Dozens of campsites in the flood-affected regions are gearing up for the Easter long weekend as businesses look forward to a boost in tourism.
South Australia’s Riverland and Mallee regions are preparing for the reopening of numerous campsites ahead of the Easter long weekend, following their recovery from the devastating floods that hit the area over the summer.
Riverland and Murraylands National Parks and Wildlife Service manager, Sonia Dominelli, emphasized the importance of prioritizing camping for the recovering region. Favorable drying weather in recent months and the dedicated work of staff on the ground have made it possible for the popular campsites to reopen in time for the holiday season.
Canceled bookings are being prioritized for returning campers, and dozens of spaces remain available for those eager to secure a site, according to a report by ABC News.
Campers across South Australia can also look forward to exploring recently reopened parks in the Flinders Ranges, which had been closed for aerial pest control.
Local businesses anticipate economic boost from reopening
Riverland businesses that experienced a quiet summer due to the floods are excited about the potential influx of visitors to the region.
John Cockshell, a Riverland fishing and outdoor store owner, expressed gratitude for the incoming boost to the local economy. He believes that the reopening of campsites along the river will be a great asset for the area, especially during the typically busy Easter period.
As campers flock to the reopened sites, Country Fire Service state duty officer Stephen Boucher reminds visitors to remain cautious and adhere to National Park rules regarding campfires.
With an abundance of debris and natural fuels around due to the recent floods, campers are urged to be particularly vigilant when leaving their campsite and to fully extinguish their campfires with water.
The reopening of campsites in South Australia’s Riverland and Mallee regions marks a new chapter for the area as it recovers from the summer floods. With visitors returning to the region, local businesses and communities are eager to welcome a safe and prosperous Easter season.