Sunny skies greet Clarence Coast holiday makers
BLUE Dolphin Holiday Resort manager Andrew Parr is hoping for more of the same when it comes to the weather.
After an unseasonably warm start to autumn, Mr Parr was hopeful the sunshine would continue to shine for the next two weeks as families enjoy the NSW school holidays.
"The last couple of years the Easter holidays have been wet and miserable, so as long as the weather stays the way it's been, it will be a good couple of weeks," he said. "The good weather helps with the last-minute bookings. If people can look at the weather forecast and see it's going to be fine they're more likely to decide to head over for the weekend."
Queensland tourists have lapped up the sunshine during the the past fortnight but are set to resume school next week with retailers and accommodation providers to then be kept busy as NSW students enjoy two weeks of holidays. Mr Parr said he was gearing up for another busy fortnight, with the Yamba holiday park enjoying occupancy rates similar to this time last year.
"Ideally we would love the holidays to be separate every year but they're both busy holidays for us," he said.
Yamba Chamber of Commerce president Sue Hughes said the Easter weekend had marked the start of a positive month.
"Easter was very, very busy with some businesses reporting trading figures like the Christmas period," she said.
"The past two weeks of Queensland school holidays have been busy and we are expecting some decent crowds in the town and good things over the NSW school holidays.
"If the weather holds out the way it has been, it all looks very positive."
Calypso Caravan Park manager Karen Toms said the traditional trend is for the NSW holidays to be a bit quieter than the Queensland break.
"We find that families on the Gold Coast and Brisbane want to escape the crowds but some NSW families want to do things like go to Dreamworld," she said.