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MAY 2022


'It will entice greater range of tourists'

Off-grid holiday park planned for Lake Macquarie

Mayor Kay Fraser  Have your say

PLANS are underway for a new off-the-grid holiday park at Lake Macquarie in NSW aimed at eco-tourists and adventure travellers.

Lake Macquarie City Council has won NSW Government funding to develop part of the 30ha site off Freemans Drive, north of Cooranbong, to include 20 bespoke cabins made from recycled shipping containers, along with 60 camping sites.

Holiday Parks Coordinator Garry Ellem said it would use solar-powered amenities, rainwater harvesting and onsite sewage treatment.

Ecotourism has grown to become a major sector of the tourism industry in Australia, employing more than 14,000 people and contributing annual revenue of $1.6 billion, according to peak industry body Ecotourism Australia.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser (pictured) ‒ who is said to have overseen the transformation of Lake Macquarie into a regional powerhouse in NSW ‒ said the new venue would help cement Lake Macquarie's status as an adventure tourism playground.

“The retreat is only an hour from Sydney’s northern suburbs, so this is a very realistic weekend getaway for millions of potential visitors.”

Development of the planned $2.5 million retreat on council-owned land will include a $1.7 million grant from the NSW Government's Regional Tourism Activation Fund.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the Cooranbong Adventure Retreat was exactly the type of project the Regional Tourism Activation Fund was created to support.

"This is a fantastic project that will entice a greater range of tourists to the Lake Macquarie area to enjoy some of the more extreme outdoor activities this beautiful region has to offer, from mountain biking and off-roading to skydiving," Mr Toole said.

"The projects backed through the Regional Tourism Activation Fund will give domestic and international visitors more great reasons to holiday in our regions and experience all that regional NSW has to offer."

Mr Ellem said a development application would soon be lodged, with the site expected to open in mid-2023, pending approval.


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