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Caravan World Issue 578

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.
leah glynn

Recently (spurred on by what feels like the bleakest Melbourne winter ever) my partner and I have been trying to plan a holiday that would allow us to escape the cold, if only for a few weeks, and reacquaint ourselves with the sun. Having just bought our first property though, and with mortgage repayments looming fortnightly, our budget doesn't quite allow for the cheeky European jaunt we've been dreaming of, and instead we've had to look at how far our money can stretch on a trip a bit closer to home. So it seems quite serendipitous that our focus for this issue is budget touring. It's a topic that the majority of us can relate to in some way — I mean, who doesn't love saving a buck or two when out…

2 min.
qld luxury tax affects motorhomers

The Queensland Government's plan to raise the state's luxury vehicle tax will have a huge impact on Grey Nomads and a flow-on effect to tourism, says Caravanning Queensland. An additional vehicle registration duty of $2 per $100 (2 per cent) or part thereof applies to new or used vehicles valued at more than $100,000 and weighing less than 4.5 tonne if registered or transferred on or after July 1, 2018. Jason Plant, General Manager Caravan Trade & Industries Association of Queensland (Caravanning Queensland) says the tax increase is targetted at buyers of luxury cars but motorhomes are being caught in the crosshairs. “It is not realistic to put a motorhome owner in the same class as an owner of a Ferrari, Lamborghini or similar vehicle,” he said. “Grey Nomads represent the largest market…

1 min.
a top spot to stay in marree

Last issue in our Readers' Rigs section we mistakenly captioned the photograph below left as being taken at Barn Hill Station in Broome. The photo is actually of a quite beautiful sunset at Drovers Run in Marree, South Australia, at the junction of the Oodnadatta and the Birdsville tracks. Travellers Bruce Parkinson and his wife Karen were on a two-week trip with their friends Gary and Fiona Sanderson and their daughter Jade from Victoria's Mornington Peninsula to Marree via the beautiful Flinders Ranges, SA. “The pictures tell their own story,” writes Bruce. “Our Colorado 7 and Karakampa travelled with the Sandersons' Toyota SR5 ute and Paramount. It is one the most isolated but beautiful places that we have camped at in over 65,000km of travelling in this magnificent country that we all…

1 min.
camping nights reach record numbers

New data from Tourism Research Australia has revealed Australia’s RV and camping visitor economy is going from strength to strength, reaching record numbers for the year ending March 2018. The latest figures have revealed that national overnight domestic camping trips have reached 11.84 million (rolling annual) in a 3.5 per cent increase from March 2017. Total nights spent RVing and camping increased by 3.5 per cent across Australia to reach a record 51.3 million for the year ending March 2018. Camping trips also proved popular with a wide age demographic, with the most prominent age groups being the 30 to 54-year market and the 55+ market. The 20-29 age group also recorded significant growth, increasing their trips by 11 per cent from the previous year to 2.1 million trips for the year ending March…

2 min.
caravan safety is poetry in motion

Increasing concern about the lack of towing knowledge among RV owners has spurred the Caravan Council of Australia (CCA) to raise more awareness — and it's doing it via the medium of bush poetry. Honorary CCA Manager Colin Young says the organisation receives many calls from "unhappy campers" who have serious concerns and problems with their caravan. He says owners need to be well educated about all the technical aspects of towing their rig. "Ratings and masses are by far the number one reason for (both VSB-1 & ACL) non-compliance problems, complaints… and subsequent litigation,” Young told Caravan World. “There are gross misunderstandings and ignorance (and bad 'old-husband's' tales) regarding the critical terms.” The CCA's poem below was written to remind 'vanners of the important issues to be aware of when towing. CCA also…

1 min.
birdsville races promises biggest event in history

This year’s Birdsville Races (31 August to 1 September) is expected to attract record numbers to the tiny Queensland town. The event includes a jam-packed program of thoroughbred racing, unique outback entertainment and wild and wacky festivities. Billed the ‘Melbourne Cup of the Outback’, the Birdsville Races see the town on the edge of the Simpson Desert swell from a general population of 115 people to more than 6000 visitors for a two-day, 13-race program. Each year, horses and trainers make the long-haul trek to Birdsville, 10,000km collectively, from places as far away as Darwin, Tamworth and the Sunshine Coast. Upon arrival, they set up camp under gum trees alongside the Diamantina River. “2018 marks the 136th year since racing began in Birdsville, and this year’s event will once again present one of…