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Tourists pitch tents in cemetery to save cash

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Tourists pitch tents in cemetery to save cash
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By Alyssa Betts | Nov 29, 2009

Tight-fisted tourists have been using a cemetery as their campground in a desperate bid to save cash.

A Northern Territory town's cemetery is now sporting an unusual feature among its headstones and flowers – "no camping" signs, the Northern Territory News reports.

While Darwin has been struggling with its usual backpacker brigade blocking up space by popular beach locales, Katherine has been copping irreverent campers setting up in the local cemetery.

It has had to take the unusual step of erecting the signs to officially confirm it's not OK to pull up in your caravan and have a wash.

Katherine mayor Anne Shepherd said there had been a few tourists camping there during the dry season.

"They camp in an area where the ablution block is," she said.

The bemused mayor said she wasn't sure why people would choose to sleep there to save money.

Thrifty campers take note: Katherine Town Council can fine you $50 for ignoring the signs and setting up for the night.

Source: news.com.au



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