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Caravan World Issue 601

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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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3 min.
john ford

Caravanning journalists took a bit of a battering online recently, and while I'd be on a hiding to nowhere getting on there to defend my fellow travellers, it could be worthwhile having a few words here. The main gripe has been that we journalists are profit-driven fiends who are only interested in keeping advertisers happy. Criticism flowed that we are cash for comment cowboys, with no consideration for our readers, and that we ignore the crucial issues of caravan weight and payloads. These forums accused us of getting specially selected vans that aren't typical of those going to the public. I hope regular readers can see that for us at Caravan World, this is simply untrue. First, many if not most of the reviews we do are for companies that don’t advertise,…

1 min.
bill brightens great ocean road’s future

This June, Victorian parliament has passed a bill reforming the protection and management of the Great Ocean Road to ensure a brighter future for the tourism hotspot. The bill, titled the Great Ocean Road and Environs Protection Bill 2019, stipulates new ways to support local jobs, drive investment and improve the visitor experience. New plans involve the establishment of a Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority (GORCAPA) by December 1 2020, to ensure a coordinated, sustainable approach, which incorporates the knowledge and culture of Traditional Owners. The changes intend to rectify the fragmented park management presently in place; 11 different Crown land managers have responsibility along the road, with no overarching plan dictating their approach. The GORCAPA will have its headquarters in Torquay and offices in Apollo Bay and Port Campbell. Minister for Energy,…

1 min.
caravan world travels ahead with cmca

The Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) has announced an exclusive membership offer for Caravan World subscribers, launched alongside this magazine’s 600th issue. From June 1, all Caravan World subscribers have been granted access to the CMCA membership with no joining fee (saving $16.50) while all 70,000 CMCA members will now be able to access the Caravan World digital subscription for free and add the print version of Caravan World to their annual membership. CMCA expressed their excitement in partnering with Emprise Group Holdings to offer Caravan World subscribers the extra benefits of belonging to the largest RV club in Australia. CMCA CEO, Richard Barwick said, “Caravan World subscribers who take up the offer will have access to a host of member advantages, receive substantial savings and benefits plus access to the…

2 min.
returning tourism to a new normal

After months of being pent up inside, we’re all itching to get back on the road and exploring. But the ongoing debate and uncertainty surrounding state and territory border closures is making it hard to plan ahead. It’s not just prospective travellers who are baffled about the next steps, but also tourism businesses, says global tourism expert, Professor Marianna Sigala from Uni SA. “There’s a real tug of war going on — people are keen to get out and about, and away from their lockdown locations, but at the same time they’re guided by COVID-19 restrictions and are cautious of protecting their personal health,” Prof Sigala says. “What this means is that a sense of safety and security will really drive tourists’ choices, affecting not only how and where they travel, but also…

1 min.
funding invigorates victorian campsites

The state government in Victoria has allocated $18.9 million to the maintenance and improvement of public visitor sites and infrastructure, including camping spots. Specifically, the new funding will go towards improvements at: Lightwood Creek in Mornington Peninsula National Park; Herbert Campground in Greater Otway National Park; The Gums site at Kinglake National Park; Longridge Campground in Manningham; and Slaty Creek camping in Creswick Regional Park. Simultaneously the government has allocated $2.5 million in a grant program, with funds distributed between 25 successful projects which aim to enhance visitor experience at campgrounds and caravan parks. Individual grants equated to as much to $200,000 and will be used — in locations such as the Loddon Mallee, Barwon South West, Grampians, Hume and Gippsland regions — to improve landscaping, increase site capacity and all-abilities access, and…

1 min.
the kimberley partially reopens

The borders of the Kimberley have reopened from 5 June, allowing travellers in the area to re-experience the stunning natural destination once more. The reopening of the region came earlier than expected, with 18 June originally penned as the likely date of opening, before the Federal Government granted approval of the State Government’s request to lift restrictions early. However, certain parts of the park will remain off limits. Indigenous communities will remain, at time of print, closed to visitors, as will a few specific destinations, such as Manning Gorge, until a later date. Furthermore, many private properties offering station stays, deprived of their usual tourist income, will not be opening this year. Oolloo station is up for sale, while El Questro Station and Emma Gorge, Home Valley Station, Charnley River Station and Mornington…