Soggy Easter on the cards for Inskip Point campers
HOLIDAY campers hoping to pitch a tent at Inskip Point this long weekend need to hop to it and remember to pack the poncho, with wet conditions expected.
Online bookings yesterday revealed camping sites were still available.
Easter Friday is predictably busy with 374 camping spots free from a maximum availability of 2750.
That number increases to 395 on Easter Saturday and jumps out to 889 on Easter Sunday.
Come Easter Monday, 2145 places are free but campers are advised not to bank on many of those places lasting long, particularly if the rain eases.
Campers have traditionally enjoyed the start of the Easter long weekend before deciding whether to extend their stay.
A main player in this decision is the weather and that factor was playing on a lot of minds yesterday following persistent rainfall.
For those wanting a bit more luxury this Easter, holiday accommodation is close to completely booked out on the Cooloola Coast and at Rainbow Beach.
Tin Can Bay Sleepy Lagoon Hotel manager Paul Deller said his Easter long weekend schedule was booked out seven weeks ago.
"Hopefully, we get some blue skies over the school holidays," he said.
"The Easter long weekend is booked but we may get some cancellations if the rain hangs around."
Judy Gilmore, manager of Rainbow Getaway Apartments, had a similar report with all her accommodation booked out.
"It always seems to rain every Easter," she said. "It definitely has an impact.
"It is close to the full moon and the weather seems to change at this time."
Australia's Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a cool and wet Easter long weekend.
The south-east coast stands to potentially receive 50mm of rain Saturday while looking ahead, a third east cost low is tipped to develop off the New South Wales coast, maintaining soggy conditions.