Reduced camping fees to increase demand

Council is reducing the cost to camp at Ball Bay and St Helen’s Beach camping reserves.

Visitors will notice a 44 per cent reduction in fees across the two sites, with the cost of a daily site reducing from $27 per night to $15 per night and the weekly fee dropping from $156 to $87.

Mayor Greg Williamson said council hoped that the reduction in fees would encourage more locals and visitors to enjoy the facilities and get back to nature.

“In 2016 council introduced a reduced fee structure for self-contained RVs at Mirani Caravan Park for a 12-month period, which proved so successful in attracting visitors that it was adopted permanently,” Mayor Williamson said.

“We hope to achieve a similar result at Ball Bay and St Helen’s Beach camping reserves,” he said.

“It is important that visitors see the sites as great value for money and the reduced fee structure will help the sites become more attractive options with the low-cost RV market, while also encouraging longer stays.

“The camping industry injects more than $10 billion into the Australian economy annually and there is a real opportunity to capture a greater share of this market, especially with Tourism Australia’s ‘Holiday Here This Year’ campaign gaining traction across the country.”

The prices to stay at Seaforth and Mirani camping reserves will not change as they offer a superior range of facilities such as hot showers, kitchens, dump points, playgrounds and on-site camp managers.

The changes to the Ball Bay and St Helen’s Beach camping reserves will come into effect from Thursday, February 25, 2021.

Click here for more details on how to book into one of the region’s camping sites.