Tassie’s BIG4 Port Arthur Holiday Park combines wilderness and history with a whole lot of hospitality.
Wild landscapes and friendly people are two of Tasmania’s hallmarks, blending beautifully with the island state’s relaxed lifestyle, wonderful food and wine, and haunting evocative history.
In keeping with that, BIG4 Port Arthur Holiday Park on the Tasman Peninsula sits in a quiet village that is home to one such historic site and is a base from which travellers can explore that site and the towering cliffs and dramatic coastal rock formations nearby.
This park is nestled on 16 hectares of lush grounds that provide enough space for cricket with the kids or picnicking with friends. Accommodation options here include new peninsula cabins, water view cabins, ensuite sites, unpowered sites and a bunkhouse for groups. There are 20 fully self-contained cabins, 10 with water views and private balconies. Port Arthur Holiday Park also features private caravan and camping sites with wood barbecues.
Park managers Steve and Leanne Sowerby have found an extra skip in their step since learning Port Arthur Holiday Park had picked up a Turu.com.au award. “It’s quite rewarding because of the effort we put in,” Steve explained. “We do go out of our way to ensure the customers have a good stay.”
It’s recognition that Steve and Leanne have won after just six years managing the park. Steve said he believes the park has become popular for several reasons.
First up, he says the park is a base from which tourists explore the nearby historic penal site. They then gradually work their way around the Tasman Peninsula, including the many walks and popular surfing spots like the renowned Shipstern Bluff.
Surrounded by such natural beauty, it’s not surprising this park keeps a bush-style look about it with shrubs and trees between each site. “There is a lot of privacy here and the sites are very big also,” Steve said. “We’ve had people coming back every year for 20 to 30 years.”
Clearly blending into the wilderness pays off. It’s a point well taken, considering Caravan World spoke to Steve just moments after he had to wait by the boom gate just to let an echidna to pass-by so it wouldn’t get hurt by traffic.
Despite all the natural and historic attractions, Steve insists the biggest drawcard for his park is the high standard of customer service they offer.