Kiwi visitors take a shine to Casino
KIWIS love the Casino area.
According to the latest statistics from the Visitor Information Centre there was a sharp increase in visitors from New Zealand to Casino between July and September last year.
Visitor services co-ordinator Gael Lewis said that, in the past, most of the visitors to Casino were from countries in Europe.
Ms Lewis, who moved to Australia from New Zealand more than 30 years ago, said Casino was the gateway to a dozen national parks and New Zealanders loved to go bush.
Ms Lewis said visitors were only just beginning to realise what the region had to offer.
“People are wanting to explore the hinterland,” she said.
Many of the New Zealanders visiting Casino were grey nomads and were coming to stay at the Casino Village RV Resort.
Ms Lewis said that, due to the world financial crisis, it was likely New Zealanders were visiting Australia because it was close.
The Summerland Highway was also becoming an increasingly popular alternative to the Pacific Highway, she said.