THE Village People might have been onto something when they sang "Go West, life is peaceful there' and 'lots of open air".
For holiday makers this weekend, the western half of the state promises to be a tourist haven given much of the eastern and northern country remains out of action due to recent bushfires.
But while areas close to home and beaches are booming, for other regions the bushfire crisis seems to have had an indirect effect.
Bookings along the surf coast are booming with places like, or near, Warrnambool experiencing an increase of up 30 per cent this summer.
Closer to Ballarat, Lake Burrumbeet is all but sold out as well, but somewhat surprisingly, there is plenty of accommodation to be found around the Grampians.
Grampians Tourism chief executive Marc Sleeman said the fires had indirectly affected the region with plenty of accommodation still available.
"We've had a number of cancellations from people who we believe have just decided to stay home this year," he said.
"We're open and businesses are ready to welcome guests, the lakes are full of water. In 2019 we had one million fish put into the lakes and rivers - if you can't catch a fish here, you're not trying."
Mr Sleeman said with perfect weather predicted for the three days, he encouraged Ballarat people to make the short trip if they were keen to get away.
"This is a great opportunity for us to showcase everything on offer," he said.
"We've got lots of amazing wineries, restaurants, attractions, the largest regional zoo in Victoria, lots of lakes to swim in. The waterfalls are all flowing and businesses have also some special deals."
Traditionally, Lake Burrumbeet has been a popular camping ground on the Australia Day long weekend.
In 2018, the campsite was trashed by revellers who left alcohol bottles and cans, food packaging, syringes and other waste strewn around the camping ground. It prompted an increased police presence last year which saw much less issues.
Lake Burrumbeet Caravan Park's Lee Davis said bookings for this weekend were likely to sell out
"We do have a few coming in, we've only got three unpowered sites left. All of our cabins have filled up," she said on Thursday.
"We'd expect the free camping at the southern end to be quite busy, we've already seen plenty of boats out on the lake."
Ballarat is also gearing up for its annual fireworks display on Sunday night which attracts up to 20,000 people around Lake Wendouree.
Cancellations of similar events in both Melbourne and Geelong means the Ballarat fireworks display is the biggest in the state. The night will double as a bushfire benefit.
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