The Christmas New Year holiday period saw the twin towns thrive with hordes of tourists and day trippers enjoying the weather and surrounds of Yarrawonga Mulwala.
Many businesses reported strong trading figures suggesting they were on par or performed even better than this time last year.
Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism Executive Officer Noel Wright said official figures hadn’t been returned yet but vast numbers of people had come through the tourist centre and many of the accommodation facilities had been booked out.
“All the properties we manage have been fully booked from Boxing day until mid-January,” Noel said.
“The only accommodation we had for Red Hot Summer was tents on the Mulwala Footy ground because everyone was basically fully booked.
“We have been very busy pre-Christmas where we would usually be a bit quieter but for the two weeks in the lead up to Christmas we were booked and there were plenty of people down Belmore Street.
“Many people have also already booked for the same time next year indicating to us we are going to have another busy Christmas period at the end of this year.”
Mulwala Water Ski Club CEO Peter Duncan said he was pleased with the amount of people that walked through their doors.
“We had a good year last year but this year has been even better following a very good December,” Peter said.
“The Ski Show has again brought plenty of people to the club and we’ve had large numbers of families come in.
“The crowds have been well behaved which is always a good thing.”
Tony Bennett, owner of Fish, Camp and Ski said his store had been busy for more than a month and are still expecting to be busy for another few weeks.
“We have had a busy season and our numbers are up for all of December, but it’s still busy and we expect that to continue for the month as it usually does for us,” Tony said.
“Fishing has been fantastic so more and more anglers are coming here to chase big cod and coming from all over, we have even had people down from Queensland from Townsville and as far as Northern Territory and across from South Australia.
“The Christmas trade itself was great also.”
Judds Mensland owner Michelle Clark told the Yarrawonga Chronicle the numbers had not been done for her store just yet as she had not had time with so many customers coming through the door, but it was looking good.
“Our numbers haven’t been done because its definitely been busy, no doubt about it,” said Michelle.
“It’s been much the same as every year for us, being a clothing store we’re always busy around this time but we’ve just had our heads down and tails up to look after the customers.
“We’ve had a lot of tourists too who have been staying at the river or in holiday homes, but had travelled to stay here and the day of Red Hot Summer is always a good day of shopping.
“It’s good to see the two towns thriving and everyone so busy.”