Crowds flocking to set up camp at Fraser Island

PARADISE: German tourists relax in the pristine waters of Lake McKenzie.
PARADISE: German tourists relax in the pristine waters of Lake McKenzie.

THE Fraser Coast region is home to the state's most popular national park.

More than 9200 people pitched a tent on Fraser Island during the September-October school holidays.

The 9290 campers spent about five nights on average in the parks.

The State Government figures were up on the same period last year and showed the region was the most sought-after holiday destination in the state.

The destinations scored first on the Queensland-wide top 20 national park camping spots ladder.

Also ranking well were Cooloola Recreation Reserve with 8373 campers, Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area with 7043, Bribie Island with 2013 and Conondale National Park with 1407.

There are 305 national parks across the state.

Tourism Fraser Coast tourism manager Robbie Cornelius said the figures were healthy and would continue to grow.

"Certainly we're starting to see the tourism industry, not only locally but I guess statewide, moving into more of a recovery mode," Mr Cornelius said.

"We're seeing some positive signs in terms of visitor expenditure and domestic and international visitor numbers so not only in relation to camping, but to visitation in general, I think we'll continue to see some pretty positive movements in that regard."

Recreation Minister Steve Dickson said upgrade and maintenance work helped attract more visitors to the parks.

"We're investing more and more in facilities and infrastructure to protect the natural environment and we're encouraging people to visit these pristine natural areas," Mr Dickson said.

Figures for day visitors were not available.

How the Fraser Coast ranked

  • National park camping visitors and nights spent for the September/October holidays in 2014 and 2013
  • First - Fraser Island (Great Sandy National Park)
  • 2014: 9290 campers, 46,755 camping nights
  • 2013: 8643 campers, 44,375 camping nights

Source: State Government

Topics:  camping fraser island national park outdoor-living state government tourism

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