THE BRANT FAMILY TAKE OVER
AT SILVER WATTLE
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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
"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
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
"These included budget, nice town, good primary school, close to
recreational water, good condition, good turnover, nice house and close to
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
"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,"
"We would also like to introduce a cafe with
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.