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Caravan World Issue 600

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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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Approaching the beginning of June, there is cautious optimism about the effect of COVID-19 across Australia, and we here at Caravan World wish all our readers a safe transition to happier times. As we go to press, western states have opened areas to travel, and there is a general easing in the east, although the Queensland border looks like being closed for a while yet. But the economy has taken a battering, and like a lot of companies, the caravan trade is doing it tough, and we wish these businesses the best as we look forward to more prosperous times. While things are grim at the moment, there should be a bright future for caravan sales when locals realise that overseas travel is off the agenda and instead look to exploring…

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take a virtual hike in a nsw national park

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has a brilliant offering for those struggling with a bad case of cabin fever during COVID-19. Working with Google, NPWS rangers and staff hit the tracks and trails in mountain, coastline and outback areas across the state to capture over 1350 kilometres of imagery and footage from more than 50 NSW national parks, using Google’s special backpack-mounted trekker. Thanks to their efforts you can hit an old favourite track that you’ve been missing, or explore an iconic walk you’ve always wanted to see. To explore from your couch, all you have to do is drag and drop ‘Pegman’ along the track in Google Maps, just like you would for Google’s street view. 360-degree views of these incredible places may be as close as you can hope to…

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gippsland murals brighten dark times

There’s no two ways about it, the first third of 2020 has been a shocker. Regions everywhere are facing their own, individual trials, brought about by bushfires and a pandemic. Places that depend on tourism have had to turn away travellers — not a financially or emotionally easy thing to do. However, some places are doing their all to emerge stronger, and Gippsland numbers among them. The Yarram community has unveiled 12 new murals on the walls of the town, each depicting a fascinating historical character, vital to the region’s history. Yarram is a town of over 2,000 people, two and a half hours south-east of Melbourne, near Tarra Bulga National Park, Agnes Falls, Port Albert, and 90 Mile Beach. Local resident, Eric Greenaway, had the idea and street and silo artist, Heesco…

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backyard travel will be the key to australian tourism recovery

Townsville-based tourism researcher Dr Elena Konovalov has called on Aussies to start thinking of local attractions to put on a travel “bucket list”, as she shared her expertise via new podcast CQUniversity Commentary. As Australian travel bans begin to gradually ease, our $122 billion tourism industry will rely on local travellers to kickstart things. Dr Konovalov predicts that as travel bans ease, people will initially still be restricted to their own region. “The distance we will be allowed to travel will likely be quite limited, so when the first people do start to travel, it will all be localised,” she explained. “For tourism businesses, that means looking at people who live in the area as their priority potential customers. “If an operator had been mostly oriented to attracting international visitors, they will have to…

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track trailer acquires trakmaster and pioneer

TRACK has acquired the long-standing Australian brands Trakmaster and Pioneer, TRACK Director Gerald Waldron and Wayne Gason of MD Gason Industries jointly announced in early April. The deal, which had been in negotiation since December 2019, will see all brands remain on Australian soil. TRACK now owns all intellectual property for the design, manufacture and marketing of both acquired brands. Accordingly, TRACK’s Outback HQ showroom and service centre in Victoria will provide service and parts for both brands and warranty services on behalf of all Gason-manufactured products. “The Australian RV industry was already on notice 12 months ago that the federal RVSA legislation would bring light trailers into a similar compliance scheme to that existing for cars and trucks,” Mr Waldron said in a statement. “The challenges of this and the slow economy…

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spirit of tasmania to move to geelong

The Spirit of Tasmania, which transports travellers between the mainland and Tasmania via sea, is set to be relocated from Port Melbourne to Geelong. Michael Grainger, the chairman of TT-Line, which runs the Spirit, explained that the relocation would remove operations from the significant on- and off-water congestion of the Port Melbourne area, noting that such congestion is prone to causing delays in loading and discharging passengers. The port home of the vessel will, in time, become Corio Quay in GeelongPort. The relocation is expected to generate 75 construction jobs over its two year build, and is projected to inject $174.1 million into the greater Geelong region by 2029. Caravan Industry Association of Australia CEO Stuart Lamont commended the decision. “Having inspected both the new facility and the plans for the new ships, this…