20 August 2023

Grey nomads make tracks to Burrill for lakeside seniors fest

| Katrina Condie
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Watch footy on the big screen and enjoy drinks around the firepit at the Burrill Lake Seniors Festival. Photo: Holiday Haven Burrill Lake.

South Coast grey nomads looking for a fun-filled getaway close to home are in for a treat, with nine days of activities on offer at the inaugural Burrill Lake Seniors Festival.

From yoga on the foreshore to firepit footy nights, Holiday Haven Burrill Lake tourist park manager Kirra Dowling has arranged a host of events for seniors seeking fun and adventure or a relaxing break from 25 August till 2 September.

Known for hosting regular community events at the park located right on the foreshore of Burrill Lake, south of Ulladulla, Kirra says local residents of all ages are also invited to join in the fun.

She says Burrill Lake is a popular destination for older travellers, with many South Coast seniors taking short breaks close to home during the quieter season, as well as travelling from Sydney, Canberra and Victoria for longer seaside getaways.

“Like all South Coast holiday parks, we’re packed with families over summer and during the school holidays, so the winter months and shoulder seasons are really popular with the grey nomads,” Kirra said.

“People come here for the great fishing, kayaking, bushwalks and of course the beaches, but there’s so much more to do, even in the cooler months.”

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For the first Seniors Festival, Kirra has put together 10 days of activities both in the park grounds and at nearby venues.

“I wanted to have activities on site, like paint and sip, yoga, bingo and firepit footy, but also wanted to showcase our local community,” she said.

“Friday night is our welcome evening with drinks and nibbles around the firepit from 4 pm, followed by a movie night.”

The activities continue with seniors encouraged to check out an art exhibition at the Ulladulla Civic Centre on Saturday followed by a paint and sip afternoon in the park and watch footy on the big screen while getting to know fellow travellers with a few drinks around the firepit.

On Sunday, the local car club will roll into the park with shiny hot rods and cruisers on show, plus there’ll be live music and a free barbecue for guests. There will be a small cover charge for members of the public.

The week of activities also includes bingo, yoga, lakefront morning teas and a trivia night at the Ulladulla ExServos Club.

Kirra says a highlight of the event will be a tour of the popular Lagom Bakery warehouse to discover how they make their fabulous and award-winning sourdough bread and pastries.

“This will be a really unique and interesting tour of the bakery that has gained a bit of a cult following since it opened just across the highway from our park,” Kirra said.

“The festivities will wrap up on Saturday, 2 September with music by the lake with Chris and Laz our regular duo from 2 pm to 5 pm.”

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The activities are open to members of the public and Kirra says it’s a great way to showcase everything Burrill Lake has to offer. She’s offering some great specials for the week, including stay four nights, pay for three and stay seven nights, pay for five.

“The weather has been amazing for winter and we hope people will come along and build friendships, meet new people and discover new experiences,” Kirra added.

“Camping, caravanning or staying in cabins is a great way for our seniors to get out and see our country and, at Burrill Lake, they can choose to do as much or as little as they like.

“We have a fantastic community atmosphere here in the park, with many seniors returning year after year.

“The festival is a great way to offer something extra for them to discover and enjoy.”

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