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Caravan World Issue 605

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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’re headed offroad this month, reviewing dirt road caravans from a diverse range of builders — including a good proportion from Queensland. You might assume this is because Heather and I continue to hide out in that sunny northern state, and Queensland has been a beautiful and welcoming place for us to leave and work this year. But there’s more to it than that. For whatever reason, all the northern builders have dedicated adventure vans in their ranges, and some are fully dedicated to building offroaders. Perhaps it’s because the outback is right on their doorstep up here. But we haven’t ignored the industry in Australia’s caravanning heartland. Amid COVID restrictions, the Melbourne builders are finally back at work and the two Victorian vans represented here are only a couple of many…

2 min.
parks invest millions in domestic tourism

The effects of the pandemic on the caravan park industry have been mixed, but bigger players such as NRMA Parks & Resorts are committing to million-dollar investments ahead of a predicted surge in visitor numbers. The NRMA Darlington Beach Holiday Resort on the NSW Coffs Coast unveiled its new open-air $1.1 million waterpark in September complete with a tower with two water slides, a dumper bucket, paddle pools and ground spray tunnels for kids to run through. Aimed squarely at the family market, it complements other features of the resort park including a barefoot bowling green, tennis courts and nine-hole golf course. NRMA Parks & Resorts Chief Operating Officer Matt Bruckner told Caravan World a further $1 million has been spent on upgrades to several parks in the first quarter of 2020…

1 min.
vic virtual show a hit

Caravan Industry Victoria has called its inaugural Victorian Caravan and Camping Virtual show a “resounding success” with 67,000 visitors attending online to peruse the products of 164 exhibitors. Held online as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns in Melbourne, the show offered visitors the chance to access various halls as you would normally do on-site. Most exhibitors set up special online platforms for visitors to see their products and to promote show deals. Open 24 hours a day, customers could chat directly with the exhibitor representatives, or attend online seminars, presentations, and technical workshops; watch products being launched and be inspired by travel destination promotions in the Thetford Auditorium. “Being the first caravan and camping virtual show in Australia and most likely the first in the world we are delighted with the results and…

2 min.
huge boost to rv tourism in wa

Western Australia may be closed to interstate tourists right now, but future visitors will reap the rewards of millions in funding to parks, campsites and national parks in the state. The pearling township of Broome is the latest to announce improvements to RV infrastructure, with a $9 million overhaul of the waterfront Roebuck Bay Caravan Park. Discovery Holiday Parks was granted a 21-year lease of the Shire-owned site by the local council in return for slated improvements which will include various accommodation options, a lagoon swimming pool and upgrades to infrastructure and drainage. Shire of Broome president Harold Tracey said the agreement was timely given other improvements to the township to make it even more attractive for visitors. “The redevelopment of this site has been in the Shire’s gaze for almost a decade…

1 min.
federal investment to boost rv-led recovery

There’s hope on the horizon for Aussie tourism operators, with the announcement late last month of a $250 million regional Australia package, with $150 million of that set aside for regional tourism and infrastructure projects. Caravan and camping tourists spend over $10 billion in rural Australia in a typical year, representing a vital part of many regions’ economies, but a difficult year of bushfires and COVID-19 shutdowns has left many regions in dire straits. This funding package aims to help communities begin to recover, and to prepare the road for an expected surge in travelers as lockdowns and border restrictions across the country continue to ease. The Caravan Industry Association of Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement, with CEO Stuart Lamont saying that we have a real need to rediscover the…

2 min.
look out for travel bugs as you wander wa

Travellers heading into Western Australia’s wilds are being asked to join WA’s biosecurity efforts by keeping an eye out for unwanted plant and animal pests, and to take precautions to prevent the spread of pests, weeds and disease within the state. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is reminding travellers that unwanted weed seeds, disease spores and pests can be expert hitchhikers, unknowingly hiding in or on clothes, camping gear and cars. While border closures are restricting visitors from other states, the surge in Western Australians travelling within the state means an increased risk in spreading pests that are already present in parts of WA to areas of the state where they aren’t. These pests could significantly impact the environment and farmers. DPIRD says while most travellers know about the…