Caravanners love it wet or dry
THE BIG wet across the Coast yesterday ensured caravan holiday-makers reigned supreme as they gathered under awnings, swam in the rain and imbibed earnestly and early to welcome in the new year.
“We’re packed out,” was the response from Scarness and Pialba council-owned parks.
“They’ve booked out months ahead and everyone’s having a great time, rain included.”
At Burrum Heads Phil and Marilyn Neal were helping the last of their 99 arrivals to tether tents and hook up vans.
“We managed to grab a block of chocolate, rum and raisin, lemon squash and cook our roast around 4pm Christmas Day and we haven’t stopped since,” Ms Neal said.
“This is so good to see so many here and they’re all having a fantastic time.
“Burrum Heads is the best place to be right now.
“The rain hasn’t dampened a bit of it for anyone.”
Down the road, Chris Richter, former Maryborough man, now IT expert for Boeing in Brisbane, was celebrating his 29th birthday under cover from the drizzle in his father-in-law Terry and mother-in-law Liz Landry’s home across from Burrum beach.
“It’s great to come home,” Chris said.
Terry added: “I’m retired, love living here, no stress, no traffic, great holiday break with family and friends.”
For Jacinta and Tony McKenna from Brighton in Brisbane, this was their first Burrum Heads Christmas holiday.
“We borrowed a friend’s van, the kids put out the bucket of water and sweet potato for the reindeer and it’s all been really good,” Jacinta said.
“Boxing Day it was our son Joshua’s birthday and we spent it with his grandfather Ron McKenna in Hervey Bay.
“Mum, Mary Johnstone and aunty, Philomene O’Brien, are here for the day and Joshua and Caitlin, our daughter, caught crabs.
“Tomorrow, because it’s full here and we only booked late, we’re moving to Burrum Heads Caravan Park on the river.
“I think we’re now seriously looking at buying our own van we’re having such a good time.”
Their plan has only one potential hitch: “Well, we’ve just got to arrange the money,” Tony added but showed all the signs of it being his new year priority.