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More than 4000 expected to holiday on Fraser Island

Sunshine Coast's Annette and Tracy Langfield have unpacked their children Darcy and Kate and the dog, Bailey to settle in at the Australiana Caravan Park.
Sunshine Coast's Annette and Tracy Langfield have unpacked their children Darcy and Kate and the dog, Bailey to settle in at the Australiana Caravan Park. Valerie Horton

MORE than 4000 people are expected to relax on Fraser Island campsites during the next few weeks thanks to the combination of school holidays and two long weekends.

Mainland caravan parks in Hervey Bay are also "sharing the love" from tourists, with the Easter weekend already close to 100% capacity at the Australiana Top Tourist Park.

The Easter weekend, from April 18-21, is also the busiest on Fraser Island these holidays.

"Bookings for Fraser and Cooloola are heavy over Easter with most campgrounds close to full," a Queensland Parks and Wildlife representative said.

"It's not too late to book for the Anzac Day weekend."

Australiana and Fraser Coast Top Tourist Park owner Sharon Frankel said they would have liked more visitors during the first week of the school holidays, but the second week was heavily booked.

She said caravan and tents sites, rather than cabins, had proved more popular this season than in previous years.

Mrs Frankel said a lot of campers waited to see the weather forecast to decide whether they would travel for Easter, meaning bookings could increase.

The four caravan parks owned by Fraser Coast Regional Council are also busy.

The parks, which include three on the Hervey Bay Esplanade and one in Burrum Heads, are about 57% booked for the remainder of the school holidays.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the bookings could change as families make the last-minute decision to travel.

April holidays

  • Good Friday April 18
  • Easter Monday April 21
  • Anzac Day April 25
  • School holidays April 5-21

Topics:  easter fraser island hervey bay tourism



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