Coffs bucks trend
By ANN-MARIE MAY
IN a slow period for tourism right across Australia ? is the Coffs Coast bucking the trend?
According to Brad Sykes, owner of Julies Galley at the Coffs Harbour Marina, tourist numbers are up on last year.
"We are having a very busy school holidays ? busier even than last year," Mr Sykes said.
Normally busier in the winter months when 'everything south shuts down', Mr Sykes said he wasn't expecting to see, and serve, the crowds he has over the past weeks.
The International Buskers Festival and the drop in petrol prices are among the reasons Mr Sykes believes people have chosen to visit the Coffs Coast.
"Last Sunday when we had the buskers down here (the Coffs Harbour Marina) you couldn't move. It didn't hurt that the weather was fantastic as well," he said.
Experiencing a record-breaking school holidays is the Pet Porpoise Pool.
"In terms of numbers, these school holidays have been equivalent to the last Christmas holidays which is fantastic," Paige Sinclair, chief executive officer of the park, said.
"Most days last week there was standing room only and on the other days the grand stands were still full."
Ms Sinclair agrees that the drop in petrol price has been an important factor.
"Numbers were down for us during the Easter holidays, and I think that is when petrol prices were high," she said.