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NOVEMBER 2020



 

 

BREAKING NEWS:

NOVEMBER 23:
Registrations for the Caravan Industry Association of Australia's National Conference at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast will be accepted from November 27.

NOVEMBER 23:
Big clean up after wild storm created chaos at Victoria's Yarrawonga Caravan Park, damaging awnings, trees, cabins and amenities block. No reports of injuries.

NOVEMBER 23:
Australian Caravan Club's Western Wallabies saw 18 RVs turn up for its end-of-year muster at Gracetown in WA. Highlight was the presentation of an award to Vicki Dempster for outstanding service to the branch.

NOVEMBER 19:
Fleetwood's RV Solutions division ‒ comprising Camec and Melbourne-based Northern RV ‒ rebounded "strongly" last month after COVID restrictions were eased. "The business is also expected to benefit over the medium to long term from an increase in domestic travel," Fleetwood chairman Phillip Campbell told its AGM.

NOVEMBER 18:
Caravanners lucky to escape uninjured when their rig rolled on SA's Eyre Highway near Port Augusta.

NOVEMBER 18:
Jayco Adelaide and ALL RV Parts & Accessories forced to pull down shutters as SA government imposes six-day hard lockdown across the state because of second wave of COVID-19 virus.

NOVEMBER 18:
A NSW retiree from Wollongong plans to trade in his ageing caravan for "a shiny new one" and embark on a road trip around the country after scooping a cool $7.5 million in last night's Oz Lotto draw.

NOVEMBER 18:
Victoria's Horsham Rural City Council is improving caravan parking and signage in the heart of the city.

NOVEMBER 18:
Shares in lifestyle and holiday parks operator Aspen opened at a five-month high of $1.20 today.

NOVEMBER 17:
A 44-year-old solo caravanner died in a crash on Queensland's Leichardt Highway west of Toowoomba this morning. The Goondiwindi man was certified dead at the scene near Taroom. Police said preliminary investigations indicated his Nissan utility towing a caravan was heading north along the highway towards Taroom when a prime mover began overtaking the rig. The two vehicles collided and crashed off the roadway. The 39-year-old male driver of the prime mover received leg injuries and was taken to Taroom hospital. The Forensic Crash Unit from Roma is investigating.

NOVEMBER 17:
Recent weeks have seen two Sunshine Coast caravan parks being featured on national television. It began with Cotton Tree Holiday Park on Ch9's TODAY Show followed by the newly upgraded Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park on Ch7's Sunrise program.

NOVEMBER 17:
Apollo Tourism and Leisure shares continue to rise in value, opening at three-month high of 0.355c on the Australian Stock Exchange today.

NOVEMBER 16:
Douglas Shire Council in far north Queensland has taken to social media to warn against freedom camping. In a Facebook posting, the authority tells travellers to stay in one of its "lovely caravan parks", adding: "There is no free camping in the Douglas Shire and penalties apply." The council on Saturday slapped $266 fines on 13 illegal campers in the Daintree Rainforest.

NOVEMBER 15:
Splitters Farm near Bundaberg in Queensland, which is putting the finishing touches to a brand new caravan park, has scooped a local Chamber of Commerce New Business of the Year Award.

NOVEMBER 14:
Crash involving car and another vehicle towing caravan closes NSW's Bruxner Hwy near M1 Pacific Hwy at West Ballina. Two people taken to hospital, one by helicopter. Another being treated at scene.

NOVEMBER 14:
Apollo Tourism and Leisure shares closed at a three-month high of $3.50 on Australia's Stock Exchange yesterday.

NOVEMBER 13:
Victoria police have warned caravanners to beware of sudden gusts of wind in the High Country. It comes after a car and caravan were tipped onto their sides by a gust at Danny's Lookout on Mt Hotham this week. "They were blown around 180 degrees, coming to rest on the opposite side of the road," police said. The driver received minor injuries.

NOVEMBER 13:
Queensland's Townsville Council has launched a new booking system for its free RV and camping sites in the area, including campgrounds at Balgal Beach, Bluewater, Rollingstone, Saunders Beach and Toomulla.

NOVEMBER 12:
Victorian Government's Great Outdoors program will see 30 new campgrounds being built and 30 existing ones upgraded between now and 2023.

