Geraldton caravan parks, hotels fully booked in “100 per cent turnaround” from last Easter

Phoebe PinGeraldton Guardian
Caravans parks, motels and hotels are booked out across the Mid West this Easter.
Camera IconCaravans parks, motels and hotels are booked out across the Mid West this Easter. Credit: Geraldton Guardian, Francesca Mann

The population of Geraldton and surrounding towns is expected to jump over the Easter long weekend, with accommodation providers reporting they have been booked out for weeks.

Ocean Centre Hotel is fully booked for today, tomorrow, Sunday and Monday, with phones continuing to ring with inquiries this week.

Manager Tash Gibson said the hotel had received enough requests after reaching capacity to fill another 30 rooms.

“Geraldton will be absolutely booked out this weekend, in my opinion,” she said.

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“We have been receiving calls as late as (Wednesday) morning, but we are fully booked.”

Travel restrictions introduced to stop the spread of COVID-19 also put a halt to Easter holiday plans last year, with families unable to visit loved ones living in other parts of WA and the Eastern States.

It was a ghost hotel last year.

“It has been a 100 per cent turnaround from last year,” she said.

“We mainly just had essential workers staying.

“It was a ghost hotel last year.”

Ocean West Holiday Units has had to turn away people making last-minute inquiries this week, with all apartments and rooms booked for the long weekend.

The holiday park typically keeps some apartments free for guests seeking longer stays, but these were booked this week.

Outside of Geraldton, the S Bend Caravan Park in South Greenough has had no vacancies over Easter for about a week, with many tourists booking weeks in advance to secure their spots.

Kalbarri Tudor Holiday Park is also fully booked, with a caravan park staff member saying several hundred guests are expected check in this Easter.

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