Welcome to Siesta Park Holiday Resort 

In keeping with the casual feel we have minimal signage about the property so we use this guide to communicate many of the general things you need to know.

We also include a section about the environment and also a short history about Siesta Park.

The information below is updated regularly reflecting any changes etc so we ask that our regulars also refresh.

Your hosts

Greg & Jane Tickle and family

Reception Number

9755 4016

Park Rules

Departure

Departure from the resort is by 10.00am. If a later departure is desired please ask at Reception in the late afternoon of the day prior to your departure to see if this can be arranged (sorry it is not always possible- especially in busy times)

Please drop the key to Reception when departing from the resort.

If departing earlier than 8.30am then leave the unit key/s and car cards on the table of the unit you are occupying, lock and close the door on the way out and please call on 9755 4016 after 8.30am to advise you have departed (or email)

Please note the “On Departure” check list in your kitchen (including cleaning requirements).

Please also note that unless otherwise arranged (under special circumstances) arriving and departing guests cannot be “visitors” by effectively arriving early and/or departing late from the property. If you have any questions please see us/call us at Reception.

Safe Speed and Children

Please help us to keep the park safe and drive under 8kph. The resort caters for many families so watch out for children. When making any vehicle movements please be very aware and take time to check behind vehicle before reversing.

Bikes

No riding bikes after dark for safety reasons.

The wearing of bike helmets in the resort area is optional and for parents to decide. For people wanting to take a longer ride a cycle track goes from the service station at the entrance of the resort to Busselton and Dunsborough.

Adventure Play Equipment and Jetty

Siesta has some great adventure play equipment, tennis court, basketball hoop and more. We also have our own private jetty for swimming and fishing. Please go to playground areas and the jetty to assess the suitability of these and other items for your children and supervise them accordingly.

See the Resort Plan for the location of the playgrounds and jetty.

Please note that the Tarzan Swing is not to be used after dark and to be used one at a time.

Noise

Please consider other guests staying at Siesta to avoid annoyance. Music for example should only be heard in your personal space at all times and when socialising please be mindful of the volume of your conversations, laughter etc especially when other guests are retiring for the evening.

Groups

If you are part of a group–

  • Consider others staying at the resort as groups can create noise and other issues. For example if you gather to socialise please choose a place where you will not disturb others.
  • Before departing please check your inventories and return any items to their respective units such as cutlery, crockery, blankets, chairs etc.

No Party Policy

In consideration of other guests, staff and management we have a no party policy. We don’t mind a low key celebration with the guests only staying here at the resort and that people who live locally or staying elsewhere not be invited.

Parking at Units

3 bedroom units have 3 parking bays and the 2 and 1 bedroom units have 2 parking bays. Any extra cars plus all unloaded boat trailers (overnight) and other trailers etc to be parked in suitable vacant back area. This greatly assists in keeping the area around the units relatively uncluttered and safe for all. Please see us/call us at Reception if unsure.

Please do note that the parking bays are for guests only and not to be used by visitors.

Visitors

Guests are welcome to have an occasional visitor (as a novelty event for the visitor) for a short period (ie- for a meal or catch up) while considering that Siesta offers a very uncluttered and private environment for all paying guests and visitation by others staying elsewhere or living locally can compromise this.

The facilities, including the play equipment, jetty and tennis courts are provided and insured for the use of paying guests thus visitors may not help themselves to the use of our facilities although the insignificant/minority use by a visitor in the company of adult paying guests is generally acceptable.

Our boat ramp however is unavailable for use by visitors at all times.

We ask visitors not to drive into the resort or to park at guests units. Visitors are to park at Reception 1 (in the 5 minute parking area). All visitors (including those arriving by bike, boat or on foot etc) are to call reception on 9755 4016 when they arrive as we will need to record their name and contact details (Covid reasons) and for us we need to register cars and advise where to park if we need them to shift from Reception 1.

Please also note that unless otherwise arranged (under special circumstances) arriving and departing guests cannot be “visitors” to effectively arrive early and/or depart late from the property. If you have any questions please see us/call us at Reception.

Laundry

Washing machines and clothes dryers are in the laundry next to the tennis courts. Coin change and laundry sachets available from the Reception.

