Arrival and Departure
Arrival to the resort is After 3pm.
Departure from the resort is By 10.00am.
– Please drop the key and any car parking cards to Reception when departing from the resort.
– If departing earlier than 8.30am please leave the unit key and card/s on the table of the unit you are occupying, lock and close the door on the way out and then call on 97554016 after 8.30am to advise you have departed (or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
– Please note the “On Departure” check list in your kitchen (including cleaning requirements).
No early arrival or late departure in peak times or for one night bookings and specials sorry but at other times early arrival and late departure up to one hour is sometimes possible and guests are welcome to call us on 97554016 the evening before arrival or departure to check.
Please note that unless otherwise arranged (under special circumstances) arriving and departing guests cannot be “visitors” to effectively arrive early or depart 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 with children and the 8kph speed restriction (fast walking pace) is a State regulation that applies to all licensed family holiday parks. Also when making any vehicle movements please be very careful and aware including checking behind vehicle before any reversing.
Adventure Play Equipment, Jetty etc
Siesta has some great adventure play equipment, private jetty, tennis court, basketball hoop and more. Guests need to have accepted and signed our our Liability Waiver to use these facilities which includes the requirement that the responsible adult guest/s need to go to the playground areas and the jetty to assess the suitability of these and other items for your children and supervise and instruct accordingly.
See the Park Plan for the location of the playgrounds, jetty and other facilities.
e-Scooters, Bikes, Motorbikes etc
– No riding of bikes or e-scooters after dark for obvious safety reasons.
– Riding to and from the playground, shop or other destination is encouraged but no repetitive riding around the park, especially when fast.
– Wearing of bike helmets within the resort area is for parents to decide.
– Longer and faster riding can be done on the public cycle/walkway to Busselton and Dunsborough that you will find at the service station at the entrance of the resort.
– No use of any other unlicensed motorbikes or any other unlicensed vehicles other than e-scooters, as described above.
– Recharging e-scooters, e-bikes can be problematic including potential for fire. If you have one and would like to charge it please discuss this with us at reception.
At all times please consider other guests to avoid any impact and annoyance. You need to be mindful of the volume of your conversations, laughter, music (only very low level if at all) to ensure you are not heard outside of your personal space when socialising.
No Party Policy
To minimise the chance of annoyance to other guests we have a No Party Policy. A low key celebration amongst guests who are staying here and does not involve people staying elsewhere or living locally is generally ok as long as this can be done with no impact on other guests. Party’s should be arranged to take place at a suitable public location or venue.
If you are part of a group booking please note –
– Groups can easily create excessive noise including loud conversations, laughter, singing and music plus other issues. The larger the group the greater the potential of impact and annoyance to other guests. If gathering to socialise, choose a place in the middle of your own space plus a conscious and ongoing effort is required to ensure that your groups noise does not elevate to a level that can be heard outside your area and impact on others.
– If a group cannot operate harmoniously and without impact and annoyance to others, the opportunity for the group to rebook will be lost.
– Visitors of Groups only increase the already higher potential impact of groups on others guests (compared to Standalone Bookings) and thus groups need to generally catch up with their visitors at a suitable public location/venue, in keeping with our Visitor and No Party Policies. Groups please make any visitor queries and requests at reception or call 97554016.
– Before departing please check your inventories and return any items to their respective units such as cutlery, crockery, blankets, chairs etc.
– Guests are welcome to have an occasional visitor (as a novelty event for the visitor) for a short catch up while considering that Siesta offers a very uncluttered, private and safe environment for all paying guests and visitation by others staying elsewhere or living locally can compromise this.
– All facilities are provided and insured for use by our booked in/paying guests who have signed our Liability Waiver, thus visitors may not help themselves although a novelty/insignificant use by a visitor in the company of an adult guest is generally acceptable. Note however that our boat ramp is unavailable for use by visitors at all times, as is fishing or crabbing from our small jetty.
– 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 97554016 when they arrive as we will require their name and contact details ) 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 at reception or call 97554016.
– SPECIAL NOTE TO GROUPS – Groups need to generally catch up with their visitors at a suitable public location/venue, in keeping with the No Party and Groups policies. Groups please make any visitor queries and requests at reception or call 97554016.
Parking at Units
Up to 2 cars at our 2 and 1 bedroom units and 3 cars at our 3 bedroom units, however especially where large cars are involved it may not be possible to find space for this many cars in the informal parking space provided, in which case the car will need to be parked in a suitable overflow parking area – see Park Plan. This overflow parking area is also where all unloaded boat trailers (overnight) and other trailers need to be parked along with any extra cars. Parking at the units is for guests only and not for use by visitors as described above.
This all greatly assists to keep the area around the units relatively uncluttered and safe for all and please call us at Reception if you have any questions.
