Forty years of holiday tradition for the Bradley family is coming to end at Vacation Village in Port Macquarie.
Blue Mountains resident Lorraine Bradley purchased one of the 24 two-bedroom units at the village in 1982 for around $3200.
It was the third unit built and became a yearly holiday spot for husband, Paul and children, Jacqueline, Rob and Caroline.
The Bradley family farewelled their favourite retreat this week by wearing custom shirts emblazoned with the Vacation Village logo from the 1980s.
"It's been 39 years since we bought the unit here. We'd seen it advertised in the newspaper and we knew people up here for holidays who could have a quick look before we bought it," Mrs Bradley said.
"The kids were young and it suited us. The beach was lovely, the climate and at that time it was a days journey through Taree and Swansea.
"We kept coming and brought the new generations to the village over the years. My brother, Greg also bought a unit and we would have a family holiday each year in November.
"We had a lovely family weekend recently to remember all the activities we used to do when we first arrived many years ago. It was our last hurrah.
"I will absolutely miss it, terribly. I can't bring myself to think about it and I'm not sure what the family will do because we have always come here."
Generations of the family have enjoyed the enclosed leisure facilities such as the swimming pool, spa, playground, tennis and squash courts, barbecue area, bowling green, cricket net and mini-golf course.
Port Macquarie changed around the village as time went on, Rob Bradley said.
"It was always a holiday and in the last couple of years we moved the days to match with the Ironman. The three siblings would do the Ironman as a relay team," he said.
"As silly as it sounds, Friday night was always Kentucky Fried Chicken and we would always go to the Schnitzel House (now closed) on Saturday night because dad loved going there.
"There's been a lot of changes over the years. When we first arrived there wasn't any canals or Kmart, it was all cow paddocks at that point."
The family have deferred their next Ironman race until 2022, Mr Bradley said.
The timeshare holiday resort changed hands for the first time in 40 years in 2020 after it was sold to a family investment entity for $6 million.
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