$144 for a van site: Tell them they’re dreaming
AFTER our story regarding a couple's quote to pay $144 per night for a powered caravan site, we asked what you would pay.
North Coast Holiday Park, Evans Head manager Adrian Easdown said $144 a night was exhorbitant.
"They do offer all the bells and whistles compared to the traditional caravan and camping experience," he said.
"And if (people) are coming from the city and paying it, (the parks) will capitalise on the wealth."
Mr Easdown said with the highway upgrades the Northern Rivers is becoming more accessible to Brisbane and Gold Coast residents.
"This enables higher prices to be charged as compared to the prices charged to them closer to home," he said.
"This exposes local people to increased prices."
You have had your say in our poll and the results came from 248 people who voted.
- 177 people (71%) said they would only pay under $50 per night.
- 37 people (14%) said they would rather camp in a national park.
- 32 people (12%) said they would be willing to pay between $50 and $100.
- And only 2 people (0%) said they would pay more than $100.
We decided to ask some local caravan parks what they charge and tourists will be happy to know it's nowhere near $144 per night.
We asked what the cost of a powered caravan site during school holidays would be.
The North Coast Holiday Parks Terrace Reserve at Brunswick Heads charge the princely sum of $58 per night.
The Big4 Ballina Headlands at Skennars Head had one price for families at $69 per night but only $45 for couples.
At Broken Head Holiday Park, according to their website the cost of a power caravan site at peak season on the weekend, at its most expensive, is $73 but could be as cheap as $41.
At the North Coast Holiday Park Lennox Head, the cost was $46.
North Coast Holiday Park, Evans Head, better known as Silver Sands Caravan Park charges $52 for a powered site for two people at peak season.