No EV charging or power cords in unit car parks
For charging Electric Vehicles we provide 4 x EV Chargers at our tennis courts/laundry area for guest use only – see FAQs on this topic including what App to use. To run car fridges remove from car and placed carefully on a floor in your unit or on the verandah, where a suitable power point is available. No power cords into carparks for any reason. If you have a flat start battery please let us know and we may be able to assist with a jump start etc.
No BYO Electric heaters, Portable Air Conditioners or other high energy consuming appliances.
For the cooler months we supply adequate heating and for the hotter months we supply desk fans as per the different units description on our website. Guests cannot BYO additional heaters or portable air conditioners or any other high energy consuming appliances. To illustrate why this is necessary, consider that one standard 2400W electric heaters can use more than $23 of electricity per day (@40c / kWh) if left on all the time. Our property has always been operated in an eco-friendly way and keeping energy consumption to a minimum is one of our goals and priorities. Only if absolutely necessary, as a one off type arrangement we can supply an extra mid sized heater (limited availability) for $20/day.
No Smoking or Vaping in Units
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.
No Pets sorry
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.
Tents and Shade Enclosures
TENTS cannot be erected regardless of whether it is intended for sleeping in or for 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.
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 after cooking crabs for example (which kills patches of lawn).
– No spread out tarps or anything on the lawn that draws heat and burns the grass underneath. Similar to the discussion about Shade Enclosures above.
– 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 storage off lawns preferred thankyou.
– Please do not take our blankets or cushions outside and spread on the lawn as they collect twigs, leaves and dirt.
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 as 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 and common sense approach on this.
- In the event of any out of control fire report to reception immediately on 97554016 and if threatened by fire evacuate the area and go to the beach.
If any questions please see us/ call us at Reception.
Firewood, Chopping Block and Axes
– Following the end to native forest logging, guests now need to supply their own firewood and we suggest you bring or buy it pre-chopped to avoid mess and noise about the park.
– It may be that we leave some limited firewood from on property pruning etc at our woodpile/s in which case this will be an unexpected bonus.
– Please use the chopping block at our woodpile/s to chop any wood (ours or yours) and thus avoid mess and noise about the park.
– We do not leave an axe at the woodpile for safety reasons so please BYO axe and please 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 not obstructed.
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 97554016. 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. When in the playground full concentration is also required on the activity with minimal distraction to help ensure all participants remain safe.
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.
The federal Civil Aviation Safety Authority have drone rules for Australia plus there are state based privacy laws also need to be observed. We support all relevant federal and state laws and in addition, when other guests are using the beachfront area of the holiday resort, we require that drone flights by any guests be limited to a short fly (like 5 mins) to say just capture some images of your own group before packing the drone away. Extended flights can unreasonably cause other guests to feel uncomfortable and annoyed particularly as it is fair to assume the drone is filming.
Drone usage along the beachfront area is within a public open space area and if the need arises we suggest that any affected guests politely approach the guest using the drone and bring any indiscretion in accordance with this policy to their attention to help resolve the matter. If a reasonable approach is ignored by the guest using the drone then please bring this to our attention as this may affect the ability of the guest using the drone to make a future booking with us.
With regards to flying drones over our private property (all land up to the tree line on the ocean side of our beachfront lawns and bbq’s) we do not give our permission unless otherwise arranged. ie: our property is a drone free zone.
Washing machines and clothes dryers are in the laundry next to the tennis courts. Coin change and laundry sachets available from the Reception.
Rubbish / Recycling
A number of bin stations are located around the resort where you can dispose of your household rubbish and recyclables. Bin station locations are on our Park Plan otherwise please ask/call us at Reception.
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 gravity sand filter to extract iron before it reaches your tap. Enjoy.
We promote and nurture a safe and peaceful environment which includes on the beach and ocean areas in front of our property. The following information includes some Department of Transport regulations plus some house rules/policies that have helped to maintain this environment for decades. For example activities such as jet skis, biscuiting and water skiing need to be undertaken at an appropriate location away from the beach at Siesta, with the closest DoT designated ski area is 800m east of our jetty, on the far side of the large rock groyne.
Swimming and Safe Beach
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.
For those wishing to erect a Beach Shelter or anchor/leave a boat on the beach please ensure that you are familiar with the relevant policy guidelines – see below. The guidelines need to be followed to ensure that our guests do not unnecessarily obstruct public access along the beach or create any dangerous hazards and this will help ensure that the City of Busselton do not have reason to remove the ability to leave beach shelters erected overnight for example (as they have sought to do in the past).
The jetty is for swimming and fishing from only. There is a boat exclusion zone around the jetty and BOATS ARE NOT TO USE JETTY FOR ANY PURPOSE such as loading/unloading passengers or to tie up to.
