Ideal weather draws big crowds to parks and camp grounds
THE sunny weather over the Easter long weekend saw caravan parks and camp grounds across the Clarence Valley packed out.
Brooms Head Caravan Park manager Paul Brooks said the park could have been filled again with the amount of people he had to turn away after they ran out of vacant spots.
"We were a full house for the whole time, so it was a very busy weekend," he said.
Mr Brooks has only managed the park for the past six months, but said people visiting the park were coming from further north in Queensland.
"We've had people come down from the Sunshine Coast and even further north as well. A lot of people when they want to have a holiday they want to get away and discover the simple things.
"We might not have the flash restaurants or a theme park, but we've got nature that people can discover. It's a unique location with its beach front and National Park, so it's very laid back and relaxed."
With Easter running into the Queensland school holidays and then into the NSW school holidays, caravan park managers were expecting crowds to remain up over the five week block.
Calypso Yamba Holiday Park manager Karen Toms said their park was booked out a long time in advance.
"Yamba has been really busy, and the park has been full which is wonderful," she said.
"The saying goes that Yamba runs on sunshine so everyone has been happy."
Mrs Toms said the large number of Queensland holiday-makers is normal, and will continue to grow as more highway work is completed.
"Queensland is getting closer and closer, and I think as more highway work gets done, the closer we get time wise and the busier we will get," she said.
"There were a lot of people who have come down for the first time this Easter, and they've said they were surprised with the highway work and the travel time has been shortened considerably for them."
Wooli Caravan Park manager Chris Priem said their park was also extremely busy.
"The weather was good, and crowds have been better than previous years because of the weather," he said.
"It was one of the best Easters we've had in a very long time."