Extra Persons, Cots & High Chairs

Some of our chalets and villas can accommodate an extra person/persons at a reasonable cost. We provide a mattress and linen thus no BYO mattresses, swags etc.

A limited supply of cots and high chairs are also available at no extra cost.

Please see us/call us at Reception to make any arrangements.

Smoking/Vaping

NO SMOKING OR VAPING INSIDE UNITS – please consider the next guests to occupy your unit. Smoking anywhere on the property is discouraged but if you must please do so well away from other people and use an ash tray and then dispose of butts responsibly in a bin.

Rubbish / Recycling

A number of bin stations are located around the resort where you can dispose of your household rubbish and recyclables. If you need any help to find a bin station please see us/call us at Reception.

Tennis Court

Free for use by guests –   no court bookings required. Simply wait your turn if necessary and when on the court please consider others who may be waiting. If you require tennis rackets they are available for hire at the service station at the entrance to the resort.

Lawns

Our lawns are for recreation and an important feature at Siesta thus please help us look after them by:

  • Not parking cars on lawns and no tipping hot water on them (which kills patches of lawn).
  • Please keep your equipment neat and tidy so all guests can freely use the shared lawn areas while also ensuring it does not obstruct the sprinklers overnight, with storing off lawns preferred thanks.
  • See info about tents and BBQ Fire Rules.
  • Please do not take our mats or blankets outside and spread on the lawn as they collect twigs, leaves etc.

Tents

TENTS cannot be erected regardless of whether it is intended for sleeping in or shade.

SHADE ENCLOSURES that have no sides or flymesh sides and no floor can be erected and placed on the lawn areas but they need to be moved to a different location regularly to minimise wear, overshading and to allow sufficient sprinkler water to irrigate lawn. Shade enclosures with floors can only be placed off the lawn area as the floor will burn the lawn when left in sun and the lawns are also deprived of water and light.

Drinking Water

The tap water at Siesta is very good drinking water which comes from our private bore located on our property 2km south of Caves Road. This pristine water is drawn from the Leederville aquifer between 30 to 50m below ground and then it passes through a simple sand/ iron filter before it reaches your tap. Enjoy.

Internet

A limited free Wifi for internet connection is available from the area near Reception 1 at the entry to the resort. The access point will come up named “siesta” and you can get the password from us at reception or phone us on 9755 4016. We have purposely not  reticulated wifi throughout the whole property as we believe this to be a powerful and unnecessary distraction for children in particular who need every encouragement to enjoy the healthy and novel experiences that this resort and the region offer.

Electric Car Charging

We are not setup for guests to charge electric cars at the resort (including a fair fee system) so we ask kindly that guests refrain from doing so. Charging stations are located at Busselton and Dunsborough.

Troubleshooting and Tips

TV/DVD Information

  • If TV will not turn on check that the power switch located at bottom edge of TV is ON
  • If TV remote fails use manual buttons found on left hand edge of TV. Hired DVD players similarly have manual buttons. Replacement remotes are available from reception in normal office hours.
  • Program information can be displayed by pressing the EPG button on the remote.
  • If display size appears strange press ZOOM button and ensure AUTO is selected.
  • Please do not remove/move the AV leads found in the TV. If you need to plug in your own camera or play station etc we have adaptors that we can loan to you that go on the end of our AV leads and allow connection.
  • See DVD player connection instructions and tips on the wall near TV.

DVD Players available for hire from reception (limited number).

BBQ Fire Rules

Our wood fired bbq’s are becoming something of a novelty but we are hoping to retain them for many years to come and a reasonable and common sense approach to how they are used is required. Please be aware of the following very important points towards this –

  • In Summer and part Autumn (Dec to end of April) fires ONLY AFTER 5pm and if SUITABLE CONDITIONS- including offshore or no wind.
  • Fires to be of MODEST SIZE suitable for cooking and enjoyment. No stack up bonfires or unnecessary burning and wastage of wood.
  • Fires to be lit ONLY IN OUR FIXED BBQ FIREPLACES and definitely NO BYO Braziers, Ground, Beach or other fireplaces.
  • DO NOT LEAVE FIRE UNATTENDED
  • FIRE BANS are sometimes announced by authorities so check on https://www.emergency.wa.gov.au/#totalfirebans and react accordingly. Also please respect those who may bring this to your attention. We adopt a cautious but common sense approach in this regard.
  • In the event of any out of control fire report to reception immediately on

9755 4016 and if threatened by fire, evacuate the area and go to the beach.

