Surge hits the beach
By TOBY WALKER
NO vacancy signs might be haunting last-minute arrivals to Yamba but the thousands of people who booked early are enjoying the sun and sand of the popular Clarence Valley holiday spot.
According to Sharon Mitchell, a partner in Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort, accommodation at the resort is booked solid through until the middle of next month, and even then there is little room for extras through most of February.
Owners and proprietors of the Calypso Holiday Park at Yamba and the Brooms Head Caravan Park reported a similar situation.
A Calypso Holiday Park employee said she had been turning people away as all spots had been taken by those keen to be near the beach over the new year.
She was surprised to see so many people from centres like Grafton and other local towns booked in for a stay.
And while Yamba has long been known for its beaches, surrounding national parks and great fishing spots, there is a new attraction turning heads this summer on the Clarence River.
Cheeky Bee is the six-and-ahalf metre jet boat tearing up the water for tourists keen to boost their sight-seeing adventure with a bit of adrenalinecharged fun.
Yamba Jet Boats partner David Mitchell said Cheeky Bee had proved a hit with tourists and locals alike so far this holiday season, with about 100 paying customers heading out each day.
The tours have been leaving on the hour for a 45-minute trip to lower parts of the Clarence River, followed by some circle work at Goodwood Island, allowing people to experience the boat's full capabilities.
Mr Mitchell said the boat had been purpose-built for the adventure tours after adults had been repeatedly turned away from joining their kids on complimentary boat rides offered by the resort during the past 12 years.