Fully-jabbed NSW travellers almost completely book out coastal properties until next YEAR as the state prepares for its first weekend of regional travel
- NSW central coast and NSW south coast will be packed over next few months
- Regional travel finally permitted across state of NSW for double jabbed people
- Coastal suburbs such as Terrigal, Avoca popular as is Mollymook on south coast
- Belle Escapes GM Ryan South said surge of interest has been ‘unprecedented’
With double vaccinated NSW residents finally allowed to travel to the regions after months of lockdown, in demand areas on the central coast and south coast are set to be brimming with eager holidaymakers this weekend.
Real estate agency Belle Properties launched Belle Escapes in 2019 on the central coast of NSW to cater to guests wanting a quick getaway – and come Friday afternoon, the company currently has just two homes available from their portfolio of 70 properties.
Ryan South, the general manager of Belle Escapes, told Daily Mail Australia the surge of interest in the region north of Sydney has been unprecedented.
‘We tend to see an influx of people leading into Christmas and the New Year, but the past few weeks has been incredible,’ he said.
‘I would say we are close to capacity, I will be surprised if we have any remaining vacancies by Friday this week.
This property at Terrigal on the central coast of NSW is always popular given its proximity to the beach and local eateries
Belle Escapes also has a luxury property dubbed ‘Northwind’ at Macmasters Beach on the NSW central coast available
The expansive home at Macmasters Beach in NSW can cater for multiple families seeking a relaxing weekend away
‘Places like Avoca and Terrigal used to be the “go to” suburbs, but in recent months we have seen people wishing to branch out and explore other areas the (central) coast has to offer.
‘The likes of Ettalong, Blue Bay and Gorokan… the expression of interest has been enormous.
‘At this stage, we will be flat out until at least February next year.’
Mr South also confirmed while the majority of local properties they manage are owned by Sydneysiders, they also oversee houses or apartments owned by people abroad from the likes of Dubai and Singapore.
‘We are a boutique firm who offer a curated experience for our clients,’ he said.
‘Property interest in the entire region has been incredible, especially now that we are out of lockdown and (most) people can travel freely.’
On the south coast of NSW, countless weekend Airbnb’s have already been snapped up for this Saturday and Sunday at the likes of Kiama and Wollongong.
In the same region, elite beachside tourist destinations such as Mollymook and Merimbula are equally popular – and have vacancies this weekend.
But the beachside experience won’t come cheap – Booking.com is currently advertising a luxury apartment opposite the beach in Mollymook for a whopping $2,333 for a two-night stay.
Airbnb hosts in surrounding suburbs such as Ulladulla and Huskisson are also tipped to be increasingly busy as summer rapidly approaches.
Booking.com is also offering luxury style living at Mollymook on the NSW south coast for eager holiday goers
The luxury property in Mitchell Rd, Mollymook presents the ultimate weekend retreat for guests
Weekend getaways for families at Kiama, on the NSW south coast are proving to be popular
For many locals outside of Sydney holiday accommodation across the warmer months in NSW has become highly profitable – and for some, presents their chief source of income.
Other locations on the NSW south coast set to thrive over the next few months include Gerringong, Culburra Beach and Jervis Bay, famed for its glistening white sand.
In September vacation rental company Airbnb confirmed a huge spike in interest for December and January, with the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast topping the list of the most-searched destinations across Australia.
The next most popular options are Byron Bay on the NSW mid-north coast, followed by the Great Ocean Road and Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.
Australia’s top travel agency Flight Centre also revealed previously locked-down Sydneysiders and Melburnians are hoping to head to the Sunshine State in large numbers once restrictions finally ease.
THE TOP 8 MOST SEARCHED TRAVEL DESTINATIONS ACROSS AUSTRALIA:
1. Sunshine Coast
2. Gold Coast
3. Byron Bay
4. Mid-North Coast, NSW
5. Great Ocean Road, VIC
6. Mornington Peninsula, VIC
7. Jervis Bay, NSW