THE 'no vacancy' sign may soon go up at Orange caravan parks with travellers flocking to town for the school holidays.
Following a really tough start to 2020 many families are now hitting the open roads and are keen to see "their own backyards", park managers say.
Canobolas Caravan Park manager Renee Clancey said the July school holidays is traditionally a slow time, but not this year.
"We've been really busy ... people are coming from the coast and they're keen to go out west," she said.
"The majority of people are staying for three days and they're telling us they're going to Orange, Mudgee and Dubbo."
Sydneysiders Deb and David Taylor and Robyn and Stephen Hill have been staying at Orange City Caravan Park for the past four days.
While the park has been their base, they have been exploring Orange's wineries and cafes, and they group are keen to take home some local produce with them.
Orange City Caravan Park is gradually returning to normal, Orange City Council communications officer Allan Reeder said.
"The park has been able to accept bookings from caravan travellers for a month now, but with winter coming on, travellers are taking a while to hit the road again," he said of the council owned park.
"Some of the van sites are currently occupied, but there are still some vacancies for people thinking about a trip to Orange during the school holidays.
"Since the June long weekend Orange has noticed a steady increase in travellers and tourists making trips to the area."
Mr Reeder said the park has a range of accommodation options.
"There are fourteen cabins and they're currently booked out for the next few weeks," he said.
"The cabins have been booked out by workers from mining and support industries who are in town on contract work."
While caravan and camping parks are open, there are many changes amid easing COVID-19 restrictions including increased cleaning and collection of guests information.
"We're getting them to sign a declaration that they're not unwell and haven't travelled overseas and haven't been in touch with anyone who has been affected," Ms Clancey said,
Mr Reeder said Orange City Caravan Park was complying with the latest recommendations from health and government authorities, to encourage social distancing and keeping contact records to enable tracing if needed.
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