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Caravan World Issue 606

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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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in this issue

2 min.
john ford

As border restrictions between Queensland and NSW eased, I was able to get away with a team from Emprise Group, our parent company, to the New England high country. It’s the first time back to my home state since July and it was great to be home for the second — and winning — round of the state of origin. As well as producing a range of magazines including Camper, Trade a Boat, Outdoor and the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia’s The Wanderer, Emprise is also a production company alongside its HEMA mapping arm. Together with Managing Editor Tim, who had to quarantine for two weeks after coming up from his Victorian base, we hit the road with a couple of Isuzus, a Marvel caravan and a Marlin camper to photograph…

2 min.
parks victoria under fire

A draft management plan for Gariwerd Grampians National Park released by Parks Victoria (PV) has been received with controversy, due to its heavy-handed treatment of rock climbing within the park. Gariwerd has massive cultural significance for its Traditional Owners and the Indigenous people of Victoria. Roughly 80 per cent of the state's culturally significant sites are located within the park, including rock art sites and locations of traditional use. The Grampians also contain a number of internationally renowned rock climbing areas, many of which will now be permanently off limits to climbers, due to concerns surrounding potential risks to cultural sites. The draft plan reveals permanent closures of 18.5 per cent of climbing routes within the park, while another 59.2 per cent are closed pending assessment. Climbers fear that PV's representation of their…

2 min.
school holiday camping success

A recent Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA) report shows that caravan parks across Australia reached average occupancy levels as high as 72 per cent in cabins (an increase on the same time last year) and 64 per cent in powered sites for the week commencing 28 September 2020. This is estimated to have contributed $170-million of economic benefit in regional communities throughout Australia. It marks one of the first significant steps toward the recovery of regional tourism since the ravages of last summer's bushfires and COVID›19 lockdowns took hold. There are still, however, many communities that are struggling due to border closures and the ongoing uncertainty that has affected the annual grey nomad migration. Nevertheless, CIAA are confident that these recent figures offer some hope for busier times to come. “While there is…

1 min.
great ocean road gets cash injection

The Victorian Government have unveiled plans for a major upgrade of facilities and infrastructure along the Great Ocean Road. The commitment will ensure the ongoing appeal of tourism within the region, helping local communities to recover from the trials of 2020. A total of $44.1 million has been set aside to continue work on the Great Ocean Road Coastal Trail, while a further $23.3 million will further expand the trail from Fairhaven to Grey River. This will provide new ways to explore the area and will include five swing bridges. Another $2 million will be invested in increasing the Surf Coast's camping capacity. “The Great Ocean Road is home to some of Victoria’s most iconic destinations with the extended coastal trail to welcome thousands of new visitors to the region,” says Minister…

4 min.
things can be more difficult than they appear

Recently I’ve had to go a few rounds with my internet provider over the minor issue of changing over to NBN. Like for many people, it has been a frustrating experience. But really, how difficult can transferring a couple of phone numbers from my old account to my new account — when not even changing service provider — be? Very, apparently. What really got to me was that instead of answering the phone after the obligatory 20-minute wait, I was referred to a texting service — how long would that take as opposed to actually talking to someone? I refused, instead resorting to the other alternative, a chat line. I’m not keen on this either but I’m a reasonably competent typist, plus it’s possible to do something constructive on screen one…

3 min.
love affair

Back in 2006, we borrowed money to step into our first new camper, a Tvan Mk2 Canning. It was a big step at the time, shelling out a lot of cash for one of the early cross-over hybrid campers, with its hard shell over the bed and expanding hard floor with canvas surrounds. Following our former soft floor camper origins with lots of canvas, poles, sweat and sometimes tears, we never looked back. In fact, it spawned our love for bush camping. We were relative novices, new to the 4WD scene. As members of a 4WD club, we completed driver training, and attended as many trips as we could, and quickly gained confidence piloting our new rig wherever the tracks led us. At the time we lived in Victoria, and with the…