More tourists are discovering the natural beauty of the Burdekin with a 5.5 per cent increase in numbers from April to July this year, according to Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis.
Cr Lowis said volunteers at the two Visitor Information Centres in the region had recorded an increase in visitors from 7450 to 7864.
“This is a great result for the Burdekin as more tourists mean more tourist dollars and this is vital to keeping our local businesses alive,” he said.
“The Home Hill Comfort Stop has proved a real winner with the travelling public with numbers at the Home Hill VIC increasing 9.44 per cent.
“This year from April through to the end of July there were 4219 visitors pass through the Home Hill Information Centre, compared to 3855 last year for the same period.
“The Ayr VIC at Plantation Park also recorded an increase of 1.39 per cent with a total of 3645 visitors to the centre for the same period.”
Cr Lowis said the success of the Comfort Stop was behind the rise in visitors to the Home Hill VIC.
“The Comfort Stop has been open for nine years now and we have seen visitor numbers to the region gradually increase as a result of Council building this facility,” he said.
“The word has definitely spread across the nation about this great free facility that is available for the travelling public.
“In the winter months, dozens of caravans and motorhomes line both sides the street and the strip comes alive with travellers from all corners of Australia and the world.”
The Comfort Stop has free restrooms, showers, cooking facilities and dump. As well, self-contained motorhomes and caravans are permitted to park safely behind the building in Railway Avenue for up to 48 hours.
Cr Lowis said Home Hill’s listing by the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia as an RV Friendly Town also was a bonus for the town.
“Being a RV Friendly Town means Home Hill gets promoted to thousands of mobile travellers as a great place to stay,” he said.
“People pull into Home Hill knowing that the town has everything they need, and the locals have a welcoming attitude.”