11 August, 2020
Tourists again find Outback irresistable
THE COVID-19 walls that have been built-up around Jericho and the rest of Western Queensland in recent months have apparently come tumbling down.
For the past two weeks, the population of Jericho has more than double with the arrival of caravaners from all over Queensland and New South Wales.
According to a Barcaldine Regional Council employee, on any morning at the Jordan River camping area, it is not unusual to have up to 35 caravans, with similar numbers at the Jericho Showgrounds.
This consistent influx is added to by the six to eight vans normally parked behind the Jordon Valley Hotel.
Hotel owners and operators, Bob and Gay Stubbs, offer free camping to the caravaners on their spare block of land, but this friendly gesture is not completely altruistic. According to the Stubbs, it has boosted their business quite significantly.
A similar outcome is being experienced by Kyley Story who said her café and food store business had “improved fantastically”.
Mick and Ros Cullen, of Hervey Bay, arrived back at the Jordan River park this week for the fourth time. And the reason for the frequent visits?
“It is such a beautiful place,” they both agreed. “The air is so fresh and clean, people are friendly and the amenities clean. We have travelled extensively but Jericho would have the nicest tasting drinking water of anywhere in Australia.”
For Kaye and George Crethar, of Lennox Head New South Wales, visiting the Central West for the first time has been a great experience. They plan to see as much as possible before they continue to Longreach.
And the reason for their visit to Western Queensland? “It was our best option at the moment,” they explained. “With the current border restrictions and limited overnight parking for caravans from south of Sydney all the way to Mackay in North Queensland, this just made sense.”
Opportunities for their photography interests have been the reason why Julie and Len McClane have returned to the Jordan River camping area again this year.
They are planning to visit the Sculpture Trail, the Lake and Muttaburra while taking full advantage of the glorious sunrise and sunset scenes for their photography.