Came for a week, stayed on for six
By BELINDA SCOTT
GWEN and Bill Brewster planned to stay in Coffs Harbour for two days, but so far they have clocked up six weeks at Park Beach Holiday Park.
Basking in the spring sunshine at the park yesterday, the couple, who hail from Kyabram in Victoria, said they were on their first trip to Coffs Harbour since their children were young and they were enjoying the sun, barbecues, morning teas and chats with fellow travellers, trips up Muttonbird Island and being spectators at the bowls.
"We've really loved it here," Mrs Brewster said.
Park Beach Holiday Park has been recognised as one of the top holiday parks in the State in the 2006 Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW Excellence Awards.
The park received a Commendation Award in the State 4.5-5 star category, the top category for NSW caravan parks.
For the last three years, the park has won a Commendation Award in the 3.5-4 Star North Coast Caravan Park category, but Coffs Harbour mayor Cr Keith Rhoades said during this year's site inspection, the judge had commented that the park was too good for this category and had promoted it.
Cr Rhoades said since the NSW winner was a private park, it was fair to say Park Beach was the best council-managed park in the State. He said the award was recognition of 'tremendous' hard work by the staff.
Council's caravan and State parks manager, Jason Bailey, said the variety of sites available was one of the real successes of the park, which has large and small cabins, ensuite, drive-through, powered and unpowered concrete and grassed sites, with and without trees.
"The 19-metre drive-through sites can take just about everything on the road, even a Winnebago towing a car," Mr Bailey said.
"We have recently ensuited them so they have their own bathrooms."