Tourist influx welcome
FROM Phillip Island to Woodside, tourist and camping parks are just about full.
Tens of thousands of tourists will hit towns in the Bass Coast and South Gippsland shires for the busy Christmas and New Year holiday period.
Many park operators are fully booked until mid-January, providing a huge boost to the local economy.
Inverloch always attracts huge crowds during the summer holidays and this year will be no different. Big 4 Inaverloch Holiday Park and Inverloch Foreshore camping manager Carol Adams anticipates another busy year.
“We are fully booked right though until mid-January and I think most of Inverloch’s accommodation would be the same,” Ms Adams said.
“The New Year week will be enormous in Inverloch. There will be people everywhere and we have fireworks on New Year’s Eve at 9.30pm and that attracts huge crowds.
“Inverloch is a very popular place for holiday-makers, with the inlet and surf beaches providing for all. It is a great place for family holidays. There is just such a good atmosphere.”
This year, Ms Adams is providing a range of activities for children in conjunction with the Inverloch Environment Centre.
“There will be mangrove walks, netting, possum prowls, rock pool rambles and visits to dinosaur digs; and in the park we will run kids’ discos and movie nights, so it should be a lot of fun,” she said.
Phillip Island is a popular tourist destination. The Big 4 Phillip Island Caravan Park at Newhaven is full until mid-January.
At Grantville’s French Views Caravan Park, owner Helen Zervopoulos is looking forward to a good
“We are already pretty full up with permanents and desal workers, but we are getting a lot of campers booking into the park,” she said.
“I think a lot of people are looking for a cheaper holiday and we are getting bookings from all over.
“A lot of people use Grantville as a base as it isn’t far from Phillip Island, Inverloch and Cape Paterson. We are going to be busy and it is great for the region.”
Waratah Bay Caravan Park has fully booked, with guests from across Victoria.
“The cabins are all fully booked till the end of January, so it is all looking good for a busy season,” the park’s Colleen Clements said.
Port Welshpool’s Long Jetty Caravan Park manager Belinda Kimball said the park is fully booked for the Christmas and New Year.
“We were fully booked virtually by July and August, and last year the bookings really didn’t come in until the September,” she said.
“A lot of people who came to stay during the year booked to come back for Christmas. People come from just about everywhere to stay at the park, from all parts of the state, and we do get people from overseas.”
At the Toora Tourist Park, owner Rachel Brown said bookings are “pretty good”.
“It has been a bit slower than other years but the phone is still ringing and we are filling up fast,” she said.
“The first two weeks are nearly full, with just some small gaps here and there. We still have availability during the middle of January, but this is normal and usually fills up if the weather is kind.”
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