CABIN connections Take a look inside the local industry of cabins and tiny homes
2021 | Issue 2
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WHAT'S INSIDE IMPACTS ON THE INDUSTRY SUSTAINABLE LIVING HOLIDAYING ON HOME SOIL
BUYING OR SELLING?
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What a wild world we are living in! I don’t think there is one person in Australia that has not been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and at Cabin Connect, we are no different. The past year has been a very interesting time in the cabin and manufactured home industry. Unexpectedly, builders have been inundated with requests for new builds, with some builders not able to deliver until September 2022 due to demand. We have seen issues arise with materials and we have seen all Australians forced to stay home, resulting in a huge downturn in the tourism sector. At Cabin Connect, we were prepared for a situation similar to the global financial crisis, we assumed (never assume) that we would be inundated with listings as people would fear they could not keep their cabins, the reality was the complete opposite. We have seen a downturn in the number of listings the platform is receiving and this is because supply is low and demand is high. On a positive note, sellers have been selling for record prices and the opportunity of owning an onsite holiday home in a caravan park has become an option for many. As we now push into the end of 2021, the team at Cabin Connect are looking forward to again being allowed to exhibit at expos and conferences and to get out and about in the car and visit builders and
parks to continue to grow the Cabin Connect network. If you’ve experienced a rocky past 18 months, we send good vibes your way and hope for a better 2022.
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ON THE COVER & INSIDE: Ironbark Cabins based out of Yerringbo in Victoria know how to pack beautiful design into a tiny relocatable space. Find out more about their cabins: www.ironbarkcabins.com.au
Contents ISSUE #2 | CABIN CONNECTIONS
INSTA VIBES | bryon vibes and mountain hikes... cabin life instagram inspiration
MINDFUL BUYING | things to be mindful of when buying a cabin
SUSTAINABLE LIVING | how to make small changes to your life to help the environment and your back pocket
CABINS FOR SALE | what's selling and what's sold in the land of cabins
FEATURED LISTING | find out about our full range of products for sale at Cabin Connect
TRAVEL | Australian travel destinations have never looked better... here are 10 must-see places in the northern territory
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE MARKET prices going up on depreciating assets
TOURIST CABIN CONNECT | This growing directory aims to be your one-stopshop for tourist holiday parks in Australia
TOP FIVE | we pick 5 top parks in five states to give you a little inspo for your next holiday.
what's selling and what's 10 See sold in residential homes, annual cabins and new builds
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Things to be mindful of when buying a cabin
At Cabin Connect, we list cabins for sale, and we’re here to give you a few tips to help that buying experience run smoothly. Buying a cabin is buying an asset. In many cases, there is no stamp duty payable and the majority of the time, owners exchange funds and go on their merry way. However, there are a few things that you should consider and check before handing over your hard-earned cash. Below are 10 tips to be wary of:
Get pest inspection complete. Just like a house, cabins can be exposed to termites that cause serious damage. Ensure the cabin has a compliance plate fixed to it. This compliance plate should tell you the name of the manufacturer, the engineer who signed off on the design and the date of manufacture. This is often needed for council applications or inspections. Ensure that the cabin has a hardwired smoke alarm, not just a battery-operated alarm. This is often a requirement of councils.
Ensure you enter into a Sale Of Asset Agreement. This is a legally binding document that stipulates the agreement between the two parties in regards to the price, deposit, inclusions and settlement date
If buying in a caravan park for holidaying purposes, thoroughly read over your occupation agreement and be clear on how many days you are allowed to occupy your cabin and all the associated fees and rules for that park.
If you are buying a cabin in a caravan park or lifestyle village, ensure you have your solicitor read over your residential tenancy agreement. This is a must! If you plan to live in your cabin, you can not do this on a casual occupation agreement.
make sure your cabin has a compliance plate with the manufacturer and engineer's details
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Ensure your cabin has been installed on adequate footings and tied town in accordance with the manufacturers guidelines.
Ensure your cabin meets all separation distance requirements from neighbours. For example, in NSW, all cabins must have a 2.5m clearance between them to be deemed council compliant.
Check that all appliances and electrical equipment that is included in the sale is safe and functioning, you don’t want to be sold a dud fridge or shonky air conditioner!
