Brian and Lynn Schirripa have lived and worked in the Adelaide Hills for over 36 years, and their adult children; Karlyn, Luke and Trent – all of their lives. They relish life in the Adelaide Hills community, are experienced business owners and have sound family values and work ethics, community spirit, and a strong commitment to regional sustainability, supporting their community through local sponsorship and active involvement in State and Regional Tourism Industry Associations.
The Schirripa’s Vision was to create an innovative, sustainable, profitable long term family tourism business which through continual improvement will prosper for generations to come. They want our guests to connect with the Adelaide Hills Region through unique experiences, BIG4 Hahndorf Resort’s proximity to the Main Street of Hahndorf (South Australia) and surrounding areas, and through developing collaborative opportunities with other Adelaide Hills Businesses and Tourism bodies. Their goal is to provide quality, diverse and unique facilities, recreational activities, experiences and service in a spacious, picturesque natural environment, creating experiences encapsulating the best of our Adelaide Hills on one unique site.
In 2013 an intensely neglected, but aesthetic large acreage accommodation, Caravan and Camping (of sorts!) site in Hahndorf, (South Australia), caught their eye. They envisaged innovative ways of transforming the property by completely rebuilding and rejuvenating it to realise its full potential as a premium, diversified resort business. Taking a leap of faith they sold their mushroom farm and harnessing their passion for the beauty and uniqueness of the area, traded produce markets for Tourism. Having removed truckloads of rubbish, a major transformation of the dilapidated property occurred through development of diverse, new and upgraded quality infrastructure.
Following this significant investment, planning and development, BIG4 Hahndorf Resort is now a substantial tourism accredited property; Set on 32 acres of gentle hills, lakes and bushland, with magnificent Adelaide Hills views BIG4 Hahndorf Resort now offers choice; providing 66 Caravan and Camping sites with accompanying new facilities, and capacity for 190 guests in modern 4 Star accommodation types. BIG4 Hahndorf Resort provides a base to explore and experience the Adelaide Hills, whilst providing diverse onsite experiences through conference and event facilities, a Bistro, and activities including Mini-Golf and a Jumping Cushion.
What the family has achieved through vision, faith, investment and hard work is nothing short of amazing… their passion and enthusiasm seems endless and the tourism accredited Resort has seen plenty of accolades. BIG4 Hahndorf Resort was recently awarded the Best Caravan and Holiday Park in Australia at the 2019 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards; as well as being inducted into the 2019 South Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame after winning Best Caravan and Holiday Park in South Australia for three consecutive years.
The on-site Adelaide Hills Convention Centre has also achieved incredible milestones over the years including being named Best Business Event Venue in Australia at the 2017 and 2018 Qantas Australian Awards. The Adelaide Hills Convention Centre also was inducted into the 2019 South Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame after taking home the title of Best Business Event Venue in South Australia for three consecutive years.
The Resort isn’t just one thing to one target market – it is unique in the Adelaide Hills region, being the only tourism development that offers the capacity and diversity through choice of onsite quality facilities, services and experiences that cater for a diverse range of ages and needs – conveniently contained within one picturesque property. Hahndorf Resort’s location is also ideal – only 25mins from Adelaide City Centre, and conveniently located 800m from the Main Street of historic Hahndorf (South Australia), attracting visitors and providing a base to explore and experience the Adelaide Hills.
The Schirripa Family are committed to tourism excellence with Brian quoted saying: “I believe that no-one is better than anyone else, but I had the luck to learn from my father and mother, a good understanding of business, customer service, and the value of hard work and strong family ties”. This philosophy applies to their tourism business, providing passionate and innovative approaches to provide customers with excellence in all aspects of their stay with us.