NOW that winter is over, the Naracoorte Visitor Information Centre is expecting to see a steady increase in visitors.
While numbers have been slightly down compared to last year - August 2013 had 716 visitors compared to 795 last year - tourism and venues coordinator Vicki Modistach said it was now coming into the peak holiday period.
"I found the election was really scaring people," she said.
"So people thought they would just stay put. For us it had a big impact"
Ms Modistach said she expected the period from now through to February next year would be quite busy.
"I think this will be one of the major tourism destinations for people.
"A couple of families last year who made Naracoorte their holiday destination said they would make it a regular destination solely because of the swimming lake.
"We have wonderful modern facilities, great shopping, lots of green areas.
"It's good to come down, have a look and see what we have here and then do day trips to wherever."
Recent Federal Government figures revealed people from SA were increasingly holidaying at home rather than interstate or overseas with a 12 per cent rise in overnight holidays.
The National Visitor Survey linked the increase to the SA Tourism Commission's "best backyard" campaign.
Ms Modistach agreed the trend was reflected locally.
"It's a bit expensive to fly and do big trips for families...people are finding it much more economical to do it this way.
"It's most definitely financial reasons."
In August 2013 there were 230 visitors who stayed overnight compared to 197 at the same time last year.
Stays of two nights or more were also up for the month of August this year.
Ms Modistach said travel auctions and discount holiday websites also contributed to where people chose to go.
"If people can get two nights accommodation at a heavily discounted price at a motel in Naracoorte so that brings them down...we get that quite a bit."
Tourism minister Leon Bignell commented on the survey results and said the "best backyard" campaign was paying dividends.
"It's great to see people are again travelling within the State and supporting our local tourism industry," he said.
"The 'best backyard' campaign has been running for more than 18 months now and these results suggest it has successfully inspired people to get out and explore the incredible experiences we have right here in SA.
"More than 62 per cent of total visitors are leaving Adelaide city and getting out to regional SA.
"And almost 50 per cent of our domestic tourism expenditure is being generated within our regions, which is great news for our regional tourism operators."
Having said this, a national survey conducted by Tourism Research Australia suggested SA attracted the lowest number or overnight visitors out of any mainland state.
Shadow tourism minister David Ridgway said this was something he was bitterly disappointed with.
"The total number of visitors last financial year is lower than any State except Tasmania and up only marginally on the year before, and I'm particularly concerned by the poor growth in total visitor nights.
"The government has its spending priorities in tourism promotion totally wrong.
"Why should New South Wales get almost a third of all Australia's interstate tourists and SA just 7 per cent?
"Equally concerning is that the figures show visitors to SA are not spending as much money as visitors to other states."