Note that the water depth around the jetty can be very shallow thus diving from jetty is not suitable.
Skiing and 8 Knot speed limit
Definitely no skiing or biscuiting etc from the beach in front of the resort which is reserved for passive and safe recreation. There is an 8 knot limit out to 300m and the closest designated ski area, where you can travel to/along the beach at higher speed, is 800m east of our jetty on the far side of the large rock groyne.
To help preserve the relatively passive, quiet and safe area in front of Siesta Park Holiday Resort, please note –
– Other than taking your jet ski away and then returning to the beach at the holiday resort a couple of time per day, jet skis are not to be used in the vicinity. This means no changeovers from the beach in front of the holiday resort, regardless of the speed and no ongoing passes up and back along the back of the 300m line which can be annoying to others. These are our “house rules” which reflect a now well established etiquette required by of guests who have jet skis.
– In Geographe Bay it is a DoT rule that all boats (including jet skis) must travel at under 8 knots within 300m of the beach (see 300m marker buoys out the front of resort).
– Our suggested area to take your jet ski to is the designated ski area which is only 800m towards Busselton, on the far side of the large rock groyne where changeovers/turns can be taken etc. Along this 500m strip of coast, higher speeds are permitted within 300m which makes this an ideal place to base a group of people to change over and take off from. Alternatively, you may wish to take your jet ski for a long solo run along the coast while staying out behind the 300m / 8 knots line.
– Unfortunately there are some, who are not guests staying here, who blatantly speed through the restricted area at times so please do not take this as an example of how to behave and be aware we are often communicating and promoting with DoT to patrol our area and help reduce this public nuisance and safety concern.
Thank you for your cooperation
– 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 retrieved with a 4 wheel drive while very 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.
Boat Trailers and 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. See Park Plan or 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 will take up one of the units allocated parking spaces.
Anchoring/Mooring of Boats
Boats are to be anchored/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 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.
Vehicle and Boat 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 your preference is to leave your boat on its trailer overnight and you are wanting to head out before 8am then please take to public boat ramp say at Abbey or Quindalup and launch there.
Boat 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.
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.
Hire Row 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.
Beach Shelter Guidelines
If you have a beach shelter and wish to leave it erected overnight during your stay it needs to be in accordance with the following –
- No star pickets or any other materials that may lead to an injury in day or night.
- Use adequate hold down method for guy ropes, such as material bags or buckets of sand buried to tie downs on at least each corner and bury well so there is no chance of any wire handles or pegs being uncovered and kicked. When dis-erecting remove any buried bags etc and leave so that there is no sign that the shelter was ever there.
- No tents (simple open sided shades only).
- Be mindful to locate your shelter so it does not impede the use of the beach by others or damage the environment. This would include placing it at least 5m above the highest tide line but not so high that it is in the dunes and vegetation, while also making sure that it does not obstruct any of the informal beach tracks linking the lawns to the beach. This leaves say a 10m strip in which beach shelters are best paced.
- Be modest in the size of your shelter and what you place in it, including no old lounges etc (as there have been a few of in the past) to be in keeping with this natural, low key and non-exclusive public area. The current policy that the City has adopted allows for a day shelter of up to 15 square meters (ie: a little less than 4mx4m).
- Not for bulk storage of your beach/boating gear (take back to your unit) and be mindful to not leave anything of much value overnight as this only encourages visitation by thieves and vandals.
- Check your structure regularly to ensure that it is in good safe condition and has not been damaged by wind or vandals for example.
- Keep tidy and remove all rubbish daily.
At present the City of Busselton are tolerating beach shelters left erected overnight and if in accordance with these guidelines but there is no assurance that this will continue.
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.
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 dates 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.
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. 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.
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.
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 investment in PV (photovoltaic) electric power generation that provides us with some of our electricity requirement when the sun is shining and any excess generated electricity is pumped into the community/Western Power grid for free. Other initiatives include the installation of 4 x EV charge stations in 2023 and we have now nearly converted all lights to highly efficient led. For hot water, heat pumps are the main type of hot water system for our accommodation and this has dramatically reduced our power demand. 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 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. Around 2020 and Greg and Jane’s sons Blake and Kyle also returned from study to work full time and help run the park plus Jane’s daughter Naandi also assists with social media and other tasks.
Over the years there has been a succession of small jetties, 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. Unfortunately procuring public liability insurance provides an ongoing challenge in the modern era and in 2022 the flying fox and some other items were reluctantly removed to allow us to maintain our policy. The jarrah furnishings in all the units were also crafted by Phil and reflect his shared passion and appreciation for our local native Jarrah, Marri, Sheoak and Blackbutt 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 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.