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Caravan World Issue 599

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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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2 min.
john ford

To paraphrase Lloyd Bridge’s air traffic control character in Flying High, we sure picked the wrong month to take up the grey nomad lifestyle. With the house rented and a pile of notebooks filled with enough caravan reviews to see us over for a couple of issues, we packed the van and pointed the trusty LandCruiser westward to a beach somewhere on the west coast. Our first point of call was the Gawler Ranges while we waited for friends to catch up for Speed Week on Lake Gairdner. But by the time we got there, the event was cancelled, and we joined some other disappointed motorheads making vroom vroom noises on the salt lake. With plans in limbo, we became two of the 100,000 or so contingent of full and part-time caravanners…

2 min.
emprise launch ultimate touring companion

The ultimate planning tool for exploring regional Australia, CAMPERX, was launched on 17 April by Emprise Group Holdings, amidst the most challenging times for the local industry. Combining the best maps from Hema Maps (Hema), the most comprehensive lists of campsites and caravan parks, and the best trip planning and navigation tools, CAMPERX will transform the way travellers plan and explore Australia. CAMPERX is the first stand-alone app launched off the HemaX platform. HemaX is a cutting-edge concept which will allow consumers to access and interact with the richest regional touring information in Australia from any device, and will facilitate online and offline navigation accessed via Hema’s award-winning maps. “For the past five years working in the regional tourism space, I have had people talk to me about the 'holy grail' of offline,…

2 min.
national parks close amidst pandemic

Public spaces across Australia have closed to limit the spread of COVID-19. Though an isolated camping spot may seem like the ideal place to ride out the isolation period, the danger to national park staff and the public has prompted selective closures. Parks Victoria has closed high-traffic locations such as the Twelve Apostles and Mackenzie Falls, but the parks themselves remain open. Many Victorian beaches are also closed. See parks.vic.gov.au for a full list of closed locations. The Queensland Department of Environment says national park tracks, trails and day use areas remain open, but visitors are asked to observe social distancing. Camping areas in national parks and state forests are closed. Rangers have been contacting those currently at campsites or with bookings. The Tasmanian Park and Wildlife Service has closed all national parks…

1 min.
release the koalas

The first female koala admitted to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital during the bushfires in October has been released back into her original habitat. Along with 25 other koalas, Anwen has been released earlier than expected thanks to significant rainfall regenerating bushfire affected areas earlier than anticipated. Three groups of koalas have been returned to Crowdy Bay (south of Port Macquarie) and two areas within the Lake Innes Nature Reserve. The President of Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, Sue Ashton, said, “This is a heartwarming day for us. To be able to release so many of our koalas back to their original habitats, even to their original tree in some cases, makes us very happy. Anwen was our first ever female koala to be admitted during the bushfire and her recovery has been…

1 min.
amphibians on the front line

Ecologists at Flinders University have found amphibians are more at risk of extinction in hotter, drier climates compared to birds and most mammals. Amphibians breathe, in part, through their skin and must stay moist; a challenge as much of Australia is drying due to climate change. Also, most amphibian eggs and larvae are fully aquatic, and will fail if freshwater pools dry too quickly. “Amphibian populations are in decline globally, with water resource use dramatically changing surface water hydrology and distribution,” said Rupert Mathwin of Flinders University. “Intelligent manipulation and management of where and how water appears in the landscape will be vital to arrest the decline in amphibia.” The report details several pointers for land management including: extending water availability in temporary pools by excavating, lining and pumping water; restoring natural drying patterns…

4 min.
times are a changin’

There’s a song that keeps going around in my head at the moment. It’s 'Getta Bloomin’ Move On'. In case you don’t recognise it, it is perhaps better known to devotees of the 1960s film The Italian Job as 'The Self Preservation Society'. Given the current COVID-19 times I merely change one word to get it current, i.e ‘The Self Isolation Society’. I find myself a bit cautious writing about current events given print media lead times. Something I recently wrote in another publication (encouraging touring in bushfire/drought affected areas) was out of date by the time it appeared in print, but I suspect the self-isolation society we are now living in isn’t going away any time soon. Just getting back briefly to The Italian Job — the original, not the remake…