It was the skyrocketing demand for short-term accommodation that first prompted Amanda and Tim Hogg to list their family home on Airbnb and move into a caravan.

Key points:

  • Eyre Peninsula accommodation booking businesses are experiencing record numbers of holiday-makers
  • Local realtors have seen a rise in clients turning their rental properties into short-term stays
  • Home owners are choosing to list their properties for rent in peak visitor seasons

Now, the boom in regional tourism during the COVID-19 pandemic has helped them take their business even further.

“We have built tiny homes that are on trailers so they are not a permanent fixture in the ground, and they can be moved,” Amanda Hogg said.

The pair has been working with local landholders to secure locations for their off-grid homes.

Two people stand on the front deck of a tiny home with a sunset backdrop.

The first tiny home built by Amanda and Tim Hogg on the Eyre Peninsula.(Supplied: Tim and Amanda Hogg)

Their first tiny, sustainable house is called Yambara, meaning “out of sight” in the local Barngarla language, and overlooks Sleaford Bay and the Port Lincoln National Park.

“There’s not a lot in that higher-end accommodation field, and we really wanted to target that market,” Ms Hogg said.

‘I’ve never had a year like this’

The owner of accommodation booking service Visit Port Lincoln, Di Dennis, believes the high tourist demand will continue.

“I’ve been doing this for 20 odd years, and I’ve never had a year like this,” Ms Dennis said.

A woman in a grey shirt standing in front of a wall of pamphlets.

Di Dennis says people are buying properties specifically to rent them short-term.(ABC News: Dylan Smith)

The pandemic has brought a rise in the number of people listing their properties for short-term rental during busy periods.

The principal of Raine and Horne Real Estate in Port Lincoln, Steve Prout, agreed there had been a big increase in people wanting to take advantage of the booming short-term rental market.

A man in a check shirt stands in front of a beige wall.

Steve Prout says many rental property owners are letting them out short-term.(ABC News: Dylan Smith)

“It’s quite a common conversation we’re having, particularly in the regional sea-front types of areas,” Mr Prout said.

He said many of his clients had turned their full-time rental properties into overnight accommodation stays.

“We’ve certainly seen probably around 10 per cent of our rent-roll back into short-term accommodation, whilst this perfect storm is existing anyway.”

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