Ask the park or village management if they have any plans for development and if they foresee your site being under threat of redevelopment. You don’t want to find yourself having to relocate in the future.
As always, these tips are things you should be wary of
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and not scared of. Owning a cabin in a park or lifestyle village is a great experience, but you must be fully informed and know your responsibilities.
need more advice? Talk to your local council about the state and local laws and regulations governing secondary dwellings. And before any papers are signed or keys are handed over, make sure you are clear and confident about what you have purchased and the location you have purchased it in.
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Sustainable living options are in demand The past 18-months have been a crazy time globally, and one thing we have seen is an increase in demand for eco-friendly sustainable living solutions. At Cabin Connect, our phone has been ringing hot and our website bustling with consumers interested in eco-friendly and sustainable living solutions. Some of the key interests of these consumers are:
1. A multi-generational living solution on a property by installing a cabin. Many people call Cabin Connect looking for a builder to build a self-contained dwelling for their parents or children to live in. This option provides so many solutions. It can reduce the need for elderly people to enter the aged care system and it gives young families the opportunity to live close to family and with less stress and with lower living costs as expenses are shared with the entire family group. To further support this the Government’s 2021-22 budget will be to provide a capital gains tax exemption for granny flat arrangements (see link below to find out more).
2. Off-grid living and an independent property. If there is anything this global pandemic has taught us, it's that independence is key and that is exactly what many people are interested in. Building a home that is transportable, uses solar power, bottled gas and a septic system is in high demand. This means bills are low, and when the cabin is installed on a property that grows its own food, true sustainability can occur.
3. Cost-effective solutions Building a traditional bricks and mortar home is time-consuming and expensive. Cabins can be built in a short period of time, with cost-effective materials, are cosy to live in and with the right manufacturer, look stunning (check out the Cabin Connect directory to find our recommendations).
4. A timely solution
This one is a little harder to deliver on at this present moment as some companies have been greatly affected by material shortages and qualified tradies. However, at Cabin Connect we have been working hard to build up our industry directory and have a number of reputable builders willing and ready to construct the cabin you're dreaming of. Regardless of whether you are looking to purchase right now, or in the future, it is a great idea to monitor the market and keep an eye on the innovative living and leisure opportunities available to you.
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Providing a luxury accommodation option for the new generation of Holiday Park.
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Modern and stylish pet friendly cabin on the banks of the Murray River, Moama NSW.
Amaroo Park in Cowes, Vic is offering the chance to secure your own holiday home away from home.
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Great neighbours at the permanent residential park in Kallangur, Queensland.
The perfect cost effective home for seniors looking to downsize. Located in Somerville, Victoria
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The Standard Studielle by Iesha Homes offers an open plan layout with a front deck.
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The Bella Casa 5 is is perfect for accommodating bigger families or groups.
This fully furnished onsite cabin is a great price for your family holiday home in Eildon, Victoria
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Absolute waterfront with views to Mt Buller. Onsite relocatable cabin in Boonie Doon, Victoria
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25 minutes north of Coffs Harbour, NSW this renovated beachfront property is ready for new owners.
This spacious three-bedroom, two-bathroom cabin with a large entertainers in Moama, NSW.
Spacious and recently renovated cabin at Tarragon Lodge Cabin, Mathoura, NSW.
A delightful cottage situated in a quiet position of Glenvue Holiday Park, Rye, Victoria
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A tidy 2 bedroom Lifestyle Home in Moora Lifestyle Village, 2 hours drive from Perth, WA.
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Large 3 bedroom home in immaculate condition at Palm Meadows Over 50’s Village, QLD.
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7.6x3m Portable Demountable Granny Flat, Studio/Office.
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Brand new, fully completed and ready to be transported granny flat/tourist cabin.
Onsite holiday van and annex in prime park location at Barlings Beach Holiday Park
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PARK CABINS & VANS
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New Builds The Outlook by Ironbark Cabins
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Complete with craftsman built kitchen, vanity and wardrobe, stone bench tops, designer tapware, terrazzo look tiles, handmade concrete basin, hybrid flooring & split system heating/cooling.
