Helping connect families with holiday park cabins for sale

This month we spoke with April Whiston,  2017 Winner of the CARAVANCAMPINGSALES Future Leaders Award. April is taking on new parks, partnering with manufacturers and establishing connections within the industry in a way that has not been done before.

April has been employed as General Manager at their family owned and operated holiday park for four years. Merool on the Murray is a large park with a licence for 494 sites. She is also the sole founder of Cabin Connect.

April shared with us some very clever insights into her Cabin Connect initiative.

Cabin Connect, is essentially an online cabin brokerage service for clients who want to sell their onsite cabin or annual home and for people who are looking to buy the right cabin in the right holiday park – perfectly suited to them.

Launching Cabin Connect after identifying a gap in the market, April is enabling owners of annual or onsite cabins/vans to have a suitable marketing platform to promote their asset when they want to sell and making it easier for people to find a cabin to buy.

Cabin Connect was established as a concept in 2015. Over the past three years, this concept has been tried and tested in the founders own park, Merool on the Murray Holiday Park.

Proving to be a success and a much needed service in the Caravan and Camping – Cabin Industry, now in 2018 Cabin Connect is on the move!

Taking on new parks, partnering with manufacturers and establishing connections within the industry in a way that has not been done before.

Partnering with innovative suppliers in the caravan and camping industry like Parkitect Australia who offer the Modular Pumptrack – bike, scooter, skateboard riding system is helping parks realise their true value when selling their cabin and annual home assets.  People are looking to buy cabins in holiday parks that will cater for their families recreational needs – long term. 

April shares “the team at Modular Pumptrack have come on board to help parks achieve exactly that.  Our common passion is for more families to enjoy the outdoors sharing quality time connecting with their family and friends. Modern families are looking for safe, fun holiday parks to buy their cabin investment in. 

For many families, buying a cabin, onsite van or annual home in a holiday park is not only more affordable than buying a traditional holiday house, it also offers an enormous amount of additional benefits like recreational facilities, additional camping options for their family and friends and onsite safety.”

“Buying a cabin in a holiday park that offers a swimming pool, jumping pillow, modular pumptrack and a playground guarantees families a fantastic holiday whatever age the kids are and whatever the season is. It just makes good sense to invest in a cabin in a holiday park that offers something safe and fun for everyone. commented Shaun founder and director of Parkitect Australia.

April promotes: Sell your cabin with cabin connect. Buy a Cabin via Cabin Connect. Connect your trade business with potential customers via Cabin Connect. Advertise your related offering via Cabin Connect. It’s all achieved on one platform.

It’s about giving people options – we all want options to help us make good decisions and Cabin Connect offers exactly that.

Source courtesy: cabinconnect.com.au and http://www.caravanindustrynews.com.au/caravan-associtaion-news/2017-caravan-future-leaders-award-announced/

2018-06-22T13:55:35+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|

Congratulations to St Kilda Primary School

The Year 4 students and their teachers have focused on active travel this year and have accomplished an enormous amount.

They have:

-collected data on a weekly basis to gauge how students travel to school and have entered the data into HandsUp, a reporting tool from Bicycle Network. Because of their perseverance we are now a GOLD SCHOOL, the highest possible rating.

-organised our ride/walk/scoot to school day, where they provide a healthy breakfast, organised a ‘dress up your bike’ competitions and invited local member Tim Baxter to join the fun.

-teamed up with Dr Cranky’s bike hospital and to support his initiative they wrote persuasive letters asking for donations from bike shops in the area. Just last week they received a large parcel from 99bikes, containing bikes seats, tubes, bike oil and other goodies.

-worked with Bicycle Network and Port Phillip Council to create 4 Active Travel Paths so that our community can travel more easily to school. The paths will be launched at the start of Term 4.

To celebrate their achievements we invited Bicycle Network to set up their Modular Pumptrack for the Year 4 children next Wednesday for a whole day to improve their bike handling skills, build their confidence and to just have some fun!

From all of us here at Parkitect Australia we say a BIG congratulations to the kids at St Kilda Primary school – we hope you had a fantastic day of fun!

Story courtesy of Sue Higgins Aug 14, 2017

http://www.stkildaps.vic.edu.au/modular-pumptrack-is-coming-to-skps/

2018-06-08T16:37:22+00:00 June 8th, 2018|

Pumptracks Proving Popular

A great track record: pump tracks proving popular with Australian holiday parks – especially in Victoria!

With wheeled sports being so popular in Victoria, and the state boasting some of the country’s best mountain bike trail regions, the surging interest in pump tracks is not surprising.

For holiday parks, the combination of excitement for kids and relaxation for parents is not exactly a secret recipe – it’s tried and tested for increasing family night stays.

