphere

Simon and Tiffany Moore have been welcoming visitors to  Wintersun Caravan and Tourist Park for the past 15 years. Regularly praised for the park’s high-quality facilities and friendly atmosphere, Wintersun Caravan and Tourist Park offers spacious, shady camping sites as well as family-friendly attractions like movie nights, bowls, swimming pool, pizza night and a pancake morning. The general consensus among the many regular visitors seems to be that just a few nights isn’t enough; so make sure you leave plenty of time to enjoy this park in the centre of Carnarvon before setting off to explore the rest of the region.

Gabi Mills spoke to owner Tiffany Moore about their Caravan Park, and how the business continues to thrive, despite the current challenges.

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What makes Wintersun Caravan and Tourist Park so special in your opinion?

I would say our unique selling points are our lush, grassy parkland, spotlessly clean amenities and exceptional service. We’ve also recently added a brand new jumping pillow to the tourist park alongside our playground. There’s also a back-in service for parking caravans which visitors find useful. Over the years we have offered unique meal nights and other events such as our famous Spud Tuesday, Roast Roll nights, Sunday morning pancakes, live music performances, movies and sporting events on the big screen. Please be aware however that Covid-19 restrictions may impact some of the above temporarily in 2021.

How are you adapting to the current covid-19 situation? How are you ensuring your guests can visit and stay safe?

All our staff have completed the Hospitality and Tourism Covid-19 Hygiene Course to give visitors peace of mind. Our facilities are always clean and spotless, but we have added enhanced cleaning and sanitisation procedures including the cleaning of frequently touched surfaces. There’s also now a contactless check-in service and we’ve implemented a clear messaging system that guests need to work with us to be part of the solution through all of the measures that they now know they need to take. This includes things like physical distancing, hand hygiene and not travelling if they’re feeling unwell.

What is the best thing about camping/caravanning in the Gascoyne region in your opinion?

The wide open spaces – a real ‘Australian’ experience where the outback meets the sea is what we can offer here in the Gascoyne. The landscape’s diversity – red dirt, white beaches, beautiful rock formations like Rocky Pool and the Kennedy Range National Park – are all on our doorstep. There’s also plenty of space to enjoy nature with your family.

If a first-time visitor is considering coming to Wintersun Caravan and Tourist Park, what do they need to bring – and what do you provide?

If they are booking our chalet or cabin accommodation, all they need to bring is their food and beach towels. All other linen, appliances and cooking facilities are provided. If they are camping, then a tent, camper trailer, caravan or simply a swag will do.

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What attractions do you recommend your visitors head to while they are staying at Wintersun Caravan and Tourist Park?

Take a stroll down to Morel’s Plantation (or let the kids scoot or ride their bikes there) for a delicious banana or mango ice-cream. Our favourite is their white chocolate-coated custard apple ice-cream. Don’t miss the Space and Technology museum or the new One Mile Jetty Visitor Centre and heritage precinct with the Lighthouse Keeper’s cottage and Shearer’s Hall of Fame. Bumbak’s plantation is the perfect spot for a banana smoothie, homemade preserves and jams while you can grab an Instagram picture at the Cactus Farm on South River Road. Pick up some fresh prawns and seafood sauce from Pickle’s Point Seafood and enjoy it on the banks of the Fascine. We’d recommend taking a scenic tour with Coral Coast Helicopter services – take a day trip to the Blowholes or Rocky Pool. On Saturday, head to the Gascoyne Markets for fresh produce and great coffee. If you’re able, stay an extra night at Wintersun and enjoy one of our meal nights or events.

What makes camping/caravanning in the region so appealing to visitors in your opinion?

The mild winter weather is great – it’s also a cost-­­­effective way to go on holiday and experience great service in a friendly town.

What are you looking forward to the most for the upcoming tourist season?

We are looking forward to welcoming all visitors (repeat or new) and offering them a relaxing experience after what has been a challenging time for everybody. In June, we have a special offer- stay for six nights and receive a seventh for free (plus G’day Rewards Members receive an additional 10% discount capped at $50 per stay). 

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