The Coast 'glamping' holiday park declared best in Australia
A SUNSHINE Coast 'glamping' hub has sky-rocketed into a tourism hotspot.
Despite operating for less than a year, Rivershore Resort at Diddillibah is already rated the best of the BIG4 holiday parks in Australia.
Rivershore, which caters for campers, caravaners and those seeking a 'glamping' experience, has scored a remarkable average of 9.6 out of 10 from guests since it opened last August.
The score makes it the highest regarded of all the 180-plus BIG4 holiday parks across the nation.
BIG4 CEO Steven Wright described the rating as "a wonderful result" and said the resort had set a benchmark for its peers.
"It's a testament to your hard work and support of your staff in achieving this result," he said.
BIG4, which insists on high standards before it will even accept a park as a member, has classified Rivershore as one of its 'Premier' holiday parks - the highest classification it gives.
The last 17 guest reviews of Rivershore, dating back a fortnight, were all 10 out of 10, with guests enthusing about the resort's facilities, friendly customer service and the quality of food in its restaurant, Driftwood.
The global review index performance ratings are compiled by ReviewPro, a world leader in gauging customer reaction to accommodation providers, and are sourced from Google, Facebook, Wotif, Expedia and Booking.com.
Rivershore is owned by the Sunshine Coast's McGovern family, which built the facility from scratch.
Bernie McGovern and his wife Cathy explored Australia in their own caravan a few years ago, staying at holiday parks and taking in the comments of campers and caravaners.
They were convinced that a successful holiday park should offer extra-large sites, first class facilities, spotless amenities and provide exceptional customer service. So they built Rivershore.
Director Bernard McGovern said he was thrilled with the high ratings guests had given Rivershore.
"It's proof that our business strategy is working," he said.
"And the response is not just coming from campers - locals love coming here, too."
Rivershore's restaurant is open to the public, as are its heated swimming pool, kids' playground and other entertainment attractions, which can be accessed with a day pass.
One of the major attractions at Rivershore is a line of 15 superbly-appointed safari tents, featuring a level of luxury unmatched in holiday camps in Australia.
Despite having already spent $10 million on the resort, Beranrd McGovern said Rivershore was constantly developing, with plans to add a day spa.
Rivershore is situated on the David Low Way at Diddillibah, just south of Erbachers fruit and vegetable business.