“The wine regions and farmer’s markets were bit of a drawcard,” said James. “But it was also the landscape, the views and the remoteness of the park, even though it’s an easy drive into Cowra.”
With a background in facilities management in Western Australia, James now manages both Wyangala Waters and the Reflections Holiday Parks Grabine Lakeside. He spends quite a bit of time on Wyangala Dam as a result, as he travels between his two ‘offices’ by boat.
“It’s just 15 minutes by boat, but an hour and a half by car,” he explains.
James finds his visitors come to enjoy the wildlife and natural beauty of the park, the relaxed atmosphere, as well as the dam’s first-rate water sports and fishing.
“Around 100,000 Murray cod and 100,000 Perch fingerlings are released into the dam every year, so it’s very well stocked,” he said.
“Families get the whole camping experience here. They spend the day on the water – water-skiing, fishing or kayaking – then have a campfire in the evening.”
The bushranger history of the area, including the gold rumoured to be hidden in a mountain cave near Wyangala Dam, is of particular interest to James.
“Maybe one day one of our visitors will go home with a lot more than a smile on their face,” he said.