A small Queensland community which has invested in setting up a camping area for grey nomads on its showgrounds is celebrating the success of the venture.
Marburg – which is situated just off the Warrego Highway approximately 15 minutes from Ipswich and one hour from Brisbane – has been earning a good reputation among caravanners and motorhomers. While campers have been parking informally for free at the Marburg Showgrounds for several years, the show society has just spent about $100,000 upgrading facilities … and it believes it has been money well spent.
“It has taken all this time to convince our local council that by opening the grounds up for this purpose the venture would provide us with worthwhile income with a reasonable cost of $18 per site and two persons per night and a stay of up to 60 days,” co-ordinator, Mr Sprenger told the Queensland Times. “The local council set out regulations for us to comply with, that being installing of grey water disposal and the allocation of sites to park vans and the connection of power to each site.”
He said having campers on the showgrounds had deterred vandals, and that many grey nomads had been enjoying using Marburg as a base from which to take scenic drives in the area, and to visit Brisbane.
“But best of all is the friendly town of Marburg,” said Mr Sprenger. “Where you can purchase most supplies or treat yourself to a counter lunch or Sunday dinner at the Marburg Hotel.”
* Have you stayed at Marburg? Is this ‘showground model’ a good one for other towns to follow? Is $18 a reasonable charge? Comment below.