Investor confidence along The Legendary Pacific Coast heralds a new era in tourism product, visitor experiences and increased domestic and international visitation to the North Coast NSW, according to North Coast Destination Network Executive Officer, Ms Belinda Novicky.
Ms Novicky cited six key industry players who together have invested more $120 million to develop new product and update existing accommodation and attractions along this popular holiday touring route in 2015/16.
“These significant developments across the accommodation and attraction sectors lead widespread activity in all key destinations from the Central Coast to the Tweed,” she said.
“The largest individual investment is the new $100 million Elements of Byron Resort tagged as a “game changer” by many tourism leaders.
“Set in mature native gardens at Belongil Beach its 94 villas and state of the art facilities and energy management systems is accompanied with a $1 million investment to reinstate a commuter train service and track repairs from Belongil to Byron central.”
“Further south in Coffs Harbour the iconic Big Banana this week celebrates the official opening of a new $500,000 Water Park.
“It is the biggest Water Park between Sydney and the Gold Coast boasting 4 huge thrill slides off a 14-metre-high platform and a large kids Aqua Play area complete with an interactive jet zone, water play towns and tipping bucket.
“This 50-year-old attraction constantly leads the way with new tourism experiences including its 36-hole mini golf course, a Toboggan ride overlooking the Pacific Ocean, a state of the art Laser tag arena, an Ice Skating Rink and so much more.
“In the thriving regional centre of Port Macquarie another popular icon, Sails Resort Port Macquarie is undergoing a $15 million refurbishment through its 83 rooms, gardens and recreational areas overlooking the Hastings River. All rooms and the pool cabana area will officially open next week while construction of a new wedding chapel and event centre is scheduled to begin in mid-2016.
“Ballina’s iconic Macadamia Castle has poured more than $600,000 into new experiences including solar Car park, A Frog Pod Conservation Centre, construction of a new Conference Centre and Outdoor covered recreation areas, refurbishment of a popular Wombat exhibit and upgrading of a Rainforest and Emu walkthrough.
“Ongoing investments at the Macleay Valley’s Big4 Sunshine Holiday Park South West Rocks this week earned it a gong as the Best Holiday Park on the North Coast in the CCIA 2015 awards.
“This park’s most recent investment of $750,00 created Shipwreck Island, a replica tall ship as the centrepiece of the resort’s lagoon style pool with a skull cave, rock waterfalls, water cannons, an array of slides and two crows nests.
“It’s a spectacular addition to this park specialising in a range of fantasy attractions for families and children”.
“Many of these projects were made possible through the NSW State Government’s $21.6 million commitment to the Regional Visitor Economy Fund (RVEF), said Ms Novicky.