Mur’bah’s newest happy campers
IT DIDN'T take long for word to spread in the close-knit motor home community about the new legal camping facilities launched at Murwillumbah Showgrounds late last year.
The site is already attracting about a dozen campers a night at $20 per couple, according to Allan Brown, honorary secretary of the Murwillumbah Showgrounds Trust.
Mr Brown estimates the visitors are injecting $20,000 per week into the local economy once their support of shops and local attractions is factored in.
Many who only intended to stay overnight were extending their stays.
"They love the fact that it's all kept neat and tidy and there's clean toilet facilities," Mr Brown said.
"We had a caravan club there last week and they spent $18,000 in the local district."
When the Tweed Daily News visited last week there were 11 happy campers, including Tino Damhuis. Mr Damhuis and his wife Karen and dog Nari are originally from South Australia, but have been on the road for six months.
They've been using the showgrounds as an economical base while they seek medical treatment on the Gold Coast and spend time with family members.
Mr Damhuis said he was impressed with the facilities and the picturesque location.
"It's clean and it's tidy," he said.
He said $20 a night was about the going rate for such facilities around the country.
Robin and Sharyn Hancox saw the showgrounds advertised on a camper van social media site and planned to stay for several days.
The Brisbane couple were effusive in their praise for the site.
They had been exploring the region during their stay including a visit to Tyalgum, which they were very impressed with.
They were eagerly anticipating their next planned trip to Nimbin.
They said they had been supporting local retailers..
"We spent $100 at the markets yesterday," Ms Hancox said.
Funds contributed by the campers help pay for maintenance of the grounds. The site was opened after Tweed Council closed free camping options in the shire.