Popular North Burnett tourist spot gold-listed
A POPULAR North Burnett recreation park has been given a big tick of approval by an accommodation aggregator for the second year running.
Mingo Crossing Caravan and Recreation Park, located on Lake Paradise between Gayndah and Mount Perry, has been added to Star Ratings Australia’s 2019 Gold List of Australian Accommodation, receiving a certificate.
Division five councillor John Bowen said, despite recent negative publicity about Mingo, which has been affected by the State Government decision to lower Paradise Dam’s spillway by 5m, said Mingo “still is and still will be beautiful”.
Cr Bowen said two years ago, the water level in the dam dropped to 39 per cent, lower than the 42 per cent which will be the result of the 5m lowering, and people still came.
He said Bjelke-Petersen Dam at Moffatdale is currently at five per cent and the leisure crowd are still flocking there.
Besides, he added, lower levels are good news for keen anglers, as the fish school closer together.
Cr Bowen said he has recently been to visit Mingo and said he spoke with holiday-makers who had been told not to bother going to Mingo, but told him they were “pleased they didn’t take the advice”.
Mingo recently received $2.5 million in funding from council and the State Government to undergo improvements.
New amenity blocks and a playground have already been installed, while six new ‘glamping’ sites were aiming to be complete by Christmas.
12 new concrete sites are due by June 2020.
Cr Bowen said Mingo is a boon for surrounding towns.
“Economy-wise, it brings a lot of people to the area,” he said.
“No matter which way you come, you’ve got to travel through a North Burnett town and spend money.
“The amount of people that come for two days and end up spending a week, it’s a beautiful spot.”
According to Star Ratings Australia’s website, “The Star Ratings Gold List celebrates only those properties which hold themselves to our independent quality standards”.
“We then aggregate millions of past guest ratings across hundreds of websites around the world to showcase the best Australian hotels, motels, serviced apartments, caravan parks, hosted accommodation and self catering properties.”