Campers see bright side
THE rain doesn’t seem to have deterred many campers from coming to the Gympie region.
In fact, it may be a blessing in disguise for those who haven’t yet booked their holidays.
It didn’t stop Sydney couple Dimitri and Anna Govor from packing up and heading north through Queensland on a camping holiday this week.
They stayed at Glastonbury Creek Tuesday and were bound for Fraser on Wednesday.
“We wanted to get away from the hot weather,” Mr Govor said.
At Imbil’s Island Reach Camping area, manager Tony Wilton said numbers were a little down on last year’s figures – but all powered sites were booked out.
But there is still plenty of space for those not needing power.
“The caravaners still come (in the rain), it’s just the smaller tents that don’t ,” Mr Wilton said.
That sentiment was mirrored by Rainbow Water’s Holiday Park manager Vicki Doody.
She said there were 23 acres available for campers and plenty of sites available.
“The rain has only deterred the ones further north. I’ve had a few cancellations from people out Dalby and Gladstone way,” she said.
But again, numbers are only slightly down.
Ms Doody said being on the coast, they didn’t get as much rain as other parts of the region.
Both parks have alternate access if roads are cut by floodwaters. When Chinamen’s Creek goes over, campers can go through Gympie or Kenilworth to get to Imbil. And if Tin Can Bay Road is cut, people can get to the Cooloola Coast through Maryborough.
At Inskip, which has a capacity for 3000 people, there are still spaces available. Around Boxing Day and New Year campgrounds usually reach capacity.
Figures on the DERM website showed a little more than 1000 people had booked to camp on Boxing Day, the numbers increasing to New Year’s Eve with just under half the sites still available.
Wet weather isn’t generally a major problem at Inskip, but extreme weather events have affected the area in the past.