THE Coffs Coast has once again turned it on for the thousands of visitors who have poured into our city for Easter and the school holidays.
The fine weather has certainly helped to boost the numbers of people staying at our local caravan parks, visiting our beaches and enjoying our restaurants and attractions.
They were spoiled for choice at the weekend with a host of activities and events including the Easter Fishing Classic, Camp Coffs for jeep enthusiasts at the Coffs Harbour Showground, the Easter Cup at Coffs Harbour Racing Club and a plethora of community markets.
The Park Beach Holiday Park was heavily booked during the long weekend and that is set to continue for the first week of the holidays at least.
“People are enjoying the sunshine. A lot have come here for the fishing and for family reunions,” a spokesman said. “They enjoy our park because of the facilities we’ve got and the beach behind us. A lot of regulars keep coming back, too.”
The Woolgoolga Beach Caravan Park has had a busy Easter long weekend too, busier than last year according to management.
“The Lakeside Caravan Park has been the same,” a spokeswoman said.
“Why wouldn’t people want to stay here. I also think the weather has a lot to do with it as well as word of mouth. Bookings are really good for the school holidays.”
The spokeswoman said tourists kept coming back because of the region’s natural assets and the friendly locals.
“We’re also not far from Bellingen and the waterfalls and of course the Sherwood Nature Reserve here at Woolgoolga,” she said.
The Darlington Beach Holiday Park at Arrawarra was booked out for Easter and staff is now dealing with the deluge of inquiries for school holiday accommodation.
Another hive of activity has been the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club which hosted another successful Easter Fishing Classic.
“Despite the weather being ordinary for fishing we had more entries than last year,” said a club director Linda Jones.
“It was a good weekend. A lot of the people were visitors to the city.”