CESSNOCK coalminer Stephen McNaughton has been holidaying at Swansea Gardens caravan park for 27 years.
Mr McNaughton and his family were among mellow holidayers yesterday enjoying the area’s turquoise waters.
‘‘It’s close to home and the water is as good as in Queensland,’’ Mr McNaughton said.
Holidayers stay in cabins, caravans or tents at the park, which has a cruisy pace by day and a party feel as sun sets.
‘‘It’s a good atmosphere this time of year,’’ Mr McNaughton said.
‘‘The same people come every year and we’ve got to know them over the years.’’
His wife, Susan McNaughton, said she liked that the area had not been swamped by high-rise.
‘‘It’s not overcrowded and it’s not too commercial,’’ she said.
Their son, Tyler McNaughton, 21, said Swansea was a perfect spot to take his jet-ski.
‘‘I love the area because it’s got everything,’’ he said. ‘‘You can go out to the heads, the ocean or the lake.’’
Swansea’s Emily Bryant, 21, said her town comes alive in summer.
‘‘The tourists bring a lot more life to the plac. I’ve grown up here and Swansea is pretty boring other than summer.’’
The McNaughtons said they preferred Swansea’s low-key vibe and low-rise skyline to Nelson Bay.
‘‘Swansea has never changed,’’ Stephen McNaughton said.