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SEPTEMBER 2022


 

BREAKING NEWS: 

SEPTEMBER 25:
The four-day Melbourne Leisurefest which opens on October 6 at Sandown Racecourse promises to showcase more products, caravans and other RVs than ever before.

SEPTEMBER 24:
Caravan parks are bulging at the seams as horse fans pour in WA's Kalgoorlie-Boulder region for this year's Kalgoorlie Cup Race Round.

SEPTEMBER 24:
Caravanners recovering after their car towing New Age caravan rolled on Brisbane's Logan Motorway.

SEPTEMBER 23:
Liquidators at Moorabbin in Victoria today reminded creditors of the Merry Beach Caravan Park that claims against the park must be lodged on or before October 31.

SEPTEMBER 23:
Apollo Tourism and Leisure, which manufacturers a broad range of RVs, including motorhomes, campervans and caravans, announces a trading halt on the Australian Stock Market pending an announcement.

SEPTEMBER 23:
RV Solutions and Patriot Campers will hold an open day at RV Solutions' Rockingham dealership in WA on October 1.

SEPTEMBER 22:
Homeowners on Queensland's Sunshine Coast up in arms over the rising number of caravans parked overnight on public roads.

SEPTEMBER 22:
G'day Group acquires the 300-site Beachfront Camping and Cottages holiday park at Narooma on the NSW south coast.

SEPTEMBER 22:
Experience Lancelin Holiday Park, a member of the G'Day Parks chain, is a finalist in the caravan and holiday parks category of the Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards.

SEPTEMBER 22:
Nearly 80 companies will be showcasing their products at the four-day Melbourne Leisurefest beginning on October 6 at Sandown Racecourse.

SEPTEMBER 21:
Gongs were
presented at the recent YMH VicParks Awards gala dinner to honor people who have made a "significant contribution" to the  association and its members. For a full list of recipients, click here

SEPTEMBER 21:
The Caravanning Industry Association of Australia is hopeful that the government's interim budget next month will deliver a $10 million fund for the industry. "Although not yet confirmed, following previous similar funding commitments grants, it may be based on shovel ready projects with an anticipated spend greater than $25,000," the association said. "We will be watching the budget night releases with great anticipation."

SEPTEMBER 21:
Caravanning and camping is now the number one choice for overnight trips in South Australia, according to SA Parks chief executive Fiona Williams, with a shift towards people aged between 30 and 44.

SEPTEMBER 18:
Coonawarra Bush Holiday Park in South Australia plans to set up 20 eco tents at a new site in Dingley Dell, near Port MacDonnell.

SEPTEMBER 17:
The SES today said it was now safe to return to NSW's Western Plains Tourist Park in Dubbo, but it would continue monitoring the situation. "Flood levels have dropped but you should take care when returning to the area as flood damage can be widespread and utilities may not be in service," it warned.

SEPTEMBER 17:
Members of the Golden Westerners, a branch of the Australian Caravan Club based in NSW, say they poured an estimated $12,568 into Deniliquin's economy during their recent week-long rally in the town. The breakdown was: fuel $2680, caravan park $3435, groceries $1395, eating out $2995, medical $232, tourist attractions $737 and gifts etc $970.

SEPTEMBER 17:
A mother and her two young children were rescued after their caravan was blown over in freak gust of wind at a Moana caravan park in Victoria.

Jayco Ballarat

SEPTEMBER 17:
Port Adelaide Football Club legend and media personality Kane Cornes will drop in at the family-owned Jayco Ballarat RV dealership in Learmonth Road, Wendouree, on September 20 during his 725km run to raise funds for a children's cancer charity.

SEPTEMBER 16:
Emergency services called to accident involving caravan on NSW's Princes Highway north of Moruya early this morning. No further details available.

SEPTEMBER 16:
Caravan manufacturers are reportedly snapping up available industrial sites in Melbourne's northern suburbs to expand their businesses as more and more people turn to caravanning for their holidays and nomadic lifestyle.

SEPTEMBER 15:
Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser says the council's adoption of the Morisset Showground Plan of Management and Master Plan will "pave the way for camping and RV parking at the site and allow us to welcome more visitors to our wonderful city".

SEPTEMBER 15:
Work is underway on a $5 million upgrade to NSW's Jimmys Beach caravan park at Hawks Nest and reportedly will be ready in time for Summer.

SEPTEMBER 15:
The Caravan Industry Association of Australia's Road to a Million campaign is helping caravan parks to survive a lull in bookings. The association says the campaign keeps camping "front of mind" to consumers this winter and aims to inspire and motivate Australians to take a camping road trip during the winter and off-peak months.

SEPTEMBER 14:
Two travellers taken to hospital after their motorhome towing a car rolled on Maryborough Road at Hervey Bay in Queensland.

SEPTEMBER 14:
Queensland's Sahara Trailers will officially open its new multi-million dollar showroom at Mount Louisa, Townsville, on October 8, with plans to sell caravans at a later date.

SEPTEMBER 11:
A man died and two caravanners were injured in a three-vehicle pile-up on NSW's Princes Hwy at South Pambula today. A female passenger of the car towing the caravan was airlifted to Canberra Hospital in a serious condition.

Light towersSEPTEMBER 11:
Australia's largest network of holiday parks will be offering guests a new light and sound experience at its iconic Red Centre caravan park. Due to open next April, Light-Towers will become light artist Bruce Munro's second Red Centre work, following Field of Light at Uluru which has received international acclaim since its installation in 2016. Consisting of 69 two-metre towers that change colour in response to music from within them, Light-Towers will take guests at the Discovery Kings Canyon park in the Watarrka National Park on a captivating and immersive aural and visual journey.