If any questions please see us/ call us at Reception.

Firewood And Axes

  • Please chop wood at the woodpile to avoid mess and noise about the park.
  • We do not leave an axe at the woodpile for safety reasons so if you have your own axe please make sure you keep it at your unit in a safe place to ensure children do not use it. If you do not have an axe you can borrow one from the Reception.
  • Please do not damage the trees and shrubs by pulling their branches off to burn.

BYO Gas BBQ’s

Guests are welcome to bring their own gas bbq’s but please be mindful of where you set it up. If there is no lid while cooking and/or the fat drain/ collector is poor, they should not be placed on verandas for obvious reasons. If setting up off veranda, locate so no obstruction to other guests as they walk and ride by and preferably store off lawns at night so sprinklers are unobstructed.

Passive Ocean Recreation

We promote and nurture a safe and peaceful environment – particularly on the ocean. As such we require that any activities that can compromise this, such as jet skis, biscuiting and water skiing, be undertaken at an appropriate location away from the beach at Siesta. The closest ski area is 800m east of our jetty on the far side of the large rock groyne.

Swimming

Guests at Siesta Park have always enjoyed swimming in the calm and clear waters of the Bay in season. Please be aware of the seasonal presence of small jellyfish with trailing stings commonly known as ‘stingers’. If you are unaccustomed to them we can offer you some information at the Reception to help you avoid being stung and how best to deal with a sting.

Shark sightings in the region are becoming more common so please keep this in mind and swim close to shore and where people are looking out for each other. Please do not be alarmed by this, we merely want swimming to be a totally pleasant experience for you and we can offer more information and advice at the Reception.

Safe Beach

If erecting beach shelters or leaving dinghies, canoes etc on beach please be careful to avoid creating any hazards. For example we prefer star pickets are not used but if they are, end protectors are a must. Please ensure that any guy ropes need to be placed carefully to obstruct any informal walkways to the beach.

The jetty is for swimming and fishing from only with BOATS NOT TO USE JETTY for any purpose such as loading/unloading passengers or to tie up to.

The jetty is not suitable for diving off.

Skiing & 8 knot limit

Definitely no skiing or biscuiting etc from the beach in front of the resort which is reserved for passive and safe recreation. The closest designated ski area is 800m east of our jetty on the far side of the large rock groyne.

Jet Skis

Due to noise and safety issues, jet skis are not to be used in the vicinity of the resort. The Ski area 800m towards Busselton, on the far side of the large rock groyne is an appropriate place to take this craft.

Boating

•       Boat Ramps

Our ramp consists of rubber mats laid over the sand down to the waters edge from approximately October to May (weather permitting).

Boats up to 5.5 metres can usually be launched and recovered with a 4 wheel drive while small boats can be handled with a 2 wheel drive vehicle as long as wheels are kept on rubber mats.

Cars and trailers cannot be parked at the boat ramp area and need to be taken back to your unit or suitable vacant back area to keep the beach and lawn areas around the boat ramp clear.

Public boat ramps with finger jetties are at Abbey and Quindalup.

Please see us/call us at Reception for any advice and help if required.

•       Trailer Parking

Overnight parking of empty boat trailers needs to be in a suitable vacant back area away from the units to avoid creating a hazard and unnecessary congestion. Please see us/call us at Reception to direct you to a suitable area. Boats on trailers can generally be kept at or near to your unit but they do take up one allocated car bay.

•       Mooring Boats

Boats to be moored more than 50m away from the jetty (both sides) and well clear of boat ramp. It is important to keep the area around the jetty clear of boats and ropes for jetty fishers and swimmers. People who leave their boat moored in the ocean overnight generally do so by anchoring the bow pointing out to sea using a sand anchor out front and with a slightly slack rope back to the shore off the stern, allowing the boat to swing a little.

For our peak summer and autumn times we install back rope tie on points which when provided are to be used and thus avoid anchors, star pickets, rope hazards etc. This creates a standard and safe system of mooring boats in the interest of all beach goers. If you are unfamiliar with this system or have any questions at all including advice about the weather and the suitability to leave the boat in the ocean overnight, please see us/call us at Reception.