NOVEMBER 12:
Members of Retreat Caravans Owners Club raised over $850 for Royal Flying Doctor Service during weeklong get-together at Maryborough Showgrounds in Queensland.

NOVEMBER 12:
Victoria's Warnambool Shire Council will this week launch a ballot system to allocate campsites at its Surfside and Shipwreck Bay holiday parks. Guest numbers will be limited this year because of COVID-19 "and this has necessitated a ballot as a fair means to allocate sites", the council said.

NOVEMBER 11:
Ingenia's chairman Jim Hazel has reported a recovery in the company's holiday parks business, with forward bookings "up materially" as domestic travel restrictions ease.

NOVEMBER 11:
Gumtree Australia says caravans were the fourth most searched for item in its October classifieds, with the word 'caravan' soaring by 68 percent. Boats came out top.

Truck destroys caravan on Bruce HwyNOVEMBER 10:
Emergency services attended serious accident involving caravan and truck on Queensland's Bruce Hwy near Clairview this afternoon.
Two caravanners taken to Mackay Base Hospital in stable conditions. Woman, 81, has a head injury while her shocked companion was transported as a precaution. It is understood the woman was helping to change a wheel when a passing truck collided with the rig. The caravan was wrecked.

NOVEMBER 10:
Queensland Office of Fair Trading has awarded nine grey nomads $700,000 against the now defunct Brisbane-based Motorhome Conversion Company, which went bust in 2019 owing $3.6 million.

NOVEMBER 10:
Media reports claim some private operators are asking $300 a night to camp on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula at Christmas after the local shire council banned camping on foreshore sites until next February.

NOVEMBER 9:
Queensland's Charleville Bush Caravan Park is looking for caretakers with their own caravan to take over the reins from November 14 to the end of February next year. "We are coming to the end of the season and not many people here," the park said. "Closing end of this month, you will be on your own." More details 0428 545 200.

NOVEMBER 8:
Motorcyclist killed when his machine collided with campervan on Black Mountain Range Road in Queensland's Sunshine Coast hinterland. Campervan driver and passenger not physically injured.

Nanga campgrounds, WANOVEMBER 7:
A new Telstra telecommunications facility will be installed in Lane Poole Reserve's Nanga campgrounds in WA to improve visitor safety. Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the reserve was one of the most popular parks in the Swan Region ... last year attracting 220,000 visitors. "The safety of these visitors is incredibly important," he added.

NOVEMBER 6:
Queensland's outback Winton Hotel, a favourite watering hole and overnight stay for grey nomads in self-contained caravans, is on the market after two decades under the same ownership.

NOVEMBER 6:
SA's Guyder Regional Council seeking expressions of interest for taking over management of 30-site Burra Caravan Park for five years from Feb 1.

NOVEMBER 4:
Teenagers are being blamed for a spate of thefts from caravan parks at Bright and Porepunkah, Victoria.

Wallabadah Free Camp, NSWNOVEMBER 4:
NSW's Liverpool Plains Shire Council has reopened its popular Freedom Camping area on the New England Hwy at Wallabadah, but with strict COVID-safe conditions. Travellers will have to register by scanning a QR code and practice strict social distancing. The council says the trial will determine the logistical requirements of maintaining COVID safety and will help determine the process of reopening other facilities in the shire.

NOVEMBER 3:
Caravanning Queensland’s pre-Christmas sale at Brisbane's showgrounds has been hailed a huge success. A total of 22,529 'carafans' braved wild weather to pour through the gates over four days from October 29, enjoying the COVID-safe event and stocking up on the latest and greatest in camping and outdoor gear. Chief executive Jason Plant said about 7500 more people attended the sale compared to the previous year, with the majority being first-timers.

NOVEMBER 3:
Caves Caravan Park, Experience Lancelin Holiday Park and Wandering Caravan Park have earned Quality Tourism Accredited Business awards from the Tourism Council Western Australia.

NOVEMBER 1:
Two people killed and two others rushed to hospital after crash involving 4WD and car towing caravan near junction of WA's Bussell Highway and Hutton Road in Capel this afternoon.

 NOVEMBER 1:
Victoria's Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is looking for an operations manager to oversee its eight caravan parks, which generate over 80 percent of its annual revenue.

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