IF you’re looking to escape to the beach over Christmas and haven’t yet secured your accommodation, the Copper Coast is probably your best bet, as metropolitan and Fleurieu agents report capacity bookings over the Christmas and New Year period.
Harcourts South Coast holiday property manager Jason Wright said all of the agency’s Fleurieu Peninsula holiday rentals were already booked out from December 22 to January 9.
“They can get mid-to-end of January but they’d need to act pretty quickly,” Mr Wright said. “They’re going fast, and we’ve got a waiting list – I had a smaller shack photographed and advertised on Tuesday and we rented it Wednesday.
“Some properties have been booked for the past six months, and some people leave in January and then when they bring the keys back book for the same period the following year.”
Mr Wright said the agency has one listing currently fetching more than $11,000 for a week-long family escape, but on average most were commanding $3500 over the Christmas week, and about $3000 for the remainder of the summer school holidays.
“Summer beach holidays aren’t the preserve of the rich and famous – they’ve been an Aussie tradition for generations,” Mr Wright said.
Mr Wright said the office had had a record year for property sales, with most of its waterfront sales then being leased through the company as holiday rentals.
“This has been our best year ever sales-wise and we’re seeing a lot of people from Sydney and Melbourne sell up over there, live and enjoy the lifestyle over here, and still have plenty of money left over to enjoy their lifestyle,” Mr Wright said.
“We’ve got some owners whose properties are used purely as investments, so they might pull in $100,000 a year and visit it just twice a year.”
Escape Holiday Rentals Copper Coast/Yorke Peninsula’s Michael Nance said holiday-makers looking for a Christmas getaway could still find it Moonta Bay and Port Hughes, if they act fast.
“We’re probably 90 per cent full for the Christmas and New Year period and it frees up from about January 8 onwards,” Mr Nance said. “We’ve still got some capacity for last-minute bookings, but people do need to act fast. We’ve got the full spectrum of properties – places that range from $150 per night, right up to $350.”
BIG 4 West Beach Parks’ Abby Howard said the popular holiday park had proven to be just that – popular.
“West Beach Parks Resort and BIG4 West Beach Parks are at capacity between 26 December 26 and January 2,” Ms Howard said
“For anyone keen for a post-Christmas break, we still have limited availability at BIG4 Holiday Park from January 2.”
Andrew and Michelle Walsh are just putting finishing touches on their 172 Surfers Pde, Middleton, home they will enjoy over Christmas and then rent out.
The property went live on the internet for bookings on Tuesday and the first reservation came Wednesday.
He said the luxury waterfront home was a good investment, as there would always be demand for beachfront properties: “We fell in love with the location and there’s a saying – ‘there’s a certain amount of coastline and they’re not making any more’.”