GUESTS have rocketed the Cooktown Holiday Park back onto the Queensland Tourism Industry Council’s gold list for the second time, consistently rating the popular tourist park highly throughout 2022.
Manager Tammy Martland said it was a team effort to get so many positive reviews, paying tribute to her husband and fellow manager Dave, the park’s assistant managers, cleaning crew and groundsmen.
“By making it to the gold list we’re demonstrating our commitment to consistently exceeding the guests’ expectations,” she said.
“It’s a really nice achievement, and it is due to the efforts of all our staff, from our grounds to our entry and reception area, the cleanliness of the rooms, all that sort of thing.
“The listing is gathered from hundreds of different ratings across sites like TripAdvisor.”
The park, which sits on eight acres just outside the Cooktown CBD and features 32 rooms and 72 powered sites, made the gold list in 2020 and also received a Queensland Caravan Industry Tidy Park award this year.
The Martlands moved to Cooktown a decade ago to manage the park, and live on-site full-time.
“In the busy season, from about May to November we have an assistant manager couple as well,” Ms Martland said.
“We also have a casual groundsman and three casual cleaners.”
She said despite COVID restrictions, business had remained fairly steady over the past two years.
“When only Queenslanders could travel, we still had good numbers, last year’s season people were staying longer because of the border closures, waiting for them to open to get home and this year has been a fairly normal season,” she said.
Ms Martland said while the park was busiest from May to November, fishermen and Christmas holiday makers had been steadily trickling in this month.