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 Caravan on sideJANUARY 18:
A dual-axle caravan being towed by a grey ute flipped onto its side while travelling on Victoria's busy Princes Freeway near Point Cook Road exit today. An identical caravan also being towed by a grey ute managed to stop in time. No one was reportedly injured in the mishap. Three lanes were blocked and heavy lifting gear was brought in to recover the caravan.

Several firefighting crews failed to prevent a camper trailer from burning to the ground at Anderleigh Road, Gundalda in Queensland. No injuries reported.

Queensland-based Sunland and Phoenix Caravans managing director Roy Wyss Jnr, who posted graphic photos on Facebook claiming his nose-ring had been ripped from his face while touring the UK, has now admitted it was all a hoax. "The nose-ring was completely fake," he wrote in a follow-up posting. "I did not have my nose pierced. I just thought I'd have a bit of fun. You've got to have a giggle sometimes haven't ya!"

Travellers, including caravanners, will be able to move freely into and out of Queensland from Saturday when border restrictions are lifted. They will still need proof of vaccinations to visit events and venues.

Family-operated Mandurah Caravan & Tourist Park south of Perth is celebrating its 25th anniversary today.

Queensland's Gympie Regional Council says there is still time to submit feedback and ideas as it finalises a new recreational vehicle strategy. The plan will focus on current and potential RV sites on council-owned or controlled land and on self-contained RVs to minimise on-site impacts associated with the use. Some comments received so far support low-cost RV sites rather than free sites, indicating most travellers are happy to pay a small fee where services are provided. Feedback will close on January 31.

Peer-to-peer RV rental company Camplify will release its financial year's second quarter cashflow results during an audio 'phone conference on January 25.

The Crooked Carrot on WA's Forrest Hwy ‒ popular for its 'on-the-go' fresh food ‒ says it is looking forward to borders being opened on February 5 so it can welcome back the hordes of grey nomads who travelled through with their caravans before the COVID pandemic erupted.

Fleetwood, which operates RV accessories company Northern Camec and the Melbourne-based caravan repairs and services company Northern RV, has appointed Ernst & Young as its new auditor. The decision, it has told shareholders, was based "on their reputation, experience and global recognition".

Discovery Parks has taken over another caravan park at the heart of Australia's Red Centre. It says the former MacDonnell Ranges Holiday Park at Alice Springs has a range of accommodation and "galore" activities to entertain the youngsters.

Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council in SA has received federal government funding of $135,544 towards developing a formal camping ground at Fishery Bay.

A Sydney caravanner is trying to trace an ambulanceman who went to his aid when his caravan hitch came adrift on the Great Western Hwy from Wallerawang two months ago. "It was an exemplary example of offering ready assistance for someone in need," he says on the online Caravaners Forum.

Thousands of grey nomads have been caught up in Queensland's torrential rains, with some areas copping half a metre in a day. One couple's motorhome was swept away in raging floodwaters at Ban Ban Springs in Wide Bay, causing them to climb through a window in their pyjamas and swim with their dog to safety.

Caravanners urged to stay put as overnight torrential rains throughout Queensland's Wide Bay and Fraser Coast regions leave many roads flood-bound. Major flood warning issued for the Mary River at Tiaro and Glenwood on the Bruce Hwy and nearby Miva. Meanwhile, NSW's Emergency services volunteers helped evacuate hundreds of people from flooded caravan park at Eden as storms swept across the state.

Caravanners attemping to shake off the COVID blues by heading to the Tamworth Country Music Festival, disappointed at today's announcement that it has now been postponed until April.

Members of online Caravaners (sic) Forum divided on question of charging $5 for caravan park visitors ... and $10 nightly for "a small dog".

Queensland motoring organisation RACQ is urging new caravan owners to enrol in a towing course. "The trainers will give you great advice on how to stay safe on the road and teach the basic skills of caravanning, such as reversing," it says.

Caravanners are shaking off the COVID blues and arriving well in time for the start of the Tamworth Country Music Festival, despite the NSW city suffering record-breaking infections. The 10-day festival, which kicks off on January 14, turns 50 this month and organisers say it will be as virus safe as possible.

Heavy surf and dangerous winds from ex-tropical cyclone Seth ruined the festive celebrations of many caravanners and campers along Queensland's south-east coast, including at the popular Inskip Point which had already been hit with an outbreak of gastroenteritis.

Police are investigating a fatal head-on collision involving a caravan at Myrtlebank in eastern Victoria. The driver of a sedan died after his vehicle burst into flames on Myrtlebank Road near Maffra-Sale Road. The male driver and female passenger of a grey utility, which was towing a caravan, were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Anyone who witnessed the collision, or who may have dash cam footage, is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at

COVID case confirmed at Torquay Caravan Park on Queensland's Fraser Coast. Local mayor George Seymour said the guest has been isolated off-site. "Bookings have been put on hold pending advice from Queensland Health," he said. Another case reported at nearby Pialba Caravan Park.

Victorian police are hunting a thief who made off with an Earth brand E-bike from Surfside Holiday Park in Pertobe Road, Warrnambool.

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