Tourism influx over Easter

Attractions like the Sugar Pine walk are attracting people in droves to the region.

Tourist attractions and local accommodation outlets are bracing themselves for an influx of holiday makers keen to breathe in the fresh Snowy Mountains air, reunite with family or set off on an adventure.

The Easter holidays attract tourists to the Tumut region for a variety of activities including bushwalking, fishing, mountain bike riding or exploring the nearby caves.

Riverglade Caravan Park manager Matt Pearce said his 160 sites and 30 cabins had been booked for at least three months and displaying the full house sign was a regular occurrence each Easter.

“People just love the (Tumut) River, they love to be down there sitting around the river, kicking the footy around or riding their bikes along the river walk,” said Mr Pearce.

“Day trips to the Yarrangobilly Caves or the brewing company are also quite popular.

“We get a few that like to go fishing and there are one or two boats that go for the skiing (on Blowering Dam), but it’s got colder here by Easter time.

“For a lot of them, it’s about being with family.”

Mr Pearce said the tourists travelled from Sydney and Victoria, but there was also a contingent from the wider region such as Temora, Cootamundra and Wagga Wagga.

He said the caravan park was the destination for many families now in their second generation of Easter gatherings.

“There are families who have been coming here for years. Then their kids have grown up and they continue to bring their kids here,” Mr Pearce said.

“We have a few families who have been coming here for generations.”

Tumut River Brewing Company partner Tim Martin is looking forward to the Easter period after expanding interest points for customers.

“We’ve been adding and modifying (the brewing company) and every Easter it gets busier,” Mr Martin said.

“We are expecting more traffic because we’ve got more to offer the tourists.

“Over the last couple of weeks we’ve noticed the dollars over the till increasing”

Mr Martin said the brewery was previously behind closed doors, but now customers can see it functioning, which provides an added interest to tasting the craft beer or roasted coffee.

“There are fantastic wetlands and the river walk joins up to our brewery, so there is plenty to do,” he said.

Tane Keremelevski, from Tumut Fly Fishing, has lessons and tours booked in for Easter, but said he always keeps either a morning or afternoon free for tourists who choose fly fishing as a last-minute activity.

“A lot of people are very inspired by the beauty and vastness of area,” he said.

“Many people cannot believe the Tumut River is so close and they often think ‘oh wow – I must fish’.”

Mr Keremelevski said the roads to the dams and rivers were accessible to people of all ages, making them enticing tourist attractions.