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This modern, newly built 3 bedroom cabin at The Boulevard Caravan Park, Eildon, Victoria has all the bells and whistles. Boulevard is a familyfriendly, annuals only park where all sites are individually owned so there are no camper sites.
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Residential Perfect Senior's Escape $220,000-$230,000 2 1
FOR SALE Set in a quiet and idyllic location right next to the Yaringa Boat Harbour, this spacious and secure residence offers a fabulous opportunity for those wishing to live the dream lifestyle. Located in Somerville, Victoria.
FOR SALE 100% Australian made using the best available materials. Internal walls are lined in hardwood and the front is clad in cedar. The roof is Colorbond and it is fully insulated including underfloor insulation.
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10 MUST SEE PLACES TO VISIT IN THE NT The Northern Territory is a magical place, and its stunning backyard whisks you away into a world that is unknown to many. The natural world of chasing waterfalls, swimming in rockpools and hiking to see some of the best sunsets in Australia will leave you craving for more and never wanting to leave.
Have a look at these top 10 places in the NT and add these to your next road trip.
ULURU Of course, Uluru was going to make the list. Big Red is a magical place and I believe holds a special place in every Australian's heart. I recommend taking a pushbike when visiting Uluru (1) so you can ride around the base. The distance is 10 kilometres and has options for you to stop and read the information signs and has plenty of photo opportunities. There is even a free guided tour every morning.
KINGS CANYON If you love hiking, then Kings Canyon (3) is the hike for you. Take the 6-kilometre rim walk and bask in all the glory from above. The luscious rainforest walk through the Garden of Eden will have you feeling like you just stepped into a Rainforest.
DALY WATERS This quirky town is in what feels like the middle of nowhere. The street is filled with helicopters, cars, and the iconic Daly Waters Pub (4) where you will find other traveller's bras, undies, hats…. well basically anything that can and could be left behind.
1 MATARANKA Mataranka (2) is famous for the hot springs that run just behind the town. The water bubbles from underground and is crystal clear so you can see the fish swimming below. Hot Tip: take a pool noodle and get there early to beat the crowds.
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DEVILS MARBLES These extraordinary boulders can be found along the Stuart Highway. The way these boulders lay, defy the law of gravity. The best part is that you can camp here! Make sure you stay and check out the sun setting over the horizon and see the bright orange boulders come to life.
KAKADU Kakadu National Park is filled with gorges, swimming holes and trails that will have you busy for at least a week. I do highly recommend visiting Cahills Crossing at high tide to catch a glimpse of the many crocodiles coming to catch a feed of the barra in the river. Then finish your day doing the Ubiru walk at sunset, the view is breathtaking.
4 The Loy family enjoying the varied delights that the Northern Territory has to offer.
LITCHEFIELD Litchfield is like the sister to Kakadu. Florence Falls is a popular swimming location with a short walk to the bottom of the falls that will leave you refreshed and speechless. You will love floating around the bottom staring up at the gushing water flowing over the large rockface.
ADELAIDE RIVER When in the Northern Territory you visit the crocodiles. The Adelaide River Cruise comes highly recommended. This guided tour will get you up close and personal with some of the largest crocodiles in the river. These jumping crocs come within touching distance of the boat and give you the best view for photo opportunities.
KATHERINE GORGE Katherine Gorge is a very well-known gorge within the NT, and for very good reason. It is simply stunning. The short walk to the top will give you an amazing treetop view of the river.
DARWIN Darwin is a city like no other. It has this laid-back feel that makes you forget the days of the week. Grab a bite to eat at the Mindil Markets or eat crumbed crocodile at Cullen foreshore while watching the sunset. Darwin is the best place for a family friendly holiday with so many free activities available.
Kylie Loy is a travel writer currently touring the country with her family of five. You can get more tips and inspiration from her travel blog www.fearlessandfreerange.com
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Prices going up on depreciating assets As hard as it is for some park owners/managers to get their heads around, cabins (which are notoriously depreciating assets) have gone up in price. At Cabin Connect, we see a huge range of cabins, manufactured homes and onsite vans for sale and the trend we have been observing over the past 12 months is that prices are going up! Some cabins have been listed for sale on the Cabin Connect marketplace more than once and in their latest listing, have increased in price on some occasions by over $30,000! So, the question to be answered... Why are depreciating assets such as cabins going up in price? The answer is simple, in Australia, we have a supply and demand issue. We have more people wanting to buy onsite cabins or residential lifestyle homes than we can supply. Therefore, demand is higher than supply and this pushes up pricing. We also have a lag time in cabin manufacturing. Some of the leading manufacturers have extended delivery times due to demand and in some cases, due to delays in obtaining materials. Whether it be windows, flooring, timber or other essential materials to build a cabin, having just one delay, delays the whole project.
