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Caravan World

Caravan World Issue 557

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.
flying by

It’s hard to believe but the end of 2016 is fast approaching. By the time you read this magazine, there’ll be just one more issue for the year. But we plan to farewell 2016 with a bang worthy of the New Year's Eve fireworks. Our final issue for the year (CW558, on sale Dec 1) will feature Part One of our Best Aussie Vans (BAV) event. We'll bring you all the action from Best Aussie Vans 2016, including reviews of all the finalists and winners in the first two price categories - $50K-$65K and $65K-$80K. As I write this, the CW team has just returned from the annual BAV event which took place in Wye River, Vic, last month. Weeks out from the event, it looked like Mother Nature had other…

1 min.
a capital time

The Campervan and Motorhome Club Australia (CMCA) recently held its annual National Rally in Canberra, ACT and CW, via field editor Malcolm Street, was proud to attend. The rally, under the direction of Rally Manager Cathy Lee, was located a mere 10 minutes from Parliament House at Exhibition Park. The rally was an organiser’s dream, with much of the necessary infrastructure such as conference rooms, amenities blocks and undercover trade areas already in place. For the rally goer, it was an excellent time to visit Canberra. The spectacular Floriade was happening with colourful displays everywhere and an added attraction at Exhibition Park was the weekly Farmer’s Market where all kinds of fresh fruit and vegetables were on offer. Not to mention the pie man with every taste known to mankind available in a…

3 min.
sandown show-stealer!

Thousands of caravanning and camping enthusiasts flocked to the 2016 Melbourne Leisurefest - Australia's biggest RV, camping and 4x4 show - held at Sandown Racecourse from October 6-9. More than 300 exhibitors showcased everything from caravans, motorhomes/ campervans, camper trailers, roof toppers, slide-ons and tents, to boating and fishing, and touring vehicles. There were also displays for accessories, repair services, tourism, health, food and wine, among many others. And once again the caravan industry was well represented with a host of latest models and new releases. Retreat Caravans revealed a quintet of new floorplans from its popular Daydream, Fraser, Hamilton, Whitehaven and Whitsunday models, while Van Cruiser Custom Built Caravans launched the Interceptor Fury RD 16ft 5in and Interceptor 17ft 10in plus the Outlaw SUV HTO 13ft 8in and Outlaw SUV HTO…

1 min.
cmca members can utilise low-cost member stop over facility

Being a CMCA member comes with a variety of great benefits. One of the club's more recent member benefits is the Member Stop Over Facility, which is an exclusive program providing alternate accommodation options for members out on the road. This initiative gives CMCA members the ability to stay overnight on member's properties at no cost. By using this program, both property owners and members have the opportunity to meet new people and share some of the camaraderie associated with the RV lifestyle. The little to no-cost, home-stay environment is ideal for the motorhome traveller while the land owner is protected through the Club's Leave No Trace program. Leave No Trace is dedicated to promoting and building awareness, appreciation and respect for our cultural heritage and natural environment. It is expected that…

1 min.
in the spotlight

You might call Caravan World staff journalist Peter Quilty a late starter, receiving a caravanning and camping baptism in his mid-40s. But roll on nearly a decade and he's done his utmost to make up for lost time. Initially, Gippsland was the primary stamping ground, free camping in idyllic bush settings such as Dargo and Licola, beside the Wonnangatta and Macalister rivers respectively. His first few expeditions were spent in tents, but he was soon hauling a Jayco Sterling behind a 1991 Mitsubishi Pajero. Pete relishes the freedom and relaxation of the great doors - just the feeling of being a million miles away from the rat-race. Your favourite place in Australia to visit and why? Last year I bush camped on Fraser Island (the world's largest sand island) with family and friends,…

7 min.
letter of the month

WHERE THERE’S SMOKE... We travellers need to know a few safety facts. On our way home from a winter trip up north, we stopped at a lovely small town free area in Wandoan south of Taroom, Qld. There were several vehicles parked in this great spot adjacent to a sports field facility. The night turned to misty rain but a caravanner travelling with a couple of black and white dogs lit a fire in a brazier and sat around the fire. They left the following morning, emptying the coals around some trees in the adjacent garden and left a log along the timber border also tipping the residue on to the tan bark garden. An hour later, we could smell a ‘bacon and egg’ aroma and saw smoke rising from the residue…