Grey Nomad blitz stuns local parks

Peak season is approaching for Seaforth Camping Reserve.
Peak season is approaching for Seaforth Camping Reserve. contributed

GREY Nomad season is now in full swing.

Local caravan parks are reporting that they are selling out over the weekend.

BIG4 Mackay Blacks Beach Holiday Park was booked out last weekend and a representative said that is normal for Grey Nomad season. She said there are limited places available during school holidays and they sometimes have to turn up to 20 people away a day who have not booked. Spaces are available, but booking is recommended.

Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park also said bookings are recommended, but they usually have campsites available, even in peak season.

The Mackay Regional Council runs two caravan parks, one at Seaforth and one at Mirani.

Economic development and planning committee chair, Cr Amanda Camm, said the Seaforth Camping Ground was currently about half full, but was coming into its busiest period.

"Our peak period is traditionally from mid-July to the end of August," she said.

"So, we expect numbers to surge in the coming weeks.

"Historically our clear skies and comfortable weather see the grounds at around 95 percent capacity for that time."

Cr Camm said while September often saw a general slowdown as the weather warmed, the introduction of the Net Free Zone at Seaforth would likely help keep camper numbers high.

"Recent surveys telling of increased catches from the area will hopefully mean those who bring their boat to our region stay longer and enjoy their stay more," she said.

Mirani Caravan Park has also been busy. It is at 70 percent capacity and is expected to stay at around this mark until at least August.

Topics:  blacks beach camping cape hillsborough nature resort caravan parks grey nomads mirani seaforth seaforth beach

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