SEPTEMBER 10:
A $203,000 Regional Economic Development grant has enabled the Bullara Station, south of Exmouth in WA, to expand its capacity to accommodate guests and support strong regional tourism growth ... with the addition of two new high-end glamping tents and 60 new affordable camping and caravan sites.

SEPTEMBER 9:
Holiday parks and accommodation provider Aspen will hold its 2022 AGM of shareholders on November 18. The closing date for nominations from people wanting to be considered for election as a director is September 28.

SEPTEMBER 9:
The ACT Government had advised people intending to head to the coast for a camping holiday or a road trip in their caravan to make sure they have registered their trailer and caravan to avoid the risk of a fine.

KidsSEPTEMBER 9:
Queensland-based caravan and camper-trailer builder MDC has put forward its own suggestions for the ideal 'kids-friendly' caravan parks for the upcoming school holidays.
"We have narrowed down each state’s best caravan parks to take your kids these holidays," it said. "Full of activities and fun-times to keep them happy and occupied for hours so mum and dad can lounge the day away." For NSW it recommends the Tweed Billabong BIG4 Holiday Park (from $44 nightly); Victoria: Ingenia Holiday Park at Torquay (from $50 nightly); Queensland: Cairns Coconut Resort (from $41 nightly); WA: Middleton Beach Holiday Park at Albany (from $42 nightly); NT: Discovery Parks at Alice Springs (from $60 nightly); SA: BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park (from $60 nightly for powered sites); Tasmania: BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park ($56 nightly for powered site).

SEPTEMBER 8:
New Age Caravans and Walkinshaw Group have achieved vehicle type approval on its entire 2022 range, in line with the upcoming Road Vehicle Standards Act introduction scheduled for next year. Managing director Chris Polites said he was delighted the company's "diligence and commitment" had been recognised by the Australian Government.

SEPTEMBER 7:
The Tourism Council WA annual general and meeting and directors' elections will be held at the RAC Arena in Perth on October 18.

SEPTEMBER 7:
The Retreat Caravans Family Group will hold an eight-day get together from September 23 at Canberra Caravan Park. It is a follow-up from its three-week tag along event held in June, which took members through country NSW and covered over 3000km.

SEPTEMBER 6:
Two caravanners had to be freed from their vehicle towing a caravan when it rolled on the Bruce Highway
about 1km north of the Monduran Dam turn-off  north of Gin Gin this afternoon. Both lanes of the highway were closed during rescue operation..

The B0ycesSEPTEMBER 6:
Bold Trailer and Caravan Repair Centre at Miranda in NSW has been named an industry champion."
This award is recognition for the entire team," chief executive Jaclyn Bold told Caravanning News. "As a small family business, our team has been instrumental in each playing their role in the company's success. It's our goal to exceed our customers expectations."  The accolade came in front of more than 1000 guests at the Australian Small Business Champion Awards held at The Star Sydney. The awards highlight and recognise outstanding businesses who tirelessly produce and create exceptional products and services. The program claims to be the only national one highlighting extraordinary people and acknowledge outstanding Australian small businesses. (Pictured are Jaclyn and managing director Christian Bold)

SEPTEMBER 6:
Karijini Eco Retreat, which offers safari-style eco tents, cabins and campsites in the heart of the spectacular Karijini National Park in WA’s Pilbara region, has recently added three new luxury eco tents to its accommodation offering.

SEPTEMBER 6:
A solo mum travelling in her caravan with a two-year-old has taken to social media to complain about people offering help. "I feel the eyes watching," Michelle Schembri wrote on the Caravan and Camping Australia Facebook  site. "People always ask if I need a hand reversing in particular (which I am most comfortable with and personally find the challenging situations quite enjoyable). The gesture, of course, is nice but it really is becoming offensive for me. Some even voluntarily jump behind the 'van and wave their hand signals around which is can be very distracting lol. If someone doesn't ask for help, it's probably because they don't need it or just don't want it."

SEPTEMBER 4:
Melbourne-based Legend Caravans is advertising for full-time caravan labourers and production workers.

SEPTEMBER 4:
Twenty-five-year-old man charged with murder after body of 66-year-old man found in caravan on property at Port Neill on SA's Eyre Peninsula.

SEPTEMBER 3:
The man whose kidnapping of four-year-old Cleo Smith from a remote camping ground at WA's Quobba Blowholes last October made world news is scheduled to be sentenced during a two-day court hearing in December.

SEPTEMBER 2:
T
he G'day Group, Australia’s largest caravan and holiday park chain, has further expanded its all-season alpine offering with the acquisition of Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park in Victoria’s High Country.

SEPTEMBER 2:
NSW's At Home Caravan Program has been extended to an additional 15 areas including:
Ballina LGA: Ballina, East Ballina, Empire Vale, Keith Hall, Patches Beach and West
Ballina;
Lismore LGA: East Lismore, North Lismore and South Lismore; and
Tweed LGA: Burringbar, Chinderah, Condong, Mooball, South Murwillumbah and
Tumbulgum.
The caravans will be sourced via the Camplify platform.

SEPTEMBER 2:
The Northern Territory has announced that more than $4.6 million will be injected into the Territory's economy with the latest round of Roadhouse to Recovery grants. The Top End will see 14 successful recipients sharing over $1,575,000 in grants, including the CMCA RV Park at Humpty Doo, Tumbling Waters Holiday Park, Adelaide River Inn and Aurora Kakadu Lodge.

SEPTEMBER 2:
WA's state government reports continuing popularity of camping in national parks, with many campsites booking out well in advance. "There are now almost 2000 campsites bookable online via the Park Stay WA website across 67 campgrounds, following the addition of more than 150 campsites to the Park Stay WA online booking system since 2020," it says.

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