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Holiday shake-up

Sibling fun: brother and sister, George and Eva Conway from South Melbourne spent the Labour Day long weekend away at Toora Tourist Park, which was busy despite a bushfire at Wilsons Promontory National Park.

A BUSHFIRE at Wilsons Promontory National Park resulted in the bookings of more than 1900 visitors being cancelled.
The fire also left visitors to other accommodation in South Gippsland concerned for their safety.
More than 1900 people had booked accommodation at the Prom, including at the lighthouse and at Tidal River, and overnight hikes. All bookings will be reimbursed.
The fire was yesterday (Tuesday) contained and had burnt 323ha.
Chris Chapman, acting chair of Prom Country Regional Tourism, said, “There were some cancellations for the long weekend but there have also been some new accommodation enquiries. Anecdotal evidence suggests very few accommodation providers have been negatively impacted.
“Campsites and cabins have been in high demand since the Prom closure was announced, which would suggest that many campers have sought to find alternative accommodation within our region.
“Prom Country Regional Tourism, in conjunction with the Prom Country Visitor Information Centre, have put together an accommodation availability list to help connect potential visitors to accommodation vacancies. This appears to have been well-received.”
As of last Friday, Toora Tourist Park was almost completely booked, with just six cabins vacant. Manager Rachel Brown said park guests were concerned about the fire.
“One person actually wanted to cancel their booking until I explained that it was safe,” she said.
“Everyone who calls has been asking whether or not the park is safe to stay at.”
Staff at the BIG4 Inverloch Holiday Park expected to pick up extra bookings due to the fire.
“We expected to be pretty full,” manager Chris Neilson said, noting that on Friday the park was already almost at booking capacity.
A Parks Victoria spokesperson said the park had been evacuated of 2000 visitors on March 2 after the fire started.
“Visitors with camping and accommodation bookings have been contacted to receive a full refund. Licensed tour operators and key stakeholders have also been informed of the closures,” the spokesperson said.
“Smoke from the fires will continue to be visible in the local communities and firefighting personnel and vehicles will be in the area.”
The Prom will re-open at 9am this Friday, March 15.
Parks Victoria urged visitors to see other coastal parks in Gippsland that were open over the long weekend, including the nearby Cape Liptrap Coastal Park.
PCRT released a list of 11 “fun things to do in Prom Country this autumn. These included using the Prom Country Road Rally app, walking on a trail, visiting the Long Jetty at Port Welshpool, exploring galleries and dining out, riding a rail trail, picnicking at Agnes Falls, taking a tour, visiting Coal Creek Community Park and Museum at Korumburra and bird watching.

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