BURNETT MARCHES INTO TOURISM SEASON
New trends arise in tourists that pass through the North Burnett
TOURIST season is well and truly underway in the North Burnett, with grey nomads flocking north for winter.
A number of motor homes from the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia visited Monto recently – the same group that crowned the town as being RV friendly.
Known as the Highway Wanderers, president Jo Tremain said the visit has assured the town’s high quality hospitality.
“All the facilities are here, and have really and truly enjoyed it,” she said.
Coming along were 27 motor homes, made up of about 49 people.
Many stopped at the Monto Airport grounds, and the spot had familiarity to some.
“Many of us here were Blaze Aiders that helped out Monto in the past,” Mrs Tremain said.
Thanks to advertising efforts, North Burnett councillor and tourism ambassador Paul Lobegeier predicts this tourist season will be a strong one.
“From Australia Country Way’s partnership with other roads, we are reaching a larger target,” he said.
“We’ve been going to CMC shows, and making first point of call with the grey nomads.
“Most people have done their homework and come along to the shows to assure they’ve made the right decision.
“Our next show is in June.”
Cr Lobegeier said he had noticed a trend.
“It appears many people from New South Wales will be coming north to Birdsville for a festival,” he said.
“They are looking for alternative routes from Sydney and Melbourne, and as pulling their vans can be a slow process, are looking for quiter highways.”
The travellers also tend to stop many times a day on their journey.
“They’re looking for quirky spots, often near water like the Bunyip Hole, to sit and relax,” Cr Lobegeier said.
Other than injecting cash into local business, hosting tourists has other benefits.
At a special dinner event, the Highway Wanders raised $1000 for Monto Driving Force and $700 towards the Monto Polocrosse Grounds.
Though most of the Highway Wanderers have now left, some have hung around and are house-sitting around Monto.
CASH INJECTION: North Burnett's tourist season is now in full swing, with grey nomads making their way up north for winter. The Highway Wanderers stayed in Monto for almost a week.