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June 2018


Silver Wattle's Brant family


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THE Silver Wattle Caravan Park in Queensland's historic former goldrush town of Mount Morgan west of Rockhampton has new owners.

Dave and Debi Brant had worked as builders and gardeners for three years at Cooroy on the Sunshine Coast before deciding on their new lifestyle with daughter Jayde.

They had previously carried out the same work in Victoria at Clifton Springs and before that lived for four years in Legian, Bali, where they owned a sport bar-restaurant.

At the same time the couple owned a wholesale nursery in Nerang on the Gold Coast.

"We had tried to find the right caravan park and make this change into the caravan park industry for around four years," they told Caravanning News.

Campers enjoy Happy Hour at Silver Wattle

Campers enjoy Happy Hour at Silver Wattle

"We searched the east coast of Queensland from the Gold Coast to Daintree, but the right caravan park had to tick a few boxes.

"These included budget, nice town, good primary school, close to recreational water, good condition, good turnover, nice house and close to large town."

Debi, from Indonesia, told how she had a "good feeling" that Silver Wattle was the right one for the family.

"Our daughter has settled in well at school and we have had a very warm welcome from everyone," she said.

The new owners have a raft of improvements planned for the park.

"We want to expand on the camp kitchen, add an adults' games room and divide the laundry in half to make a children's games room," Debi explained.

"We would also like to introduce a cafe with Indonesian/Asian food."

The couple plan to revamp the whole theme of the park's gardens to add more color and introduce antique and rustic items.

"We will be hands-on operators, offering a free arrival gift and providing a free happy hour at 4.30pm every day with different nibbles and foods including fried rice and noodles. Free firewood will be available for fire pit area."

Dave and Debi said they had built "some great relationships" in the few weeks they have owned the park.

"Our happy hours have been a huge success with large gatherings of visitors having fun with food and drinks," they said.

"Everyone enjoys the interaction with many laughs and great stories."

The park offers 33 powered and five unpowered sites together with three cabins, six motel rooms with verandahs and outdoor kitchens. Six worker rooms have their own camp kitchen and fire pit.

It also has a vegetable and herb garden at the camp kitchen which is available for all guests.


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