Kyogle's push for tourism
By LEONIE BRANN
EVEN though Kyogle is landlocked, that doesn't mean tourists won't be attracted to Frank Finch's unique maritime collection ? that's if they knew where it was.
The backyard Kyogle Maritime Museum, housed in an old shed converted to look like a ship, is one of many different experiences awaiting tourists in the area known more for livestock and rainforests then catering for niche tourism.
Kyogle Council hopes to capitalise on its unique attractions by forming a network of tourism providers and points of interest, and is holding the first workshop to provide training and industry information on Tuesday.
Even though Frank and wife, Fay, will be playing tourist at the time of the first workshop, he said it was a great idea to place Kyogle as a must-see on the tourist trail.
"It is a private museum, but I am always happy to open her up for a large group if they call in advance," the retired merchant seaman and naval officer said.
"I have shown a few car clubs and service clubs around, and I would be happy for more people to visit, as long as they call ahead."
Kyogle Council economic development officer, Samantha Muller, agreed the district had unique experiences to offer tourists, saying the number of visitors to the area was increasing 'at an amazing rate'.
She said Kyogle's proximity to the Gold Coast and Brisbane, about two hours' drive away, was a tourist drawcard.
"Quite simply, that means we must be providing the best service and the best experience when they get here," she said. "If we really look after them, they will come back and hopefully tell their friends to come too."
Workshop numbers are limited. To register, call Samantha Muller on 6632 0208.