Monday, March 25, 2013

Beach erosion puts off tourists from top Queensland holiday spots on Gold and Sunshine coasts

"BEACH erosion has turned tourists away from some of our most famous holiday hot spots - but other Queensland destinations are reaping the benefits.

"Mackay, Rockhampton, Stanthorpe and the Sunshine Coast hinterland have also been big movers.


"On the central Queensland coast, Mackay and Rockhampton have enjoyed huge surges in popularity for the Easter break, while it has also been a win for Stanthorpe, with an increase of more than 20 per cent on last year on the website for the Granite Belt.

Sarah Reeves from Granite Belt Wine and Tourism said a new marketing campaign showcasing Stanthorpe's distinct four seasons had been enthusiastically received by holidaymakers.

"It's one of the few places where you can get a genuine seasonal experience," she said.

"Traditionally winter has always been our strongest time, but autumn is a beautiful time to visit as well.

"We've also extended our target market so rather than just focusing on Brisbane, we've aimed at the Gold and Sunshine coasts as well."

[read more on the Courier Mail website]