Hadspen a popular Easter base and stop

THE Easter break is a busy time for Tasmania's hospitality workers as droves of travellers make good use of the state's rest stops and holiday accommodation.

This year was no exception for Hadspen's Discovery Holiday Park, which saw many of its cabins and powered caravan sites booked for the weekend's rush.

Discovery Holiday Park assistant manager Manuel Matteo yesterday said the park grounds were often invaded by visitor groups throughout the year.

``We had a fair few people come through, we were booked out,'' Mr Matteo said.

``This year we had an Easter egg hunt and a bit of a sausage sizzle going for our guests.''

He said grey nomads, young touring families and workers were among the park's more frequent clients.

``At the moment we've had a fair few contractors staying here, they're working on the Bunnings store,'' Mr Matteo said.

``We've got a few telecommunications specialists who are doing the fibre-optic rollout in the regional areas _ they'll take a cabin.

``There's also the fruit pickers who come through, they'll stay in our dormitory-style bunk room, or stay in our tent area.''

Launceston's Cataract Gorge is the must-see list topper, according to Mr Matteo, followed by Seaport, the West and East Tamar highways _ and their associated wine route _ and many of the Meander and Northern Midlands region's fishing rivers.

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