News

Tourist numbers strong

Crowds flocked to our many wineries, taverns and hotels over the Easter break.
Crowds flocked to our many wineries, taverns and hotels over the Easter break.

THE Easter long weekend brought large numbers of tourists through the South Burnett.

Bernie and Judy Cooper, from Crane Wines, were booked out.

"We're very busy," Mr Cooper said.

"It's been flat strap."

The winery had a mix of both locals and tourists.

"One group drove all the way from Rainbow Beach to just to visit us: we were very impressed with them," Mr Cooper said.

"Then we had lots of people from Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast and a couple of people from Argentina and Thailand."

The Easter influx brought a welcome start to the 2017 tourism season that is due to slowly build through the winter months.

"It kicks off our tourism year and is the first time to have good numbers through and give us a lift to start our busy season," he said.

Out at Dusty Hill Miranda Prendergast said they had a record breaking weekend.

"We've almost done about 500 covers, we broke our record on Saturday for the most amount of meals," Mrs Prendergast said.

A fair chunk of Dusty Hill's trade comes from locals bringing their visiting relatives out for dinner.

They also pull good numbers from the nearby Bjelke-Petersen Dam.

Up at the Bunya Mountains Wayne Kratzmann saw a record number of cars and visitors.

"The weekend was astonishing, we'd be up almost 50%," he said.

He said visitors were chasing the laid back tranquillity of the mountains.

"More people are looking for a family destination and somewhere to escape the enormous number people in Brisbane and Sunshine Coast," Mr Kratzmann said.

Having Easter at the end of the school holidays may have played a part.

The Bunyas had an initial influx of visitors at the beginning of the break followed by the traditionally strong numbers over Easter.

South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell said the strong numbers were the result of hard work.

"The support the South Burnett has received from tourist and visitors emphasises the importance of tourism to our region and there has to be accolades expressed to both the tourism operator and those that put on events."

South Burnett

Topics:  easter south burnett tourism


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Decade-long journey for wind farm reaches milestone

GOING AHEAD: Ironpot landholder Cyril Stewart is pleased to see the Coopers Gap Wind Farm given its final tick of approval before construction starts.

Construction expected to start this year, and bring up to 200 jobs

All hands on deck for magical show

RETURN TO OZ: South Burnett Musical and Comedy Society's Wizard of Oz stars Kieran and Brad Boynton with director Craig Reiger put the finishing touches on the set ahead of opening night in Kingaroy Town Hall.

Kingaroy performer returns to Oz.

Five things to do this weekend

Glinda tells Dorothy all she has to do is follow the Yellow Brick Road in the South Burnett Musical and Comedy Society's production of the Wizard of Oz.

Looking for something to do? Check out this list.

Local Partners

Our Say: Protesting is a democratic right

THE past week has been a week of protest around the world, and Kingaroy has had its fair share of the pie with two protests occurring.

New exhibitions coming soon at Wondai Art Gallery

ON DISPLAY: Artwork by Helen Blythman.

The exhibitions open on September 1.

Cast ready to return to Oz this weekend

NO PLACE LIKE HOME: The cast of the South Burnett Musical and Comedy Society's production of The Wizard of Oz.

The Wizard of Oz opens this weekend.

Jemma's bewitching voice

STAGE PRESENCE: Suzie Mathers and Jemma Rix in a scene from Wicked The Musical.

Wicked musical theatre star Jemma Rix has released her debut album.

RECAP: Game of Thrones s7 e6 - Beyond the Wall

*Warning this story contains spoilers about today's new episode*

Paul Kelly announces massive Australian tour

Paul Kelly is going on a 16-date national tour in November.

Music legend thrills fans with the announcement of a massive tour.

Truth behind Whitney Houston’s ‘fairytale’ life

Documentary reveals the 'truth' behind Whitney Houston's life.

IT MIGHT be the greatest myth in modern pop music.

Survivor twist bound to shock

Sunshine Coast mum-of-three Tara Pitt.

TARA Pitt benefited from a shock twist on Australian Survivor.

The Block goes back to school with gorgeous kids rooms

Ronnie and Georgia's winning kids bedroom in a scene from The Block.

ONE magical bedroom received the first perfect score of the season.

What's on the small screen this week

Rob Collins and Jessica Marais in a scene from season two of The Wrong Girl.

JESSICA Marais returns in The Wrong Girl.

Playing Tom Cruise's wife was a dream for Sarah Wright

Tom Cruise and Sarah Wright in American Made.

The actress stars opposite Cruise in the action comedy

Investors quick to snap up property in key growth corridor

High-profile commercial site sells at auction for $4.920m

EXPLAINED: What the 'Costco effect' means for Ipswich

PRICE WARS: A Costco store similar to this one in Canberra, is planned for Ipswich.

Exclusive 'cult' about to change how families do grocery shopping

4800 homes to be built in massive new Coast estate

Masterplanned community full steam ahead - it's not Caloundra South

Open for inspection homes August 17 - 23

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.

Airbnb, Stayz and co tipped to squeeze Coast housing market

HOLIDAY BOOM: Airbnb letting is putting a further squeeze on long-term rentals.

Councils exploring options to manage the industry

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!