“Lane Cove River Tourist Park is proud to announce it won both the Caravan/Tourist Park and Ecotourism categories of the inaugural Greater Sydney Tourism Awards. Announced at a gala dinner at Castle Hill RSL on the 4th of September 2010, the park was recognised for its facilities, amenities and its commitment to the environment and sustainability. This win automatically places the park as a finalist in the 2010 NSW Tourism Awards to be announced in November.
We would like to thank all of our supporters for their encouragement and contribution to this award. Without our guests we would be unable to fund this fabulous publicly owned tourist park asset and continue to look after our protected area environment. With your support, we will continue to grow and continue to improve our products and services including the relaunch of our popular Indigenous Cultural Performances (starting September 23rd) and our ongoing night time wildlife tours. These programs are provided free to our guests to enhance their visit and many have commented they have been highlights of their experience.
Thanks again to all who have supported our park, Lane Cove River Tourist Park looks forward to your next visit.”
“We are pleased to announce it has commenced upgrading its cabins. The cabins will be totally refurbished inside but still retain the eco friendly touches and bush theme.
New floors using recycled timber have been used to enhance the look of new timber blinds and the refurbished ensuites. The new furniture including an indulgent leather chase lounge and tub chair compliment the new dining suites teamed up with new plasma TV’s with built in DVD player provides a whole new level of comfort for guests.
Of course we have upgraded the electrical appliances and ovens and stoves to 6 star energy rated appliances, even our new reverse cycle air conditioners are designed to the highest environmental standards.
The only old part of the cabins will be the rate – the newly refurbished cabins will stay at the old rates for the rest of this year (including summer peak) which represents even better value for guests. Why not try one of the new cabins which will be available for let in mid June 2010?”
“Lane Cove River Tourist Park wishes to advise guests of some potential disruption to usual park life. The park has become the new home of Channel 7’s hit drama Home and Away. All of the “Summer Bay” caravan park segments are being filmed at the park. Whilst the park has dedicated an area specifically for filming the show, guests may encounter local Aussies Stars and a small army of trucks used in the production process.
On occasion, the shows producers request night time filming access which we insist finishes prior to 10pm. Regular viewers of Channel 7’s Home and Away may have seen the park in some recent episodes and those staying at the park are sometimes called upon to be extras in the show. So far, after several filming shoots, we are pleased to advise that disruption to normal life has been very minimal and our guests appreciate rubbing shoulders with the popular and friendly TV stars that turn up for the shoots.
Guests will also be happy to know that we are offsetting the emissions from filming with a substantial new solar investment. We have just signed off on the purchase and installation of world first solar canvas technology that will cover our newest BBQ area and generate 2Kilowatts of green energy back into our park grid. The canvas should be installed by the end of May 2010.
We would like to thank Channel 7’s Home and Away show for their contribution to our sustainability program and their offset to the park.”
Aboriginal cultural performances are now a part of the Lane Cove River Tourist Park activities program. In a bid to reintroduce Aboriginal culture to the Lane Cove Valley and to educate international and domestic visitors on Aboriginal culture, the park in association with The Tribal Warrior Association is hosting twilight cultural performances.
The performance starts with a traditional welcome. After that, guests will be encouraged to learn an Aboriginal song and dance some Aboriginal dances all the while having the story behind each dance and song explained.
“We believe this is a world first in a tourist park” said Tribal Warrior CEO Shane Phillips. “To be able to provide this window into indigenous culture to so many visitors is something that we are very pleased about. People can learn about our culture, the oldest living Indigenous culture in the world through this activity” he said
The Aboriginal performers are more like translators with the ability to translate the meanings behind the songs and dances to the audience. The songs are sung in traditional language. Each dance and song has the origins explained and the performers are very keen on audience participation.
“The artists really get a buzz out of the audience interaction – just seeing the youngsters getting up and getting into this vibrant and rich culture is a real outcome.”
The performances represents the next step in the Lane Cove River Tourist Parks comprehensive sustainability program. The park has already been widely commended for its positive environmental contribution and is now proud to be offering this innovative educational program to the public.
Performances are scheduled every Wednesday night from 6:30pm through to the end of April, a small admission charge is payable. Anyone interested in joining one of the performances should call the Lane Cove River Tourist Park on 9888 9133 for further information.
The solar station will generate enough electricity to run 5 of their family cabins. Park manager Andrew Daff said that with the new feed in tariff recently announced by the NSW Government, the solar station will be a revenue producing asset on the park as well as helping to keep the park carbon neutral.
The more people stay at Lane Cove, the more money that can be put back into sustainable development and new solar additions – with solar power now being purchased back by the electric companies, assets like this at Lane Cove that create extra income mean the park can keep its fees down.