BUR­NETT MARCHES INTO TOURISM SEA­SON

New trends arise in tourists that pass through the North Bur­nett

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Anas­tas­sia Perets anas­tas­sia.perets@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: AN­NIE PERETS

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.

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