Pay-as-you-go power proving popular with grey nomads

By: Laura Gray

With pay-as-you-go power and large flat sites, Rivershort Resort on the Sunshine Coast is proving a hit with caravanners.

Pay-as-you-go power proving popular with grey nomads
Rivershore Resort sits on the Maroochy River.

The new luxury camping resort in Maroochydore, which is a member of the BIG4 group, is full to capacity during the current school holidays. 

Rivershore Resort is a family-owned, luxury holiday park with both traditional camping and luxury accommodation, and resort-like facilities including a bar, restaurant, and heated pools. It opened in August.

Rivershore co-owner Will McGovern said visitor numbers had been strong since the resort opened – but not necessarily due to the resort's luxe 'glamping' vibe.

 "The pay as you go power system has been welcomed by the majority of guests as a good alternative to a flat powered site tariff, especially when charged at rates less than households," Mr McGovern explained.

With the ability to pay only for the power they need, and access to large, flat, grassed sites (minimum 10x12m), the resort is proving very popular with the financially savvy caravanning set. Powered sites start in the high $40s, depending on the time of year.

"The avid caravanner especially love the social aspect of Rivershore, whether it's up at the bar or enjoying sitting around the lovely communal camp fires or camp kitchens," Mr McGovern said. "They are also praising the large flat and wide sites which bring back a sense of space when camping."


And despite the luxury offerings available, such as glamping safari tents and cabins, Mr McGovern said traditional camping sites had proved more popular than the trendier options.

"People love coming to Rivershore and setting up their tent on the large all grass sites, enjoying the relaxed vibe and all the first class facilities on offer to them," he said.

While the safari tents have certainly had some takers, Mr McGovern said some people were new to the concept of glamping.

A new river pontoon is expected to be installed at the resort in early October.