Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Locals Flock to Agnes; Businesses Report Increase in Tourists Visiting Discovery Coast

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Locals Flock to Agnes; Businesses Report Increase in Tourists Visiting Discovery Coast

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Byline: Gregory Bray Gregory.Bray@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE less than ideal weather hasn't stopped tourists from flocking to the Discovery Coast this week to enjoy the Easter holiday break.

According to Agnes Water and 1770 Information Centre volunteer, Georgia Hughes, the centre had experienced an increase in numbers and the nearby museum has also had a steady flow of visitors.

"The majority of people are from Queensland and we've seen a lot of first-time tourists to the area," she said.

Ms Hughes said most visitors had planned well ahead, but a few international visitors had been caught unawares by the holiday crowds and staff were helping them find accommodation.

Pavillions on 1770 was almost booked out during the long weekend.

Receptionist Meryl Davies expects the Easter sugar hit to tourism numbers to stay for the next weeks.

She said the motel was heavily booked until Friday, April 13.

"We normally do well over Easter, but it seems like this year there's a longer period of increased stays," she said. …

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