Harvey's Fun Park goes on the market

HARVEY’S Fun Park is back on the market — and its days as a family friendly play venue could be numbered.

After 19 years on Gateway Island, owners Darren Harvey and his wife Tracey Brown are selling the tourist attraction.

Expressions of interest are sought for the two-hectare site, which includes a waterslide, jumping castle, mini golf course, train rides, play centre, kiosk and a manager’s residence.

Interestingly, the first advertisements — which ran in The Border Mail on Saturday — noted the huge potential for alternative uses.

Mr Harvey said the standout was as a caravan park, which he believed was a sought-after commodity in the area.

“This property lends itself to it, being on the Causeway and the Murray River,” he said.

“It’s a pretty unique piece of freehold.”

Mr Harvey and his father Garry ran the business as a fish farm and fun park until 2008, when they sold it.

But the deal fell through and it closed until 2012, when the Harveys reopened as a children’s fun park.

Mr Harvey said he believed the site’s previous incarnation as a fish farm had held back potential buyers, because it was “a hard business to be in and sustain”.

Since reopening as a fun park, he said business had been steady.

“It shows the need and want in Albury-Wodonga,” he said.

“A big town can sustain a lot of tourism.”

While sad to be saying goodbye to the family business, Mr Harvey said the time had come for a change after 19 years in hospitality.

“We’d like a weekend off,” he smiled.

“And dad’s 76, so he’d quite like to retire.”

He didn’t have a preferences as to what was done with the land.

“It will be a happy-sad day for us,” he said.

“We’ve been here a long time and we live here, so we will be out of a business, and out of house and home.”

Mr Harvey said the family would stay on in the Border region.

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