DOUBLE: There were plenty of people on the beach at Double Island Point over the Easter long weekend.PHOTO: CRAIG WARHURST
DOUBLE: There were plenty of people on the beach at Double Island Point over the Easter long weekend.PHOTO: CRAIG WARHURST

Holiday makers happy with wrong weather forecast

WEATHER forecasts went from bad to worse, but the actual weather just kept getting better for what became a fabulous sunny blue-sky Gympie region Easter.

Mid-week predictions of rainy conditions clearing over Easter became serious televised warnings to avoid camping anywhere east of the ranges as the long weekend drew near.

And although cancelled accommodation bookings quickly refilled at the Cooloola Coast, bleak predictions of torrential rain caused some slowing of business at the other end of the region, where Borumba Dam camping and water sports are the lifeblood of Imbil and Kandanga.

SUN AND SAND: Tane Bentley, 9, and Malakhi Bentley, 6, from Cooloola Cove.
SUN AND SAND: Tane Bentley, 9, and Malakhi Bentley, 6, from Cooloola Cove.

Some early campers packed up and went home in the face of the predicted deluge and others did not come at all.

But for Borumba Fishing and Outdoors shop owner Graeme Rummler, that was not so bad.

"At least the dam was open," he said.

And that made it better than his post-Christmas season, when the dam was closed over a toxic blue-green algae bloom.

"Not too bad," he said of Easter business conditions. "But most people tell me the figures are down."

At Rainbow Beach, things seemed more resilient, according to local "ice man" Ian Dean.

TRAPPED: This photo of a Ford Falcon stuck in the sand in Teewah beach was sourced from Facebook. Apparently the driver thought he would go for a spin up the beach but got caught in the soft sand coming out of the cutting.
TRAPPED: This photo of a Ford Falcon stuck in the sand in Teewah beach was sourced from Facebook. Apparently the driver thought he would go for a spin up the beach but got caught in the soft sand coming out of the cutting.

Mr Dean, who supplies resorts and camp grounds from Fraser Island to south of Rainbow Beach said people who cancelled their accommodation bookings were quickly replaced.

"People are telling me some people were cancelling because of all the doom and gloom and when they saw it was okay, they tried to re-book and couldn't, because other people had booked in ahead of them," Mr Dean said.

"The barge traffic was good and the roads were busy. It was good to see so many people in Rainbow Beach," he said.

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