Tourists flock to the area during holidays

October 12, 2017

The McConekey and Cunningham families from Geelong relaxing by the Yarrawonga foreshore.

By Emma Prior

Throughout the September school holidays Yarrawonga Mulwala has been awash with families and school children on holidays, having a little get away in the two-week break.

The area has seen the normal holiday suspects but these holidays have seen many interstate travellers and older grey nomads to the region.
Helen Copeland from the Yarrawonga Mulwala Visitor information centre said many tourists to the area have been from Queensland and have made their way down here for a change of scenery.
“Traditionally the September holidays are quiet because it’s after winter and can often still be fairly cool,” Helen said.
“These holidays are in between, not too busy but also not quiet. It has been better than previous years.”
Although many of the people who have been through the visitor centre have been interstate travellers from varied distances, a vast majority have also been from surrounding regions such as Jerilderie.
“The area has gained a reputation where people are wanting to visit and continually appeal to a new audience,” Helen said.
“Word of mouth has been very beneficial this holiday period.”
This fact was proven when the Chronicle went on a search along the Yarrawonga and Mulwala foreshores for tourist families staying in the area for the spring holidays.
This is the second visit to the area for the Moncrieff family from Ararat, after their first visit was more than a decade ago and before mum and dad became mum and dad.
This visit there are two extra members to the Moncrieffs as now they have 2 children who are loving fishing in Lake Mulwala.
The family are staying for just under a week at the Yarrawonga Caravan Park and say it is a lovely place to stay and is perfect for the kids.
“We wanted a small get away not too far from home as I hate travelling too far, especially with two squabbily kids in the back,” Mrs Moncrieff said.
“I lost out this time but we decided to travel to Yarrawonga after a friend recommended us to stay at the caravan park and to see the difference in the town from the last time we were here.”
For the McConekey family from Geelong, although travelling to Yarrawonga many times, they haven’t necessarily been here for a holiday.
Mrs McConekey has had a kidney transplant and uses the services of the dialysis centre where the family is staying at the DATA house.
When the McConekeys have been to Yarrawonga for treatment they have travelled with their caravan and boat to have some sort of a holiday whilst here but this time as they are staying at the DATA house they only brought the boat.
This time around as well as the boat they brought their friends the Cunningham family, also from Geelong, who stayed for just under a week but said they have also been here before but are really enjoying the area.  
“We have been coming here for years, it’s great in the warmer weather but especially in September when it’s not too busy,” Mr McConekey said.
“It’s a beautiful waterfront here and some of the pubs and clubs are great.”
“They have great facilities here,” Mr Cunningham added.
“What a beautiful place it is,” Mrs McConekey lastly said.

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