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We have also had the crisis of border closures. This means interstate travel has been reduced and international travel is almost non-existent. With people desperate to escape the confines of their own homes, an onsite cabin or van is extremely desirable.
Another factor increasing the value of cabins, lifestyle homes and onsite vans and annexes is the simple fact the parks are getting better and are offering more and more to their guests on a yearly basis. With the addition of jumping pillows, pools, waterparks, peddle carts and more, an increase in appeal offers sellers the opportunity to increase their asking price. So, is this a bad thing? At Cabin Connect we don’t think so. More people are becoming aware of the opportunity to own a cabin or onsite van in a caravan park, it means families are enjoying quality time together and it indicates that the industry is strong and on a good trajectory.
FIND OUT MORE... If you’re interest in buying an onsite cabin, lifestyle home or van, browse the Cabin Connect marketplace and see what your money will buy you! WWW.CABINCONNECT.COM.AU
Australian Park Directory The Cabin Connect Park Directory lists Tourist and Annual Site Parks Australia wide. Whether you’re looking to escape for a few days or to find something semi-permanent, use this directory to seek and find.
Tourist Cabin Connect is the go-to platform to find deals for your favourite holiday parks around Australia. www.touristcabinconnect.com.au
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Unique holiday park destinations in your own When the Hurn family took over the Murray River (big!)backyard Holiday Park located in the twin towns of Echuca/Moama, new owner Ken Hurn had a clear vision to bring this tired looking holiday park back to life.
Batchelor Holiday Park, located 98 kilometres southexperience of Darwin, in the With over 18 years of industry under gateway to Litchfield National Park. their belt, and a passion for revamping run-down waterfalls, historictosites, natural parks, it didn’t Explore take long for the family begin pools. A truly unique Australian experience
A booming tourist industry on the Murray 1 River means plenty of options for punters and increased competitions between the parks. As they say a picture paints a thousand words, so if your park is looking tired, outdated and old there is every chance your potential customers will keep on scrolling. Keeping up with cabin trends and remaining competitive could have proven a 2 challenge for Murray River due to a full park layout and no room for new cabins. However with the knowledge and know-how they were able to provide modern and fresh accommodation options with the complete renovation of seven cabins.
works. And 4.5 years into their third park they haven’t stopped. Some of the extensive work undertaken included:
With further cabin renovations and more major park works still to come this year, the hard work is far from over. Says Operations 3 updating the front entrance andQueensland reception like a Manager Bianca Hurn “there has been a lot Nothing says tropical of blood, sweat and tears but it’s absolutely pool surrounded by palm trees. Enjoy area (1) been worth it. We’ve had positive reactions theof heat and far north Queensland refurbishment over 10 all cabins has to offer at Cool Waters Holiday Park from customers, both in the park and with full renovation of BBQ entertaining area (2) in Cairns, the gateway to the Barrier our online reviews as well an increase in fresh revamp of the looking amenity Reef andtired the Daintree Forest. return customers. It’s also great for the staff block (3) to be proud of where they work. Who external painting of all cabins for a fresh doesn’t love a good makeover!” new look
Boomerang Way Tourist Park is a peaceful shady park with abundant bird 3 life, set on 12 acres just 500 metres north of the Tocumwal town centre and the majestic Murray River.
victoria Amberlee Holiday Park is the perfect base to explore the beaches, bays, wineries and walks off the Mornington Peninsulas. Not to mention its close proximity to the Peninsula Hot Springs. This park is great for the family
south australia Looking to get out of the big city and experience country life? Beachside Holiday Park in Normanville offer a tranquil location with access to all the Fleurieu Peninsula has to offer.
5 Murray River Holiday Park brought back to life with ongoing renovations and hardwork
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