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Caravan World Issue 571

Caravan World is the definitive guide that gives caravanners the know-how and confidence to pursue their touring dreams. At its heart, Caravan World is committed to enabling caravan travel in Australia, through informed testing of RV products, helpful tips and advice and showcasing great destinations and activities.

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Australia
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English
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Adventures Group Holdings Pty Ltd
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3 min.
new perspectives

As a special treat, we had a guest join us at AL-KO Best Aussie Vans, Peter Dunlop from GM Holden. Peter joined us as a favour through a mutual friend in the company. Unashamedly, we want to foster a better relationship with GM Holden, like we do all tow-capable vehicle manufacturers as they are vital to what we do. Peter’s role at GM Holden, as the senior manager, studio engineering, has him at the cutting edge of material use and technology in the automotive sector. Bringing his vast expertise, it was great talking with Peter as he approached van design with a very different approach. Immediately, there was talk of aerodynamics and of safety, two areas of van design that are receiving a lot of consideration currently. Peter’s comments did…

1 min.
jet simulator sparks halls gap top park win

A Boeing 737 simulator which gives visitors the experience of ‘aero glamping’ sparked interest at Neoen Grampians Pyrenees Business Awards, and earned Top Park member Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park the Best Tourism Attraction or Service award. The training simulator, which connects to a five-star luxury canvas safari tent, allows patrons to ‘land’ at an international airport of their choice. The addition was part multi-million dollar investment into Northern Victorian park, which included new accommodation sites adding to popular attractions like the wood-fired heated outdoor swimming pools that operate year round. “The location is amazing and we're absolutely thrilled to be voted the best tourist attraction in our magnificent region,” says park co-owner Rohan McDonald. Top Parks Executive Chairman Richard Emerson congratulates Rohan and partner Josephina for running the best tourist attraction in the…

1 min.
peer-owned rv fleet is now australia's largest

Australia's largest RV hire fleet is now peer-owned by everyday Australians, with steady increases in private listings turning the booking service camplify.com.au into the largest outlet of locally-available rental RVs. Now in excess of 2000 rigs, the collection of caravans, camper trailers and motorhomes provide holidaymakers with accommodation at various budgets and tastes, from more than 1200 locations Australia wide. “The ... rental fleet [on Camplify] grows by approximately 100 new RVs per month,” says Camplify CEO, Justin Hales. “We are amazed at the high-speed growth we have seen in the sector with lots of RV owners in Australia getting involved and using their otherwise idle asset,” Hales explains. Commencing operations in 2015, Camplify's rental system is now backed by the NRMA, with its hiring capacity reaching 80 per cent for the peak summer…

1 min.
originating acc branch turns 10!

The Sunshine Nomads, the first ever branch of The Australian Caravan Club (ACC), has celebrated a major milestone in the group’s history with 2017 marking the end of its 10th anniversary year. The Club's originating branch formed back in April 13, 2007, at Golden Beach Caravan Park in Caloundra with the aim to meet the needs of the variety of recreational travellers. “Our Club has since grown and evolved to include the owners of pop-top caravans, motorhomes, slide-on campers, camper-trailers, campervans and fifth wheelers,” says ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey. “While our membership base has changed, our simple foundations have remained. Our focus now is to protect and represent the interests of all RVers.” Since its formation, the ACC has grown to 49 branches Australia-wide. Humphrey credits Sunshine Nomads for ACC's early expansion – particularly in…

1 min.
murray river camps to change

Free camping on the Murray River is set to change, as Parks Victoria moves to annexe land linking several reserves, delineate sites, formalise campgrounds and introduce bookable sites at three popular camping areas, which may incur fees. The proposed Murray River Park, expected to encompass 37,000ha from Wodonga to the west of Mildura, will allow dogs on leads as laid out in the River Red Gums Parks draft management plan. Taking in a 215,000ha planning area, the draft plan also names Lower Ovens, and Gunbower NP (among others) as potential sites for formalised campgrounds, with campsite delineation considered at Yarrawonga and Big Towns Beach. Anticipated changes could also see Merbein Common and McKenzie Bend upgraded to better accommodate RVs. Bookable sites proposed for Wills Bend, Farley Bend near Echuca and Stanton's Bend near Corowa…

1 min.
legend expansion

Customers of Legend Caravans can expect lighter vans and shorter build times in 2018 as the manufacturer relocates to a larger premises from January 2018. Investment into new machinery has prompted the interim move, as Legend goes from using timber to aluminium in its frames. According to Director Zoran Stojanoski, Legend Caravans will soon be able assemble vans in a similar way to how the automotive industry assembles cars. At the time Caravan World went to press, the fit-out at 64 Marola Way Campbellfield, VIC, had commenced with plans for the move in January well under way.…