A small local caravan park in the relatively unknown fishing village of Kurrimine Beach on north Queensland’s Cassowary Coast has just been awarded the Caravanning Queensland’s Ray Fitton Award for Innovation in recognition of its excellent development work in the field of disabled access.
Kay & Marcus Kitchen, the park owners, have completed a major project to build an inclusive holiday park for guests of all abilities. Since installing the Wheelchair Friendly Beach House in 2012 they quickly identified that there was a need for more facilities for disabled guests to allow them to enjoy a family holiday.
“We were finding that whilst we had suitable accommodation, our disabled guests could not access our swimming pool or even enjoy our stunning tropical beach.” said Tracey Patterson, Park Manager.
The research undertaken prior to this project and personal experience showed that whilst many accommodation providers have wheelchair friendly rooms they do so to meet legislative requirements and rarely provide a complete and inclusive holiday experience. This is frustrating for people with disabilities as they cannot use the range of facilities available even though they are often paying premium rates for their accommodation.
Kay Kitchen, Park Owner, said - the aim of the project was not about becoming a disabled friendly park – it was about creating a quality holiday park where guests of all abilities appreciate the accessible facilities and be included in the social activities of the park with ease and comfort.”
The project was about much more than offering accessible accommodation, rather creating a truly inclusive holiday park for guests of all abilities. This allows family groups or groups of friends with a person with mobility issues to enjoy a quality beachside holiday. Our accessible facilities are unobtrusive and hardly noticeable to our able-bodied guests but are truly appreciated by those with restricted mobility.
There is currently no such facility in Far North Queensland and we believe we are one of the first caravan parks in the country to offer this level of inclusion.
Inclusive facilities include:
Wheelchair friendly Beach Shacks - budget accommodation, an alternative to camping
Wheelchair Friendly Beach House - top of the range holiday house
2 x Public Wheelchair Friendly Bathrooms
Waterproof wheelchair for use in pool and waterpark
Ramp access to swimming pool
Disabled access picnic tables
Special low BBQ in camp kitchen
Inclusive tourism currently represents 11% of the overall tourism expenditure and is the most underserved of the tourism sectors. It is also the fastest growing sector estimated to be worth 22% of the total tourism expenditure by 2020 as the cash and time rich Baby Boomers approach their mid-70’s and acquire age related disabilities. Not only is this relevant to Australia’s domestic tourism market but the majority of Australia’s inbound tourism is sourced from countries with similar age demographics.
Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park
Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park is at the southern end of Kurrimine Beach, between Innisfail and Mission Beach. The Holiday Park, set in lush tropical gardens, is the ideal place for a relaxing holiday, lots of fun for the kids and a perfect base to explore the beautiful Cassowary Coast.
Kurrimine Beach is an unspoilt tropical holiday destination with the Great Barrier Reef on its doorstep. The spirit and hospitality of old North Queensland is still alive in the picturesque fishing hamlet. It has become a haven for those who appreciate the laid back style of holidaying and relaxation.
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