Steven and Mandy McCurley from Brisbane with children Caitlin and Melodie and grandfather Stewart Hunter gather with Robert Cluning from the Hervey Bay Caravan Park at Urangan.
Steven and Mandy McCurley from Brisbane with children Caitlin and Melodie and grandfather Stewart Hunter gather with Robert Cluning from the Hervey Bay Caravan Park at Urangan. Alistair Brightman

Caravan parks make a comeback after flood-affected years

AFTER a few tough flood-affected years, caravan parks on the Fraser Coast are welcoming strong numbers of visitors.

Robert Cluning from Hervey Bay Caravan Park in Urangan said the park had definitely filled up this holiday season.

"It's a lot better than the last couple," he said.

"All the cabins are full and we have no campsites left and not a lot of powered sites."

Mr Cluning put the improvement in numbers down to the weather, which had been hot and dry, he said.

"It's still the best place to come to," he said.

Andy Rae from the Hervey Bay Beachfront Tourist Park in Torquay, said his park was running at full capacity this year.

While some families had been visiting the Bay for years, he said it was heartening to see a lot of new faces enjoying the Fraser Coast.

"So far everyone is loving it on the beach," he said.

John Kennedy, owner of Wallace Motel and Caravan Park, said his park had suffered through its worst November ever in terms of visitors but the park was now enjoying one of its strongest Decembers.

"It's swings and roundabouts," he said.

"We're not 100% full but we're near on 90%.

"That's pretty good for Maryborough."

Maryborough wasn't as much of a tourist destination in the way that Hervey Bay was, Mr Kennedy said.

But a lot of people chose to stay in accommodation while they visited friends and family and that seemed to be the trend this year, he said.

After two "disaster summers", Mr Kennedy said it was good to see a return to where things were a few years ago, with strong numbers visiting the region.

Gerald Harvey, owner of Country Stopover Caravan Park, said while his park mostly catered for permanent residents, they had also had an increase in visitor numbers.

"We're doing all right," he said.

"We've probably improved a bit on recent years."