Holiday crowds to invade Tweed
HUGE school holiday crowds are expected to arrive on the Tweed this weekend for Easter.
Queenslanders will lead the charge of visitors, packing out caravan parks and hotels over the long weekend.
Executive manager of Tweed Coast Holiday Parks Richard Adams said all seven parks from Tweed Heads to Pottsville were booked out.
“Easter is one of our big periods and we have been booked out for some time,” Mr Adams said.
“We have got seven parks full throughout Easter and we are expecting people to book again for next year as they leave.”
Mr Adams said bookings of 12 months in advance were not unusual, especially for on-site accommodation, as visitors sought to avoid disappointment at the popular parks.
He said 90 per cent of the Tweed market came from south-east Queensland, as travellers from the northern side of Brisbane could arrive in the shire within two hours of leaving home.
Tweed Tourism general manager Phil Villiers said there were still a lot of people leaving their bookings to the last minute, but he has had reports phones began running hot with bookings a few days ago.
“I expect Tweed will have a fantastic Easter,” he said.
Mr Villiers said Easter was important because it was one of the few times in the year accommodation providers were able to charge special rates. Plus, visitors tended to stay for longer periods because the weekend coincided with school holidays.
Ian Beadel, owner of BIG4 North Star, said his 40 employees were gearing up for a big week.
“Easter is always an extremely busy period along the coast, and more and more people are becoming aware of the unique place we have got here.”
He said Hastings Point was the jewel in the crown of the Tweed Coast, with the creek and estuary, and the backdrop of Mount Warning and the Border Ranges.