Tourist bucks a welcome boost

BUSY: Four-wheel drives take on the Mudlo Rocks this Easter at Rainbow Beach.
BUSY: Four-wheel drives take on the Mudlo Rocks this Easter at Rainbow Beach. Craig Warhurst

AN INFLUX of tourists at Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay has given businesses a boost with many hopeful for a good year ahead.

Inskip Point and Teewah camping grounds were booked out over the Easter long weekend and tourist parks were packed with happy campers.

Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism president Scott Elms said the extra income would help struggling businesses through tough times.

"It's good - the weather's been good," he said.

Ocean Breeze Seafoods owner Sandy Brosnan said everyone had a bumper time.

"I opened at 5.45am (on Good Friday) and was flying from there," she said.

"It was a ripper."

Foodworks owner Ruth Modin said the Easter break started off great with a "big bang" on Thursday and Friday with good numbers of tourists.

While a bit of rain on Sunday seemed to "scare" away some people and numbers seemed less for Easter Saturday than last year, overall it was a good Easter.

"Today is beautiful," she said yesterday.

"There's still quite a few (tourists) here."

She said the boost to business was welcomed after a rainy and windy February and March.

At Tin Can Bay, tourist operators were booked out during the period.

A Tin Can Bay Tourist Park spokeswoman said it had been an "excellent" weekend.

"There's a lot of happy campers with the great weather. Some rain on Sunday hasn't dampened any spirits," she said.

Most tourists headed to the Bay Thursday night or Friday morning and headed off yesterday, but a few were staying on.

"We had good bookings for the first week of the school holidays and were booked out over the Easter long weekend.

"It has made up for Easter last year, which was rained out."

With their 65 sites and average of two adults and 2.5 children staying, that equated to an extra 162 people at the Bay. At the Ace Caravan Park there were 13 sites booked out and six cabins full, while at the Kingfisher Caravan Park its 70 sites each averaged three people during the weekend.

Gympie Times

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