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Caravan World Issue 604

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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

We have been touring in Queensland in our van for the last couple of months and the number of fellow travellers we meet is amazing. Lucky enough to get into the sunshine state from our home state of New South Wales before they locked it up, we are outnumbered massively by northerners. We hardly see any NSW plates and virtually none from Victoria. Everywhere we have been the locals have welcomed visitors, and we are doing our best to keep the small town economies going — car repair in Brisbane, lunch in cafes along the Bruce to Airley Beach, dinner at the pubs along the Barcoo, some new tyres in Longreach, oil and filters in Blackall and so on. It all helps, and it’s been great to see the country, even…

1 min.
wa’s tough new $1000 phone fine

Drivers caught using their mobile phones will be slapped with a $1000 fine as of 1 September, making it one of the strictest laws in the country. Those who check their social media feeds, text or stream videos while driving will cop the $1000 penalty, while anyone caught touching their phones or making calls will be dealt a $500 fine. WA joins Queensland as the toughest on mobile phone users, with the Sunshine State also threatening a $1000 penalty. WA Police estimate there 31 fatalities on WA roads caused by distracted drivers, and the new law is designed to force drivers to concentrate on the road ahead, not Facebook. Qld and WA’s fines are more than double those legislated in other states. In NSW you’ll be charged $349 fine ($464 in a school zone),…

2 min.
rv sales jump as vic factories shut

Sales of caravans have boomed in Victoria as Australians pivot toward domestic travel, but there is some concern about the ability of manufacturers to supply vans given the state’s tough lockdowns. According to Rob Lucas, Chief Executive of Caravan Industry Victoria, the stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne have effectively shut down RV manufacturers in August and September. Given 90 per cent of recreational vehicles are made in the state, that means delivery times are stretching out to six months as builders play catch-up. “The difficulty now of course is that we have been shut for a while and now the supply is drying up all over the country,” he said. “The ability to put new vehicles into the market has been severely curtailed.” Supply issues haven’t dampened the huge uptick in demand for…

2 min.
glamtainers add luxe to nsw parks

A new form of caravan park accommodation has landed in Australia — repurposed shipping containers. Known as ‘Glamtainers’, they are designed to appeal to the increasing numbers of Australians who want a step up from glamping safari tents. Two units are currently in situ at NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort in Umina and consist of two modular containers (one 20ft, one 10ft) clamped together to make a luxe bungalow to sleep four. It has its own plumbed bathroom, full kitchen and lounge plus outdoor seating area with barbecue and full glass windows for a 180-degree view. The Glamtainers can either be a standard model with a bed and bathroom or an extendable model like the ones in Ocean Beach, which incorporate a front slide-out section (much like a slide-out on a motorhome or…

1 min.
state barrier fence warning

It might be a piece of history worth seeing, but travellers heading to the outback this spring could face a $10,000 fine if found travelling along Western Australia’s State Barrier Fence. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has advised it is illegal to travel on the track that runs alongside the fence. Only authorised vehicles requiring access for government or commercial purposes are permitted. Travellers can only drive on roads that transect the fence. There are surveillance cameras in place to record unauthorised vehicles that turn onto the fence track. The State Barrier Fence assists in preventing the migration of emus and wild dogs into Western Australia — which could result in significant damage to grain crops and livestock. Licensed Pest Management Technicians support the role of the fence by carrying…

4 min.
getting around

Well, here we are still living with the consequences of COVID-19 in all its forms. Some of us are roaming free, others have a more restricted agenda and some really unlucky people are stuck in their homes, only allowed out for shopping and medical issues. At least that’s what happening as I write — that can change quickly as we all know. I am sure at the moment that Telcos and internet providers must be doing very well. I think I have spent more time in the last five months doing telephone interviews than I have in the last five years. Where I live, we have been late arrivals on the NBN scene and, being tired of a slow ADSL service, spent a number of wasted hours last week doing the rounds…