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Deniliquin expecting packed Christmas

Accommodation house visitor numbers are high and growing.

CASS SAVELLIS December 20, 2013 4:35am

Deniliquin’s popular river-side accommodation houses are expected to be at full capacity over the Christmas and New Year period.

Deniliquin tourism officer Jane Frazer says given the amount of visitor interest shown at the Peppin Heritage Centre throughout the year, a tourist boom is expected.

In the past week alone, more than 150 people have passed through Deniliquin’s visitor centre.

‘‘This year I’ve noticed a lot of visitors during the year saying they’ll come back at Christmas to stay in the town for the first time,’’ she said.

‘‘Even now there are lots of different people about. Momentum for Christmas is certainly building.’’

Deniliquin BIG4 Holiday Park and McLean Beach Caravan Park both have limited vacancies during the summer school holidays, and BIG4 will be at capacity from Boxing Day until after New Year’s Day.

McLean Beach Caravan Park resident host Pam Sutton said some of the park’s visitors this summer would come from as far as Queensland.

‘‘Most of our bookings have been from Melbourne, the Central Coast and Queensland,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s going good. We just got two new cabins on site on Saturday and they’re already booked.

‘‘Our busy period usually begins from December 26 through to January. There’s still a few powered sites but they’re slowly filling up too.

‘‘Tourism is a plus for Deni – it’s definitely done right.’’

BIG4 Holiday Park staff member Erin Smith said a mix of regular and new guests have booked in for summer.

‘‘There’s our regulars from Melbourne, Bendigo and other towns around Victoria as well as new visitors who’ve heard about us through caravan shows in the past year,’’ she said.

‘‘We’re all booked out from Boxing Day until New Year and have a few vacancies the week after that, and Australia Day is always busy too.

‘‘We still welcome any day visitors and have been busy with locals, which is great.

‘‘We have kids craft activities during the day to keep them entertained and people are enjoying the pontoon boat.’’

Deniliquin tourism officer Denise Thomas said the town had been especially busy with short-stay visitors discovering ‘‘all that Deniliquin has to offer’’.

‘‘People are stopping through here on day trips and many have said they’ll choose to stay in Deni next time,’’ Mrs Thomas said.

‘‘Many don’t realise how lovely the Edward River is here.

‘‘In the last two weeks we’ve had visitors to the centre from Melbourne, Shepparton, Nathalia and Bendigo – they’re all pleasantly surprised and especially love the (Waring) gardens.

‘‘If the river height stays as it is and with the town looking so lovely, we’re sure to attract a few more visitors.’’

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