  • Jetty

The jetty is for swimming and fishing from only with BOATS NOT TO USE JETTY for any purpose such as loading/unloading passengers or to tie up to.

The jetty is not suitable for diving off. 

  • Wash down

Please do any washing down of boats and running of motors to flush in the vacant area up the Busselton end of the park where you will find a garden hose on a post for this purpose. Please do not do this at your unit to avoid the mess and chance of disturbing other nearby guests.

  • Vehicle and Boat Trailer Movements

Please avoid any unnecessary movement of vehicles and trailers, particularly in the early mornings as many guests at the resort don’t rise till after 8am. Plan early trips the afternoon before and preferably have boat in the water or on the beach ready for the morning. When leaving the beach in power boats go slowly keeping revs down low as noise off the water can easily cause disturbance. If preference is to not leave the boat in the water overnight and you are wanting to head out before 8am then please use a public boatramp.

  • Skiing and  8 knot limit

Definitely no skiing or biscuiting etc from the beach in front of the resort which is reserved for passive and safe recreation. The closest designated ski area is 800m east of our jetty on the far side of the large rock groyne.

  • Jet Skis

Due to noise and safety issues jet skis are not to be used in the vicinity of the resort. The ski area 800m towards Busselton is an appropriate place to take these crafts. Please see us/call us at Reception for more information.

  • Hire Boats

Rowing boats are available for hire at low rates. Please see us/call us at Reception for more information. You DO NOT require a fishing license to fish from a rowing boat.

  • Fish Cleaning

No fish cleaning inside or around the units – all cleaning to be done at the beach or in your boat if applicable. Boat fishers please take your remains back out well off shore to dispose. Shore based fishers please do not leave remains to litter the beach or the shallow waters. Please wrap remains well in newspaper and place in our general rubbish bins.

Booking Accommodation in Peak Times

For our peak times (such as the summer, autumn and spring school holidays and Easter) our accommodation is let by the week or other relevant block. We have an Application and Offer system to allocate our accommodation for the following year. To explain:

  • People who desire a booking in a peak time for the following

year make an APPLICATION with us, specifying the type/s of accommodation and the period/s that could suit.

  • We do not take applications more than 12 months ahead and people who hold a regular booking* must also lodge an application on their departure if they desire a booking for the following year (we do not assume this).
  • Based on the applications we receive we allocate our accommodation and send out OFFERS within 2 weeks of the conclusion of a peak period – for the same peak period in the following year.

For those who make an application but do not receive an offer within 3 weeks of the conclusion of a peak period, they can assume that we have unfortunately been unable to allocate them any accommodation at that time.

If we are unable to allocate a booking that person is welcome to call us to place their name on the Wait List in case there are any cancellations. We hold names on the Wait List for up to two months, we then cancel the name as usually the person has found something else by then. IF after two months the person is still interested in leaving their name on the Wait List they can phone us so we can note that they are still interested and we hold the name for another two months.

* A regular booking – is one when the same person/couple has been occupying a unit in the same relative period for at least 3 consecutive years (excluding any “one off” bookings). People who re-apply for a regular booking are not guaranteed an offer, however if they leave a neat and clean unit on departure and have shown due regard for fellow guests, our establishment and management, we will normally be able to again offer them another booking. In essence this system is guided by the principle of mutual respect.

An event such as a redevelopment that removes a unit or the rearrangement of school holidays by the Education Department are other examples where we may not be able to offer accommodation to people.

Note also that ‘regular’ bookings are not transferable to other family members or friends, who need to make an application in their own right.

Preferred Units

Some people have a preference for a particular unit. We will strongly consider y our preferences however please be aware that on occasions we may have to move you to a different unit in the same class at any time before arrival. We need to maintain this flexibility to avoid any potential problems and to maximise the use of our units – that in turn helps us to keep our costs reasonable and affordable.

Our Environment

Siesta Park Holiday Resort is an ECO Nature Tourism accredited business. This has been achieved due to the property’s special natural features plus the efforts that management and guests have taken over many years to preserve and show due regard for our beautiful environment. Please help us continue this and also contribute towards reducing our carbon emissions. The following points may be of interest:

Siesta has a healthy population of environmentally ‘threatened’ Western Ringtail Possums living on the property. By day they sleep in their stick nests or ‘dreys’ so please do not disturb them. By night they come out to frolic and feed on the peppermint tree leaves. You are welcome to walk about the property to observe them by torchlight and you will find they are quite shy and rarely come close to humans.

