Happy end to hectic holidays
IF you listened carefully you could hear a sigh of relief across the Lower Clarence on Australia Day as the summer holidaymakers drove out of the Valley, marking the end of the ‘silly season’.
Just as welcome as the summer tourist trade was in the region, managers of holiday parks and hospitality staff have embraced the slowdown this week and begun to restock and regroup their businesses.
Co-owner of the Sound Lounge Cafe at Yamba, Collette Adams, said it was by far the busiest summer she had experienced, describing the past six weeks as a blur.
“It was crazy, the rush just didn’t stop all day, every day,” she said.
“Everyone just worked their butts off.”
Despite the hard work, Collette said she had no complaints and welcomed the tourists and their business. “Now all we need is to have a big party and celebrate that we got through it for another year,” she said.
But it’s not just the staff who have welcomed the slow down around Yamba.
“All of the locals disappeared over summer but they’re all starting to come back now, which is great,” Collette said.
Across the river at the Iluka Riverside Tourist Park, manager Lynne Wright said they too had happily survived a busy summer.
“Everything went well and we were very, very busy right through,” she said.
With occupancy rates right down this week, Lynne said they could start work on getting the park grounds back up to scratch. But as has become the trend in the Lower Clarence, the reprieve won’t last long.
“We’re already starting to get the grey nomads through and we’re nearly booked out for Easter so we’re getting ready for that now,” Lynne said.