- Monday 16 March 2015
Sunshine Coast Council’s holiday parks are anticipating a busy Easter – with some of them completely booked out for the first week of the two-week break.
But there are still spaces available in the second week, Business Units Performance portfolio councillor Chris Thompson said.
“The first week of the Easter school holiday – which has the public holidays – is fully booked,” Cr Thompson said.
“Camping over Easter is a traditional family favourite activity and the Sunshine Coast is a great destination with many options available.
“But we still have some vacancies for the second week, so if you know of friends or families thinking about heading here for the break, pass the word on.”
Council operates six beachside holiday parks, at Dicky Beach, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Cotton Tree, Mudjimba and Coolum.
In 2012 the State Government extended the Queensland school holidays for a full two-week block. Prior to that the Easter break was six days plus the public holidays.
Cr Thompson said it was taking a while for people to change their holiday patterns and using the opportunity over the full two weeks of the school holidays.
“But strong domestic tourism is continuing to underpin good performance from the holiday parks,” he said.
“We are seeing growth in the ‘young family’ sector at the parks.
“And the ability to pre-book a space online is popular. It also gives customers the opportunity to explore the various parks’ locations as well as the different accommodation options they offer, such as ensuited cabins, caravan sites or camping areas.”
Recently released National Visitor Survey figures show the Sunshine Coast recorded a 10.9% increase in overnight visitor numbers for the year ending December 2014 (compared to 2013), continuing its position as one of Queensland’s fastest growing tourism regions.
The Coast attracted 2.8 million domestic visitors last year, with a 15.7% increase in interstate visitors, led by Melbourne (up 27.3%) and Sydney (up 6.8%), delivering more than $1.84 billion in revenue to the region’s economy.
Customers can book Sunshine Cast Holiday Parks directly at www.sunshinecoastholidayparks.com.au.