NSW van parks gearing up for post-lockdown boom

Published: September 24, 2021
Ashford Caravan park

While caravan parks in regional New South Wales are doing it tough at the moment there is growing confidence that better times are ahead.

With the state’s road map allowing for travel for vaccinated travellers once 70% of the population are double jabbed, many van parks are preparing for a big influx of visitors.

The Ashford Caravan Park north of Inverell says – current restrictions notwithstanding – across the past 12 months there has been a 20% increase in overnight campers.

Now, the facilities are about to get a major upgrade thanks to a $81,689 State and Federal Government Bushfire Resilience and Recovery grant.

Local MP Adam Marshall told the Inverell Times that the improved facilities at Ashford Caravan Park would see even more nature lovers flocking to the area to explore the spectacular waterways and limestone caves.

“With Pindari Dam sitting at 100.3% and the Kwiambal National Park experiencing its best season in years, there is no reason we can’t see visitation in Ashford continue to increase well after the pandemic ends,” Mr Marshall said. “Long-term this will mean more money filling the tills of Ashford businesses and more traffic flowing through the wider Inverell Shire.”

The priority is to install wheelchair accessible laundry and amenities, and a new barbecue area to give campers a perfect space to kick-back and relax.

Mayor Paul Harmon told the Inverell Times that the project would boost the economy of border communities in more ways than one.

“Ashford is located at the heart of many of our shire’s most popular tourist attractions and I’m sure these upgrades will be well received,” Cr Harmon said. “Council is particularly excited that a builder based near Yetman has been engaged to complete the work and all materials are being sourced from our area.”

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Jan bryan
2 months ago

Are there any restictions on entering acaravan park

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