With today’s kids prone to short attention spans and sometimes more devices than hands, satisfying their recreational needs means having park attractions that get them moving, and keep them moving.

Enter the Modular Pumptrack System: Installed above ground, a pumptrack is a curved track with perfectlyformed bumps and turns, that enables anyone on wheels to ride with ease. Pumptracks provide a great riding and skating experience, in an allocated area – which also increases park safety.

So why have Victorian holiday parks jumped on board with such gusto? It’s simple really.

Modular Pumptracks are an ‘all-season’ attraction and for holiday parks across Victoria, this is very important.

The husband-and-wife team behind Parkitect, the Australian distributor of Modular Pumptrack, brought the product to Australia after seeing how well-enjoyed it was in Europe. Parkitect now custom-build tracks for virtually any space and budget.

Parkitect Co-founder Shaun Leicester says parents are driving this trend just as hard – wanting their kids to spend less time on screens and more time socialising and being active.

“The tracks are great for parents – the kids are kept active and safe, and parents can sit back and take a break. It’s a win-win,” says Shaun “For a park attraction, the ‘self installation’ set-up is quite simple and parks are experiencing a fast return on their pumptrack investment” commented Shaun.

Having purchased a Modular Pumptrack in 2017, John Hider-Smith of BIG4 Port Fairy says the track has become an important asset for his park.

“The equipment arrived on the day promised and we were able to install the track in two days, just in time to have it up and running by the Christmas holiday season,” said John.

“Its use by children of all ages is testimony to the popularity of this facility in our park.” Age is proving no limit for the all-season attraction.

The modular design means that rider flow and safety is guaranteed on every track design – whatever the age and skill level.

The Modular Pumptrack System allows people to engage in the play-space together, having fun on bikes, scooters and skateboards, challenging themselves in a controlled environment while having fun with family and friends.

“Our Modular Pumptrack has been an absolute hit with our guests, both young and old. It’s a great asset to our park.” shared Fiona and Adrian, Managers at BIG4 Apollo Bay Pisces Holiday Park.

So far in Victoria, BIG4 Port Fairy, BIG4 Mornington Peninsula, BIG4 Apollo Bay Pisces Holiday Park and Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park have installed Modular Pumptracks, with more deliveries in the pipeline. Whilst seasonal Modular Pumptrack locations across Victoria including Mt Buller and Dinner Plain are helping create an enormous following which is directly feeding into the Victoria holiday park industry.

Additionally, Bicycle Network Victoria actively uses their ‘mobile’ Modular Pumptrack to promote riding at schools and community bike events, driving more and more kids and their parents to search for pumptrack locations.

2018-05-09T12:41:21+00:00 May 9th, 2018|

Why do Aussies love Modular Pumptrack?

We may be slower than Europe to pick up on trends but Aussies are definitely starting to really understand why the European designed pump tracks are super cool to ride.

So we went in search for what is making the pump track such an attractive option for play grounds, play spaces and caravan parks?

The answer was right there in front of us.

Pump tracks are not an intimidating concrete or steel monstrosity, in fact they are not ugly at all.

Pump tracks gently flow around the landscape, tracking between existing big and small trees, around corners, along side playgrounds, inside old tennis courts – they are just so friendly on the environment.

So now we get what Europe has been on about for the last 10+ years but our question of; Why do Aussies specifically love a ‘Modular Pumptrack’ was still unanswered.

Digging much deeper we found that the Modular Pumptrack System built in Europe by Parkitect definitely has significant advantages over traditional dirt or even asphalt pump track build methods.

The Modular Pumptrack patented design and manufacturing methods (both Precast Concrete and Timber Composite) are award winning for really good reasons. On closer inspection, when multiple combinations of the 11 perfectly engineered modules are used to create a pump track, the perfect riding flow is created very easily. And because everyone is having fun on their choice of wheels, like bikes, scooters, skateboards and blades at the same time, it makes for a super happy place for all ages.  A very cool concept.

Based on the amount of public and private money that has been spent on skate parks and traditional pump tracks in the past, it’s clear that if the perfect riding flow is not achieved, the investment will not be enjoyed as intended and therefore can easily result in becoming a problem space.

We now get it too.  When it comes to rider enjoyment and safety, you should only want to invest in a designed track that is proven by thousands upon thousands of riders, from beginner to the most experienced pro-rider and that’s why Parkitect’s Modular Pumptrack System has made such an impact in Australia.

Here in Australia we may be slow to take on Europe’s latest trends but at least now with the global successes of Parkitect’s Modular Pumptrack System we can have the confidence to invest in a proven product that guarantees an awesome riding experience.

2018-02-19T12:29:12+00:00 December 18th, 2017|

Modular Pumptrack takes out the WIN!

