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About us

About Summerstar Tourist Parks

In a nutshell

Summerstar properties are your home away from home in the most remarkable destinations across Western and South Australia. Carefully designed and lovingly managed by a local WA family, these are the caravan parks for the trips you’ll remember forever. The trips that won’t break the bank, but that will be reminisced about at the family dinner table for years to come.

A glimpse into our world…

A brief history

It all started with a little caravan park in Esperance, Western Australia, purchased in 1996 by our owners John and Dani Layman - back when they had less grey hair and offering ‘colour Television’ for guests was a luxury – with their kids in tow.

From little things, big things grow 

It takes a certain amount of grit to run caravan parks.

Grit that John and Dani inherited in their past lives as market growers.

In the beginning, the Laymans did it all. Rooms were cleaned, toilets were scrubbed, trenches were dug, and trees were planted. Nothing was beyond their personal touch.

Soon their love for growth got the best of them, and they purchased a second caravan park in Geraldton.

The making of a legacy 

The Layman family didn't just run a business; they lived and breathed it, sharing in the laughter and stories that echoed through the grounds of the parks.

Two caravan parks became three, then four, then fourteen!

Before they knew it, Summerstar Tourist Parks became the largest group of local West Australian family-owned and operated caravan parks in the state.

With two decades of experience now under our belt and Ceduna as the latest addition, our vision extends nationally — parks that stand as pillars in communities, investments that go beyond profits, and a commitment to regional growth.

For future generations

When John and Dani’s daughter Sarah and her husband James wanted a sea-change from their fast-paced life as corporate accountants, they were welcomed into the family business with open arms.

Today, while John and Dani have stepped back from the toilet scrubbing and (most of) the trench-digging, their passion for the industry and enabling travellers to make unforgettable memories is stronger than ever.

Our aim

It's simple, really. We're a family, and we want to ensure that each guest feels like they're a part of it. 

It's not just about a bed to sleep in - though we get how important a comfy bed is - it's about the warmth, the care, and the lifelong connections made under a Summerstar roof (or caravan awning!)

For the memory bank 

Summerstar Tourist Parks are the key to unlocking a memorable time away.

For when you finally get to tick something off your bucket list.

For when you explore somewhere you’ve never been before.

For when you relax and unwind in a place of unspoilt natural beauty.

For when you visit truly unique places and have once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

We’re here so that you can create the moments with family and friends that really count.

For the small moments that become the big moments.

The ones you’ll cherish.

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