Many native birds inhabit the property and nest here. Some of the more common species include wattle birds, butcher birds, magpies, blue wrens, bronze wing pigeons, multiple parrot species and the nocturnal tawny frogmouth owl. There is also a family of ducks which when not living on the wetland in winter/spring they spend time at Siesta paddling on the ocean and muzzling into the ground in search of food. Small bats also will often be seen flying in the floodlights at night catching insects and large native black skinks are quite common and often mistaken for a snake as its tail is seen disappearing into the woodpile or bush.

The abundant tall peppermint trees are very important in many ways including providing the main habitat for many bird species plus the leaves are the staple food for the ringtail possums. The significant tree canopy helps keep the units and grounds shaded and cool in summer plus buffer us from  winter storms and they provide  year round beauty and character. We plant numerous peppermint trees and coastal shrubs every  year to effectively replace the aging  ones which will eventually perish. Our lawns receive summer watering and annual fertilising  and this significantly assists the health of the peppermint trees within the vicinity.

By choosing to not have air conditioning on your holiday you are straight away having an important and positive impact on minimising emissions and our carbon footprint and similarly by choosing to not have a spa or bath on your holiday you are having an important and positive impact on conserving water and energy. Fortunately the naturally shady grounds, soothing sea breezes and calm and clear waters of Geographe Bay help make your environmentally responsible choice a pleasure.

There are further simple things that you can do while you are here on holidays that will help minimise emissions and waste probably like you do at home. Things like taking modest length showers, by separating your recyclables and placing them in special collection bins provided, by not burning firewood unnecessarily or excessively, by turning lights and heaters off/ down when not required.

When a hot day is expected the following tips might help to keep your unit as cool as possible. While your unit is cool in the morning shut all windows, doors and curtains to keep the heat out. Perhaps spend more time outside in the shade, on the veranda or swimming in the ocean and then when the day is cooling and the sea breeze is in, open windows and let cooler air in. Similarly to keep heat inside in the winter, close the curtains at night and keep doors and windows shut to prevent heat from escaping so heaters can be operated at a modest setting.

From our side we are working on a number initiatives in our office and about the property to continue to help improve environmental conditions and to reduce our carbon emissions and waste. This includes a photo electric power generation that provides us with much of our electricity requirement when the sun is shining and any excess generated electricity is pumped into the community/Western Power grid for free. We hope you can notice some of the things we do because we certainly appreciate that you have already shown your appreciation of the environment and your ability to keep things simple and sustainable just by choosing to stay with us.

The History of Siesta Park

The Siesta Park property was purchased by the late Ivan and Dulcie Tickle in 1946 and was named by Ivan after his launch, Siesta, which caught fire and was lost during a rescue operation involving a downed aircraft in a training exercise over Cockburn Sound off Fremantle during WW II.  The Siesta was part of the Naval Auxiliary Patrol and following the war the government reimbursed Ivan for his loss. These funds largely financed the purchase of the property in Busselton, so while the loss of his launch was a sad and personal loss, what more appropriate name for the newly acquired property than Siesta Park.

The property faces due north looking across Geographe Bay and is nearly 400m wide. The current area of the property on the beach side of Caves Road, is around 6 hectares (15 acres) but it is interesting  to note that it was twice this size as per the original 1892 high water mark title which illustrates the severe erosion that the property has experienced since it was first surveyed.

Prior to the Tickles there were three owners of the property that began in 1892 when a very large area of land, Location 5, was granted to a Mr Richard Gale by the Government. Mr Gale did not develop any part of the land but subdivided it into 400 metre ‘strips’, giving arable land to the south, progressing to swamp and finally beach. The second owner of the particular Siesta Park strip, in 1915 was Angus Gilchrist who had six very basic cottages built on it and who named the property Peppermint Park. The third owner was Ron Tough who had an engineering business in Perth. However, with extra demands on his business during World War II he was pleased to be relieved of the erosion and other issues associated with owning  this property ‘down south’ and sold to Ivan Tickle soon after the war ended in 1946.

