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Caravan World Yearbook 2017

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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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
unleashing the ‘beast’

Another faithful companion complete. This year’s edition of our parks guide marks the first for me being part of but not the first I have consumed. A beast of a project, I’ve seen it come together and digested its innards looking, like you, for inspiration and ideas for my few breaks. What I am now realising, after a few late nights, early rises and too many small changes to remember is that the work that goes into it is not only more than anticipated but also another example of the passion behind the team at Adventures, particularly the crew at Caravan World. You have my sincere thanks and appreciation for the efforts involved. With the focus of the yearbook more on established travellers and those of us planning to hit the…

7 min.
safety beyond the black stump

We all know Australia is a safe country, right? And it is, providing you’re not complacent once you leave the urban centres or major highways. The sales of offroad caravans and 4WDs continues to boom as more and more people push the boundaries, heading further out to explore new outback experiences. But going remote means a little more thought and preparation needs to happen before you head off. Here, we take you through some of the essentials. SHE’LL BE RIGHT, MATE! The popular catchcry says it all. You are well-prepared, have all the necessary gear - shower, toilet, extra water tanks, satellite TV, extra solar panel - and have even installed a winch on the 4WD and a UHF radio. What more do you need? Unfortunately, this is not what effective preparation is really…

1 min.
preparation checklist

Have you reviewed your proposed trip and identified potential hazards, including weather and road conditions, fuel and water resupply points, and resources such as mechanical, electrical, and medical support? Have you and your travel companions had a recent full medical check-up? Do you carry a comprehensive first aid kit in both your car and caravan covering all your essential medications and any extras in case of the unexpected (eg. general purpose antibiotics and pain medication)? Is your first aid training up-to-date? Do you have an effective communication system that will work reliably when out of mobile phone range? And if so, do you and your companions know how to use it effectively to connect with the appropriate authorities? If travelling with others, are they competent to share the driving/towing and can they safely unhitch or…

6 min.
a day in the life

CRISTINA VICENTE Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary, SA Cristina Vicente is a woman of passion who loves what she does as a ranger at the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary, SA. “Since I was a kid I knew I wanted to work in conservation,” Cristina said, with a smile. After finishing a Master’s Degree in environmental science, she travelled through Mexico and Australia where she worked with marine turtles - her ultimate favourite. When she joined the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) in South Australia six years ago, she learned about the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary (ADS) and knew she wanted to work there. “I fell in love with the ADS so when a position came up, I took my chance,” she said. “It’s like a dream coming true, working with these beautiful marine mammals…

1 min.
fast facts

Next time you visit Adelaide, why not take the dolphin walking trail or jump in a kayak to admire these beautiful marine mammals in their natural environment? If you’d like to see the dolphins, the Port Adelaide Council has developed a special walking trail with six interpretive signs providing info about the local area and the dolphins that can be seen there. If you want to get closer, cruises depart regularly from the Port Adelaide Lighthouse on Sundays, public and school holidays and kayak tours are available most days from Garden Island. For more info, visit www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au/dolphin-sanctuary Ikara-Flinders Ranges NP, located 450km north of Adelaide, features rugged mountain ranges, picturesque tree-lined gorges and a variety of wildlife. The park is well-known for its spectacular natural amphitheatre called Wilpena Pound – or Ikara…

7 min.
tough gets going

It’s not every day you see a convoy of caravans battling through the guts of the Victorian High Country. In fact, the word ‘crazy’ might come to mind if you spend more than a second thinking about it! Nothing says real world torture-testing like an 18ft caravan conquering everything from harsh ruts and corrugations to rocky river crossings with more than a few steep hill climbs, tight switchbacks and soft creek beds thrown in. But that’s exactly what we did for AL-KO’s Toughest Tow Test. Using vans fitted with the right running gear and an army of technical experts on board, the impossible became possible... Over the course of a week, we safely navigated both on-road and offroad test tracks showcasing the best of the High Country; first with on-road vans, and…