It is certainly busy in the Central Highlands at the moment. Visitors are arriving through all entry points, with increased traffic flow especially along the two main drive trails, the Great Inland Way and the Capricorn Way.

Our visitors are also making the most of the region’s attributes while they’re here, with recently-released statistics showing an increase in the regional length of stay from 2.5 days to 4 days and an increase in regional visitor spend from $140 per day to $168 per day.

It’s an impressive set of figures that once again shows local tourism operators continue to deliver reliable and consistent product at the high standard demanded by our visitors. Well done to everyone who showcases our region by offering a tourism product that our visitors want to buy, be it a tour, a place to park the caravan or rest their weary head, somewhere to dine, or a local event to experience a taste of the Central Highlands lifestyle.

The overall increase in visitor stays and spend is reflected across our neighbours – Outback Queensland, the Southern Great Barrier Reef, south to the Maranoa and north through the Isaac region and into Charters Towers. For the Central Highlands, we have the added benefit of being the gateway to both the iconic Great Barrier Reef and Australia’s famous outback.

If you want to know more about the strength of our local tourism industry, give me a call and I will be happy to pass along a number of links.

For more information or a catch-up, contact Peter Grigg E: tourism@chdc.com.au or T: (07) 4982 4386.

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