Holiday accommodation nears capacity this holiday season

House full: Macquarie Waters' Chris Isaac and Jessica Holmes have been kept busy this holiday season.
House full: Macquarie Waters' Chris Isaac and Jessica Holmes have been kept busy this holiday season.

We don't need to tell you, but the 'house full' sign is just about to go up for Port Macquarie.

With some dazzling summer weather ensuring there is plenty of beach time, it seems that families and 'time-outers' are making Port their home for the next few weeks.

As well, many holiday makers are heading to the hinterland regions or exploring our southern gems including Camden Haven.

Flynns Beach Resort manager Adam Larkin says family groups are well-catered for in the Port Macquarie-Hastings.

"There are lots of things to see and do - and specifically activities for family groups - around the town," he said.

"Port Macquarie is definately a family destination place with its beautiful weather and a really good family-feel.

"We have been full for weeks now and future bookings are looking very solid for the next month.

"I think we are trading just a bit up on last year," he said.

The manager said the resort was 'predominately a family-oriented facility' and was popular due to its proximity to Flynns Beach.

Macquarie Waters is also fully booked.

Front office manager Jessica Holmes said the facility has been 100 percent booked since December 25.

"We had a couple of rooms available here and there but they were quickly snapped up," she said.

"Port Macquarie is almost the halfway point between Brisbane and Sydney and many people are calling in and trying to find a room.

"Despite being fully booked, we are still fielding plenty of calls.

"Macquarie Waters is matching last year's figures," she said.

Port Macquarie is a hotspot for families during school holidays or couples simply enjoying a break.

Jessica Holmes

Ms Holmes said Port Macquarie is a hotspot for families during school holidays or couples simply enjoying a break.

"Corporate clientelle are likely to start returning this week," she said.

Another accommodiation outlet with the 'full' sign up is Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges.

General manager Nick McLaughlin says the facility is recording 'quite healthy' figures during the current holiday season.

"There is definite demand there and we are experiencing quite healthy accommodation figures during this holiday," he said.

"We are still seeing the shorter stays through the week with a longer booking over the weekends. We are also seeing visitors travelling from the nearest capital cities for those stays.

"In relation to occupancy levels, they are healthy and our figures are matching the trend in growth being experienced across the state."

Mr McLaughlin was confident that short-stay holidaymakers will become longer term visitors 'once they experience what Port Macquarie has to offer'.

"We will definitely reap the benefits," he added.

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