Homes go for $250 a night
FRENCHVILLE'S John and Edna Baxter are bucking a trend to cash in on a Beef Australia 2006 accommodation bonanza.
Dozens of people are either renting their homes or a room, with visitors prepared to pay top dollar for a bed in a fully-booked city during expo week.
One two-bedroom home was snapped up at $250 a night.
Like many others, the Baxters have answered a plea from Beef Australia organisers concerned they might have to turn visitors away because of an accommodation shortage. ? The friendly couple yesterday promised a warm, country welcome to guests.
They are charging $80 for a couple to share a double bedroom and will include a homemade breakfast.
"When they (organisers) said they were short of accommodation. We said we would (help),'' Mr Baxter, a tireless volunteer, said.
More than 50,000 people are expected to visit Australia's beef capital for the expo, which runs from May 1-7. With tourism operators already posting the full-house sign, expo organisers appealed for local support.
Nearly 30 homes or rooms were listed yesterday on the Beef Australia website with the more expensive rentals including $250 a night for a two-bedroom townhouse and $1750 a week for a four-bedroom Yeppoon beach house.
While prices varied, many were offering a double room for about $100 a night, which is on a par with what visitors could expect to pay for a hotel room (if available), a tourism spokesman said.
Capricorn Tourism projects manager Luke Edwards said the tourism body was still taking calls from people keen to book accommodation.