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Influx of visitors over Easter

Tuesday, 19th April, 2011

EASTER HOLIDAY MAKERS: Colleen and Arthur Price outside their caravan at the Lakeview Caravan Park. EASTER HOLIDAY MAKERS: Colleen and Arthur Price outside their caravan at the Lakeview Caravan Park.

By Kurtis Eichler

Accommodation in Broken Hill is expected to be stretched to the limit this Easter long weekend and the influx of visitors has already started.

With hundreds of visitors expected for the Great Broken Hill Reunion, and more still for a Goldwing Motorcycle Club gathering, accommodation throughout the city is almost fully booked.

Lakeview Caravan Park's Christine Kersten said people who had left their bookings to the last minute could expect to be disappointed.

"I can't believe people leave it so late," she said.

"I've got almost a park full (of tourists)."

In fact all three of the city's caravan parks were almost fully booked when contacted by the BDT yesterday.

First time visitors Arthur and Colleen Price said they had long planned to spend the Easter break in the Silver City.

"We'd never been to Broken Hill before," Mrs Price said.

On their way to Darwin the Queensland couple, who plan to spend between 10 and 14 days in the city, noticed an increased number of motorists on the roads.

The couple, originally from Mt Isa, said many people from their home town moved from Mt Isa to Broken Hill, and were surprised to hear of such a large reunion taking place.

"We might run into a few from Mt Isa," Mr Price said.

The couple have a knack of turning up to cities during important events, as they recently drove into Renmark as the city celebrated its paddlesteamer centenary.

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