We promised the inside story behind Modular Pumptrack founder Erik Burgon..but before we give you that, we thought we should share some very exciting news!!

Just before Christmas we caught up with Erik. Full of excitement and energy he announces ‘It’s official’ – we’ve done it!!

‘Winning the award for ‘Best Bike Infrastructure Company 2016 – Europe was the best Christmas present we could have ever received…It is the icing on the cake,  off the back of an already awesome year!’ Erik added.

Parkitect’s manufacturing facilities in the Czech Republic, formerly known as Bikeparkitect, employs a team of highly talented, reliable, dedicated and innovative people.  “Overheads are significantly lower than most other places in Europe enabling us to offer a far better ‘cost to quality’ ratio of our products than we could if we were based elsewhere” said Erik.

Parkitect have been setting the trends in the industry for many years and their plans for revolutionary products set for release will add a whole new dimension to our Aussie moto; Fun for All Wheels, All Ages.  Here at Modular Pumptrack Australia we can’t wait to see what smooth new ride they have come up with!

Read more here…

2017-09-08T15:34:47+00:00 January 20th, 2017|

Founder Erik Burgon explains his passion behind Modular Pumptrack

2017 will start off with us sharing an “inside story” when Modular Pumptrack founder Erik Burgon explains his passion behind the product…here’s a snippet of whats to come.

“Drawing from 15 years experience working in bike infrastructure around the world, Erik Burgon has created a product unlike any other.

Erik explains “The Modular Pumptrack is specifically designed to pack as much fun-per-square-metre, for as many users as possible, in one structure. The fundamental design principal being to allow anyone, of any age, of any ability, riding any kind of wheeled sports equipment, to enjoy riding around the track, safely and comfortable. The Modular Pumptrack bridges the generation gap, allowing families to come together and enjoy themselves all in one place and all at the same time.’

So far Modular Pumptracks have been installed in 40 countries around the world with Australia new to come onboard and they are loved by everyone, from toddlers on balance bikes, to preteens on scooters, to pro riders of all disciplines alike. Erik discusses more about his clients and why the product is so universally popular.

“We have been setting the trends in the industry for many years now, and we will continue to do so as we move forward. There are revolutionary products on the horizon…”

For the complete story we invite you back to our Blog page in January 17.

2017-09-05T15:11:42+00:00 December 20th, 2016|

Grand Prix Modular Pumptrack for Victoria

Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park is now home to a world first 104 metre long Modular Pumptrack.

Starting out early Friday morning with the shipping container unpacked onsite, the custom blue Grand Prix track took shape in an iconic location adjacent to the lake surrounded by water. By the end of Day One the ‘Modular Team’ were riding the track. Doing first ever laps, chasing each other with massive grins.

The kids and families are going to LOVE this new attraction – perfect for riders of all ages on bikes, scooters and skateboards. Plus don’t forget the little ones on their balance bikes!

Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park

2017-09-05T15:11:43+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|

What makes a caravan park the family destination of choice

Park Managers agree that one of the keys to their park’s success is great recreation equipment.

Giving guests plenty of recreational options within a park leads to increased bookings and an increased length of stay.  If the kids are happy, the parents and grandparents also enjoy themselves.

Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park in South Australia were the first to trial the new Modular Pumptrack during the summer of 2015. It resulted in an increase in night stays and expanded the parks database to include new families so they have gone ahead with a permanent installation.

General Manager of ATPM Andrew Chapman said, ” we want to have the latest and greatest features in our parks, but it’s important that they are family-focused and safe too.”

Put simply, the Modular Pumptrack is a playground for all wheels and all ages. Built to cater for bikes, scooters, skateboards and roller skates, children can ride their choice of wheels on the track, simultaneously with other riders. But don’t be fooled, it’s not just for kids, parents have been seen having a ball on the track as well.

Mr Chapman said the Modular Pumptrack complemented many other park facilities.

As a result of investing in this type of recreational equipment, they have seen families extend their stay while also inviting new friends to join them at the park. The net result was that the park was able to increase their revenue while expanding their database which in turn, promises new and return business.

There has been a recent explosion of families, and grandparents travelling with kids. This trend is set to continue.

Parks that are well equipped with recreational activities offer holidaymakers the freedom to allow their kids to explore the park, leaving behind their electronic devices and creating memories that will stay with them forever. These are the parks that will become the family destinations of choice.

More recently Modular Pumptrack Australia has installed tracks in ATPM Port Arthur Holiday Park, BIG4 Apollo Bay and Nagambie Lakes Leisure park.  Click on ‘Find A Track’ for all public and holiday park Modular Pumptrack locations.

Article extracts courtesy of Caravan Industry Association of Australia Industry Insider Magazine, December 2016.

2017-12-19T20:02:33+00:00 September 19th, 2016|