Mt Field of dreams
BUSINESS owners are seeing the upside of winter as tourists are lured by snowfall turning Mt Field National park into a winter wonderland.
Waterfalls Cafe owner Rachel Power said 15-30cm of snow coverage combined with the influx of Dark Mofo tourists caused a boost in visitors to the park last week.
“We see a big shift in our visitation as we head into winter,” she said.
Mrs Power said tourist turnover drops at the end of the school holidays but picks up again when Dark Mofo starts.
“Dark Mofo actually does quite a lot for us out here but then we get snow weekends and they are the weekends that are the busiest,” she said.
“What we see is the kind of turnover that we expect in our peak season so it really does change our business.”
Mrs Power said the tourists drawn by the snow were integral to keeping key staff employed year round.
“It is not only [good] for my business but all the other little cafes on the way up,” she said.
Mrs Power said the park had seen a few smaller snow dumps so far but August and September would see “really big falls”.
She said there was not yet enough snow for ski tows to run at Australia’s only natural ski field, but it shouldn’t be too long.