Australian caravan parks get 10 million dollar grants boost

Caravan parks across Australia are now eligible to apply for a grant from the country’s federal government to help support upgrades and new facilities as part of a $10 million support plan for the industry in the government’s 2022/23 budget. Australia’s Minister for Trade and Tourism Don Farrell launched applications for the program today, which will provide grants of between $10,000 and $100,000 on a shared investment basis for capital expenditure projects at privately-owned caravan parks.

Mr Farrell said: “The $10 million grant funding will assist caravan park owners to upgrade or create new infrastructure and visitor facilities, including improvements to accessibility.

“This is a welcome boost for regional tourism and another important investment in the visitor economy. It will improve the visitor experience of travellers around the country.

“Domestic tourism is recovering strongly and in many parts of the country has already rebounded to pre-pandemic levels. Upgrading caravan parks will further encourage Australians to hit the road and experience the very best of Australia's coastal and inland regions.”

The opening of applications to access these grants has naturally been welcomed and supported by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia – the organisation’s chief executive Stuart Lamont said: “Caravanning has long been Australian domestic tourism's largest visitor and economic cohort, an almost $24 billion economic driver in tourism and local manufacturing activity. This well-targeted funding will go directly into our world-leading caravan park product across the nation.

“Delivering more compelling accommodation and holiday stopover experiences in caravan parks we know will appeal to Australians from all walks of life as well as returning international visitors.”

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia has an information page available to help caravan park owners understand the criteria to apply for grants, meanwhile the federal government website also has a wealth of information about how to apply.