Bookings surge as Lake Mac Holiday Parks set to reopen
Lake Mac Holiday Parks are set to reopen, with surging demand from holidaymakers looking to take a break after the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Belmont Lakeside, Blacksmiths Beachside, Swansea Lakeside, Wangi Point and Sails at Belmont will all reopen from Monday 1 June.
Holiday Parks Coordinator Garry Ellem said bookings had begun flowing once again since last week’s NSW Government announcement flagging an end date to the regional tourism lock-down.
“It has been non-stop since bookings reopened,” Mr Ellem said.
“Wangi Point, Blacksmiths Beachside and Belmont Lakeside are already booked out for the June long weekend, and bookings for the other two sites aren’t far behind.”
Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said the reopening coincided with a tourism campaign aimed at luring road-tripping visitors to the City.
“Our Love the Lake 2020 campaign will target under-45s in Sydney and regional NSW, promoting self-drive holidays to Lake Mac,” Ms Hemsley said.
“The gradual reopening of accommodation and tourist activities throughout our City will help inject money into our community, save jobs and help in the push towards economic recovery.”
Mr Ellem said Lake Mac Holiday Parks would reopen in line with all NSW Government health and safety advice to reduce the risk of COVID-19.
“We’re asking everyone to book online and pay before they arrive. We’ll also have extra cleaning services at all sites and there will be some restrictions on numbers in communal buildings to adhere to social distancing guidelines,” he said.
The shutdown, during which only full-time caravanners with ‘no fixed address’ have been allowed to stay, has allowed for accelerated improvements and upgrades across some Lake Mac Holiday Parks.
They include new cabins, a playground at Blacksmiths Beachside and a new pool under construction at Belmont Beachside.
Mr Ellem said the new cabins were due to open in June and would be “well and truly industry-leading”. “We are proud and excited to offer these facilities to the community,” he said.
“We can’t wait to welcome people back.”
Also reopening from Monday is the Lake Macquarie Visitor Information Centre in Swansea.