Ivan and Dulcie’s 16 year old son Phil was the first family member to permanently reside on the park with the caretakers and he was apprenticed under the guidance of Ivan’s gun carpenter and foreman, Alf Smith. Together they undertook the many of the first tasks of setting up Ivan’s vision for Siesta Park, including building a caretakers residence, a workshop and setting up ex-Army tents on board floors. Other projects in the early years included building a number of small caravan-like cabins and moving the original six unlined beach shacks back about 50 meters from the encroaching shoreline. These were rebuilt, lined and a bathroom added. Electricity came to the area in 1960 and allowed for fridges to replace the ice chests and electric stoves to replace the kerosene burners plus relieve the use of the parks own diesel powered 24vdc system that was run in peak periods to provided light.

Caves Road was a dirt road then and carried only a few cars each day. Phil rode his bike leisurely along it, gun over the handlebars for perhaps the odd rabbit with his faithful collie dog Darkie following behind.

The severe winter storms and erosion problems in the early years were of great concern to the family and a major challenge to Ivan and Phil as they waged an ongoing battle to develop successful methods to combat it.  There were many experiments with sleeper walls and alike that did not stand up but the wooden style groynes were by far their most effective and lasting method . The large rock groyne 800m to the east of the property was built in two stages by the-then Public Works Department in 1965/1967 and this has proved to be a major factor in stabilising the beachfront to the west, and up to and including this property.

Ivan sadly passed away at aged 54 in 1958, having had little satisfaction for his efforts as a pioneer in the industry. He did however get to take many fishing parties out into the Geographe Bay on his 26 foot boat of that era, the Skylark and enjoyed some fantastic fishing experiences with Phil and many park guests. He also got to see Phil launch his beloved 35 foot boat Siesta II that he built on the shores of the property from 1954 to 1958 and with which he then professionally fished and chartered for about 7 years before reluctantly selling her to concentrate more on the holiday park.

Phil and his mother Dulcie carried on with Siesta and Phil married Margaret, who had a nursing background, in 1960 and she soon got into the swing of helping manage the park.  In 1992 Phil’s mother Dulcie passed away suddenly at the age of 86 after many many years of being our pleasant and popular ‘bookings lady’.

The property catered for caravans and camping in an informal setting up until this was closed in 1980 and this was extremely popular in its time and guests booked their same sites each year and renewed friendships made with fellow caravaners over the years.

Later in 1988 Phil and Marg’s son Greg returned from study to help in running the park. This led to a major surge in the development of the property included the renovation of the older chalets and the building of the villas in various stages.

In 1996 Greg married Jane and she joined the family management team and took on the responsibility for reservations.

Over the years there has been a succession of jetties provided, each an improvement on the previous one. The adventure playground equipment, mainly crafted by Phil, seems to be a never-ending source of fun for the kids and the young at heart, including the flying fox and tarzan swing. The jarrah furnishings in all the units were also crafted by Phil and reflect his shared passion and appreciation for our local native hardwood timbers.

Interestingly the 3km coastal strip spanning our holiday park now carries Siesta Park as the local locality name following a period up to the mid-1980s when the Siesta Park shop/service station, located at the entry to the park on Caves Road, operated as a postal agency for the local residents .

After a very fortunate, full and rewarding life Phil passed away suddenly in 2015 at 84 years of age. He had thrived in the environment he came to as a 16 year old and was one of the early individuals to catch waves at Yallingup, go spear fishing all around to Augusta and make intrepid forays out into the Bay in various boats. Another of many adventures was to sail around Australia in an S&S 34 yacht, departing and arriving back home to the mooring at Siesta Park, at the age of 65. Encouraged to write an article concerning a particular incident of historical interest, he continued to write short snippets and produced a reasonably sized book titled Stories From the Bay and Beyond less than a year before he passed away.

The property has always maintained a spacious and casual atmosphere in a natural setting and in this sense not much has changed. The family plan to continue to operate Siesta in a similar style as into the foreseeable future and in line with our more recent ‘eco’ accreditation. We regard our long established guests and their growing families as our most valued asset and strive to provide a safe and peaceful environment for all to come and enjoy. For our part we consider ourselves fortunate to enjoy the lifestyle that Siesta provides and we do get some satisfaction from the fact that it remains a family-run business of such long standing and by the same family.

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