Holiday Parks Coordinator Garry Ellem.

The announcement that Lake Macquarie holiday parks are set to re-open has been met with a surge in bookings.

Belmont Lakeside, Blacksmiths Beachside, Swansea Lakeside, Wangi Point and Sails at Belmont will all reopen from Monday 1 June, with the majority already booked out for the June long weekend.

Holiday Parks Coordinator Garry Ellem said it had been non-stop since bookings reopened.

“Wangi Point, Blacksmiths Beachside and Belmont Lakeside are already booked out for the June long weekend, and bookings for the other two sites aren’t far behind,” she said.

Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism, Jacqui Hemsley, said the reopening coincided with a tourism campaign aimed at luring road-tripping visitors to the city.

“Our Love the Lake 2020 campaign will target under-45s in Sydney and regional NSW, promoting self-drive holidays to Lake Macquarie,” Ms Hemsley said.

“The gradual reopening of accommodation and tourist activities throughout our city will help inject money into our community, save jobs and help in the push towards economic recovery.”

Mr Ellem said Lake Mac Holiday Parks would reopen in line with all NSW Government health and safety advice to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

“We’re asking everyone to book online and pay before they arrive,” he said.

“We’ll also have extra cleaning services at all sites and there will be some restrictions on numbers in communal buildings to adhere to social distancing guidelines.”

The shutdown, during which only full-time caravanners with ‘no fixed address’ have been allowed to stay, has allowed for accelerated improvements and upgrades across some Lake Mac Holiday Parks.

They include new cabins, a playground at Blacksmiths Beachside and a new pool under construction at Belmont Beachside.

Mr Ellem said the new cabins were due to open in June.

“We are proud and excited to offer these facilities to the community,” he said.

“We can’t wait to welcome people back.”

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