Good Easter weekend at Oberon even with road closures

WELCOME MAT: Council's tourism and economic development manager Mat Webb had a busy weekend at the Visitor Information Centre.

WELCOME MAT: Council's tourism and economic development manager Mat Webb had a busy weekend at the Visitor Information Centre.

ALTHOUGH Oberon's main access roads were closed during the Easter weekend, visitors still managed to visit the area via the Great Western Highway through Bathurst.

Bells Line of Road and Jenolan Caves Road at Hampton have been closed due to landslides after recent rainfall.

Motorists experienced major delays travelling through the Blue Mountains on Good Friday.

Council's tourism and economic development manager Mat Webb said the Easter weekend and eased coronavirus restrictions certainly appeared to generate support for businesses and accommodation venues in Oberon.

"The region was busy with people out and about," he said.

"We've had a massive weekend at the Visitor Information Centre with people inquiring about mushrooming, camping sites and fossicking.

"With road closures, we have had lots of phone inquiries - we were the traffic hotline."

Mr Webb said the momentum is continuing into the school holidays.

"It's Tuesday morning and the centre is full with tourists and this will continue all month. It's a good time of year to visit Oberon."

Sharon Coleman from the Highlands Motor Inn said she had a couple of cancellations due to Jenolan Caves' closure, but these rooms were soon rebooked for the holiday period.

"It's fantastic. Visitors are here for mushrooming and Mayfield Garden," she said.

"I think other accommodation venues have been the same.

"I feel sorry for Jenolan Caves - they've been through enough with bushfires, floods and COVID. Let's hope they are up and running for the next lot of school holidays."