HAPPY HOLIDAYS: Greg, Reece and Shaun Goldblatt with Caleb and Caitlin Saunders and their dog Harli are staying at the Big River Ski Lodge and Holiday Park this week.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS: Greg, Reece and Shaun Goldblatt with Caleb and Caitlin Saunders and their dog Harli are staying at the Big River Ski Lodge and Holiday Park this week.

Visitors bring business joy

CAMPING grounds are swelling with holidaymakers, hotels are full to the brim, and Clarence Valley business owners are hardly complaining.

Maclean Riverside Caravan Park manager Cathy Aston said guests had flowed in since before Christmas and were sticking around for the summer holidays.

"We're totally booked out - got nothing left," Mrs Aston said.

"It's normally a bit quiet around this time and picks up over New Year's, but this year is great."

Mrs Aston said it was not just the holiday parks that benefited from the influx of visitors to the region over the festive season.

"It means we've got extra people in town and it's better to have them here spending money than going out of town," she said.

"I even went to the hairdressers and she was totally booked out which is just fantastic."

At Seelands, Big River Holiday Park is just as jam-packed with holiday-goers.

Manager Leanne Russell said they expected to see 600 people at the park over the festive period.

"Most arrive (today) and I think we will only have a couple of sites left," Mrs Russell said.

"We've got a lot of boating people coming but some just come because they like the atmosphere and we're pet friendly so they can bring their dogs which people love around

holiday time."

If you're struggling to find a place to set up the family for the holidays, Grafton Sunset Caravan Park said they still had plenty of room to accommodate travellers.

Malcolm Nott said they had about three cabins and 20 camping sites still available. "We get a lot of drop ins, but there's plenty of room if you're driving through," Mr Nott said.



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